Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The FBI Has Finished The Job of De-Legitimizing America's Democracy
The only thing we know for sure about next week's election is that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be proclaimed president elect. Oh yeah, there's one other thing - half of the population will be furious with the outcome and reject the legitimacy of the winner.
If Trump wins and the last-minute FBI email scandal turns out to be groundless, a lot of Americans, half or better, will know they've been had by the ultimate dirty trick. This won't even be a "hanging chads" event. Trump's legitimacy, across a broad spectrum of American demographics, will be crushed.
If Hillary wins, Trump has already conditioned the other half of the American public with groundless tales of rigged elections and the persistent "Crooked Hillary" smear. Her legitimacy, likewise, will be tattered from the outset.
I've been wondering how this madness could happen. In my opinion, it's because the American people have failed to defend their democracy. They have turned on their own institutions. It's happening because those who are driving it know they can get away with it. With a society so deeply divided across so many lines - ethnic, political, economic, sectarian - it's as easy as pie to manipulate that breakdown of social cohesion. It's hard to see how the American people can come back from this, how they can reclaim and resurrect their democracy. We may be witnessing the beginning of the end and the ascendancy of Amerika Inc.
Make no mistake, there'll be no winners when the president elect is declared on November 8th. Everyone loses in this election and that's not just limited to Americans.