By Ramin Mazaheri and cross posted with PressTV
The US obsession with mail-in voting is incomprehensible to the rest of the world, but the true reason behind this nonsense is never openly admitted: Mail-in balloting has been a way to ensure that the elites of both parties can contest the election if they lose, thus giving them a way to deny ultimate responsibility for their loss via presenting a way to question the integrity of the election.
Of course this phony debate should be incomprehensible – there have already been dozens of major elections worldwide in 2020 already. The data available to the US is clear: safe in-person voting is easily assurable despite the minor challenges. There has been no correlation between elections and a post-Covid spike, and some elections have even been able to increase voter turnout despite the pandemic.
Therefore, the hysteria which swept the United States in March is not at all logically supportable in October: the need for mail-in ballots, much like the alleged mortality rate of Covid-19, was wildly overstated back then.
Yet the horse is out of the barn: nearly 40% of the US electorate (going by 2016 totals) has already voted early, and this will have a catastrophic effect on the United States because it seemingly guarantees that they will have a disputed election.
To be concise: nobody should expect a declared victor on the night of November 3rd because of the difficulty in counting all these slow-arriving and even late-arriving mail-in ballots, which are already tainted with dispute anyway. Furthermore, we should expect perhaps 1 million ballots to be thrown out for errors, which will obviously create further disputes – mail-in ballots will be an update of the “hanging chads” from 2000’s disputed election.
This is on top of the reality that the US general election is merely a statistical fun fact, anyway, as they vote for their president indirectly via an electoral college: look at five of the eight key “swing” states and polls show the lead of either Donald Trump or Joe Biden is 3 points or less, which is within the margin for error. Furthermore, US pollsters have also likely not solved the “hidden/shy” Trump voter issue, making polls perhaps as unreliable as 2016’s polls obviously were.
Given the certainty of this already equally-divided electorate, increasing the logistical challenges posed by mail-in voting, which will only increase the number of spoiled ballots, made no sense.
But that’s true only if we analyse it from a perspective which gives primacy to the average American citizen – it made perfect sense if we look at mail-in balloting from the point of view of the very elite of Washington’s most-privileged politicians.
Russophobia was hurriedly concocted after the fact – Mail-in voting nonsense was proactive
What mail-in voting does is give the party elite “plausible deniability” – if Trump loses he will say the election was rigged because of mail-in balloting, and if Democrats lose they will wildly allege that mail-in balloting has drastically reshaped how this election must be counted. This way, no matter who loses the party elite do not have to relinquish power as a result of being genuinely voted out due to their terrible policies, results and platform.
Democrats, for example, will have to make exactly as many changes at the top and concessions to the rising Bernie Sanders faction as they did after 2016’s loss: zero. The Clintonista faction, Nancy Pelosi and their coastal media sycophants all now have a way to achieve the only thing they want – to cling to their privileges.
The accuracy of this analysis is proven by the Russophobia campaign they concocted to deflect blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016. If they would waste three years of America’s time on a phony “Russian meddling” campaign – which concluded with a “Mueller Report” that indicted zero Americans on charges of collusion or election conspiracy – how less preposterous and how less energy-consuming is making constant exhortations to vote by mail?
How much easier is it to instruct lower-rank party officials to keep sending Americans unsolicited government letters encouraging them to vote by mail, or which even chide citizens for not having voted by mail yet? I do not lie when I write that at the very point of submitting this article for publication I got an email from a food home delivery service – a totally apolitical entity, seemingly – asking me, “Want to vote early?” and offering to help me do so. That is how widespread and deep this unnecessary, destructive mail-in balloting campaign has gone in today’s US culture.
Republicans insist that voting by mail is more susceptible to fraud, and while this is true on the surface, the reality is that proven voter fraud is exceptionally small in the US. Republicans oppose mail-in balloting probably, I would guess, because they would secretly like to keep as many of the aristocratic vote restrictions America is founded upon as possible. However, they are far more cognisant of the problems posed by mail-in balloting than Democrats.
The reality is that Donald Trump is by far the loudest Republican objecting to mail-in ballots precisely because he, too, needs a reason to contest the election and deflect blame for a possible loss.
Trump, even though his “outsider populism” – which proved to be fascist (pro-corporate) in nature rather than a genuine and patriotic populism – has been swallowed up by the Republican Party “Washington Swamp” extremely effectively, has actually on this issue reverted back to the early-2016 assertion that his interests are actually quite in opposition to those of one-half of the duopoly which is quite clearly prescribed by the US Constitution – the Republican Party. This open opposition is a huge reason he won the 2016 election – that he is a political outsider who will drain the Swamp – and if Trump does lose a large reason will be that he too-tardily remembered this cause for his original victory: seemingly not until the 2nd and final presidential debate two days ago.
