Category Archives: Elections & Voting

The coming civil war over Trump’s ego

What is America really fighting over in the upcoming election? No particular issue. Not even Democrats versus Republicans. Continue reading

Trump wants the Supreme Court, not the people, to decide the election

WASHINGTON—When the U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on the first Monday in October, the symbol of its most important looming development will not be an individual case but an empty chair draped in black. Continue reading

Trump openly admits he wants to fill RBG vacancy before election day so his justice can help fight mail-in ballots

‘They aren't hiding that they want to confirm a new Trump justice so that justice can steal the election.’

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump frankly stated his motive for rushing to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: To help him dispute the legitimacy of mail-in ballots in the November election. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: The Democrats’ supreme failure

The corporate Democrats refuse to back measures that appeal to huge majorities of their base, preferring instead to campaign against one evil man and his appointees. Continue reading

Trump says he is ‘counting on the federal court system’ to declare winner on Election Night—before many ballots are tallied

‘This is an open admission that Trump hopes to use the Supreme Court to steal the election.’

President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend that he is “counting on the federal court system”—which he has packed with right-wing judges—to declare a winner of the presidential election on the night of November 3, a statement that one journalist described as an “outright pledge to use the courts to stop votes from being counted.” Continue reading

RBG’s death means two-headed uniparty will threaten Americans with removal of civil rights

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, which means the US election is going to revolve around abortion and other civil rights for the foreseeable future. Which won’t change much since this presidential race hasn’t really been about anything since the end of the Democratic primaries. Continue reading

Questions unlikely to come up during the debates in the most important election in the history of the U.S.A. since the last one

Is private profit achieved by selling at the market the best way to benefit the greatest number of people and if so, how come so many people are homeless, unemployed, poor, without health care, while market forces accumulate trillions for war and billions for pets? Continue reading

Cyber Command gets new surveillance powers under guise of battling election meddling

US Cyber Command and the Pentagon are availing themselves of the Russian meddling narratives and added a few others to justify the creation of a cyberwar army with international and domestic capabilities via the National Guard.

China doesn’t want Trump to win in November, according to William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). Russia, on the other hand, is “using a range of measures” to undermine Joe Biden’s candidacy. The intelligence official also accuses China of “expanding its influence” ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but only to “deflect and counter criticism” as opposed to a direct attack on the incumbent. Continue reading

For Trump and GOP, no hope, just the audacity of lies

During the first Clinton term, I worked on the public TV series In Performance at the White House Continue reading

Trump’s playbook written by fascists like Juan and Eva Peron

WASHINGTON—Trump’s acceptance of the RNC nomination for a second term as president Thursday night was not the first time a fascist posed as a fighter for workers who was bucking the establishment. Continue reading

Democrats must demolish Trump’s delusional law-breaking dystopia

‘The Democrats are not matching Trump’s own or his party's propaganda.’

Donald Trump continually breaks multiple laws. Yet the serial lawbreaking, lying Trump is playing the “law and order” card against street protestors reacting to fatal cases of police brutality. Armed pro-Trump provocateurs are attending civic protests and generating casualties and property damage, as was the case recently in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Trump uses such mayhem to attack Joe Biden and his hyped “radical leftists.” This is grotesque, but then that is how corrupt, dangerous, devious Donald operates when cornered by falling polls, and growing opposition from leading retired military leaders and national intelligence officials. Trump’s attack on the U.S. Postal Service is also producing a nationwide backlash and even red-state conservatives are troubled by delays in deliveries of medicine and Social Security checks. Continue reading

Life during a Trump second term: Paramilitary democracy accelerates

Two-headed monster: One side is out of control

Sides must be taken. Continue reading

Shit bowl country

I will contradict myself numerous times in this piece. Continue reading

Twin imperatives: Defeat President Trump this fall; challenge President Biden from day one

This is our political crossroads.

One result of the Republican convention will be a drop in the number of progressives who are in denial about the Trump regime’s momentum toward fascism. This week’s relentlessly unhinged GOP gathering has probably done more to win votes for Joe Biden from the left than last week’s Democratic convention did. And that points up a problem. Continue reading

Don’t let this mad, manic president wear you down

The GOP convention reminds us that this freakshow of mayhem can exhaust and distract from the mission at hand.

