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by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Gadfly | January 25th, 2017

How to make America a third-world country again

A national columnist asked the question, “Did we really elect Donald Trump to be president of the United States?” Even with all the investigations pertaining to Russian intervention, voter repression, Wikileaks exposure of Democratic Party e-mails and the FBI director’s letters to Congress about Hillary’s private server and e-mails. We probably will never know.

In the 2000 presidential election the five Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote appointed George W. Bush president even if Al Gore ended up with more popular votes. And the Court under the leadership of Justice Antonin Scalia did it before all of the votes in Florida were actually counted.

We now have another real election mess on our hands. Our national election day is still the first Tuesday in November. We need Monday so the horses can pull the wagon to town so the passengers can vote on Tuesday -- because we had to use the horses to go to church on Sunday. We have sent satellites and planet rovers to the moon, Mars and other far places to explore the universe and our origins, but we still have voting procedures that place us near the bottom of third-world countries.

We have close to 250 million eligible voters in the country, but only 137 million actually voted in 2016 at a time when it only takes a few minutes for a radio signal to travel to Mars and other planets to keep a rover examining dirt for water.

Some 63 million voters picked Donald Trump and 65.8 million voted for Hillary Clinton. There were 1.1 million write-in votes for leaders such as Mickey Mouse, Mother Goose, David Duke, Sean Hannity, Mother God and Spider Man. Libertarian candidate (“What’s Aleppo?”) Gary Johnson received 4.5 million votes and Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party garnered 1.5 million. Mormon Evan McMullen had 726,000 voters behind him.

A whole string of ordinary and bizarre characters also running for the office of president received 453,664 votes. But 113 million, or about 45% of the eligible voters, did not go to the polls in a campaign that was “breaking” news every day. There are many good reasons why they didn’t. Two of the reasons were the two major candidates who had enough baggage to sink a cruise ship.

The 2016 election may have been the last desperate attempt for whites to stay in power

The main reason many white voters didn’t vote is that they didn’t like the candidates or campaign issues of either party. Over 87% of Trump voters were white.

Minority voters have hundreds of reasons why they didn’t vote. It’s because white legislatures have passed voter suppression laws to prevent them from voting--particularly in the old slave states.

White precincts usually have sufficient equipment and workers to keep the lines moving expeditiously. Most whites have no problem supplying government IDs—and leaving their jobs for an hour or two to vote on a Tuesday.

Minority voters cite inadequate equipment at precincts, long lines, transportation problems, the reduction of early voting hours, elimination of many precincts, and the parking of police cars and the patrols of foot police near minority precincts. Many workers also cannot afford to leave their hourly-paid jobs on a working day because they are on a time clock and lose pay.

After the half-white Barack Obama won in 2008 many Americans had the crazy idea that his election proved we had solved most of our racial problems, but Corky and I knew better after living in North Carolina for three years during Jim Crow days. Regardless of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights laws, Jim Crow, Jr. and his grandson Little Jimmy still pass laws suppressing minorities.

As an example of voter suppression, the North Carolina Legislature, after the Supreme Court eliminated provisions in the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of suppressing minority voting to have changes approved by the Justice Department, passed laws that decreased voting by blacks by 16% in 2016. The Republican legislature eliminated 27 voting places, and decreased early voting hours in 17 counties and 158 places which resulted in a drop of 66,000 votes.

The Wisconsin Legislature passed a photo ID requirement in 2014. Over 300,000 registered voters, many of them inner-city blacks, did not have one—and getting one was quite expensive. In Milwaukee alone 41,000 fewer black registered voters voted in 2016 as compared to totals in 2012.

The evolution and growth of the White Male Supremacy Violence Disease

Leading historians who have studied the rise and fall of various world empires over thousands of years have determined that the white race has dominated three of the five most powerful empires in human history. Some have lasted longer than others.

The first most powerful empire was the Roman which grew to be a world power over several centuries and at one time controlled 25-30% of total global output. Rome accomplished this by dominating the Mediterranean Sea countries by military power, conducting trade with large areas, including present-day Europe and Asia, and by developing a financial system of bank notes that eliminated the hauling of precious metals from countries to undeveloped areas.

