At or around midnight tonight, Trump will declare victory. Fox news will immediately follow with the same assertion. Many states, most notably Pennsylvania and Michigan will rightly contest a quick claim to victory as their mail-in ballots will still be uncounted. The Senate will help Trump kick it to the Supreme Court in a rush. SCOTUS declares Trump the victor and we have 4 more years of Donald Trump crowing in our ears.
A handful of people will decide this for us. None of the machinations of Democracy will have been for anything. Did you know the new SCOTUS Justice Barrett worked as G.W. Bush’s lawyer during the hotly contested 2000 presidential election, and guided the case to the Supreme Court when it decided to settle an election dispute in Florida that handed the presidency to Bush? It’s true. A 5 – 4 vote that bought eight years of tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of financial and environmental protection and finally an endless war in the Middle East and the ruination of the U.S. economy and banking industry.
Now we see the same thing playing out again. Minority rule by a superstitious, willfully ignorant cabal of conservatives who’s only guiding principle is keeping power, and can only govern on a platform of guns, nationalism and cultural grievance while in the backrooms of power, oligarchs carve up the last of the world’s resources for sale to the highest bidder. Look for privatization of water rights soon! Civil War! Runaway Global Warming! Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Google will become cyber city states with more money than most nations. It’s gonna be horrible. And we asked for it.