The 2020 US Presidential Election

Of course this should normally be a domestic affair for the people of the United States of America. But this year seems so extraordinary in many ways. I’m following events with interest, hope and alarm (not necessarily in that order). In 2016, I posted my thoughts on the imminent election, never for one moment thinking that the US would elect Donald Trump as president. Boy, was I wrong. Can I be wrong again? What do others think? Not that we have long to wait.

Vote early and vote often!

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472 thoughts on “The 2020 US Presidential Election

  1. The US police force has decided today, by sheer coincidence mind you, that they have adopted a completely new policing strategy. They have decided that from this day forward, they are now pacifist bystanders, who just don’t want to instigate any kind of conflict, so its best if they just stay home and read their children fairy tale books about the constitution.

    Tomorrow they are going to go out and give mardi gras love beads to the civil marchers. And maybe they will help them clean up their confederate flags and sell some maga masks.

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  2. phoodoo:
    The US police force has decided today, by sheer coincidence mind you, that they have adopted a completely new policing strategy.They have decided that from this day forward, they are now pacifist bystanders, who just don’t want to instigate any kind of conflict, so its best if they just stay home and read their children fairy tale books about the constitution.

    Who is the “US police force?” Since these riots happened in D.C., and they weren’t petty crimes, the enforcement of the law falls directly on the DOJ. Who is the acting head of the DOJ right now? Isn’t it Jeff Rosen, as abject a Trump toady as can be found anywhere? But I’m not suggesting there’s anything political about the police failure to be prepared or to act in a timely fashion. Who would have thought that anyone would take Trumps incitement seriously?

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  3. Adapa:
    Trump seriously need to be held responsible and prosecuted for inciting this national disgrace.

    Not likely, for many reasons. For one, Biden wants to heal and look forward, though he has to know that’s doomed. For another, Trump’s level of support (both in size and fanaticism) makes him radioactive, untouchable. For another, how would you go about finding an unbiased jury? Nobody is neutral, you are either appalled or delighted by this mob. It’s not that we’d have hung jury, it’s more that we’d have jurors shooting each other feeling entirely justified and proud of doing it.

    I had a conversation with a Trumpy this evening, and was blasted (high volume levels) with claims of conspiracy, fraud, fake news, stolen votes, Bill Gates/George Soros doing something evil, how the American people were robbed, and how the rioters were a justified protest by those who realize the election was stolen and good for them! And of course, justified protest was being quashed and protesters shot by the thought police, and I told you so.

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  4. Flint,

    What are you talking about, there are police in DC. In fact I even saw a couple of them. You know what they did, they said, hey don’t go inside that building please…

    Is that what they would do if a bunch of black civil rights leaders showed up with Ak47s and stormed the capital?

    But I remember according to you, polices aren’t one of the problems in America, they didn’t create any of the strife going on right now. 90percent of them are maga fools, because that’s the kind of people who police departments like, but they are not the problem according to you. The fact that they act completely different when it is some of their own protesting to you is just a biased perception. They are just doing their job as usual.

    But, but, what about Hong Kong….

    If it was black people doing this batons and blood would be everywhere. And you dam well know it.

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  5. How many video clips are there of these terrorists getting their heads beaten in and getting run over by cop cars and getting thrown into unmarked vans? Have you seen some? I guess that news must be getting blocked here, because I haven’t seen it.

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  6. Flint,

    I had a conversation with a Trumpy this evening …

    Yes, my renewed acquaintance*** is claiming that the mob was incited by Antifa. They don’t take much inciting … 🤔 I asked for his killer evidence on voter fraud. It’s in a Dominion machine somewhere, or a bunch of mail-in ballots, and I just have to be ‘patient’, apparently. Like the ‘patriots’ on Capitol Hill.

    ** Popped up under a friend’s post. I’d dumped him from my own friends list 2 days after he friended me, for use of the term ‘libtard’ – we will not get along, I thought!

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  7. Well, let’s hope the madness was temporary. Not my business but shouldn’t someone ease the nuclear football away from Trump’s grasp?

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  8. Alan Fox,

    Hence all the talk about invoking the 25th…
    Although, treasonous as it would be, I do quietly hope that the Joint Chiefs provided Trump with a “new and improved” football a while ago. “Much more powerful than the one Obama had”, they told him. 😉

    Allan Miller,

    Antifa? [spit-take] Antifa did this?
    I have seen a lot of college-age kids posting “tell me again about how taking a knee was an inappropriate way to protest”, which makes me hopeful for the future.

