Too Little, Too Late

After what can only be described as an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday — one that was instigated by none other than the sitting President of the United States — in the wee hours of the morning, a joint session of Congress reconvened and confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected President and Vice President by the American people and the Electoral College.

As a result, Donald Trump issued this message:

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

First, his issuing of this statement is too little, too late. The damage to America at home and around the world has been done.

Second, this delusional man still got it wrong. Who cares whether or not he agrees or disagrees with the outcome of the election? And “the facts” will not bear him out. The outcome is the outcome, whether he agrees of not.

Third, his was not “the greatest first term in presidential history.” The facts will bear out that his was the worst term in presidential history.

And fourth, what does he mean by “…it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again”? Is he going to continue to lie about having won the election in a landslide? Is he going to continue to sow discontent and divisiveness? Will he continue to instigate and encourage mob violence?

It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment the United States Constitution, which says that if the President becomes unable to do his job, the Vice President becomes the President. This can happen…if the President is just sick or disabled.

Donald Trump is sick and is disabled (delusional). He needs to be removed from office TODAY!

We Are Screwed

“It’s not brain surgery, Jack,” Alan said. “It’s the Electoral College.”

“Well, it’s all a bunch of gibberish to me,” Jack said. “It astounds me that Biden could have won the popular vote by more than seven million and we still have to go through this electrical college bullshit before it’s official.”

“It’s electoral, not electrical,” Alan said.

“Sheesh, Alan,” Jack said, “I didn’t peg you to be such a word nerd. Still, it’s all a bunch of political mumbo jumbo to me.”

“It’s an antiquated concept that the Founding Fathers came up with when they were writing the Constitution. The plan was to ensure that the people who elected the president were smart enough to make an informed decision. The Founding Fathers were concerned that 18th-century voters, especially those in rural outposts, lacked the resources to be fully informed about the candidates. And, of course, they didn’t want slaves to vote.”

“So you’re saying they cooked up this electorial college to send people to in order make them smarter?”

“It’s electoral, not electorial,” Alan said. “It’s not an actual physical college, Jack. When you vote for a presidential candidate, you’re technically voting for a slate of electors selected by the candidate’s political party in each state. The idea is that the electors selected to represent their party’s candidate would be faithful to the popular vote in their respective states and would then vote for the candidate who got the most votes in that state. It’s supposed to be a winner-take-all proposition, where the candidate that gets the most votes in the state gets all of that state’s electoral votes.”

“And what if these electricians are unfaithful?” Jack asked.

“It’s electors, not electricians, Jack,” Alan said. “And, as in any other instance of someone being unfaithful, if these electors are unfaithful, then we, as a country, are, plain and simple, screwed.”

“That’s fucked up, Alan,” Jack said.

Alan shrugged his shoulders. “I can’t disagree with you on that, buddy.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (surgery), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gibberish), Word of the Day Challenge (astound), Ragtag Daily Prompt (peg), MMA Storytime (plan), and Your Daily Word Prompt (faithful).

Disheartened, Disillusioned, and Frustrated

This may be my last post for a while (other than my daily prompt posts, which are scheduled through the end of the month).

I am disheartened by the fact that 66.7 million Americans (so far) have voted for the selfish, egotistical, narcissistic, xenophobic, racist, sexist, moronic ignoramus who currently occupies the White House. That’s 4.4 million more (so far) than voted for him in 2016. Knowing what we now know about Trump, how can so many Americans be so stupid?

I am disheartened by the fact that Joe Biden, who has received 69.6 million votes (so far), almost three million more votes than Trump has, and, when all is said and done, will have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in American history, may yet lose the Electoral College and, thus, Trump will continue to be president for another four year term.

I am disheartened by the fact that if Biden does end up winning the popular vote but losing the Electoral College, and thereby losing the presidency, it would be the third time in 20 years — George W. Bush in 2000, Trump in 2016, and Trump in 2020 — that a Democratic candidate for president — Al Gore in 2000, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Joe Biden in 2020 — will have won the popular vote, but lost the election.

I am disillusioned by the wholly undemocratic mechanism known as the Electoral College and the fact that it would take an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove the Electoral College. And I’m pissed that, because the Republican Party has benefitted from it for possibly the third time in 20 years, it’s very unlikely to change.

