Requiem for a Republic?

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego, California USA, Friday, November 13, 2020, 08:53 (309 days ago)
edited by Padrino, Friday, November 13, 2020, 09:04

Hello, Fellow Zihuatanejo Lovers. First, I want to thank Rob, yet again, for offering us this valuable forum. Each night, I check in to read about the latest developments in my favorite little corner of the world. It is now the only social Internet venue that I use, having forsworn other forums long ago and having never used Farcebook, Titter, Claptrap, and any of the other various antisocial media. There is simply too much rancor, anger, sniping, name-calling, etc. The insidious viruses of fear and loathing even infect this humble forum from time to time. Yet the draw of Zihua beckons me back every night. And given the recent lengthy exchange about our election here in the United States, I feel that I can safely share with you my personal thoughts, predictions, and fears. Indeed, I don’t know any other place that I would want to share them with. With all seriousness, I believe there is a very small probability that the United States is in dire peril in the next several weeks. However, I believe there is a 100% probability that our democratic republic will struggle to survive into the not too distant future.

The election is over. Joe Biden has won. Donald Trump has lost. However, as you are all painfully aware, Mr. Trump refuses to concede and is spinning a narrative that the election was stolen. No credible evidence has been given as indeed, there is none. You can bet a whiskey barrel full of cash that every Secretary of State, every Registrar of Voters, every poll worker, and all the other staff way on down the line, must have known beforehand that their actions would all be under the 10,000 watt media spotlight for this election since Mr. Trump has claimed for several months that there would be widespread fraud and cheating, once again without providing any shred of evidence.

We are left with several questions but the main question is, “Why?” Why is Donald Trump doing this? What are his motivations? He is well aware that he lost the election. No doubt he has been counseled that his legal maneuvers can not and will not succeed in reversing the election. What are his desired outcomes? Many of the best political minds of our nation and indeed, the world, are scratching their heads and trying to formulate their best guesses.

Let’s not enumerate them all but the proposed reasons range from simply giving himself time to lick his wounded ego and accept defeat to setting the stage for a Trump TV show where he can continually cry that the election was stolen and beg his followers to please send in plenty of hundred dollar bills for his victorious comeback in 2024. Forgive me for being an alarmist, but I believe his goal is far more sinister. I believe that Donald Trump will only leave the White House in either a straitjacket or handcuffs. As his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, said in prepared testimony before Congress, “Indeed given my experience working for Mr. Trump I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

I believe that Mr. Trump is working behind the scenes to determine if he can perpetrate a coup d'etat. Throughout his tenure, we could see him probing the various branches of the military to ascertain if he could get them to obey his extrajudicial and illegal requests. The consistent response from all branches of the military have been, “No. No. No. No. No.” The FBI, CIA, NSA, and other law enforcement and intelligence departments have also given him the cold shoulder. On the other hand, he has found some acceptance within the State Department, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. He was successful in getting various policing groups from the Department of Homeland Security to do his bidding in Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon, and a few other locations. However, while these groups have shown great relish and prowess in busting the heads of “looters and thugs” (also known as peaceful protesters), they are no match for our military.

This may be why Mr. Trump fired Mark Esper, the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Trump will need to neutralize the military if his goons are to be effective in putting down the massive protests that will result from a coup. Mr. Trump supporters will, of course, be welcome in the streets but the “Antifa terrorists” will be dealt with severely. If Mr. Trump really is serious, we will most likely see the heads of the FBI and CIA fired within the next few days. For a coup to be successful, it will most likely need to be done before December 14th when the electors from all the states cast their votes for the next President. Or it might be accomplished over the Holidays as the Congress does not formally accept the vote of the electors until January 6th of 2021. In any event, after January 20th, Mr. Biden will be in control of the military and that would be the end of any coup attempt. It will not be easy and Mr. Trump will need help. I do not doubt that Mr. Putin of Russia would be happy to oblige.

Do you believe I am being too alarmist? Please note the words of Vladimir Lenin: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

Okay now, let’s bring ourselves back to earth and acknowledge that this scenario has about a 1 in 100 chance of being initiated and a 1 in 1,000 chance of succeeding. However, the second peril that I mentioned at the onset has a 100% probability of happening because it is already well under way: The United States of America is literally tearing itself apart.

Seventy-five million voted for Joe Biden; seventy million voted for Donald Trump. It is impossible to know how many of those who voted for Trump are his hard-core supporters, his true believers, his “deplorables” who have eagerly embraced the epithet Hillary Clinton foolishly gave them in 2016. However, it is these people who scare me far more than Mr. Trump. These are people who literally only believe what their “Beloved Leader” tells them. There are numerous interviews with members of this group that boggle the imagination.

