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    Dinesh D'Souza's film, 2000 Mules, was just released, and it is jaw-dropping.  The level of questionable practices and outright cheating is staggering.  To oversimplify: Using high-tech forensic geolocation, cell phone information was collected that proved that ballot drop-offs at multiple boxes miles apart by the same "mule" were in progress.  A mule is a paid or unpaid person who (in this case) drops illegal ballots off at these drop boxes.

    D'Souza's team set the bar to determine fraud deliberately high so that results of this investigation could not easily be questioned or passed off as mere coincidence.  Stringent criteria were set up so that video evidence of highly suspicious drop box activity would be easily verified by unbiased parties.  D'Souza was inordinately careful so that his film would not be dismissed or ridiculed by rational people.  The purpose was not necessarily to claim that Trump won and Biden lost.  The purpose was to demonstrate how easy it is to cheat and that cheating did indeed take place in the 2020 election.

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    🇫🇷 FRENCH PEOPLE CREATED A PLATFORM TO SELL/BUY VOTES DURING THE ELECTION

    A few days before the presidential and legislative elections in France, a service ironically called "Uber Elect" has emerged on social networks. 

    The site, which claims to have almost 3000 users already, is simple:

    - it offers French citizens to sell their vote for 75 €

    - it offers candidates to buy votes 

    The whole thing is apparently done with a proof of vote and a Monero transfer. A sort of Craigslist or democracy marketplace where people can monetize their citizenship. The uberization of democracy to it's end.

    💥 This video has been circulating social media recently. it's unclear if this is just an ironic trolling operation to mock what Western democracies have become, or if this is a real business to sell votes. Whatever the case it exemplifies the perception of westerners (and especially the French) have on democracy.

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    The United States does not have a real president right now. There is an individual named Joe Biden who shows up occasionally and sits in the Oval Office, but in no way can he be considered to be “President” in the traditional understanding of that term. Biden is an ersatz president.

    An American president is essentially the CEO of the federal government. He or she sets the overall strategy and direction of the country, outlines and articulates its major objectives and manages the subordinate elements that create the actual policy in order to achieve the big-picture goals laid out by the president. Like any CEO, that person likely doesn’t personally have the specific technical knowledge and expertise on a micro level in a given subject area that his/her subordinates have (nor should a CEO or president get bogged down in that kind of attention-diverting minutia), but the CEO must have an overriding vision of their company’s intended direction and be able to see how the various component parts work together in the proper proportion and timing needed to achieve the stated goals. That holds true as well for the President of the United States.

    Donald J. Trump was the prototypically ideal president in terms of setting clear achievement objectives for the country (securing the southern border, becoming energy independent, rebuilding our military, renegotiating advantageous international trade agreements, stopping China from taking unfair advantage of America in trade matters, getting NATO to pay more of its share of its defense needs, etc.) and putting in place the laser-focused personnel required to execute the plan.  This was classic large-scale business-style vision and management at its best.

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    In the final days before what appeared to be a neck-and-neck 1980 election, Republican Ronald Reagan landed a haymaker against President Carter by asking a simple question: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"  Americans were not, and Reagan ended up beating the incumbent Democrat in a drubbing — carrying forty-four states, taking 489 electoral votes, and winning the popular vote by nearly ten percent.  Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan — Make America Great Again! — will be remembered as one of the most effective rallying calls in political history.  As we near what looks like his return to battle for the 2024 election, though, a potent six-word slogan reminiscent of Reagan's rhetorical thwack is inescapable: Were you better off with Trump?

    Only one incumbent president before Trump ever won significantly more votes on the way to losing re-election.  That president, Grover Cleveland, left office in 1889 amid allegations that fraudulent balloting in several states had secured his opponent Benjamin Harrison's victory, and four years later, President Cleveland returned to the White House after decisively defeating Harrison in a rematch.  The 22nd and 24th president of the United States is the only man to serve two non-consecutive terms.  If that changes in 2024, it will reflect the fact that, as with Cleveland, President Trump did remarkably better with the electorate the second time around, only to be handed his walking papers.

    On paper, nothing about Trump's performance looked like anything other than a win.  Losing an election looks like the Romney/Ryan debacle in 2012, in which Obama actually lost five million votes from his 2008 haul but still defeated the unelectable Republican duds.  Trump, on the other hand, won more votes than any sitting president in U.S. history and took in roughly fifteen million more votes than Bush, McCain, or Romney could ever muster.  He won over ten million more voters than in his previous 2016 victory, won almost every traditional bellwether county in the country by double digits, and expanded his share of the electorate with women and minorities.  But for Biden being declared the winner by the press after four days of counting in a handful of battleground states, Trump's impressive gains in 2020 would have been heralded as a resounding endorsement from the American people.

    That is the part of the 2020 election story that has always bothered me most.  If it were stolen, and I obviously believe it was (sorry, thought police), then the theft not only denied the American people their say in their own governance and saddled the country with a dangerous, corrupt, and cognitively declining stooge, but also unfairly recast widely successful Trump policies as having been rejected by the people.  That rewriting of history is as dangerous and consequential as the election fraud itself. 

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    If one takes the 2020 election results as legitimate (I don't, but that's for another day), Biden received 80.0M votes, and Trump received 73.9M votes.  However, in November of last year, the Media Research Center conducted a poll of Biden voters.  Seventeen percent said they would have changed their vote had they known about any of a number of news stories spiked by the MSM.  The news stories of which they were unaware included Biden scandals (sexual harassment and influence-peddling) and reporting about Trump's successes (the economy, Middle East negotiations, and energy independence).  That's a whopping 13.6M voters who wish they had voted differently — as of November of 2020!  It also means that the number of voters now opposing Biden has gone from a minority of 73.9M to a majority of 87.5M (versus 66.4M who still favor him).  It's a testament to the power of propaganda. Is it likely that any of these people have moved back into the "happy with Biden" column?