Today’s conjugation lesson: I am worn out, you are worn out, we all are worn out. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Democrats are Officially Republicans

The Democrats claim to be the opposition party, but they seek out Republicans, hate the left of their own party, and don’t seem to care if they lose the election. Continue reading

Trump’s 50 promises to be broken

All politicians lie. Rare exceptions prove the rule. Continue reading

Mail sorting machines across America dismantled ahead of November election

Some 671 mail sorting machines have already been decommissioned ahead of the upcoming presidential election, where record numbers of Americans are expected to vote by mail.

With little explanation from management, United States Postal Service (USPS) machines are being disassembled across the country. A USPS worker leaked images of a newly decommissioned machine—capable of handling 30,000 pieces of mail per hour—to NBC Montana. Local news outlet KUOW report that 40 percent of the post sorting machines in the Seattle-Tacoma area have been recently dismantled, to the dismay of the local workforce. “It would take a crew of 20 to 30 people hand-sorting the mail all night to do what one of these machines can do in a couple hours… Our infrastructure doesn’t work without these machines,” one worker said. “In our meetings with management, the union has been given no rationale whatsoever,” he added. Continue reading

Democratic Convention: New faces, similar policies but sharp contrast with Trumpism

The Democratic Party avoided the issue of what to do about the gross maldistribution of power between the tiny few and the rest of the people in America.

A national political nominating convention, as the Democrats have just completed, is, to be sure, a mutual admiration event. A steady stream of speakers led to the finale with the acceptance speech by the presidential candidate, Joe Biden. But the Convention has another declared purpose: to show the country what the Democratic Party stands for and the future it wishes to shape for the American people. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: “Feet to the fire” and other lies

When the Democratic Party ends its charade of a primary process and spits out the person most closely aligned with neo-liberal policies, the gas lighting begins. Continue reading

Save our post office—and our right to vote

Trump is willing to destroy this prized national asset to cling to power.

As the recently departed progressive champion John Lewis warned, your right to vote “is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Continue reading

Trump’s ‘law and order’ campaign is a distraction

Trump has refused to act to contain the coronavirus, opting to sit on the sidelines as the pandemic ravages the country. But when it comes to waging violence against his own people, he’s quickly risen to the occasion. Continue reading

The U.S. presidential election: A referendum on Donald Trump’s character or a campaign on law-and-order?

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the last stretch in the U.S. presidential campaign leading to the election this year to be held on November 3. Continue reading

America doesn’t have presidential debates, but it should

On August 6, the Commission on Presidential Debates denied US president Donald Trump’s request to increase the number of debates between himself and Democratic nominee Joe Biden from three to four. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: How Trump can steal the 2020 election

The election was stolen from Clinton four years ago and the even weaker 2020 candidate can expect the same fate. Continue reading

‘Scam’ is the best word to describe American elections

I have leftist friends who are going to vote for Biden in November, to my surprise. These are people who would never have voted for a Democrat in the past. This is because Trump is arguably the most disgusting president we’ve ever had. Sure, we’ve had slave-owners, slaughterers of the indigenous, war mongers and some of the worst scumbags ever to lead a nation. Continue reading

From distracting nation from economic crash to ‘freaking out about losing,’ Trump’s threat to delay election seen as no joke

‘Trump doesn't have the authority to delay the election, but a lot of terrible things could happen if Trump believes he has the authority.’

A very overt and obvious effort to distract the U.S. voting public from an unprecedented historic collapse of the U.S. economy made even more evident on Thursday? Check. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Propaganda won’t get rid of Trump

The biggest threat to Biden’s chances is the continuing suppression of black votes and the refusal of the Democrats to do anything about it. Continue reading

America should vote this fall in our downtown sports arenas

There is a critical solution to where America can vote during the pandemic—and beyond. Continue reading

Trump’s 2020 election strategy in 25 steps

Trump will do anything to be re-elected. His opponents are limited because they believe in democracy. Trump has no limits because he doesn’t. Continue reading

Trump’s misjudgment at Tulsa/Nuremberg just might doom him

Imagine if Adolf Hitler had staged one of his infamous 1930s fascist Nuremberg hate-fests … and the stands were less than full, his speech fell flat, his flawless phalanxes dissolved into chaos, the fighting flags failed to unfurl. Continue reading

This is the most important presidential election since the last presidential election

Every four years without fail (and usually a little earlier in each quadrennial cycle), both “major” American political parties wind up and toss the same slow, fat pitch across the public’s plate: This is the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. Continue reading