Trump, as one might expect, has labeled the recount/audit effort a "scam." He has said that his victory should not be "challenged and abused." This is hilarious, given the fact that he would never have accepted a loss had the election gone as the polls predicted. Remember when he kept insisting that the election was rigged? Trump routinely engages in mirror imaging, projecting his own sins onto others.
Trump and Kellyanne Conway have intimated that the recount effort is a waste of money. They hope to convey the impression that taxpayer money is at stake here, even though donors have freely given their own
money to Stein's effort. I'm no fan of Jill Stein, but the suggestion that she would use this
occasion as an excuse to make money is ludicrous. Surprisingly, Slate
has engaged in the same smarmy innuendo
Trump says that money so donated is a "waste." Oh really?
And who is he
to judge how others spend their money? This is the same guy who spent millions decorating his home in the worst possible taste.
Donald Trump would not throw this
kind of over-the-top snit-fit if he did not fear that the recount and audit could endanger the legitimacy of his triumph. His rage is our best proof that Trump (or his Moscow puppeteers) hacked the vote.
The reason WI:
It has now been confirmed that no less than four precincts in Wisconsin
registered more votes for president than votes cast. News articles attribute the problem to "human error." Funny thing: We have no explanation as to which
humans made what kind
Consider: We have four "errors" that helped Trump. An accident?
If such things occurred truly by accident, then the errors would aid Clinton as much as they aid Trump.
To take the longer view: "Errors" should aid the Republicans no more than they aid Democrats. But that is not the case. Election after election, accidents happen -- and those "accidents" just happen to favor the Republicans, every single time. As Jonathan Simon demonstrates in his important book Code Red
(available for free via Amazon, if you sign up for Kindle Unlimited), the "red shift" is a persistent phenomena which always benefits the Republicans to the tune of five-ten percent.
But that's not the only problem. We also have an obscene degree of gerrymandering (in House races), plus the built-in Republican advantage in the electoral college, not to mention the various methods of suppressing the minority vote.
I'm amazed that Democrats win any
Sorry Greg Palast, but I cannot agree.
At least not fully.
Here's what Greg Palast had to say about the recount/audit efforts:
It’s not about Russia’s hacking. It’s not about playing games with the software. It’s about machines that were miscalibrated. It’s about the fact that we have about a half million absentee ballots in America which is thrown out for highly technical and questionable reasons. It’s 2.7 million so-called provisional ballots when, especially African-Americans, go in and their name is missing from the voter rolls and their given a provisional ballot which is then thrown in the dumpster. It’s about ballots that are supposedly blank but in fact have a mark on them and need to be reviewed. It’s about machines that are off by one-hundredth of an inch and don’t read a mark on a ballot. It’s about ninety-percent turnouts in rural Trump areas which is just astonishing and unreal. It’s about blank ballots which may not be blank. You have to look at…..this is a technical process, forget the hacking stuff, forget the conspiracy stuff, forget Russians, this recount...this review of the ballots and decisions about which ballots are being thrown out and disqualified by the tens of thousands swamps Trump’s plurality in several states....
Oh for chrissakes. Why the hell SHOULD we ignore the Russian factor?
No less a source than CBS News warned us before the election that Russia could tap into the machines. No less a source than the NSA says that Russia has been helping Trump. The Russians themselves have admitted that they were working with Trump's campaign. It's clear that Putin wants Trump in office in order to bring an end to NATO, thereby allowing Russia to bring back into the fold the states that they lost when they USSR ended.
Sorry, Greg, but this is
about Russia. Let's not pretend that we're now engaged in another 2004-style debate over electoral integrity. Such debates are, of course, extremely important. But this is different: We now have a foreign actor playing a role in our affairs. Stop pretending otherwise. Stop pretending that our problems are familiar.
A word about Russia and fascism.
Many people are surprised that the American far right has taken a pro-Russia stance. I'm not.
