The Trump Defeat We Deserve

If Democrats succeed in stealing the 2020 election, it's our own fault.

The fat lady may not quite have started singing yet for the 2020 presidential election, but she's definitely clearing her throat.  Though interminable vote-counting is continuing, the major media networks have called all remaining states, and the election, for Joe Biden.

Now, it's true that there's ample statistical evidence of massive fraud, and solid evidence including video and sworn affidavits of minor fraud.  But with the actual counting in direct control of Democrats, and a media blackout of fraud stories combined with lies about a supposedly squeaky-clean election mandate, will any of it make any difference?

It's depressing to read hope-filled articles by those on the nominal side of sane conservatism.  This is all just genius Trump playing 4-D chess!  He let the Dems walk into this trap, which he's now going to lower the boom of crushing, overwhelming evidence and lock them all away once and for all!

Yeah... like Crooked Hillary?  Don't hold your breath.

While with Mr. Trump it's foolish ever to say "never," any sensible observer has no choice but to admit that it doesn't look good for him - or even for Republicans keeping the Senate, at this point.  If Democrats can cheat in as many states as they've done, with complete cover from the national media and court systems, there's no reason to suppose they won't be able to repeat the feat in Georgia to steal the last two senators they need to take total power.  No need to revisit what we know will happen after that.

How did it come to this?  There's no good reason it should have, and it's entirely our own fault.

We Knew This Two Years In Advance

Remember the mysterious flipping of six House seats in California back in 2018? On election night, the Republican incumbents were comfortably in the lead.  Thanks to ballots drifting in over the weeks following, whether mailed in or "harvested" by paid Democrat operatives, mysteriously the gaps were closed and the Dems ended up victorious

Young Kim was poised to become the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress.

Her 14-point lead was the lone bright spot on an otherwise dismal night for Orange County Republicans. But, over the past week, Republicans have watched the first-generation immigrant’s lead evaporate. With thousands of provisional ballots left to count, her commanding lead is now underwater. She lost one week after the election.

Why didn't the GOP do anything?

There’s no evidence of ballot box shenanigans. No need. Democrats know it’s easier to erode voter integrity laws than to stuff ballot boxes.

Because we believe in the secret ballot, once a ballot makes it into the pile to be counted, it is absolutely impossible to trace where it came from and how it got there... and, thus, whether it should be counted at all.  That's why stealing an election by ballot-stuffing is so easy if one party has control of the counting - all they have to do is to sneak in a box full of ballots for their candidate, and they'll vanish untraceably into the system.

When the media says there's no evidence of fraud, that's true, strictly speaking - hard evidence is impossible to obtain by the nature of the fraud.  That doesn't mean there isn't mathematical proof: for example, when there are more ballots than there are registered voters, or even than adults living in the election district, fraud must have occurred, even if fraud can't be identified on any specific individual anonymous ballot.

Republican leaders knew what had been done to them under the laws put in place by California's overwhelming Democrat majority.  So when other states not ruled quite so overwhelmingly by Democrats started to implement the same (lack of) protections, they should have thrown every possible obstacle in the way.  For reasons unclear to us, they didn't, until it was too late and the fix was already in.

Trump Knew This Would Happen

Maybe The Donald had too many things on his mind, what with impeachment and all?  No: he's been calling out warnings of fraud for at least a year, and certainly since covid gave Democrats an excuse to eliminate even the meager protections on vote integrity that remained.  He's been saying there will be fraud, he's been predicting... exactly what clearly has occurred in at least a half-dozen states.

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu observes:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

Mr. Trump obviously knew the enemy, yet he still appears to have lost.  We can't know what's going on in his mind, but he isn't acting like someone with a trick up his sleeve - he's acting like someone gobsmacked and flailing around for a lifeline.  If this is 4-D chess, it's also Oscar-worthy acting.  And it still may be that - but with each passing moment, that theory becomes more far-fetched.

Not Knowing One's Own Side?

So if Mr. Trump knew this would happen well in advance, which he clearly did, why did he still allow it to sneak up on him unprepared?  There's only one sensible explanation: he thought he was prepared, and found out too late that he wasn't.