And finally, as if all that isn’t enough, I’m frustrated by WordPress, not just because of its ill-conceived block editor and the fact that it doesn’t give its users an option to default to the classic editor, but that now, since I updated to the latest version of the iOS app for my iPhone, I can no longer like or comment on many posts from other bloggers.

So I’ve had it. I need a break. I’ll be back here when I am feeling a little better about things, although I have no idea when that might be.

Stay well.

It Doesn’t Look Good for America

As of 11:00 pm Pacific time, it would appear that Donald Trump is on the verge of being re-elected. He’s leading in the key swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia, and if he wins them, he will have won the election.

As of right now, Biden has about a million and a half more votes than Trump, but as in 2016, Trump can still win the presidency with fewer votes thanks to the Electoral College.

And to add insult to injury, it appears that the Republicans are going to hold on to the U.S. Senate.What the hell is wrong with 63 million Americans that they would elect Trump for four more years?

This is the worst case scenario and I can’t believe that it’s happening. I’m going to try to go to sleep now and hope that when I wake up, something will have happened to alter the outcome.

MLMM Sunday Writing Prompt — The Fortune Teller


For this week’s Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie we are asked to try our hand at fortune telling. I chose to write what I desperately hope to be a fictional fortune told to my narrator by an animé fortune teller. This prediction of a nightmarish, yet actually possible, worst case scenario is based upon reading this article in The Independent.

“Our future is at stake,” I said. “I need to know what’s going to happen.”

“Sit,” she said. “My stones will show the path.” She tossed the stones on the board. Her brow furrowed. “I’m afraid you’re not going to like this,” she said.

I let out a defeated sigh. “Tell me what you see.”

“Trump will lose the election,” she said.

“That is great news!” I exclaimed.

“But he will remain as president,” she said.

“How is that possible?” I asked, deflated.

“He will cheat and he will lie,” she said. “The Republicans will aggressively pursue a policy of voter suppression in all of the states that they control, which will cause the election to be much closer than anyone thought it could be, but Biden will still win the popular vote and seemingly the Electoral College vote.”

“Seemingly?” I said. “What do you mean by that?”

“Biden will beat Trump in the swing states of Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, but not by significant margins,” she predicted. “Trump will claim that the vote was rigged, will blame mail-in ballots, and Chinese election interference for the loss. Then he will invoke emergency powers to launch a Justice Department investigation into alleged election hacking in the swing states.”

“He won’t get away with it though, will he?” I asked.

She looked at me with a very sad expression. “The investigation that Trump demanded and that Bill Barr will lead is intended to tick down the clock toward December 14, the deadline when each state’s Electoral College electors must be appointed. All four swing states have Republican control of both their upper and lower houses of their state legislatures. Those state legislatures will refuse to allow any Electoral College slate to be certified until Trump’s ‘national security’ investigation is complete.”

“Can they do that?” I asked.

“Theoretically,” she said, “they can and they will. The Democrats will naturally sue in order to certify the appointment of the Biden slate of electors, arguing that Trump has manufactured a national security emergency in order to create FUD, or fear, uncertainty, and doubt. The matter will ultimately wind up at the Supreme Court, where the conservative justices will rule that the December 14 Electoral College deadline must be met and that the president’s national security powers legally authorize him to investigate potential foreign country intrusion into the national election.”

“Yikes,” I said. “Then what happens?”

“If no Electoral College slate can be certified by any state by December 14,the Electoral College must meet anyway and cast its votes. Without the electors from those four states being represented, neither Biden nor Trump will have sufficient votes to get an Electoral College majority.”

“But then it would be up to the House of Representatives, which has a clear Democratic majority, to vote for who wins,” I said.

“The way it would work, according to the Constitution,” she explained, “is that the vote in the House is by state delegation, where each delegation casts one vote as determined by the majority of the representatives in that state. Currently, there are 26 states that have a majority Republican delegation. Only 23 states have a majority Democratic delegation. There is one state, Pennsylvania, that has an evenly split delegation. Even if the Democrats were to pick up seats in Pennsylvania and hold all their 2018 House gains, the Republicans would have a 26 to 24 delegation majority. Thus, Trump would lose the popular vote and not win the Electoral College vote, but would retain the presidency.”

“Oh my God,” I said. “Now I wish I’d never asked.”