In a slap across the face to tens-of-millions of Trump supporters, Donald Trump himself, and anyone who believes we deserve honest and fair elections, TIME Magazine just published a story in which the people interviewed admit that they rigged the 2020 election to ensure a Trump defeat. From the article:

This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group’s inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. It is the story of an unprecedented, creative and determined campaign whose success also reveals how close the nation came to disaster. “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.”
That’s why the participants 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.

These people admit they secretly changed the rules, directed media coverage and controlled the flow of information in order to ensure the "proper" outcome. So what they're trying to say is they subverted democracy in secret in order to save democracy? That's some seriously heavy spin, which you'll find throughout the article.

A Look Back

It's interesting, now, to look back at all the things that occurred during election season using the lens of this article and see what was actually happening. Remember the NY Post Hunter Biden story that Twitter and Facebook prevented from being shared on their platforms? At the time there were many people who were upset, claiming the social media companies were engaging in selective censorship. The response from those social media platforms was that there was no conspiracy, they were simply enforcing their Terms of Service. According to this article there absolutely was a conspiracy, and these platforms intentionally censored a true story as part of a coordinated effort to control the flow of information to help ensure the "correct" outcome of the election. In addition to the treatment of the NY Post article there were countless other voices, all critical of Joe Biden, who had their videos demonetized on YouTube, had their Facebook pages restricted or taken down, and/or had their Twitter accounts shut off.

The article goes on to explain all sorts of additional details regarding Zoom strategy meetings, legal briefings, meetings with tech execs and so on. It truly is an eye opening explanation of what it actually takes to rig an election. It's crazy stuff. It's also not really what I want to discuss in this post. What's of more interest to me is why the article might have been published.

The 'Why'

Logically, this article should never have been published. These people just admitted to rigging an election! Even if you are happy with the outcome, I would hope the admission of tampering with one of this country's most cherished institutions would give people pause. Also, given the number of times they talk about doing things in secret you would think the people involved would be ashamed of their actions. Quite the contrary, these people believe they are heroes who saved us from four more years of Trump. But even if these people believe themselves to be heroes, it's generally frowned upon to discuss things like rigging an election publicly. Why? Because you're going to make the people who voted for the other guy really pissed off because they're going to think they were cheated. And based on this article, it's clear Trump was definitely cheated, if not out of a victory then at least out of a fair shot. So why did it get published? I think it's because the ruling class wants to get out in front of the coming conflict.

The Coming Conflict

There were some statistical anomalies and super shady things that remain unexplained in this election. Given what these people were willing to publicly admit to in the article, the idea that they also pushed the envelope into illegal territory has gained far more credibility now, and it's very likely that more and more evidence will come out such that it will be impossible to claim Biden legitimately won this election.

Here's what I see at that point: Half the country will have legit standing to claim their preferred candidate was cheated, and the Congress will do nothing about it for (at least) 2 reasons:

  1. Republicans weren't unanimously behind Trump, so they're happy (secretly or otherwise) he's out and wouldn't be thrilled about Trump's return
  2. There's nothing in the Constitution that accounts for this so there would be a paralyzing fight over what to do and how to do it

What citizens will see is a Congress full of people who more or less don't care that the sitting President was illegitimately elected, which will almost guarantee protests and riots, potentially on a very large scale.

The ruling class sees this coming. They've planned for what may end up being this country's second Civil War.

War on Terror

I've said many times over the years (though I can't recall if I've ever written about it) that a war on things like ideas or emotions are perfect for those who desire endless conflict because it's easy to move the goalposts and expand or change the targets. What started out as a war against Al-Qaeda has morphed countless times to the point that I would expect your average American couldn't tell you who we are fighting right now in our War on Terror.

So what happens when you've pissed of a not-so-insignificant portion of the American public, which also happens to be the side of the political spectrum that has a great love for the Second Amendment? You do things like build a wall (oh the irony) around certain government buildings and redefine what it means to be a terrorist. They completed the former and are already working on the latter:

When riots start popping up Government officials will label these angry Americans as domestic terrorists and will engage with the tech industry to cut them off at the knees. They'll have their communications shut down, their homes raided and bank accounts seized. If they can't get people to comply willingly they will achieve compliance through fear. The US Gov is already the largest terrorist organization on Earth, they just haven't openly turned it on US citizens.

In my opinion, we will look back at the 2020 election as the moment in which all of that changed.