We can see several indicators of this.  Remember how many times he's cited the John Durham investigation into the fraudulent, criminal spying on his campaign by the FBI and other Deep State actors?  All this time, conservatives have expected indictments to come, based on the compelling evidence available in conservative media but otherwise hidden from the American people.

Yet the election has come and gone with no indictments, and now no time left to pursue any - they would, of course, be instantly dropped by a Joe Biden Justice Department.  The fraud of 2016 may have failed, but the bad actors will pay no price for trying.

This, too, was telegraphed months ago.  Mr. Durham, after years of investigation and mountains of evidence, will do nothing.  Attorney General Bill Barr, also, has done and will do nothing.

It's possible that, a year ago, Donald Trump believed he had at least an Attorney General and several key investigators diligently gathering evidence of Democrat corruption.  It would make sense for his trusted team to also put in place measures to observe and catch the cheaters in 2020, in some sort of sting operation.

But starting in July, and gathering speed with each passing week, it's become clear that President Trump has no army of investigators behind him.  The FBI has been completely co-opted by the Deep State, and will not respond to his commands; Bill Barr himself will do as he's told perhaps, but nothing will come of it.  It may very well be that Mr. Trump only realized this a couple months ago.

What can you do at the eleventh hour?  Well, we do see something quite interesting that took place around that time: Rudy Guiliani, perhaps the only high-level law-enforcement type who hasn't visibly betrayed the Trump cause, suddenly came up with Hunter Biden's incriminating laptop that, we discovered later, had been in the hands of the FBI for a year with no action being taken and in complete silence.

Guiliani may be best known as America's Mayor, but before that he was a bulldog U.S. attorney who made his name prosecuting and crushing organized crime in New York City - a skillset and contact list extremely useful for running down Democrat corruption, which amounts to the same thing.

It's clear that the Biden laptop came as an unexpected shock to the Left, who had no choice but to use the full power of our ruling Tech Lords to bury the news.  This largely worked, but in so doing, they revealed their hand in a way they hadn't before - it's one thing for InfoWars to say this sort of censorship is possible, it's quite another to see it done openly to the American people while there are still alternate channels to get the news out.  Their abrupt, overt, shocking, and deeply offensive action had all the hallmarks of an emergency response that wasn't "part of the plan."

If, for all this time, Mr. Trump mistakenly assumed that he had a powerful force of investigators who were committed to rooting out the obvious, brazen fraud that he knew the Democrats were planning, much of what's been done over the last year starts to make sense.  Knowing, as both we and he now do, that he actually has no such force, what's gone on more recently makes sense too: when you discover that your generals have betrayed you and large chunks of your army are suddenly vanishing into the hills or switching to the other side, you send in the small special-forces that are the only ones you can trust, and hope for the best.

Sure enough, Rudy Guiliani has spent the last month in and out of Philadelphia, Ground Zero for the Big Steal.  He's there now, to much ridicule by the left.  But if there's only one lawyer you can trust, you send him to the place where he can do the most good, and that's Pennsylvania, for without a save there, Mr. Trump is doomed.

No One Can Do It Alone

If there's one great disappointment of the Trump years, it's that so much well-intended leadership at the top was destroyed by what turned out to be the impossible task of finding anyone, right up and down the halls of government, who was willing to cooperate and follow the elected President's goals and orders.  Every single initiative was either out-and-out sabotaged by experienced bureaucrats, slow-rolled by timeservers who quietly disagreed, or got nowhere because well-intentioned but inexperienced Trump allies didn't know how to defeat the Deep State forces massed against them - and still don't, to this day.

Had he been re-elected, Mr. Trump may - may - have finally been able to assemble a team that was actually on his side.  We'll likely never know now; it seems that even after four years, he still hasn't managed to get a list of men with badges who are willing to investigate where needed and bring to light the filth and corruption we can all see exist.

That's not really his fault - no single human being can be everywhere at once.  It's ours, for not being able to provide the expertise required to actually take over and run a government the size ours has become.  Where were the conservative true-believer lawyers, prosecutors, DAs, investigators, educators, propagandists, social-media influencers, and so on?

