As Donald Trump continues his spiral deeper into the sewer of political games, there is a word that should be used and isn’t. Maybe that is the “rigged” system he keeps talking about.
Trump keeps saying the election is being rigged against him. He keeps saying that “illegal aliens” are allowed to vote. He keeps saying that “dead” people vote. He keeps saying that people vote five or ten times each.
Of course this all bullshit. There is one thing that both helps and hurts our election system. The elections are all controlled by the states individually. This has presented problems when states pass voter suppression laws. But, it also helps from our system from being “rigged” as Trump claims.
The type of conspiracy that Trump claims is going on would have to include over half of the states. Many of which are controlled by Republicans.
That would be an almost impossible task. But, let’s look at it another way. A Law Professor at Loyola University in California did some fantastic research on voter fraud.
The results are amazing. He went back through the years and looked at one billion votes. He discovered something chilling. In those one billion votes cast, he discovered a whopping 37 cases of possible voter fraud.
Imagine what damage that did to our electoral process. This research was not done because Donald Trump has been claiming the system is “rigged” but because of all of the voter suppression laws that Republican states passed. The main argument for these voter suppression laws was “the integrity of the ballot”.
Turns out the integrity of the ballot has been quite remarkable without all of these Photo ID laws Republicans claim are so necessary. To further show this myth, Indiana State Police raided a voter registration group last week. They seized about 50,000 registration forms.
They did an exhaustive inspection of them. In the first 38,000 forms they “inspected” they found 10 were not correct and would not have been valid for registration.
How does this show the system works? The raid was conducted after some registrations were “red flagged” by poll workers. So you see, they system is truly “rigged”.
All of the research by “experts” into voter fraud has found that it is as close to non-existent as possible. Yet, Trump keeps railing that they “system is being rigged against me”.
That brings us back to that one word that the media and GOP leaders refuse to use. Instead of using it, they use “conspiracy theory” to try to soften what is actually being said.
That word is a noun and is defined as:
conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch
It is the word sedition.
Once again you may think I am stretching things here. But am I? We have heard a woman at a Trump Rally telling Mike Pence that she is “ready for a revolution”.
The Oregon Militia is recruiting new people on the basis that Hillary Clinton will become President through the “rigged” system. We have had a Trump supporter calling for Hillary Clinton to be “taken out” if she is elected President.
Mike Pence says that he and Trump would “absolutely” accept the vote of the American People. 20 minutes later Trump tweets that they system is rigged against him.
His talking heads went on the Sunday Talk Shows and said that Trump only means that the Media is rigging the election against him. 30 minutes later Trump tweets that “they system is absolutely being rigged right down to the voting booths. SAD”.
Of course when Trump started to claim that even the Republican Party had joined forces to rig the election, that supposedly made it real. He has riled up his “base” of nut jobs to be ready to not accept the vote on election day. And the craziest of his supporters are clearly hearing what he means by his comments. Hence the threats above.
Yesterday in Green Bay the Trump supporters kept chanting “Paul Ryan sucks”. Trump did nothing to stop the chants either. Actually, he egged them on more.
Many people believe the charge of “sedition” is antiquated and should probably be repealed. But it hasn’t been repealed. One could argue that Donald Trump is engaged in sedition every time he claims that the election is being rigged “right down to the voting booth”.
He is telling his supporters the only way he can lose the election is if it is “stolen” from him. He has openly claimed that the media, the Clintons, and the Republican Party are all in collusion to “steal the election” from him and his followers.
That has raised the stakes very dangerously. Media members at Trump rallies have been threatened with violence including death threats. Many conservative newspapers, like the Arizona Republic have received death threats for their endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
Trump supporters have started showing up in front of Democratic offices to “protest” and carrying guns. They make sure the people inside the office know they are carrying guns, too.
It is time to take the gloves off. Donald Trump is engaged in sedition. He is “inciting people to rebel against authority” and that is sedition. The GOP under its spineless, cowardly leadership of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Reince Priebus won’t use the word either.
They cannot use the word because it has been their party that has desperately tried to suppress the vote of minorities, elderly, and young. They are the ones who have used “voter fraud” which does not exist to pass voter suppression laws.
If they come forward now and say Trump is wrong, they ruin their own argument. The real danger for our country is becoming not if Donald Trump can win, but what will his “followers” do when he gets thumped at the polls.
I have said this before and I will say it again. Donald Trump is an un-American fascist who will stop at nothing to gain power. When that power is refused by the people, I don’t count on him to graciously go quietly into the night.
If I am correct, I believe we will see an upsurge in domestic terrorism after the election. Only the GOP leadership can calm things, but they need to start now and not wait for the election to end and the madness to begin.