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The American Mind

The election may be ending, but the fight is just starting

William Hillman

(11/7) Is the system rigged? The fix was in: ask Sanders. In the Democratic primaries, the big enthusiastic crowds were all for senator Bernie Sanders. Thanks to leaked emails, we know that the super delegates, Democratic National Committee, the White House, and a collaborationist press were colluded to deny Sanders any chance at the nomination.

You are naive if you think the fix stopped at the primary.

Anyone that denies the existence of voting fraud has his or her head in the sand. Iíve seen it firsthand and have heard about it my whole life. Take this headline from the Baltimore Sun, May 19th of this year. "About 1,000 more votes were cast during Baltimore's primary election than there were voters who checked in at the polls, an ongoing state review has found."

In the days of the mechanical voting machines in Philadelphia, a decent paying job on Election Day was "dusting." The job of a duster was to be the first to "vote." Once in the machine, he would apply a phosphorus powder to all the levers that were not to be pulled. At the exit of the polling location a black light would be hung. Under this light, the ward leader would thank each voter for coming and voting with something called the "Philly handshake," a palm up handshake. The black light and phosphorus powder would give away anyone who voted "incorrectly." Punishment for improper voting could include loss of patronage and city employment and withholding of city services. I have no idea if this goes on in the city today. I do know, in recent years, Black Panthers have been used to intimidate voters at polling locations.

Out of state college students are encouraged to register to vote at their school while maintaining registration at home. You can cast an absentee ballot at home and vote in person at school. Itís illegal, but itís done.

My entire life there has been anecdotal stories of big city political organizations registering dead people to vote. Now, political organizations register illegal aliens to vote. When Republicans pushed to implement Voter Id laws, the progressives countered by giving illegals driverís licenses.

In an email posted by Wikileaks, Podesta wrote that illegal immigrants with driverís licenses should be allowed to vote: "I think Teddyís idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated. On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a driverís license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections."

I refer you to James O'Keefe's video series "Rigging the Election."

The bigger question is, how big will these instances of voter fraud be, and will they be enough to affect the outcome of the presidential election. I would say most likely not.

Letís look at the major media. Donald Trump's success in the primary is due to two things. First, he had the right message on national sovereignty and employment. His message resonated with a large sector of the American population that had been ignored and had dropped out of political participation.

The second element of his success is the press. For years heís been tuning his celebrity status. Heís learned to work the media and he knows what earns airtime. Itís like they used to say about Howard Stern, people listened to him just to hear what he would say next. In the crowded field of the Republican primary, all attention was on him. Few of the other candidates received much airtime. The Republican primary debate had record audiences. People were not tuning in to watch Ben Carson or Ted Cruz. They wanted The Donald.

But the mass media is a vicious partner. And it has turned Trump.

In the general election, the media has ignored the mounting evidence of Hillary's lies, corruption, and manipulation. They will take a half hour speech by Trump and edit it to a five second clip with the intent of defacing him. They will not show him talking about the issues that have galvanized people around him.

The most important issues to the voters in this year's election are secure borders, and an end to trade policies that have shipped abroad the jobs and arrested the wages of working Americans.

Hillary Clinton's speech to Brazilian bankers (for which she was paid $225,000), revealed her dreams of a "common market, with open trade and open borders" from Nome, Alaska to the southern tip of South America. That would mean the end of the USA as an independent nation. A nation without borders is not a nation. The American press, who is in bed with and in many cases outright owned by transnational corporations, is more interested in old tapes of Mr. Trump on the Howard Stern Show.

Is there any wonder why the crowds of thousands at his rallies break into chants of "CNN sucks"?

"Big money and the media power of the establishment elites and the transnationals may well prevail."

And if they do, Middle America Ė those who cling to their Bibles, bigotries and guns in Barack Obamaís depiction, those "deplorables" who are "racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic", who are "not America" and are "irredeemable" in Hillary Clintonís depiction Ė will have to accept the new regime.

But that does not mean they must love it, like it, or respect it.

Because, in the last analysis, yes, Virginia, the system is rigged." Ė Patrick Buchanan / Oct 18, 2016

I think Mr. Buchanan is right. I really donít see Trump winning the election. But thatís okay; this is just the first round. Mr. Trump has brought to the forefront issues that the media and the political establishment have ignored and pushed under the rug for years. They now know the American public will not stand by like sheep being brought to the slaughter while they sell our country to the multinational corporation. Trump may not have scored the winning touchdown, but he has moved the ball far down the field and shown the great vulnerability of the political elite.

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