This is a really good one. And if I went to high school with you and you’re MAGA — FUCK OFF.
It is pretty obvious to me that this weekend before the Nov. 6th midterm elections is the quiet before the storm. No matter what happens, the moment we know one way or another what the results are history is going to lurch out of neutral in a big way. Either the United States will become a full-fledged autocratic white ethno-state or we have at least a little bit of hope that something might change.
But I honestly don’t know what the results are going to be. At this point, I will just be happy to whittle the Republican majority in the House down to the RINOs. At least then it will be a least a little bit more difficult for them to implement their stated policy of raping America politically.
And, yet, I fear we’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop. Trump is so unhinged that he is bound to pull some insane stunt sometime between now and election day. Something so crazy that it changed the complete tone of the race and the Republicans win by a landslide. I guess I think that because I don’t think any of us fully appreciate the significance of flipping the House. If we managed to flip the House, things are going to get pretty bonkers pretty quick.
The Republicans have too much at stake for them to let The Resistance take power without a post-election battle of some sort. So, even if we flip the House, Trump will claim it’s all “Chinese hacking” and might challenge the result in court. He has a 5-4 lock in SCOTUS, so he’ll probably get away with it. That doesn’t even begin to address the very real possibility that the Russians will hack the election in the Republicans favor, making this entire discussion moot.
I honestly don’t know what to tell you. I guess all you can do is vote and hope for the best.
It is pretty obvious to me that Trump is such a streetfighter politically that he will do anything in his power to win the 2018 midterms. He fights dirty and given that he is, in fact, president, he has it within his power to do serious damage to The Resistance.
First and foremost, it appears as though Trump is, by re-instating Iranian sanctions, hoping to bait the Iranians into some sort of response between Monday and Tuesday during the election itself. He knows that a major terrorist or military attack on the part of the Iranians so close to — or on — Election Day would either whip up the base or give him the type of instant mass popularity taht he needs at this point to keep Congress. Then he laughs at us while the Republicans continue to rape the nation politically. It doesn’t matter that they gamed the system in their effort to win.
Meanwhile, if that doesn’t manage to do the trick, I believe Trump is going to blame “Chinese hackers” for any loss on the part of the Republicans and he will either call the whole thing a sham or go so far as to challenge it in court. With the Republicans 5-4 lock in SCOTUS, he has a decent shot of if not invalidating the election results, muddling things to such an extent that half the country will legitimately believe any impeachment of Trump on the part of the House is invalid and as such it will tear the country apart.
Lastly, the Russians continue to lurk in the darkness. There is a better than 50/50 chance there might be vote hacking on their part and Republicans will win and laugh at anyone who suggests they did not win fairly. All they care about is power and then we will enter a dystopia in which Republicans never lose because the Russians will keep hacking elections and because they benefit from the Russians actions, they refuse to do anything about it.
This goes on forever and, well, that is, as they say, that.
I guess the point of all of this is I just don’t see Republicans giving up power without either some sort of shenanigans or some sort of assistance from a foreign power. All I can say is vote. And if you believe in a god, pray.
Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.