An Election Built On Lies
Both sides are lying to each other.
I am surprised that a fair fraction of Trump supporters are so embarrassed about their preference that they’re unwilling to clearly state their preference in the polls. Of course, this is well within their rights to be silent or not give their honest opinion. But this is the “silent majority” that Trump speaks of. They’re not answering the phone or the polls, and when they do respond, they may even say, “Biden” just to throw off the polling. If the reports I’ve seen are true, a lot of Democrats are in for a rude awakening in November.
It’s not just Trump supporters though. The young people are notoriously hard to capture for a poll. The Millennials have a reputation for not answering the calls for a poll. And no, you can’t blame it on “no home phone”. Cell phones are everywhere. I don't remember the last time I left a message on an answering machine. Everyone I know has a cell phone.
The Millennials make up 83 million Americans and they are a powerful force to reckon with. They are also fearfully liberal as demonstrated by the GOP’s laser focus on packing the courts while Trump is in office. Four more years of Trump will yield a theocracy like Iran, but in America, and put a throttle on all those Millennials.
A personal pet peeve of mine is that Biden insists on a public option for the health care part of the platform. Biden insists on the public option despite polling that shows the overwhelming popularity of Medicare For All among Democrats. While it is true that Biden has policy ideas in his platform that I find appealing, the one thing that would excite his base is not there: Medicare For All.
Trump continues to lie about absentee ballots and voting by mail. He’s lying about the prevalence of voter fraud and he omits the fact that there are well-established safeguards backed up by science and experience that mitigate most if not all of the fraud that could happen with voting by mail. Trump fails to note that there are Red States like Utah, that have been running elections by mail for years now with no issues.
Worse, Trump refuses to discuss the problems with voting machines and the systems that collect and tabulate the votes. If I was looking for fraud, I’d look at the servers that collect the data that add up all the voters. I’d want to know who built the machines, and their political affiliations. I’d be avoiding the voting machines because they can’t be trusted. Voting by mail is far safer than a voting machine.
And if Louis Dejoy has his way, then millions of Americans should prepare their ballots in advance, go to the city hall and drop off their ballot at the ballot box in person. Avoid voting machines. Avoid the post office if you can. Just drop it off in person because there is no telling how much damage Trump will do with a second term and no concern about being re-elected.
The GOP is working hard to hamper absentee ballot collection and voting by mail. The more I look at what the GOP is doing to the postal service, the more I want to send Donald Trump on one way trip to a South Pacific atoll, without a cell phone. It’s clear to me that Trump senses the enormity of his opposition, and he’s doing everything he can to prevent the opposition from prevailing.
Don’t worry, I’m not holding the feckless Senate Democrats harmless, for they did little to stop the confirmation of Luis Dejoy, a businessman who is also a top fundraiser for Trump. I would not be surprised to find out that the GOP made a promise to the Democrats in order to secure the confirmation vote, and that they’re breaking that promise now.
House Democrats want DeJoy to testify in a hearing to get a better idea of the improvements that Dejoy has made to the postal service, and he’s agreed to show up. It’s going to sound like this: “I’m going to what I’m going to do, and there isn’t a goddamn thing you can do to stop me. The Senate won’t save you. The president will roll his eyes at you. Get ready for a route in November because I own you.”
Meanwhile, coronavirus deaths continue to mount. I have seen some say that deaths are needlessly overcounted. They say that many of the deaths are due to pre-existing conditions, but are counted as a coronavirus death if they test positive for the virus and die of some other condition. The scientific evidence says that the actual number of deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus has been undercounted.
The overarching message I get from the GOP is this: Look, we’ve got ideas that work. We really do care for the middle class and we can prove it if you would just give us a chance. Just give us a chance to make all the changes we want to make and watch the economy grow.
Yeah, we did that starting about 40 years ago. Supply-side economics doesn’t work. It never will. The coronavirus has blown a giant hole in supply-side economics. If supply-side economics really worked, then all the rich people would have to do is spend money to boost the economy. That hasn’t happened. They’re never going to spend more money than they already do. I sure as heck don’t see them saving the economy now or we wouldn’t be talking about economic impact payments in Congress.
Democrats need to win the election and they need to win it big. Yeah, Joe Biden is not the best candidate I could have hoped for. I admit that. But he is still better than Trump, and I don’t expect to see Biden save us. Everyone around him must use him as the empty vessel that he is and fill it with the programs we want to save our country. That’s the only way we’re going to win. Because if we don’t, I’d hate to see what Trump is going to do with four years of not worrying about re-election. When he’s done, the silent majority will have nothing to say about it.