You’re Being Ratf**ked And Don’t Know It

Three cigarettes and still no lede for me. Posting be poisonous and when about politics, a tar pit. And the season is changing so shadows lengthen, hinting that a pronounced pall might envelop the polity come the day after election day.

What? You expect a win. Trump triumphant, Hillary hurrah. Pshaw. I’ll be ecstatic if the nation simply decides that it’s best to keep moving steadily, inch by inch, incrementally forward.

Now that’s the second paragraph balderdash I’d normally offer sixty days removed from a POTUS tally, but today I hope to rally your concern about that one undeniable event inherent in American political exceptionalism; the peaceful transfer of executive power.

The Donald gives voice to and is chorused by political players and pretenders screaming and scheming in suggesting that elections are rigged and hence any and all government and duly elected officials are illegitimate.

This is a coup on the cheap and a long-term con that has picked up speed, this election cycle, due to the naiveté, pliability, and pronounced paranoia of the GOP party nominee. (You really don’t think Mr.Trump’s preference for fast food is palate based, now do you?)

But back to poisoning the well of election results in our Republic. When political authoritarians made changing demographics a threat equal to the felonious nature of a participatory democracy, one man one vote being one too many, they decided to go all despotic on down ticket races and have been doing so for decades. RE: The horribly named Ratf**ked…”The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy…” Go here for a NPR review and discussion.

“DALEY: The idea was that you could take a state like Ohio, for example. In 2008, the Democrats held a majority in the statehouse of 53-46. What RedMap does is they identify and target six specific statehouse seats. They spend $1 million on these races, which is an unheard of amount of money coming into a statehouse race. Republicans win five of these. They take control of the Statehouse in Ohio – also, the state Senate that year. And it gives them, essentially, a veto-proof run of the entire re-districting in the state.

“So in 2012, when Barack Obama wins again and he wins Ohio again, and Sherrod Brown is re-elected to the Senate by 325,000 votes, the Democrats get more votes in statehouse races than the Republicans. But the lines were drawn so perfectly that the Republicans held a 60-39 supermajority in the House of Representatives, despite having fewer votes.”

Maybe if some of you “general election” warriors give David Daley’s book a quick glance you might be moved to soldier on during the mid-terms and maybe, just maybe, stay involved during an off-year.

But I doubt it.




I’m spry yet retired. I reside in the inner city of a major metropolitan area of the United States. I read politics. I watch baseball. I hum along with the tune. I June swoon, and moon the bad poem. Post here, are old and new. Opinions are my very own, except when wrong.

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