Studies prove that mail-in balloting does not lean Democrat or Republican (at least prior to 2020), so Trump has joined with the covert cause of the Democratic elite to fabricate mail-in balloting into an issue where there was none. Again, it is not a true issue after so many other countries have held successful elections in 2020.
The mail-in balloting controversy makes sense for all the wrong reasons: because the US system prefers to focus attention to issues which are of no consequences to their lower classes, who are also hurt by rabid American capitalism-imperialism; because Americans have a short attention span, and also one guided by sensationalism since the 1960s; but mainly because the very elite factions in power in Washington do not want to give up power if they lose as a justified consequence for their terrible records as public servants.
Even though 2020 has forced us to accept as “normal” so many things which are not normal, we must remind ourselves that a disputed election is not some minor occurrence. And yet there is an acceptance of this inevitability here, mainly because – appallingly – there is very little public discussion permitted of just how bad a disputed election is for any society. (Again, this is precisely because the US elite – uncertain of the outcome – actually wants a disputed election.)
A disputed election necessarily has enormous financial and economic ramifications due to the instability it provokes; it has equally important political ramifications – we cannot understate how many Americans were permanently alienated from the system via the handling of the 2000 disputed election, and how at the same time it also deeply polarised those who remained politically engaged; and it also has huge, long-term cultural and social impacts due to the way it provokes so much rawness on such a personally-sensitive topic.
A disputed election is akin to a bloodless, short-term civil war.
A civil war is easily defined as when brothers fight brothers – a disputed election will make late November’s Thanksgiving national holiday a decidedly unpeaceful affair in many households… and for reasons of no profit to anyone but the US elite, sadly.
Lastly, when we grasp why the US elite desired and orchestrated a disputed election we understand how they have to try and cover their tracks, somewhat. This reality explains the ridiculous, pathetic, preposterous assertion stunningly made on the very eve of the 2nd presidential debate: that Iranian operatives are secretly posing as far-right “Proud Boys” to intimidate Democrats in four states into changing their party affiliation, a scam as obvious as it was insignificant as it was ineffective (thankfully). It’s really a shame Iranian diplomats and journalists have to spend a half-second discussing such absurdities – adults have better things to do – but the reality is that Washington’s elite wants to blame other countries for shaking domestic confidence regarding the integrity of the vote when this confidence has been shaken entirely because of domestic flaws and issues. Of course, concocting the mail-in ballot faux-dispute is merely one of the many integrity-questioning events. Iran is very, very powerful no? They were discussed just 20 minutes into a history-deciding debate even though the US is in the middle of an unprecedented social and economic catastrophe, but this what the moderator/journalist Kristen Welker (widely touted as the “winner” of the final debate) foolishly and irresponsibly chose to focus upon, or was ordered to focus upon. What a shame that such propaganda genuinely does lay sinister groundwork for deadly war (like with Iran), or cold war (like with Russia since 2016), and is not a laughing matter. Welker and all the other US journalists who discussed this laughable and (as usual) unproven propaganda at length should consider how deadly their behavior truly is.
Mail-in balloting has unnecessarily guaranteed election chaos in a year which continues to be economically and socially devastating to the United States, which just started an 8th month of uneven, ineffective and economically unsupportable Great Lockdowns. It’s an utter debacle which the US political and media elite pushed into place – we should understand fully these real reasons why, none of which are hinted at in their mainstream or government media.
Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.
It reminds me of th UK’s ;ast election. It wouldn’t happen in Venezuela.
The article, surprisingly, states that “the reality is that proven voter fraud is exceptionally small in the US”. I am afraid the opposite is the case. For example, the 1960 election between Kennedy and Nixon led to the win of the charismatic Kennedy, even though analysts and historians have stated that it was in fact Nixon who won. The 2016 election, according to analysts, saw between 5 and 10 million votes being bestowed to Hillary, including 2 million votes of dead people who rose from their graves to vote. Hillary never won the popular vote. What happened in 2016 was that Hillary and her team instigated voter rigging which was only cancelled when voters openly complained that their votes for Trump, cast by means of electronic voting, were bestowed to Hillary, this happening before their own very eyes.
The increase in mail voting has obviously been inspired by the last elections in France, when Le Pen lost millions of votes due to mail fraud, leading to Macron winning 66:33 % of the votes. When was the last time anybody saw such a suspicious result ?
