Dear Readers, I’ve turned to video to cover topics that I think are important but that I can best present in an informal and patently speculative way. Today’s video is about living through a paradigm shift, which occurs when a society must abandon the concepts and practices that formerly governed its culture. Do you think, as I do, that, in the wake of the insurrection and the pandemic, a new set of values and interests will come to prevail in the American mind? Let me know.
It’s been over a week since the presidential race was called for Biden, yet the loser in the White House refuses to concede. The victor’s camp has had to watch endless analyses of the loser’s situation, which with time grows more pathetic and bizarre. The media continues to cover Trump, take his words to heart, and repeat them when they don’t deserve repeating. A few sycophants continue to treat him as if his wishes and grudges matter. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani’s scatter-shot press conference in defense of the President, held mistakenly at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, sandwiched between a dildo shop and a crematorium in a banal corner of suburban Philadelphia, offers a visual metaphor for how dodgy and disreputable Trump’s protestations are.
Meanwhile, the victor and the victorious electorate have been cheated of the whoop and holler of all-out jubilation. Yes, Biden backers partied in the streets the day the election was called and rallied to cheer Biden’s sweet victory later that night. Yet a cloud hangs over Biden’s lawful assumption of the presidency, because the current president refuses to acknowledge what Biden has accomplished—refuses to acknowledge the people’s choice. Until someone chops down Trump’s tree of refusal, Biden’s win remains in the loser’s shade.
It’s incontrovertible that Biden defeated Trump. As of this morning, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Biden won by flipping five states that Trump won in 2016: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia. His margins could have been fatter in Arizona and Michigan, but only in Georgia are the results close enough to justify a recount, which is occurring now. Even if Georgia were to go to Trump instead of Biden, it wouldn’t be enough to touch Biden’s win.
An astonishing number of Americans (about 73 millions) turned out for Trump. He received the highest number of votes ever cast for a Republican candidate, but, in this year of astronomical turnout, Biden far eclipsed him, winning roughly 78.8 million votes out of some 152 million cast. Biden received over 5.6 million more votes than Trump.
Trump’s childish inability to accept the results is unfortunate, but far more dastardly is the behavior of others in the Republican party, who indulge Trump instead of pressuring him to concede. Of particular moment is the formal beginning of the transition process. Once the formal transfer of power begins, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The incoming administration will then be privy to what is going on in the Trump White House, greatly reducing the risk of any dangerous lame-duck shenanigans. So far, though, a single Trump appointee, GSA administrator Emily Murphy, has held up this process, by declining to ascertain that Biden won. She is siding with the defeated incumbent instead of with the American people.
Yet the moment is coming: Power is drifting away from Trump and incrementally consolidating around president-elect Biden. The news outlets are debunking Trump’s claims of fraud. Secretaries of state and other officials all across the US are explicitly defending the integrity of the elections they conducted. The New York Times reported on a group of election officials who say this was the most secure election in US history. Makes sense, given the fears raised over interference in 2016. Since then. states have made substantial progress in improving election security and defending against any type of interference or fraud.
It’s time for the Trump era to fade to Biden. Catcalls, boos, and rotten tomatoes will rain down on Trump, if he can’t improvise a graceful exit tout suite. Only a buffoon enjoys being humiliated: whether Trump is one will become evident now.
Yesterday was a long, uneventful day, a day of waiting for a conclusion that didn’t come. The suspenseful process of counting the ballots for the presidency continued all day and into the night, with the frontrunner Joe Biden holding a good lead over Trump. By the end of the day, Biden had won Wisconsin and Michigan, flipping them blue and preserving his path to victory. Attention then shifted to Nevada (6 electoral votes), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), and Pennsylvania (20) where mail-in ballots outstanding are expected to run mainly in Biden’s favor, but where races remains too close to call. Alaska (3) and North Carolina (15) are also still in play but more likely to end up in the president’s column. At midnight, according to CNN, Biden had 253 electoral votes to Trump’s 213.
Today, the presidential contest will come to a climax, as Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona report additional returns. If Biden holds his lead in Nevada and Arizona, he will have exactly 270 and Trump will have lost. If Biden pulls ahead in Pennsylvania on the strength of the remaining 763,000 mail-in ballots still being counted in mainly urban and suburban areas, Trump will be toast. It will be many days, however, before Pennsylvania completes its count.
If Biden wins, the losing candidate and his supporters may cause mayhem and violence. So far, state officials and the major news outlets (including even Fox) have wisely projected respect for the election process and the people’s will. It is very important to the stability of the country that they have refrained from rash claims for one side or the other, instead reporting only full vote counts while urging calm. Michigan is a prime example, where Governor Whitmer and her dynamic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, have been speaking out on the imperative need to respect every vote and the collective will of the people. The protracted nature of this election count, and the fact that Biden has been leading the bulk of the time, is a good thing, in that it allows voters of all stripes to accept the final outcome as being authentic, if word of a Biden victory comes.
This morning the stock market is surging on expectation that Biden will win, while the Senate will remain under Republican control. Whereas a plunging stock market would signal a foreboding of post-election violence and instability, the surge indicates investors’ confidence that the people’s will in selecting the president will prevail.
Image: C. B. Slemp, secretary to Calvin Coolidge,
receiving word of the election in 1924,
from this source.