Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How to Deconstruct American Democracy the Trump Way

If there is anyone who is busy deconstructing his own nation in front of a bewildered world it has to be Donald Trump.  This rule has to be the fastest ever to descend a perfectly fine country into complete devastation.  Just two events that happened in the last week are simply mind-boggling.  Trump’s Voter Fraud Claim and Feud with Mexico.  Let us talk about these two from the perspective of a person who has grown up in a democracy and has had the opportunity to see US from the “outside”.

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Voter Fraud Claim: An express consent of the governed is central and fundamental to the success of any democracy.  Everyone should be able to vote and take part in the elections and every vote that is counted should be a genuine one.  Article 21, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 says:

 If Voter Fraud is proven to be false, the American President loses his credibility.  If the Voter Fraud is proven to be true, then American democracy loses all credibility.  There is no come back that helps this nation from this point!
“Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. . . . The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

In a Republic, the rule of law – as it is operative via the rights and duties of the citizens – is the basis of governance and not the whims of the rulers.  No matter how big and accomplished you are as the President or anyone else, you are governed by the same set of rules and laws as an ordinary citizen.

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Earlier this week, in a meeting with the Republic and Democratic congress people, Trump again spoke of how he had not lost the popular vote by ~3 million, but rather won it since between 3-5 million votes were illegal.

Bruce Plante Cartoon in Tulsaworld

When this came out – Trump’s claims were correctly called Lies!  Numerous studies – major one being from the Pew Center on the States which has been cited differently said that although there were invalid registrations and dead people on the rolls, but those registrations were never used to cast votes.  In fact, the author of the study David Becker tweeted to clarify it as well.

But that did not stop Trump, rather he went ahead and doubled down on the whole controversy even stronger via his tweets.

This now truly and surely is snowballing.

And all this started from two tweets by an unheard of person from an organization VoteStand – Gregg Phillips.

https://twitter.com/JumpVote/status/797843232436748288

https://twitter.com/JumpVote/status/797218284034752512

This morning, CNN’s Chris Cuomo had a one-to-one with Gregg Phillips.  This is how it unveiled.  Look at the circular logic and ways of Phillips – who claims he knows the number of illegal votes, but cannot release the findings for he is still validating them.  On top of that he also seems to suggest that the work he and his friends are doing can be done faster by the Government.

This is the exchange.

 

 

Trump, apparently listens to CNN and not his intelligence briefings, so he tweeted about the whole interview right away.

Here is the thing – If it is proved that Voter Fraud is indeed a hoax and a lie, then Trump will lose his face and credibility.  For a US President to be a man of little credibility is a dangerous thing for people start to “work around” your whims and shoot your own follies back at you when you go around “promising things”.

If however it is proved that the voter fraud of that magnitude actually happened, then that completely demolishes any claim of US as a democracy and completely delegitimizes Trump’s own Presidency.  How come 3-5 million voted illegally – who knows which side – and resulted in a Trump win and he is still a legitimate President?

More importantly, this will be the end of democracy as a valid form of governance in the West.

US was the origin of modern democracy.  To come out of this self-dug hole will take forever.  Establishing credibility by a nation of its democratic cred