    We're finding out what a PINO (President In Name Only) looks like — up close and personal.  With crises at home and abroad, Joe is somewhere other than at his desk.  News flash: America doesn't get to call early lids!  A couple trying to feed and clothe the kids don't get to call an early lid — especially when they're trying to keep ahead of inflation.  A lineman trying to get the lights back on in a storm doesn't get to knock off early for ice cream.  Farmers don't get to go on vacation in the middle of harvest season.  Yet Joe frequently calls it a day by 2:00.  He even went on vacation while Afghanistan burns — though he did break from his afternoon nap for a 15-minute angry speech.

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    Today members of the Electoral College gather in their respective states to cast official votes for US president in the wake of the ballot-casting on 3 November that was marred by claims of wide-spread election fraud.

    Post-election tensions have soared in the US since 3 November and the subsequent call by US media that Democratic candidate Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

    Sitting president Republican Donald Trump has refused to concede victory, railing against a “stolen” election; his legal team juggling a plethora of lawsuits seeking to overturn the results, most of which have failed.

    Monday marks one of the milestones in the 2020 election as all 538 electors convene in state legislatures to formally cast their ballots for president. A successful presidential candidate must receive at least 270 out of the 538 votes that make up the electoral college.

    If electors vote based on the certified results of their respective states, Joe Biden is projected to receive 306 votes and Donald Trump 232, with Biden officially claiming the presidency.

    Here are some of the things to watch out for today.

    What Does The Electoral College Voting Involve?

    The electors cast their ballots for president and vice president via paper ballot. Every elector is required to verify and sign the sets of electoral votes.

    Electors vote twice, for president and for vice president, according to the National Archives, with votes recorded on six certificates paired with the state's certification of election results from the governor’s office.

    The certificates are sent to Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as president of the Senate; the Office of the Federal Register; the secretary of state of the respective state; and the chief judge of the Federal District Court where the electors meet.

    Votes are sent by mail to the National Archives and the Vice President.

    Pandemic Impact

    An election year profoundly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with record-breaking numbers of mail-in ballots, early voting surges and a slew of coronavirus-related safety precautions, has wrought some changes in the traditional procedure of the Electoral Vote.

    Electors for each state and the District of Columbia typically gather in state legislature chambers, most often the state’s capitol, to cast their vote, with the time varying. Some start at 10 a.m. Eastern, and most vote in the afternoon. California meets at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Nevada is the only state holding its meeting virtually this year.
    A completely remote ceremony would be logistically challenging, because federal statute requires electors to sign the certificates of the votes, Axios cited a National Archives official as saying.

    Thus, electors in New York will gather at the state Capitol in Albany, as they will in Georgia, where required safety precautions, such as masks and social distancing will be enforced, as at other venues.

    Most states will be offering livestreams to watch the proceedings, such as California, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and New Mexico, so the public can watch safely from home.

    Less “ceremonial activity" is anticipated this year. Attendance is to be limited to the electors and essential staff.

    Will there be ‘Faithless’ Voters?

    By law, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia require their electors to choose whoever won the state’s popular vote.

    The remaining 17 states do not similarly “bind” their electors, leaving them free to choose at will.
    There have been instances of "faithless electors" in the past, however, they failed to significantly impact the election.

    Regarding this year’s vote, media-cited experts deem it unlikely that there will be faithless electors due to reported extra efforts taken by political parties to ensure their chosen electors will be loyal.

    The electors, typically political activists, officials, donors and people with close relationships to the candidates, were chosen by state parties. This signifies they are likely to vote for the candidate to whom they pledged to support.

    In 2016, when Donald Trump won the election, 306 of the electoral college votes were pledged to vote for him, while 232 were ‘bound’ to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

    Towards the end of the Electoral College voting, Trump ended up with 304 electoral votes and Clinton finished with 227.

    Seven electors had accordingly switched sides to vote for someone other than the candidate they were pledged to support.

    However, this year the Supreme Court ruled, in a modification from previous years, that states can punish or remove electors who change their votes.

    Furthermore, the Trump and Biden campaigns have reportedly installed party stalwarts as electors who are less likely to go rogue.

    What Follows the Electoral Vote?

    The votes are counted officially by Congress in a joint session held in the House chamber on 6 January, with vice-president Mike Pence presiding.

    The certificates are opened in alphabetical order by state presented to four “tellers,” two from the House and two from the Senate, who count the votes. Once a candidate reaches a majority with 270 votes, the result is announced.The session cannot be concluded until the count is complete and the result publicly declared.

    As new members of Congress are sworn in on 3 January, the next Congress will conduct the joint session. The Democrats will maintain control of the House, while, irrespective of the results of the looming Georgia runoff elections on 5 January, Republicans will control the Senate.

    This is due to the fact that Mike Pence will still be in office to act as the tiebreaking vote if the chamber is split 50 to 50.

    Can Results be Blocked by Members of Congress?

    The counting of electoral votes prohibits any debate, however, after the result is read out, members of Congress are granted one opportunity to ‘lodge their objections’.

    The latter are required to be made in writing and signed by at least one senator and one member of the House. After the two chambers separate to debate the objection, every member of Congress can speak only once in the course of five minutes. Two hours later the debate ends with each body then voting on whether to reject the state’s results.

    Since 1887, when the Electoral Count Act was passed, there have been just two instances of congressional objections, in 1969 and 2005, with neither passing the House or the Senate.

    As Democrats control the House, any potential objection would be deemed unlikely to pass, while in the Senate, Democrats would require a couple of Republicans to side with them to vote down an objection.
    Some Trump allies are reportedly already planning objections during the congressional session.

     

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