The same place they've always been - leading their own comfortable lives in their own comfortable homes, hoping not to be noticed or to get caught in the cross fire, secure in the knowledge that they haven't actually developed the specialized skills to be that useful anyway.   Meanwhile, the Left crosses the finish line of its Long March through the Institutions, ensuring that conservatives likely never will have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills of propaganda, bureaucratic infighting, or even lawfare - or will have to do so at such a massive disadvantage as to get nowhere for years to come.

If there's hope remaining, it's the Democrats are hardly a monolith - they're already blaming each other for not winning as much as they expected.  This is always the pitfall of the left - remember, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky met his end murdered in Mexico City by an assassin with an ice ax at the order of Stalin.

Of course, that didn't prevent the Russians from suffering under Communism for another half-century, but you can't ever have everything you want, or maybe not even some of it.  For sure you can't, if the only way you're willing to join the fight is by applauding from the stands.

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Politics.
Reader Comments

Half the country reduced to hoping for the best, and that the worst won't happen in their lifetimes.

November 9, 2020 10:29 AM

Not to be picky, but it was an ice pick, not an ice axe.

November 9, 2020 10:48 AM

@Michael - I love to see our readers so actively engaged on the details! Thanks so much for your readership and comment!

Per Wikipedia:

"On 20 August 1940, Trotsky was attacked in his study by Spanish-born NKVD agent Ramón Mercader, who used an *ice axe* as a weapon.

"A mountaineering ice axe has a narrow end, called the pick, and a flat wide end called the adze. The adze of the axe wounded Trotsky, fracturing his parietal bone and penetrating 7 cm (2.8 in) into his brain. The blow to his head was bungled and failed to kill Trotsky instantly."

Far be it from us to blindly trust Wikipedia - I'd be interested in sources to the contrary? An ice pick surely would have been easier to hide...

November 9, 2020 10:54 AM

This "election" can not stand. It, like the 2018 elections in Texas as well as California were stolen by the Democrat Party producing enough ballots for their candidates after the election was over and counted. I feel that I am witnessing the end of our constitution and country because if this is not corrected, there will certainly be a Civil War. I hope to God that the U.S. Supreme Court steps in to correct this by ending any mail-in ballots whether they be legal absentee ballots that were received after the close of the polls in each state. This is the way THAT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DONE! There is solid proof with evidence that just about every single Democrat Controlled State had some voter fraud. The states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia had blatant, over the top voter fraud and I sincerely think that the perpetrators need to be charged with treason! It is also so important that it be noted that their is absolutely no evidence of the Republican Party engaging in voter fraud, and they are the only party that requests safeguards against it. Perhaps PRESIDENT TRUMP could appoint or have Attorney General William Barr appoint a special prosecutor to investigate voter fraud. The other avenue would be to put together a class action suit against the Democrat Party for denial of Civil Rights. This has gone on for too long and there should be a second class action suit against the mainstream media for denial of Civil Rights for presenting propaganda and denial of free speech for attacking any speech they do not agree with, THAT IS TRUE or otherwise. This is a problem that may end our republic as this is the last straw.

November 9, 2020 11:07 AM

Trump could get Rudy Guliani appointed as a special counsel to investigate vote fraud in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan. It wouldn't change the 2020 election result, but it would change the "no evidence of vote fraud" narrative. If Biden fired the special counsel after his inauguration, it would create a stink. If he didn't, indictments and convictions based on lack of diversity of the fingerprints on the ballots would really put a stop to this sort of fraud.

November 9, 2020 11:49 AM

There has to be a National Voting Standard created and implemented that, as the name says, standardizes voting rules, regulations, method, timeline, etc... it would have to be auditable and enforceable with transparency in real time to see and react to violations. All votes on same day with in person voting with ID as the primary method. Limited mail in voting with restrictions and qualifications with strong evidence of voter ID. No allowance for postponing any votes. Vote counting done via testable software and only final results announced for all50 states at same time.
Some shade of this type process would hamstring the cheaters.
Of course, Dems will scream and stamp feet.
Unless conservatives demand this type of vote reform, they will continue to cheat with zero fear of reprisals.

November 9, 2020 1:35 PM

If the optics weren't so terrifyingly awful, I'd consider having the military conduct the entire process......