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  9. Allan Miller: There are many of a Remain persuasion that would have favoured a hard Brexit, for maximum ‘told you so!’ points! As it is, it will be the death of a thousand cuts, each individually dismissible.

    I see what you mean. Hope Alan is right and the process proves to be reversible.

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  10. DNA_Jock,

    Antifa? [spit-take] Antifa did this?

    That’s what they’re sayin’! I’ve seen a photo of a poster purporting to be a ‘how-to’ for Antifas wanting to disguise as Trumpists that reads like it was written by Trumpists trying to pretend it was a ‘how-to’ for Antifas wanting to disguise as Trumpists! Also Jake Angeli, the ‘QAnon Shaman’ in horns and hairy hat, was also at a BLM protest. Curses! You saw through my cunning disguise! 🙄

    My ephemeral friend reckons pipe-bombs were found, which are an Antifa trademark. And, he, says, they are dangerous; he should know as a schoolfriend blew himself up making one. Go figure, as they say in some quarters …

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  11. phoodoo:
    Flint,

    What are you talking about,there are police in DC. In fact I even saw a couple of them. You know what they did,they said,hey don’t go inside that building please…

    Is that what they would do if a bunch of black civil rights leaders showed up with Ak47s and stormed the capital?

    You misunderstand me. I know that when there were BLM protesters, Trump brought out the army. White right wing extremists? Gee, guys, go on in but behave yourselves!

    But I remember according to you,polices aren’t one of the problems in America,they didn’t create any of the strife going on right now. 90percent of them are maga fools,because that’s the kind of people who police departments like,but they are not the problem according to you. The fact that they act completely different when it is some of their own protesting to you is just a biased perception.They are just doing their job as usual.

    This again misrepresents what I said. The police organization is hierarchical. The front line cops don’t give the orders, and the chief of police is a political position. But you are right, it is much easier to get cops to go easy on white extremists, and damn hard to get them not to presume all blacks are criminals about to become violent.

    If it was black people doing this batons and blood would be everywhere. And you dam well know it.

    Yes, this is the inevitable pattern, but exaggerated under Trump.

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  12. phoodoo:
    How many video clips are there of these terrorists getting their heads beaten in and getting run over by cop cars and getting thrown into unmarked vans?Have you seen some?I guess that news must be getting blocked here,because I haven’t seen it.

    Along these lines, I note the Kenosha people called out the national guard before announcing no charges against the cop who shot Blake 7 times in the back. But, they pointed out, they didn’t charge Blake with anything either!

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  13. Allan Miller:
    DNA_Jock,

    That’s what they’re sayin’! I’ve seen a photo of a poster purporting to be a ‘how-to’ for Antifas wanting to disguise as Trumpists that reads like it was written by Trumpists trying to pretend it was a ‘how-to’ for Antifas wanting to disguise as Trumpists! Also Jake Angeli, the ‘QAnon Shaman’ in horns and hairy hat, was also at a BLM protest. Curses! You saw through my cunning disguise!

    (I’m not accusing you of believing that, but in case anyone does …)
    These have been refuted, of course, yes, the “shaman” was at a BLM protest, but as a counterprotester, and the guy in the yellowish hoody does not have a hammer-and-sickle tattoo on his hand — it is an image from gaming.

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  14. Flint: White right wing extremists? Gee, guys, go on in but behave yourselves!

    Definitely a “law and order” president if I ever saw one.

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  15. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with the nation’s top military officer on Friday about precautions in place to prevent President Donald Trump from ordering a nuclear strike or conducting other military hostilities as Democrats seek his removal from office.

    From the Politico site

    Well, I hope they took notice!

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  16. I wonder when Mung is going to come here and tell us what a great president agent orange has been.

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  17. Sean Davis, one of the founders of The Federalist, you know one of those places where Omagain gets his news, said on Twitter, I talked to many of the “protesters”(terrorists) and they all said they thought the capital was open, that thought they were allowed to be there….

    What a party.

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  18. Joe Felsenstein,

    I did find ot rather cute that people think it plausible that an Antifa protestor would not think to disguise himself a little better!

    Here’s the purported Antifa poster, which reads like it was written by a 5 year old trying to adopt a persona. Overused exclamation marks, non-ironic use of the term ‘patriots’ and the leaden labouring of the point of the exercise all seem ‘tells’ that it is in fact a false false flag.

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  19. Allan Miller,

    Thank you for providing this. The use of the term “patriot” is a dead giveaway. That’s right up there with Gaetz claiming that XRVision software had identified antifa faces in the crowd. Nope, nothing but your common-or-garden neo-nazis in the Pro-Trump crowd…

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