Civil War talk has been all the rage since the election of Donald Trump. For myself, I don’t see a secessionist struggle of competing armies maneuvering across North America. The imagery of civil war comes from our last civil war, with two competing governments and two professional armies engaging in more or less conventional warfare. However Trump seems to have changed everything, including the 150 year old national consensus that there should be no further attempts at secessions.
Sure, there are State secession movements here or there. Alaska, Vermont, and Texas have them, but these are small crackpot groups that are not really going anywhere politically. Calexit is probably the biggest state secession movement, but I’ve always assumed there were too many competing interests that would oppose such a move to ever get it moving.
Until recently that is.
The New York Times recently ran a story called How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong. Ostensibly, the story is about the very likely possibility that we may not know who the new President is by the day after, or even the week after Election Day. This seems a likely prospect to me. The expansion of mail in voting and ballot harvesting means that like 2018, where several Republican wins on Election Day were turned to defeat a few weeks later, the ballots will just continue to trickle in until the right number is achieved. It’s not over until the Democrat wins. Democrats thrive in election chaos and in a tight race will want to draw out the process as long as possible.
However as bad as election chaos is, the Democrats are planning for something worse. At the end of the article, there was this stunner.
“But conveniently, a group of former top government officials called the Transition Integrity Project actually gamed four possible scenarios, including one that doesn’t look that different from 2016: a big popular win for Mr. Biden, and a narrow electoral defeat, presumably reached after weeks of counting the votes in Pennsylvania. For their war game, they cast John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, in the role of Mr. Biden. They expected him, when the votes came in, to concede, just as Mrs. Clinton had.
But Mr. Podesta, playing Mr. Biden, shocked the organizers by saying he felt his party wouldn’t let him concede. Alleging voter suppression, he persuaded the governors of Wisconsin and Michigan to send pro-Biden electors to the Electoral College.
In that scenario, California, Oregon, and Washington then threatened to secede from the United States if Mr. Trump took office as planned. The House named Mr. Biden president; the Senate and White House stuck with Mr. Trump. At that point in the scenario, the nation stopped looking to the media for cues, and waited to see what the military would do. “
Well that’s unsettling.
Of course, one must keep in mind that the “Transition Integrity Project” is a lefty group. Even the so called Republicans participating were never Trump Republicans. But that seems to go to the point that this is giving us an idea of how the Democratic Party is really thinking. After all, you can hardly get more establishment Democrat than John Podesta, and in this scenario he was the one who instigated the civil war.
I’ve recently been worried that this election will be the most chaotic and fraudulent in American history. The bleating about mail in balloting is just another gadget in the election chaos toolbox. And I’ve been worried about Electoral College shenanigans. I wrote about this after the last Presidential election in which members of the establishment urged the electors to be “unfaithful” and vote for the establishment choice. The Democrats even managed to sneak in one of their own as a “Republican” elector. I hope the GOP is aware of this and screens their electors a lot better this time.
A year ago, I would have thought the worst I would have to worry about is Democratic get out the vote efforts in the nation’s cemeteries. After all, the Democrats do have the Dead-American vote locked up. Now I have to worry about Democrats contesting an election that they’ve legitimately lost.
If 2016 was the Flight 93 Election, 2020 could well be the Civil War election. Whether that’s the case this year or not, the clock is winding down on the American experiment. I would hope for another reprieve but this little view into how the Democratic Party is strategizing makes me think I may not get one.