CNN is currently broadcasting a piece by Fareed Zakaria that we should all be paying careful attention to:
We need to prepare for this deeply worrying scenario.
Multiple models suggest that the most plausible and most likely scenario, based on current polling, is that when the in-person ballots are counted on November 3 — and when just 15% of mail-in ballots are counted — Donald Trump will appear to have a 408-130 electoral vote majority. Four days later, when 75% of the mail-in ballots are counted, that will shirt to a 280-258 EC vote in favor of Joe Biden. By the time all mail-in votes are counted, Joe Biden is likely to win by 334-204 EC votes.
We already know, from the 2018 mid-terms, that Donald Trump and the Trumpists will claim that this is evidence of massive fraud. In all likelihood the mainstream media will contribute to the crisis by reporting the election night results and by continuing to report the aftermath as a political process played by partisan actors. Mr. Zakaria asserts that the election will ultimately be decided by John Roberts. I suggest that any of us who think I am being “paranoid” need to open our eyes and look at what is happening.
The constitution provides two mechanisms for removing an unfit president — impeachment and the more recent 25th Amendment. The first was tried, and it failed. The second makes the failed assumption that the cabinet is comprised of honest and loyal Americans. The US constitution does not contemplate what has already happened — the takeover of the executive branch and Senate majority by a hostile power.
My wife’s family of origin lived in Eastern German, Austria, and Bavaria up to and through WWII. The “War Years” were VERY different for them than for any American. Her older siblings have vivid memories of that region in the immediate aftermath of the Allied victory. This is not ancient history, these are real people still seared by their first-hand real experience. More than anything else, they remind us that things happen FAST. East Berlin was sealed off literally overnight, with essentially no warning.
This battle is already lost — it is time to look at what happens next. It is time for us to prepare for life under a Trumpist dictatorship. I think it’s time to start talking about what we actually DO in February 2021. How do we protect ourselves in a culture where the most powerful government in human history is controlled by tyrants? How safe are we in New England? In Massachusetts?
I write this because I literally do not know what to do next. I fear that a year from now we will look back on this as the final collapse of a golden era in human history. I wonder what we will say when our children and grandchildren ask us whether we could have done more.
It isn’t like we didn’t see this coming.