And yes, mail voting was introduced so that both sides can question the election results. However, that was not the chief reason. The chief reason was for the elections to be rigged.
And the candidates ? Biden is obviously the representative of the US elite, a male version of Hillary Clinton. And Trump ? History will say the last word on him. He has appealed to the working man, ostensibly going against the elite, but has surrounded himself with neocons. Has he honored a single election promise ? Quite a number of analysts have pointed out that his election in 2016 was a sophisticated psyops, the intent of the elite to place a puppet in the White House. Maybe. History will say the last word.
I would say though that while mail in voting is indeed a ”plausible deniability ploy” for the reasons you state, it will not seriously effect President Trump’s re-election chances, he will be re-elected as President.
And that is something that everybody against him is going to have to come to terms with. But even more, that the majority of the American people not only basically agree with him and whatever he wants to do, but that if anything, they will have no problem going to war in his next term with almost anyone (that isn’t a nuclear power, anyway). And also, there will be (perhaps some secret) smiles all over in Rome and London and Washington and Tel Aviv when he wins.
The appeal Trump holds for me is that he is so ineffective politically that he does not really have the capacity to politically organize the American people behind any serious war making. Organizing a war politically, requires skills Trump visibly lacks. It takes serious and competent politics to manage a war. Admittedly a few nasty strikes can be indulged but the man does not have his heart in a war, unlike the monsters who lurk inside the “democratic” party. I prefer evil to be incompetent (Trump) rather than organized and competent.
I take note of how happy the Russians were when Trump won in 2016
Trump is so good for imperial breakdown. Nasty nasty in your face, dialectically he serves revolution.
Trump doesn’t have to be “effective politically” to simply play along with Likudniks like Sheldon Adelson and Christian Zionists like Pompeo. There’s still time for an “October surprise” maybe like a new 9/11 that would be blamed on Iran. Then, it makes no difference whatsoever who wins the election as Trump will avail himself of powers under the USA Patriot Act that will enable to stay in power indefinitely.
They’ll only use an October Surprise if it looks like Trump is in danger of losing.
There’s so many caveats in play now – it appears to me that they wont overplay their hand.
However I do agree with Vladimir above: “if anything, they will have no problem going to war in his next term with almost anyone (that isn’t a nuclear power, anyway)”
Iran is definitely in the US’s cross-hairs with the 18 OCT removal of sanctions on trade in arms
If Iran is attacked, for Russia & China to maintain their street cred theyre going to have to come to Iran’s military assistance – and then a ‘hot war’ is a real possibility (I hope I’m wrong but thats the way its looking, atm)
I’d like to think that you’re right, Tyson, but there’s just way too much precedent for the USA going to war because of some false-flag attack that can be blamed on the North Vietnamese, the Arabs, whatever. That’s how Zionists in the USA operate. Most of them are Christian and all of them now have the hots for war with Iran. I’m guessing that Ramin and Vladimir aren’t diabolical enough to really understand that.
My ”diabolism” I try to keep under wraps.
I do understand that war is their answer for a lot of problems, but there is a certain logic that suggests that while Iran is a tempting target for a number of reasons, there are compelling reasons to believe that they have hesitations about such a war lacking in previous adventures.
Not everything is in place for the wars they want to have, I’m sure.
You have to remember, Vladimir, Christian Zionism is a death cult. They look forward to an apocalyptic conflict that will be the fulfillment of their crazy end-times theology, that will bring their warrior messiah back to Earth to smite the unblievers. I wish I was making this up, but if you watch any of Pastor John Hagee’s sermons on the subject, it’s right out there for the whole world to see.
This is a uniquely American cult that is based on the same “chosenness” that led Europeans to take the continent away from the indigenous in the first place, the same that led the Israelis to take over Palestine as well. Hagee claims that there are “50 million Bible-reading Christians who all stand with Israel”, and undoubtedly will all vote for Trump. War to them doesn’t have to make sense economically or strategically. Trump will give him what they want just to stay in office. May Heaven help us all.
I grew up around those people all my life. They want certain things to happen in the Middle East, so that they can avoid dying at all. They see the existence of Israel as a kind of ”doomsday clock”, which indicates to them that soon God will Rapture them away from the world and the horrors of the End Times.
They hate Russia because they think Russia will invade Israel with a coalition of Islamic nations and be destroyed by God.
None of this is Scriptural, it’s all demonic fantasy, but they’re good people deluded into thinking that they’re not necessarily going to suffer through any of these events that they believe will happen soon.
What bigger false flag than a China started virus? I doubt falseies will start a war, this bug is going to tap all the war energy out of the administration as they attempt to prevent the economy from going into cardiac arrest.
