by Shelt Garner
We are careening towards a constitutional crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen for the simple reason that MAGA Republicans don’t see democracy as legitimate anymore. So all bets are off should Biden overcome a series of pretty huge obstacles to actually been sworn in as president in January.
Before I go any further, let me make it clear — Trump is throwing everything he has at the 2020 election so it’s not free and fair. And he’s doing it in a rather brazen fashion to such an extent that he actually wraps up his “victory” if not on election night, then soon afterwards.
Yet make no mistake, Trump is going to steal the election.
In fact, the likelihood that Trump leaves office for any political reason is equal to the likelihood he was ever going to get convicted by the Senate — 0. So all of this is just a fantasiam, a bit of mental masturbation.
But let’s just play pretend. Somehow, after about three months of repeated cliffhangers, we have the final cliffhanger — now that we’ve managed to get the Electoral College to vote for the popular vote winner Biden, what is Trump and MAGA going to do about it?
Well, they’re going to freak out.
Trump’s criminality and his insanity will fuse and he’ll drop any number of huge bombs on the situation. If he hasn’t ready, he may indict Biden direction then try to work out some agreement whereby in exchange for dropping the charges on Biden, we let him off scot free. Or something. There will be rolling MAGA political violence across the country.
But, in the end, the issue will be the military. The military may have to step in after 240 years of avoiding it. As such, we might find ourselves in some pretty surreal situations.
I could see something like Gen. Mattis being named president by the Electors in some sort of Grand Compromise that would avoid a civil war and allow the country to calm down enough to try to punt the situation down the road until the 2022 midterms. And that’s a best case scenario!
The worst case scenario is even the military would be divided and we would have a limited civil war as MAGA ratchets up the violence in an attempt to make it clear that any outcome that doesn’t involve House Trump ending up on top isn’t going to be seen as valid by 38% of the electorate.
Somewhere in that same spectrum would be a Unity Government of some sort, where by maybe Biden gets to be president only on the condition that, say, Ivanka is Biden’s veep. Biden is old, after all, and that might be enough for House Trump to extremely reluctantly abide by a Grand Compromise.
Anyway, again, the issue is the United State is no longer a liberal democracy. We’re a fascist state. The bad guys have won and they’re going to start snatching people off the street when they’re not pushing them out of windows.