Let the bragging begin — Who manipulated the election to “Save Democracy”? A Corporate Cabal!

Now that the Left have the main levers of power, it’s safe for them to come out and tell the world how important they are. Indeed the race to the top of the vanity pile is on. This is not an accidental admission. When the real game is to get to the top of the pecking order, bragging is part of the plan. 

And brag they do. Time actually published this:

The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

by Molly Ball, Time Magazine

The Cabal decided the “proper outcome” of the election.

“Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan rule-of-law advocacy group. “But it’s massively important for the country to understand that it didn’t happen accidentally. The system didn’t work magically. Democracy is not self-executing.”

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Which rather flies in the face of that quaint old idea that the government is meant to be by the people and for the people? If it isn’t self executing, it’s done by outside design. Do we need to say that it’s profoundly un-democratic to pick rulers by secret cabals?

But the participants want this story told, mostly for their own personal aggrandizement. See how important I must be, pulling the levers of power? 

That’s why the participants [of the cabal] want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream – a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.

It sounds like a paranoid fever dream, because it is one — a cabal of shadowy powerful people are manipulating what people think by “controlling the flow of information”. That’s not what a good work colleague does, it’s what a predatory office narcissist uses as their main tool of oppression. It’s the idea that holding back information is better for the punters.

Who rules you? The person who decides what information you are allowed to hear. The lie-by-omission is still a lie. This is not the whole truth and nothing but — it’s the authoritarian dictocrat who lords themselves over you.

Say this with a straight face: 

“They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.

Essentially  democracy is fragile because the dumb punters might have voted for someone  The CabalTM didn’t want. Fortifying our outcome means stopping them picking theirs. Autocrats with a conscience tell themselves they were fortifying things to make them feel better. Autocrats without a conscience tell it to the world as a public relations message.

Time Magazine admits it was a conspiracy between Big Gov and Corporate Giants to take the election

Remember the days when elections were about persuading the most voters that you had the best policies?  Now, it’s about who is in bed with with the biggest Corporations.

Remember the days when elections were about persuading the most voters that you had the best policies?  Now, it’s about who is in bed with with the biggest Corporations.

Once upon a time, corporations were evil capitalist bastards, then they started colluding with unions and Greens to wring more power and profit out of the people, and that makes them “good”.

They admit they expected violence after the election (it’s how they themselves react eh?)  They admit there is a cabal.

They admit Trump was right about the Big Corporate-Government conspiracy working against him:

Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

In a way, Trump was right.

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

When the workers vote to keep out the corporate cabal, that’s an “assault on democracy”.

Isn’t a cabal between Corporates, Unions and one side of politics exactly what “the Media” is meant to expose to scrutiny before the election, not to help “keep it a secret”?

The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.

For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President.

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.

Translated, protecting democracy means getting more money, making laws that suit their cabal, not the voters, and censoring information they didn’t like. At no point does Molly Ball brag about reaching the people with policies that mattered to them, with ideas to lift them from poverty, help them get jobs, stop crime or even do one survey of voters to find out what the people wanted.

The nitty gritty of intense Psy-Ops to “save Democracy”

The hero apparently is a guy called Mike Podhorzer, who worried that Trump might “win by corrupting the voting process”. Somehow the Left always projects onto their opponents exactly what they do themselves.

The usual tools of data, analytics and polling would not be sufficient in a situation where the President himself was trying to disrupt the election, he wrote. “Most of our planning takes us through Election Day,” he noted. “But, we are not prepared for the two most likely outcomes”–Trump losing and refusing to concede, and Trump winning the Electoral College (despite losing the popular vote) by corrupting the voting process in key states. “We desperately need to systematically ‘red-team’ this election so that we can anticipate and plan for the worst we know will be coming our way.”

Podhorzer was head of the AFL-CIO — (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations ). Others approached him to join forces, including a group of former elected officials was researching emergency powers they feared Trump might exploit. That was probably the Democrats who read the Executive Order 13848 — and knew that if there were foreign interference in the election, Trump could respond. Presumably, that EO would only concern a group who happened to think there might be foreign interference designed to help them win.

