Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mission Statement

This weblog exists to one end: to restore the democratic institutions to the people of the United States.  At the time of this writing, Donald Trump has not yet taken office, but there is every reason to presume he will.  We may indulge in speculative scenarios which may prevent this: the Electoral College actually does its job casts all of its Republican votes for Mike Pence; the DOJ brings an investigation, such that Trump fails to secure the requisite 270 electoral votes, and Paul Ryan is appointed Interim President.  There are rules permitting either of these outcomes, but no precedent.

We face the inevitability that a candidate ran as an authoritarian, and won.  Those of us who underestimated him before he became President-elect, assumed when he said the election was "rigged," he was lying, bracing his minions for his inevitable loss.  We assumed when he listed the states he expected to win in, it was simply more braggadocio.  And in both cases our assumptions were wrong - he was telling the truth: the election was indeed rigged, as hundreds of thousands of voters purged from the rolls in each state Trump won in, yielded low ten thousands in margins of victory for him; his predictions, which defied both public and internal polls by significant margins, turned out to disturbingly accurate.  For all of Trumps blatant falsehoods, his powers to divine the future are outright prophetic.  Of course, Trump is no prophet.  He is no messiah.  He's not even a scientist.  The only way Trump can predict the outcome of the future, in defiance of all predictive markets, is if he has information the predictive markets did not, and since he refused to pay his pollster, we can be assured it was not internal polling.  We can speculate on how he came about that information, but the safest conclusion is that he behaved the way autocratic rulers do: he broke the rules, or knew that someone was doing it for him.  In other words, it is the assertion of this publication that Trump did not win the election per the rules, and is not the President-elect, nor will he be our President.

Our mission is to show no respect the office - not as long as Trump is in it.

Our mission is to delegitimize his rule, before he ever takes office.

Our mission is to financially support our print media institutions*, who resisted him.

Our mission is financially support the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and other not-for profit.

Our mission is to delegitimize the television and radio media/web sources** who carried his water.

Our mission is to call attention to Trump's apologists attempts to intimidate his detractors.

Our mission is to stand against the hate groups, emboldened by his election.

Our mission is to defend the groups, targeted in his campaign rhetoric.

Our mission is to raise the alarm loudly when he uses his power for petty vendettas.

Our mission is the preservation of  human dignity in Trump's reich.

Our mission is to resist autocratic rule until we can't anymore.

And for those of you who have wild ideas of armed revolt, STOP.  Once he has ascended to power, the Autarch will have the power of the state behind him.  Far more principled Presidents allowed the NSA to conduct unwarranted surveillance on our phones, emails and texts.  The Autarch will become aware of all voices against him and try to silence and/or discredit us.  He will not hesitate to use the power of the FBI, whose Director publicly abused the power of the Bureau to the end of electing him.    He will not hesitate to bring the power of Homeland Security to bear.  He will not hesitate to use the awesome power of our military, just as Nixon did, to make an example of protesters or any other group that dares to demonstrate publicly against him.  And make no mistake: an armed rebellion, like the one the FBI indulged in Oregon, will not result in jury nullification, but in a decisive massacre of armed civilians.  We can resist the Autarch's march toward totalitarianism by refusing to normalize his tenure in the White House, by organizing, by throwing our full weight behind our democratic institutions while they still exist.  We must write letters to our Senators and Representatives in Washington; we must support those organizations who can contest his executive orders in the courts; we must support our national print media: those three groups are all that stand between the Autarch and the destruction of individual liberty.

*   Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek,  AP, Los Angeles Times
** CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Russia Today, Sputnik, NPR, Rush Limbaugh

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