After the decline of the Roman Empire, the Song Dynasty of China in the so-called Middle Ages rose to control 25-30% of the global output for a few centuries. The world’s first industrial revolution actually took place in China, along with the benefits of developing agriculture to satisfy the society.

The next empire to dominate the world was the Mughal Empire in India with 25% of global output that lasted from the 16th Century to the early 1820’s. This empire didn’t last very long.

The whites of the British Empire finally regained the power in about 1870. We must remember that “the sun never sets on the British Empire” was true because it controlled India, Australia, much of the Pacific, Canada, our 13 colonies and many other areas.

The Brits controlled over 20% of the Gross World Product from the tremendous technological advances in the British Industrial Revolution and through its world trade.

And then came World War II.

The Allies defeated the Axis powers primarily because of the industrial might of the United States. At the end of the war we had saved the British Empire from destruction and had replaced it as the dominant economic force in the world, garnering 50% of the world’s economic output. England maintained ties with all of their previous “colonies,” but did not continue to govern them.

The development of the disease known as white supremacy

The constant, continuing growth of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Reformation provided a framework of Christian white power for the last 2,000 years, culminating in the birth of the slave trade beginning in the 17th Century. From that period on we slaughtered the red population in the U.S. and enslaved the blacks of Africa while we generated enormous wealth from crony and vulture capitalism.

The White Male Supremacy Violence Disease contracted by whites, particularly males, insists that white skin still defines the civilized, the superior, and the people chosen by God and that the rest of humanity is barbaric, backward, and inferior.

During the American Empire, skin color has become more important than national origin and religion. When we throw in race, religion, the selection of a conservative Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, and social issues such as abortion and gay rights into the development of an empire, we have to deal with a lot of stress.

The election of Donald Trump by whites has “shocked” the pundits who say we have never seen anything like this. With the growth of the black, Latino, and “other” populations it is predicted that whites will soon be a minority in a country they now dominate. That was proven to be a big factor in the 2016 election, along with religion, social issues such as same-sex marriage and the Biblical injunctions proclaimed by the Christian religions.

Some facts to consider for the 2020 Presidential Election

In the 2016 election 60% of white Catholics and 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump. Most non-white voters, 88% of blacks and 65% of Hispanics and Asians, chose Hillary Clinton.

A few states allow adults with felony convictions to vote, but most of the former slave states have taken away voting rights of felons for life. In Florida 21% of blacks are not allowed to vote because they have committed a felony. Kentucky bans 26%, Tennessee bans 21%, and Virginia 22%.

Whites preferred Trump over Clinton by a 58% to 37% margin. Women supported Hillary over The Donald by 54% to 42%. Trump won whites with college degrees by 4 points, but college graduates backed Clinton 52% to 43%. Trump won men by 12 points over Hillary, 54% to 42%. Those without a degree supported Trump by 52% to 44%. Over 67% of non-college whites backed Trump while only 28% voted for Clinton. Young adults 18-29 chose Clinton by a 55% to 37% margin. Voters over 65 chose Trump by 53% to 45%.

When conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater ran against Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964, Martin Luther King wrote: “The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism…On the urgent issue of civil rights Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand.” Things haven’t changed much in 52 years. The Ku Klux Klan, the White Citizen’s Council and other white extremist groups were very welcome under the Trump umbrella in front of the Trump Tower.

We should at least understand that thirteen of our presidents owned and enslaved black men, women and children. Thomas Jefferson said: “Blacks are inferior to whites in the endowments, both of body and mind.” Too bad Tom isn’t around to watch college basketball, the NBA and the NFL.

Andrew Jackson in an 1833 speech said, “Blacks have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire for improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition.” Andy, tell that to Barack and Michele Obama.

In 1895 Theodore Roosevelt wrote in the North American Review: “A perfectly stupid race can never rise to a very high plane; the negro, for instance, has been kept down as much as by lack of intellectual development as by anything else.”

We have had a lot of presidents consumed by the White Male Supremacy Violence Disease.

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