So the Democrats gamed out those scenarios, and came up with a plan which amounted to non-stop Psy-ops on a level of detail and a scale never seen. Rather than trying to appeal to millions of voters, the main game was to appeal to the few gatekeepers who might decertify results that looked … dubious.

Election boards were one pressure point; another was GOP-controlled legislatures, who Trump believed could declare the election void and appoint their own electors. And so the President invited the GOP leaders of the Michigan legislature, House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey, to Washington on Nov. 20.

It was a perilous moment. If Chatfield and Shirkey agreed to do Trump’s bidding, Republicans in other states might be similarly bullied. “I was concerned things were going to get weird,” says Jeff Timmer, a former Michigan GOP executive director turned anti-Trump activist. Norm Eisen describes it as “the scariest moment” of the entire election.

They had activists on tap to surround key people at airports at both ends of the flight path. They knew their schedules. They had lawyers ready to frame everything to intimidate the two people who were critical to warn them they would be investigated “for bribery” if they voted Trump’s way. They had media liasons to report and amplify these stories. They even arranged for street artists to project their images onto buildings outside where they were drinking, with the words “The World Is Watching”. When the normally small time boards were meeting Twitter was there with a special hot hashtag to get thousands of onlookers to add to the pressure. They gas-lit everyone constantly, certifying junk results was really “affirming democracy”, “respecting voter wishes”.

The bullies who doxxed people and threatened their children called Trump the bully, over and over, and defenceless normal Americans caved under the weight of relentless pressure. Humans are gregarious, after all, and few are evolved to withstand this kind of group, cultlike attention.

After that, the dominoes fell. Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and the rest of the states certified their electors. Republican officials in Arizona and Georgia stood up to Trump’s bullying. And the Electoral College voted on schedule on Dec. 14.

Time Magazine didn’t mention the intimidation done by the Cabal. They didn’t mention that in Michigan two Republican canvassers only certified under duress, and only with the agreement that there would be a full audit of the ballots, which never happened. The Time authors don’t mention the two canvassers decided to rescind their votes and signed affadavits to that effect.

It’s all about controlling your flow of information isn’t it? 

Another tight situation was the Capitol Hill vote, and the hero Podhorzer even admits that they strenuously arranged and organised so that there would be no counterdemostrators on the day lest they be blamed for the mayhem. Given that Trumps supporters almost never caused mayhem, nor tore down statues or set fire to Wendy’s — they barely left litter behind, it rather says a lot that the Cabal knew there would be mayhem that day. Molly Ball forgets to tell readers that there were BLM and Antifa guys there but they were disguised as Trump supporters while they broke windows and incited the crowd to “Burn it down”.

If hypothetically, someone had set up a false flag event, they really would be afraid their own mad mob might turn up and steal the show:

HOW CLOSE WE CAME

There was one last milestone on Podhorzer’s mind: Jan. 6. On the day Congress would meet to tally the electoral count, Trump summoned his supporters to D.C. for a rally.

Much to their surprise, the thousands who answered his call were met by virtually no counterdemonstrators. To preserve safety and ensure they couldn’t be blamed for any mayhem, the activist left was “strenuously discouraging counter activity,” Podhorzer texted me the morning of Jan. 6, with a crossed-fingers emoji.

The Time Magazine article is a feature (unwittingly) on how Democracy has been destroyed. Even if we ignore the evidence for corruption, cheating and flipping of votes, the entire article is a back-patting propaganda article demonstrating that winning elections has nothing to do with policy or what the voters want. It’s about manipulation, games, psychological warfare, and deception.

None of this, not a thing, was about respecting the voters wishes.

Bonchie, RedState

And while I’m sure some fact-checker will have qualms with me describing what this group did as manipulation, I believe the objective definition of that word more than applies here. When you seek to stop people from having information that could affect their vote, that’s manipulation. When you go and lobby to get certain laws changed specifically to help your side, that’s manipulation. It is what it is.

Meanwhile, Republicans can get in the game or get busy losing again.

h/t to David Maddison, David E, Bill C, others too. Thanks!

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February 7, 2021 at 01:49PM