“Mr. Trump said X / did Y / lied about Z.”

“No, he didn’t. You’re wrong. The <insert corrupt or Socialist here> Democrats are the one who said Z / did Y / lied about Z! They want to destroy America!”

“Please, look here. Here is the video / document / testimony. We have proof that it was Mr. Trump who said X / did Y / lied about Z.”

“You are wrong! You are an elite globalist! You are a Marxist lib-tard! You are anti-America! I only believe what Donald Trump says. Everything else is Fake News!”

No doubt, you know at least one of these individuals yourself. For two further examples, I give you my sister-in-law and my dear, sweet aunt of 82 years. My sister-in-law told my wife this past summer that the Covid-19 virus was a Democratic hoax and would disappear on November 4th. My dear, sweet aunt of 82 years told me that God chose Donald Trump to save us from the homosexual Democrats and that we must build a wall with Mexico because the Mexicans are all criminals and are invading the United States. Ah, my wife and sister-in-law have not spoken for many weeks now. I send Christmas cards and birthday cards to my aunt with photos of my many travels in Mexico. Interestingly, we haven’t spoken in a long time, either.

It may seem amusing on the surface but the consequences of a large percentage of the population who deny reality, even when it stares them directly in the face, are deadly serious. Why? Because if we don’t somehow heal our country’s divisions and somehow bring back respect for one another, respect for science, respect for truth, respect for nature, respect for the rule of law, respect for all peoples of the world, etc., then someone far worse than Mr. Trump is bound to come along. That someone will be far more cunning and diabolical. That someone will not be a buffoon and will not fawn and coo under the ego-stroking, lovingly counterfeit gaze of dictators such as Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping, etc. That someone will recognize said dictators as fellow criminals against humanity who can help him bring about a dictatorship in the United States. That someone will know how to utilize the “deplorables” for far more deadly endeavors than just stroking a fragile ego during fascist-inpired rallies right out The Lord of the Flies or 1984.

During the Cold War, the Soviets quickly determined that there was no way they could ever defeat the United States militarily. Their only hope for victory over the United States was to have the U.S. fall from within. They focused on our original sin, racism. However, their feeble attempts at starting a race war in Pravda and their other media outlets were laughable. Oh, how the world has changed! Although we can’t put all the blame on Russia, through the Internet, we have created the means by which Mr. Putin -- that old Cold Warrier who pines for the glorious return of the Soviet Empire -- and his minions now help sow the seeds of distrust, anger, and hatred of one another.

That same distrust, anger, and hatred are now tearing our great nation apart. I am not alone in my fears. You may not know the name Jeffrey Gundlach nor heard of Doubleline Investments. Mr. Gundlach, who heads Doubleline, is a celebrated bond guru and is not bashful with his opinions nor predictions. He was one of the few who believed Mr. Trump would win in 2016 and believed Mr. Trump would win a second term. While the latter prediction turned out to be wrong, he is also quoted as saying that he, too, believes that our nation is tearing itself apart. Mr. Gundlach predicts a possible split of the nation into more than one country. Personally, I don’t think that would happen. More likely, I believe that another demagogue, far more dangerous and stealthy, will mold our country in the model of Putin’s Russia or Erdoğan’s Turkey. Then, our nation will be a democratic representative republic in name only. Those who don’t have a portrait of our new and improved “Beloved Leader” prominently displayed in their homes will simply disappear or accidentally fall down a flight of stairs or mistakenly ingest a lethal poison, etc.

Now just look at what I have done! I've gone and spoiled your morning, afternoon, or evening. My apologies. Please do your best to tell me why I am a completely misguided and ill-informed individual and that I should stick to listening to Rob’s music and longingly gazing at his daily photos and keep my wild-eyed, harebrained, nonsensical conspiracies to myself. In the meantime, if you can think of an effective way to heal our tattered and torn nation, please respond directly to Joe Biden’s transition team. I am sure they will appreciate it. I certainly will. Thank you for your time and attention.

Respectfully submitted,

Frank Paiano
San Diego, California USA


NBC News article discussing Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress: (Wall Street Journal’s free website) comments on Jeffrey Gundlach prediction:

As if on cue, as soon as I finished the first draft of this missive, my much-smarter-than-me friend shared this story with me:

First of a series of YouTube videos entitled, “Trump supporters say the darndest things”:

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