November 9, 2020 1:43 PM

The one area that should be investigated is the govt unions. They are the loyal foot soldiers who carry out the orders in return for big pay, benefits, and pensions. Right now they are motivated by urgency. I'm sure they are convinced that the blue state depleted tax base can't cover their gold plated contracts. The solution ? Make sure that a Dem is running the federal govt so that there will be a " stimulus" that bails them out. That gets them running to the Xerox machine to load up on "mail in" votes.
The solution ? Out sourcing and education vouchers to get the most service for the investment. Without that, the unions will vote, contribute and finagle for the Dems.

November 9, 2020 2:05 PM

So "any SENSIBLE person" has to admit that it doesn't look good for Pr. Trump...........There are a LOT of People out here that you would call non-sensical.......

WOW!! how devisive!!

November 9, 2020 2:25 PM

I have wondered how it was that God could allow the country to fall into the hands of evildoers via fraud in this election. I have a theory. President Trump broke China's stranglehold on the world markets by going against the standard (and wrong) economist line and imposing tariffs. Covid 19, which cost President Trump a large enough majority of votes to overcome the Democrat fraud, broke China's back. China will never recover from this, and is now watching companies and trade flow away from it's gendercidal and genocidal shores. Putting China out of it's profitable place will be President Trump's greatest legacy, and the damage to China's economy caused by Covid is of more benefit to the world than President Trump's second term would be. If we in the US suffer from Bidenitus and then Harris Harassment, as a country, we brought it on ourselves. We (not me, and likely not you) did not want this, but a sizeable enough part of the country did and now our elections will be forever controlled by whoever controls the voting machines, social media, and the googles and the like. It will take a while for our country to fall to the ground, but the decline is inevitable. People who let their love of party supersede love of country are the villains here not Trump voters. We all knew President Trump won fair and square and all of us watched as the election was stolen. Trump Haters watched with glee, not realizing that some precious things were lost for ever and their lives will be of lesser quality and value as a result.

I am an Independent who soiled myself by registering Republican twice to vote for President Trump, now I will stop supporting Republicans on the local and State level, in my state the Republicans are as dirty as the Democrats elsewhere. I reject the Party of Willard Romney and John McCain, Jeff Sessions, (Benedict Arnold Junior)and William Barr. Did those fools (I realize one of them has assumed room temperature) think I would not remember what they have done? If the Democrats steal the Senate also, there is no Republican Party. Perhaps something else will take it's place, but with nothing but fascist hands on the levers of the new power, social media and tech, Democratic Socialist dominion is assured in the USA.

November 9, 2020 2:37 PM

A friend told me that if Mr. Trump cried foul and asked armed volunteers to help him defend the White House against thieves, he might get quite a few armed folk to come to his aid. What do you think would happen?

November 9, 2020 6:49 PM

The ice axe was Trotsky's own. He enjoyed climbing in icy mountains, and Mexico has notable opportunities for that. Trotsky brought his axe with him when he departed Russia.
The assassin was actually on a reconaissance mission, looking for a way to approach and kill Trotsky, when exactly what he was looking for resulted.
Not having brought a weapon with him (did not want to draw suspicion by carrying something that might be detected), he looked about and, there was an ice axe.

November 9, 2020 8:34 PM

Mr. Beard, I believe the assassin was employed by Trotsky as a servant in the house.

November 10, 2020 7:03 AM

If the media blackout is the problem, and it is insurmountable through the channels designed to address and correct this obvious threat, how exactly are we not justified in entering various media studios and taking care of this disloyal opposition on the air?

November 10, 2020 1:11 PM

For years many have said that republicans are satisfied with second place and this season is no exception. The article fully supports this notion, as polite losers never get the blame for anything but still get invited to the cocktail parties. Trump had his chance to clean house and he should have, despite all the ink that has been spilled on why the deep state can't be fired. Let them go begging to the courts instead of us for a change.
As to the states participating in the fraud: If it is possible to convince a court that substantial fraud has occurred, what to do about vote apportionment? What's fair? My suggestion is to disenfranchise the entire state, for example, PA does not get any electors, and the total electors reduced by PAs amount. Make sure the citizens of PA understand that their elections boards disenfranchised the saying goes, you get the governance you deserve. Better to disenfranchise an individual state(s) rather than the entire country, because that is the choice.

November 29, 2020 7:55 AM
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