While doing some research into Robert Spencer, the neo-Nazi who pals around with Steve Bannon and Pam Geller, I found some statements which led me to suspect that Spencer has read Frances Parker Yockey's Imperium
. This post-war Nazi "Bible" remains unfamiliar to most Americans.
read it? Of course
. I've also read Dreamer of the Day,
Kevin Coogan's remarkable biography of Yockey. Although hard to locate -- try inter-library loan -- this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand post-war fascism.
attempts to prove that, in ancient times, the white race -- that "hardy band of adventurers" -- traveled the world, initiating every great intellectual leap made by the human race. Pyramids in Egypt, printing in China, formal logic in India, the wheel, cuneiform writing, fire: Thank Whitey. The so-called "Aryans" did all of these things and so much more.
According to Yockey, creativity is a purely Aryan "thing." Many Aryans do not understand this truth about themselves because they've been deceived by a group which Yockey calls the "culture distorters." And just who are they
? Yockey usually plays it coy when it comes to identifying these people, although you may be able to hazard a guess.
If you're thinking that Yockey joined up with the American Nazi Party of George Lincoln Rockwell, you're wrong. Rockwell could not tolerate Yockey's obsessive hatred of America. Surprisingly, Yockey favored Russia. That's right: An American post-war fascist sided with Russia in the middle of the Cold War
-- not many years after the battle of Stalingrad!
Although Yockey had no love for communism, Marxism was, in his view, just a temporary affliction. More important, he felt, was the fact that the Russian people eschewed racial mixing, Yockeyism's great sin. They were also more chary of those pesky "culture distorters." Near the end of his life, Stalin's drift toward anti-Semitism made many American hate-mongers rethink their attitudes toward him.
Yockey worked within with the first American fascist movement of the post-WWII era: The National Renaissance Party of James Madole. (The NRP also published the works of Eustace Mullins, who later became very popular with conspiracy buffs on both the right and
the left.) Yockey's greatest champion was Willis Carto, founder of Spotlight
magazine -- a formative influence on the American conspiracy buff subculture.
(Intriguingly, some theorists have speculated that Carto had a hand in Yockey's mysterious death.)
For five decades, Yockeyism has been the "secret ingredient" laced into the giant pot of stew served up by America's conspiracy buff subculture. Is it any surprise to see Trump's conspiracy-addled entourage spouting riffs that sound like passages from Imperium
Yockey's most radical ideas can be stated simply: Russia = good. Join forces with Russia
. Unravel the power of those evil Wall Street culture distorters who run America.
That's pretty much the message of the Trump campaign, isn't it? Allow me to offer a tentative prediction: Before we are done with the Trump movement, we will see the boldest Trumpers endorse Imperium
Most of us view Trump as a man without ideology; I myself held to this view until recently. But more and more, I really do think that Donald Trump is a covert fascist. He may not have read Imperium
(or any other book), but he does show every sign of being a genuine "conspiracy addict." The thing about addicts is that they are constantly in search of an ever-more-intense high: Bill Cooper leads to Willis Carto who leads to Alex Jones who leads to Steve Bannon who leads to Robert Spencer who leads to Yockey.
I know what you are thinking: If Trump truly is a fascist sympathizer, what about his Jewish son-in-law?
That question takes us into bizarre territory. Over the years, some truly horrifying anti-Semites have honestly been able to say: "Some of my best friends are Jewish."
Consider the relationship of Pam Geller and Robert Spencer. Consider Anders Brevik's professed love for Israel. Consider Bannon's strong ties to Israel. Consider the bizarre linkage between Willis Carto and Mark Lane.
And now consider the following information (from Wikipedia) about Francis Parker Yockey...
Yockey was continuously pursued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for over a decade, which he avoided by adopting numerous aliases. He was finally arrested in 1960 after returning to the United States from abroad, as his suitcase was sent to the wrong airport. When the authorities opened it to determine whose suitcase it was, they discovered several of Yockey's falsified passports and birth certificates. When this was reported to the federal government, the FBI tracked him down in Oakland, California and arrested him. (Curiously, he was staying at the home of a friend who was thought to be Jewish, a Holocaust survivor and teacher of Hebrew at Temple Beth Abraham, a local synagogue.
Incredible! Inexplicable! Unfathomable!