If you doubt that false-attacks start wars you are not paying attention, at least since Vietnam. COVID-19 is a bioweapon that was first deployed in Wuhan, then against Iran. I’m sure Ramin is well aware of that.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the US knew about it as early as the second week of November 2019 and warned Israel about it. If you want, I can send you a link to that report. They also warned the banksters and the big corpse that there would be free money, trillions and trillions coming their way in the Spring, which there was. This was cover for the biggest transfer of wealth in human history from the US treasury to the .00000~1%. It is now attacking the elderly, the infirm, people of color, and those too stupid to live who won’t wear masks in the USA, culling the herd of useless eaters, so to speak.
But, COVID-19 wouldn’t be the false-flag attack that Trump needs right now. It has to be something he can blame on Iran. May Heaven save us from the wrath of the Christian Zionists…
I expect I am being hopeless naive, but don’t Trump and the Christian crazies need the Dems to pursue any kind of war?
Will the Dems go along? I know that a lot of the neocons have gone over to the Dems’ side, but with the juicy prospect of war a la Trump, will they gravitate back to his side?
Or will the Dems say: It has to be OUR war!! We are not going to help you with YOUR war!! And take their toys and leave the war playground?
Please note, Kat, that Major General Smedley Butler was warning us “War is a Racket” in the US since conflicts he fought in during the Taft and Wilson administrations. Repubs and Dems have both been lying us into the banksters’ rich-get-richer wars for over 100 years now. Why would they want to play favorites now?
Wait, wasn’t Obama having trouble “organizing a war politically” by the end of his terms? Remember the “Assad gassed people because reasons” narrative? In 2013, regular people like us were able to see evidence and analysis for why Syria’s “moderate” extremists were behind the chemical weapon attacks, not the Syrian government, within hours of the attacks. The Armed Forces Tea Party, American military could organize anti-war protests on Facebook within days.
When Trump tried the same thing his first few months in office, would his chances be any better than Obama? When Trump went above and beyond Obama by having General Soleimani assassinated, would the alternative media and countries actively avoiding giving the banksters’ their PNAC “new Pearl Harbor” be any less effective…?
And, Snow Leopard, who said “the Russians were [happy] when Trump won in 2016”? The Dems and Russiagaters? Because Trump’s warmongering against all of Russia’s allies, his shipping of Javelin missiles to the Maidanites in Ukraine (more advanced, distinctly American, lethal aid than Obama ever had shipped to them), his pulling out of the INF Treaty, even just the false association between “Big Fan of Israel” Trump (his words) and Russia would make Russians sad. If you were being sarcastic, I’m sorry I missed it.
”Breakdowns” happen to effect people, real people with real lives, and wishing them for others is easy to write in the anonymity of cyberspace.
Sure, change needs to happen, but to make lives better, not worse.
Ramin, I certainly don’t now think that you are in any way soft of Zionism, but the only way Trump is going to stay in power is not by being re-elected, but by finding some way to attack Iran, even if it’s another Israeli false-flag attack like 9/11 that will be blamed on the Iranians. Likudniks like Sheldon Adelson and Christian Zionists like Pompeo are all for it. Then, Trump can declare a “national emergency” under the USA Patriot Act and stay in office indefinitely. As the establishment screed, the Atlantic, put it…
“The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—more than 100 special provisions become available to him. While many of these tee up reasonable responses to genuine emergencies, some appear dangerously suited to a leader bent on amassing or retaining power.”
Do you think he would dare try such a move on election day or the day after or soon after?
Wouldn’t the country erupt in a civil war at such a transparent move?
Actually, maybe the Iranians could really send the fox among the chickens by actually launching some kind of attack on Election Day and then leave it to “the winner” to try to convince Americans that it was a real attack, not a FF . . .
Ramin: “Lastly, when we grasp why the US elite desired and orchestrated a disputed election we understand how they have to try and cover their tracks, somewhat.”
Its called a cover story (aka a story within a story) – Cover Stories are used to *control explanations. This short article from Reagan insider Paul Craig Roberts provides excellent examples:
Q: So why the need to control explanations?
A: Because the Elites must *always maintain “plausible deniability” – otherwise the vast majority of the population wouldn’t knowingly participate in a corrupt society in which all the economic brakes and levers are designed in such a way to work against them.
Catherine Austin Fitts has commented that this election is deliberately being used to create the conditions for a Civil War.
