The politics of expecting a rose and getting a toad

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 12/3/2020, 2:08 p.m.

Many are the ways of Number 45’s flim flammery.

Included in that is our own fault in giving him the benefit of the doubt. He was overtly counterfeit from the beginning.

Feigning surprise now that he is showing his true rogue colors says more about us than him. He cheated or at minimum accepted the benefits of cheating on his behalf to even obtain the presidency in 2016. Why are many of us still so surprised that he would try to cheat to stay where he is not wanted now? He even used the White House as the vicinity in which he tried to either strong-arm or seduce two Republican state officials to break the law and declare Trump the winner in a territory in which he lost by thousands of votes. We should stop expecting otherwise.

We should ask not why he is conducting himself this way, embarrassing the entirety of the U.S. in the eyes of the world; we should only ask ourselves how long can we stand being so disrespected? No longer will we be able to lecture ANY country with a straight face about the conduct of its democratic affairs. Number 45 is a lump of Christmas coal under the American tree, and he will remain the example of America’s pretense at being better than the meanest run country in the world.

The man is a grifter whose shady expertise just keeps on giving (and taking for himself). He’s now running tweets asking for donations for him to keep fighting a lost cause. This was never the Alamo. It was always a dirty hovel behind the weedy sheen of white-washed make-up with an orange-cropped roof (his hair). A little water easily showed its true colors behind the bushes.

Now there’s the spectacle of having one of his lawyers issue public death threats to a former ally who became a traitor to the cause by publicly stating the truth: there was no election fraud or theft—”the 2020 election was the most secure in modern history.” And now the Trump forces are attacking loyal zealots like the governor and secretary of state of Georgia because they will not act criminally by tossing out the honest votes of state citizens and declaring Georgia’s presidential winner to be Mr. Trump. News reports have stated that the family of the Republican Secretary of State in Georgia has been physically threatened by Trump acolytes in and out of Georgia because that official refused to drink the Kool-Aid of criminal behavior for Mr. Trump.

Really, this has all been a bit too much. Such a shocking display of lack of integrity, lack of good manners, lack of concern about the present and future reputation of the office of the POTUS.

But one thing is certain. He ran, and he lost. He was summarily fired by over 6 million more votes than he could command from the American people. Virtually all the states have already certified the election results. On Jan. 20, 2021, by noon, he will have already absconded (possibly with pieces of the White House’s china and crystal) to Florida (he cannot go back to New York), or, with cameras rolling, he will be summarily evicted from the White House premises, with emphasis. No telling how much the sight of that will instantly heal and unite this country.

Meanwhile, the Georgia election for Democratic control of the U.S. Senate will have already happened by then. From the cacophonous rancor presently of in-fighting occurring among Republicans, there is a very good chance that by January 20, both Republicans will have lost and Congress will be back in safe hands for the American people.

We are due a break.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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