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December 11, 2020

The Morning Report - 12/11/20


Good morning, kids. The weekend is here and the big story is "The Big One" keeps getting bigger. The Texas-led lawsuit against the PaGaMiWi now includes six more states - Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah - as well as 106 House Republicans who have filed an amicus brief joining the suit. That said where were the other 106 GOP Congressmen as well as our contingent in the Senate? Well, they seem to be co-conspirators after the fact in the greatest crime in American history, the theft of the 2020 election.

The most galling thing about these individuals is their cloaking themselves in the mantle of righteousness and justice as they slice the collective neck of the citizenry with the rusty hacksaw.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) announced earlier on Thursday that he would not be signing on to the House Republicans' amicus because he thought the lawsuit filed by Texas "represents a dangerous violation of federalism & sets a precedent to have one state asking federal courts to police the voting procedures of other states."

"The American people are raising legitimate questions & they deserve answers. I strongly support the continued pursuit of litigation where most likely to succeed -- such as Georgia to bring to light any illegal votes & encourage, if necessary, state legislatures to alter their electors accordingly," Roy said on Twitter. "But, I cannot support an effort that will almost certainly fail on grounds of standing and is inconsistent with my beliefs about protecting Texas sovereignty from the meddling of other states."

Really, Chip Roy? RUFKM?! Pennsylvania's executive branch with the rubber stamp of its corrupt supreme court usurped the absolute authority of its legislature and changed election procedures. They not only disenfranchised their own voters but every voter in the nation. The blatant violation of the Constitution in that regard at a minimum demands that SCOTUS at least hear this case, let alone rule in favor of Trump in the unlikely event they decide to actually adjudicate it and thereby decide the election. I'm not even going to get into the details of what happened late on election night which was made possible because of the illegal changing of the election laws in the first place. Chip Roy and idiots, cowards and stooges like him are hiding behind the niceties of procedures while seditious criminals and traitors are on the verge of overthrowing the nation and seizing power once and for all. One wonders if Miss Kiss Kiss Fang Fang has a sister who loves to dip some Chip long time too. Asshole.

Speaking of sedition, the Keystone State's AG Josh Shapiro belched this up:

Pennsylvania said that Texas was guilty of "seditious abuse of the judicial process." Sedition is commonly understood as rebellion, and is defined more precisely in federal criminal law as an attempt to overthrow the United States government.

Since Election Day, State and Federal courts throughout the country have been flooded with frivolous lawsuits aimed at disenfranchising large swaths of voters and undermining the legitimacy of the election. The State of Texas has now added its voice to the cacophony of bogus claims. Texas seeks to invalidate elections in four states for yielding results with which it disagrees. Its request for this Court to exercise its original jurisdiction and then anoint Texas's preferred candidate for President is legally indefensible and is an afront [sic] to principles of constitutional democracy...

Texas's effort to get this Court to pick the next President has no basis in law or fact. The Court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.

Shapiro drew calls for his resignation after stating, before Election Day, that Trump did not have the votes to win the state.

Amazing how a week before the election, this shyster fraud was cocksure Trump was going to come up short, even though by 9:30PM on election night he was leading by a virtually insurmountable 650,000-plus votes. Aside from the fact that an attorney general does not know we live in a constitutional representative republic and not a democracy, again it galls me how these people project and throw out the truth, justice and the American way hyperbole. That said, if you sort of read between the lines, the more inflammatory the rhetoric, the more it reveals that they are scared shitless that this election might actually slip away from them.

The galling thing is that, as we all know, the state legislatures which are controlled by the GOP have the power under Article II to select the electors to the Electoral College as they see fit, especially in circumstances like this. They do not need a go-ahead from SCOTUS, but my sense is is that is what they seem to be looking for. So, if I had to take a guess, the mindset is:

1 - SCOTUS rules that indeed the way the election procedures were hijacked in these states was blatantly unconstitutional, but they will not decide the election in favor of Trump or the Polident-elect but throw the decision back to the state legislatures to assign their electors accordingly, as per Article II.

2 - The state legislatures can either assign all or most of their electors to Trump and thereby end this nightmare, while simultaneously touching off another one or...

2a - ...Refuse to assign any electors at all leaving neither Trump nor the Polident-elect with the required 270 electoral votes to claim the presidency.

3 - This results in the election being thrown over to the House of Representatives where each of the 50 states (excluding Obama's 7 extras) will cast a vote to decide the issue.

4 - ?????

5 - Profit!

Of course, all of the above can only happen if the Supreme Court decides to take up the case. And that means John Roberts. Given now the scope of this thing and its implications, I cannot imagine him not taking it. Forgetting his hatred for President Trump, the man no doubt has an ego that is right up there with Obama. How could he possibly pass up an opportunity like this to be in the history books. If we assume - and it's a big assumption - that the other five normal justices rule in favor of Texas et al, John Roberts will swallow hard and make it a 6-3 decision just so that he could write what arguably would be the most important majority decision in the Court's history, no doubt tinged with barbs against the President on every other line.

Now, that said, I don't want to even contemplate Texas et al losing at SCOTUS. That would mean Roberts and Gorsuch, with perhaps Kavanaugh, jumping ship to the other side. But if that should happen, whither Texas, the 18 states, 106 Congressmen and the state legislatures? Crucially, as I stated earlier, the latter still have the power to not only do their Constitutional duty but to do the morally right thing and save the nation, at least temporarily, regardless of what SCOTUS decides. If all of them suddenly get a case of Chip Roy-itis, throw up their hands and defer to a Supreme Court decision that in purely legal terms is irrelevant vis a vis their own (the legislatures') authority, yet would be in the pantheon of infamy with Dred Scot, Plessy, Korematsu and Roe, then what the hell are they doing complaining about the unconstitutional usurpation of power by the lower courts in the first place? With a decision against Texas, SCOTUS itself would have underscored the corruption of the entire judicial branch at every level.

Texas, G-d bless it (in a positive and non-sarcastic sense) has, with this case, unsheathed a political sword. Whatever SCOTUS may decide, it's too late to put it back. If all of these individuals and entities believe as we all do that the republic is on the verge of being overthrown, there is no alternative than to set things right by either having the courage to go the Article II route and assign Trump electors to the Electoral College or let the House vote 26-24 Trump. There is no alternative to this. The American people, justice and whatever last vestige of the nation as founded that remains demand it.

Happy Hanukkah and have a good weekend. And don't forget to say your prayers...

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