Q: Why? I hear you ask
A: Because if there is no longer a Federal government as ‘blue (losing) states’ have petitioned to secede – what better way for the USG to get out of its massive liabilities in
– healthcare (Obamacare) contributions
– life pensions
– welfare payments,
However there are many more reasons other than just the financial – for the dissolution of the US of A as a geopolitical unit
The best “plausible deniability” is to place the blame on someone else. That’s why 9/11 was blamed on the Arabs. All the wars of this century were actually for Israel, Tyson. Ramin is fully aware of that, and also that the next one will be blamed on Iran. May Heaven help us all…
Everything will depend on maintaining he value of the $US. Should it crash all bets are off. When will it crash is the more pertinent question and what will cause it to crash. That it will ineviatably crash is known but why and when?
It is possible also that the front has shifted, and it is now mainly an internal front. Everything I see in the West makes me think that covid was released to change things in the West. Nothing better than a disputed election to declare martial law.
O come on, guys!
Don’t be so silly.
You keep on underestimating the MSM’s and Big Tech’s “Orange Hitler” campaign’s utter incompetency and boomerang failure, already, and how many steps Orange Man is ahead and has been ahead….for years:
Ep. 1377 Interview With Rudy Giuliani & 2020 Election Special – The Dan Bongino Show®
183,061 views•Oct 23, 2020
He won’t need to protest the outcome…..puleeeese!
It’s gonna be decided Election Night. Listen to the pollster before Giulani comes on. And turn off your TV sets.
This mail-in thing has been an utter fiasco for the Biden Crime Family.
X22 reports a dramatic spike in voters by mail across the country who have heard what’s on the Hunter Biden laptops …and the NAMED source of the CEO of their China operations Bobaluski or whatever the name is….. inquiring as to whether or not they can change their already mailed-in vote!
TRUMP PUTS MASTERPLAN INTO ACTION, ACB CONFIRMATION NEXT, 11.3 IS THE START – EPISODE 2311B
And there is more coming out…..every day.
The MSM and Big Tech refuse to even cover Hunter’s laptops and his classic Mafia Bag Man text about “Big Guy’s Cut” …..the criminal cut of THE most pathetic candidate in US history: Joe Biden………but the CEO’s of Twitter and Facebook and more….have been subpoenaed by the US Senate this coming week…………….and it will ALL be forced out in days……….. to most of the electorate paying ANY attention at all.
The outright censorship of the New York Post coverage………..and Big Tech proven election interference on their platforms will be all DJT needs to use anti-trust law to bust them up and force the lot of them to be declared publishers that can be sued for libel OR platforms that cannot censor:
The US Government anti-trust cases have already been filed. Testimony this coming week, evidently.
This is all wilder than ANY US election since 1860…..and we are not done yet.
Buckle up for next week, starting in about 12 hours.
PLUS: Amy Comey Barrett to be confirmed….tomorrow.
From what I’m reading from multiple sources-and few of them conservative-I think that you are correct. It isn’t going to be that close even of an election.
President Trump will have the mandate needed to do what he wants to do in his second term, unencumbered by having to run for re-election again.
What’s goin’ on in the ‘hood….
Needs to be finally,,,,understood:
Chelsea Handler on 50 Cent by MAGA Hulk & Friends – Your Thoughts?
177,226 views•Oct 25, 2020
Watch, and maybe, by November fourth, you just might understand…..
This is exactly the opposite…….. of what the Empire had planned.
Vibes that I picked up in San Bernardino, late October 2016……….times 100!
I knew the Anti Trust thing was on tap, but I didn’t think they’d get the players out to testify in public before the election…….and if Barret gets confirmed……..rope a dope till vote day.
” little children believe in santa claus, adults believe in voting”
that’s a quote from my brother in law.
if the elites stoke mayhem, there’s certainly a reason.
that reason , i believe, is preparing the population for war.
not right away,sooner than you think, just let all of this fester a few years and we’ll be ripe and ready for conscription and patriotic chants.
“nearly 40% of the US electorate (going by 2016 totals) has already voted early,”
Just clarify that not all early voting is mail-in. One can also vote early in person and I guess many already have. I plan to vote tomorrow. I strongly suggest that voters vote early and in person.
Here is an early-voting chart:
I’d read a few things on this blog on other subjects.
I thought it was generally thoughtful.
But this is merely an ignorant take–no crucial distinctions made among the varied types of mail-in voting;
assumptions made about parties;
and the jaw-dropping “little PROVEN voter fraud.”
Do you think… it’s because it doesn’t EXIST?
How about post-2020?
No, we don’t want a disputed election.
We know our elections have been dirty for decades and are becoming nearly impossible to audit.