When you play chess, or Stratego if you wish, how you move each piece is crucial. Just refusing to play, or objecting to how the opponent is deceiving you, only turns you into a loser. You have to use your wits, and not just use how they are deceiving you, but use what truths they may unintentionally reveal against them.
That’s the checkmate equation.
Yes, even when Donnie tells the truth they’re half truths. But the true part should be carefully listened to, assessed and used against him in this nasty game of political chess we’ve been forced to play due to Republicans using the Electoral College scam: get enough states under their thumb that election fraud tactics pull the rug out from the citizenry’s wishes.
A while ago Trump stated, basically, 2016 may be the last election. Oh, maybe he doesn’t mean literally, though I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest. Maybe he means no more elections that’s aren’t like what they call “elections” in brutal dictatorships: rigged from the start. You know, the “elections” where a tyrant gets 99%, any 1% afterwards might be hunted down, tortured. More than likely, though, there is no actual 1%.
To quote Twit-ler during his few electioneering truth-telling moments, “Rigged!!!”
During the Bush administration W. went down south and praised countries just like those led by leaders who somehow always got around 99%. You know, countries where dissidents and the inconvenient disappear, the poor are kept as poor as possible and elections aren’t elections at all. I don’t think this was the little boy prince doing some his usual clueless yattling. I think, in a moment of snide clarity, he was pointing the way for a certain party to head. And with all Republicans have done to inconvenience, even eliminate, inconvenient voters, they certainly have been very determined to follow that dark path.
2008 was a rejection of this type of one party control seeking politics. I suspect the reaction was even far worse than what the official counts claim because many inconvenient voters had already been tossed off the rolls. I suppose we can hope for a repeat in 2020 or 2024, but I ain’t holding my breath. Trump is certainly on board with eliminating more inconvenient voters.
For years we have been headed in the wrong direction. W brought it down to one state his brother ran. Then, in 04, he brought it down to two states and shifting votes to a Republican server in Tennessee to be “counted.” The public was so pissed by 2008 they decided to let someone they could treat like the “house nigger” win, while continuing to perfect their game of election fraud.. Now we’re up to 3 states. And Trump has announced his determination to do what they can to eliminate “voter fraud:” defined pretty much as those who won’t vote the right way.
I think resistance may be a mistake here. They’re going to continue down this path. Protests that voter fraud is pretty much non-existent will continue to get the silent middle finger. The Trump train will just roll over us. We need to adopt different tactics.
Hey gang! Let’s play along! Let’s have Dems push for a bipartisan, honest, nationwide investigation of all election issues. Yes, an open, honest, bipartisan investigation of election fraud, but only if we also have the same for electronic voting, bogus CrossCheck lists, proprietary software, corporate owned voting systems and counting, voter fraud, Russian concerns, caging, extreme gerrymandering…
All concerns brought to the table: all out in the open: televised, reported on, by the media.
Dems pols could encourage this via constant on air statements challenging Trump and the Republican Party. “If you are truly serious…”
Want to see Donnie spin around and run the other way? Want to hear them suddenly claim it’s “all political,” even though they started this? Don’t think Donald Trump would ever want that.
Yes, he was right, in the larger sense, about elections and rigging, especially if we factor in another truth: he’s talking about himself and his party. But if we keep pushing, demanding, the kind of investigation I am demanding, in chess this would be called…
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