In these turbulent times, I’m supposed to be quiet. Don’t say anything controversial on social media, don’t ruffle feathers, don’t add to the hysteria. And then I watch this scene in Georgia where Lin Wood, Sidney Powell and others on the Trump dream-team invoke God and country, freedom, and love, but scream “stop the steal,” because Biden beat Trump in Georgia in 2020. in the same sentence where they claim to love God and country, they incite their audience to chant “lock him up” about the Georgia governor and secretary of state.
The Bible warns us about false prophets. They’re alive and well and I watched them in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin after the 2020 election.
4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.Matthew 24:4-8, NLT, from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2024&version=NLT
Some of my Christian friends call me a heretic for quoting Matthew to define Trump and his cronies. I am sorry they feel that way. But I cannot sit idle while the Trump crew tries to reverse our election. For my conservative friends – it’s okay to be conservative without worshiping Donald Trump.
The Trump dream-team says the election in Georgia, and across the country was rigged. They accuse the Georgia governor and secretary of state of accepting money from the Chinese and others. They claim somebody in Germany or Mexico or Spain counted our votes. They spin stories about rigged voting machines where an algorithm from Venezuela makes up votes instead of counting them. Except the Chinese are now 75 percent owners of the voting machines that the Venezuelans owned a couple weeks ago, but nobody bothers to flag that inconsistency.
Sidney Powell tells us somebody flew planeloads of Biden ballots into the United States from Mexico. And bazillions of ballots from New York into Pennsylvania. But if the voting machines create their own ballots based on an algorithm, why bother to import a bunch of outside ballots? How did the imported ballots make their way from the plane(s) into the vote counting centers? How did the people who made the imported ballots coordinate with the people who rigged the voting machines? Well, we don’t know, because the people who rigged the voting machines set up the software to not leave any trace of tampering. Therefore, since there’s no trace of tampering, the voting machines must be rigged. Follow that logic?
Evidence? Who needs Evidence?
The Trump dream-team keeps saying it will show us evidence next week. But another next week comes and goes and the best they can come up with is a sex-offender from New Jersey, an affidavit that mixes up Minnesota and Michigan, and Melissa Carone, a Michigan witness who should be on a Saturday Night Live skit.
Every time a judge rules against them, every time another Republican leader finally speaks up, Trump and his dream-team call them left-wing, Antifa sympathizers in disguise. Undaunted by more than thirty court failures and comical appearances in front of state legislatures, Trump troopers keep putting on rallies disguised as press conferences. And crowds of Trump worshipers keep eating it up.
The election fraud stories get more bizarre every day. And it was entertaining until we crossed a line.
From Bizarre to Dangerous
Now Michael Flynn – the guy Trump pardoned after he went to jail for lying to the FBI in 2017 – wants to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law, and redo the 2020 election, this time supervised by the military. So does at least one of Trump’s Pentagon nominees. All in the name of God and country. And millions of Americans think that’s a good idea.
It gets worse.
Trump just fired several Pentagon business advisory board and defense policy board members via email. Trump loyalists like former Trump campaign manager, Cory Lewandowski, David Bossie, and Cory Mills will replace volunteers like Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, and respected business leaders. Remember Cory Lewandowski? He roughed up a protester at a 2016 Trump rally. He also roughed up a reporter in an earlier rally. He showed up drunk for an Oct. 2, 2019 Fox Business interview with Lisa Kennedy Montgomery. Now he will advise the Pentagon on business decisions.
Trump also fired Defense Secretary, Mark Esper and his staff. He fired Chris Krebs, head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in charge of election security. He will probably fire his Attorney General, William Barr soon. Why? Because they said the obvious – there is no evidence the election was rigged.
Why doesn’t Trump acknowledge reality? Because he makes money bamboozling us with BS. Lots of money. The Trump team sends me between five and ten emails every day asking for money. Apparently, millions of people respond. He’s collected hundreds of millions of dollars in the month after the election, and he can use it any way he wants. Not a bad gig. How do I get in on this action?
And that probably explains why so few Republicans will admit Biden beat Trump in 2020. If they take a public stand, they alienate all those people sending all that money to Trump.
This hits close to home for me. One cousin called me a communist Nazi for calling out Trump behavior in a Facebook post. I’m not sure what a communist Nazi is, but I don’t want to be one.
Speaking of Nazis, In the late 1920s and 1930s, nobody paid attention to a nutcase in Germany with a weird mustache who had a knack for bamboozling crowds with BS. That led to a global disaster with WWII. There are parallels today, in 2020. That’s why it’s not funny anymore.
Trump is not the problem. Trump is a symptom. We’re the problem. We keep buying his BS and he keeps pandering to us because we keep paying him to do it. It’s a viscous cycle and it needs to stop. We’re supposed to be better than 3rd-rate dictatorships. But if we don’t wake up, we’ll be the generation that ends the great American experiment in democracy.
Lin and his crew say the mainstream media lies and we should not believe stories we see on the news. Instead, we should believe stories from the Epoch Times and OANN (One America News Network), because that’s the news these guys like.
Lin and the Trump dream-team are right about one thing. Dig deeper and search for the real facts. We have the internet at our fingertips. We use it every day to spread sensational rumors. How about using it to look for authoritative sources of information? Just search for “Election 2020 lawsuits” and read a few judges’ rulings. That’s where the rubber meets the road.
No matter what the Trump dream-team says, even if they invoke God and country, the only vast American conspiracy that should matter was when 81 million Americans conspired to elect Biden in the 2020 election. I was not one of them. But the person I voted for did not win. Biden won. Trump lost.
But don’t believe me. As my friends regularly remind me, my opinion is not worth the disk space to hold the words. Do your own homework. You’ll find that Trump dream-team rhetoric does not stand up to scrutiny.
Time to Speak Up
For GOP leaders, now is the time to show courage. If you’re afraid to speak the truth, let me ask you a few questions. Do you look forward to a future with king Trump? How did you like the last four years? How did you like the few years that led to Trump in 2016? What do you think went wrong? And what are you willing to do to fix it?
If you want to be a leader, then stop hiding and start leading. Stand up and stand for something. Maybe, just maybe, if you show a little backbone, maybe you’ll attract a few followers.
For the rest of us, do not let a mob that claims to love God and country and freedom overrule what we the people decided. This bunch is a sorry crew. The next crew won’t make the same mistakes. For anyone who really does care about preserving our democracy, God and country demand we speak up.