Why Elections are Manipulated - Part II of II of the Origins of Election Rigging
Last week, I authored Part I of a two-part series examining the origins of widespread election corruption and manipulation. Although the basic premise of a 15-state blue wall, all Democrat presidentially since 1992 without exception seems strange and contrived, looking at them all together in a chart is simply mind-blowing:
Polls have closed in New York! And as you might expect, Democrat A has carried the state in a route. Back to you, Todd, as all eyes are on Florida!
Yes, we expect these states to go “blue” on Election Night, because we have been conditioned to expect those outcomes in Pavlovian form. This is the case, despite decades of history showing most states as politically flexible and with certain tendencies, such as nearly unwavering support for Republican incumbents. The “red wall,” on the other hand, a coalition of 13 states that have all been Republican presidentially since 1980, which today make up an even larger red wall after the later conversions of other mostly Southern states, is made up of states that accurately reflect political dynamics, economic contributing factors, and rural and traditional beliefs with Republican electoral representation.
That article closed with a five-point summary. In even shorter form, here are those points:
1) The red wall is real.
2) The blue wall is not real.
3) Clinton’s win in 1992 appears legitimate, and predictably so based on electoral trends.
4) Clinton’s 1996 win appears legitimate based on re-election tendencies of various states, and the dysfunction of the 2000 election seems to have ushered in a controlled “red state, blue state” narrative, and gradual erosion of election security beginning no later than 2004.
5) Bush 41 and Clinton appear to have handed off a baton of uniparty leadership, offering the country a diet of nearly nothing but Bush or Clinton from every election from 1988 to 2016, excepting the two in which Barack Obama knocked off Hillary Clinton’s coronation, or was seeking reelection.
This piece aims to explain why our elections had to be controlled, and why they appear to be rigged for Democrats. Here are my top four reasons:
I. The Pendulum Favored the Political Right
The 1980s electoral atmosphere was a cakewalk for Republicans at the top of the ticket, with Cold War red meat and Reaganomics, the national recovery from Carter’s pathetic term, served plentifully. Reagan and Bush won 133 of a possible 150 states in 1980, 1984, and 1988 collectively, with Minnesota being the only one to avoid capture, and only thanks to Walter Mondale, Reagan’s 1984 opponent, calling that state home. Reagan and Bush are the only men to have won three consecutive terms for a party in the White House since Roosevelt and Truman did the trick in the 1930s and 1940s.
While I believe Clinton’s 1992 win (and re-election) makes sense based on the Democrat trend in 1988, and the above dynamic, the country did move back to the right in 2000 for George W. Bush, just as it did for the GOP after Woodrow Wilson slipped into the White House in 1912 and again for re-election four years later, one of few “blue” blips on the political radar between the end of the Civil War and the onset of the Great Depression.
II. The Political Right Was Waking Up By 1992
Bush 41 pissed off a lot of people with his “no new taxes” flub, and suffered under an emerging recession leading up to what would have been a difficult re-election bid for a fourth consecutive Republican term.
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