Big Money, Big Lies

Dystopian realities like we see in The Handmaid’s Tale, don’t come overnight – though sudden and extreme changes may make it appear as if they do.  Instead, dystopias come as a result of long and careful planning, lots of money and dark views of proper human relations.

The dystopian reality being planned and executed in America is just such an example of this combination of planning, money and beliefs.  Jane Mayer takes us on a tour – naming names – of the specific people and pockets of money working to turn our lives into a living hell in the linked article.  It includes groups with lofty and benign-sounding names like:

  • Heritage Foundation
  • American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Federalist Society
  • Judicial Education Project
  • Honest Elections Project
  • Election Integrity Project California
  • FreedomWorks
  • National Election Protection Initiative
  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
  • The Public Interest Legal Foundation
  • Council for National Policy
  • Capital Research Center
  • Turning Point USA social action group
  • Rally Forge troll farm
  • Townhall conservative web site
  • Nations in Action “social welfare organization”
  • Judicial Crisis Network
  • Election Transparency Initiative
  • The Susan B. Anthony List
  • American Principles Project and
  • Conservative Partnership Institute

It’s worth grabbing a cup of coffee, sitting back, and drinking in this insight.  When we are clear about the forces aligned against American democracy, what do we do next?  Below are a few excerpts from the lengthy-but-worth-the-time article to stimulate your thoughts.  — LMO

“…a well-funded national movement has been exploiting Trump’s claims of fraud in order to promote alterations to the way that ballots are cast and counted in forty-nine states, eighteen of which have passed new voting laws in the past six months.”

“Arizona is hardly the only place where attacks on the electoral process are under way: a well-funded national movement has been exploiting Trump’s claims of fraud in order to promote alterations to the way that ballots are cast and counted in forty-nine states, eighteen of which have passed new voting laws in the past six months. Republican-dominated legislatures have also stripped secretaries of state and other independent election officials of their power…

“…though the audit is a ‘farce,’ it may nonetheless have ‘extraordinary consequences.’”

“…the Big Lie…It’s not so much about 2020—it’s about 2022 and 2024.”

“Ralph Neas has been involved in voting-rights battles since the nineteen-eighties, when, as a Republican, he served as the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He has overseen a study of the Arizona audit for the nonpartisan Century Foundation, and he told me that, though the audit is a ‘farce,’ it may nonetheless have ‘extraordinary consequences.’ He said, ‘The Maricopa County audit exposes exactly what the Big Lie is all about. If they come up with an analysis that discredits the 2020 election results in Arizona, it will be replicated in other states, furthering more chaos. That will enable new legislation. Millions of Americans could be disenfranchised, helping Donald Trump to be elected again in 2024. That’s the bottom line. Maricopa County is the prism through which to view everything. It’s not so much about 2020—it’s about 2022 and 2024. This is a coordinated national effort to distort not just what happened in 2020 but to regain the House of Representatives and the Presidency…

“…it has been fed by sophisticated, well-funded national organizations whose boards of directors include some of the country’s wealthiest and highest-profile conservatives. Dark-money organizations…”

“Although the Arizona audit may appear to be the product of local extremists, it has been fed by sophisticated, well-funded national organizations whose boards of directors include some of the country’s wealthiest and highest-profile conservatives. Dark-money organizations, sustained by undisclosed donors, have relentlessly promoted the myth that American elections are rife with fraud, and, according to leaked records of their internal deliberations, they have drafted, supported, and in some cases taken credit for state laws that make it harder to vote…

“One of the movement’s leaders is the Heritage Foundation, the prominent conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. It has been working with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—a corporate-funded nonprofit that generates model laws for state legislators—on ways to impose new voting restrictions. Among those deep in the fight is Leonard Leo, a chairman of the Federalist Society, the legal organization known for its decades-long campaign to fill the courts with conservative judges. In February, 2020, the Judicial Education Project, a group tied to Leo, quietly rebranded itself as the Honest Elections Project, which subsequently filed briefs at the Supreme Court, and in numerous states, opposing mail-in ballots and other reforms that have made it easier for people to vote.”

“…Independent Legislature Doctrine…Legislators could argue that an election had been compromised by irregularities or fraud, forcing them to intervene…”

“One possible countermove was for conservative state legislators to reengineer the way the Electoral College has worked for more than a hundred years, in essence by invoking the Independent Legislature Doctrine. The Constitution gives states the authority to choose their Presidential electors ‘in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.’ Since the late nineteenth century, states have delegated that authority to the popular vote. But, arguably, the Constitution permits state legislatures to take this authority back. Legislators could argue that an election had been compromised by irregularities or fraud, forcing them to intervene…”

“…the two parties now have irreconcilable beliefs about whose votes are legitimate. ‘What blue-state people don’t understand about why the Big Lie works,’ he said, is that it doesn’t actually require proof of fraud. ‘What animates it is the belief that Biden won because votes were cast by some people in this country who others think are not ‘real’ Americans.’”

“What explains, then, the hardening conviction among Republicans that the 2020 race was stolen? Michael Podhorzer, a senior adviser to the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., which invested deeply in expanding Democratic turnout in 2020, suggests that the two parties now have irreconcilable beliefs about whose votes are legitimate. ‘What blue-state people don’t understand about why the Big Lie works,’ he said, is that it doesn’t actually require proof of fraud. ‘What animates it is the belief that Biden won because votes were cast by some people in this country who others think are not ‘real’ Americans.’ This anti-democratic belief has been bolstered by a constellation of established institutions on the right: ‘white evangelical churches, legislators, media companies, nonprofits, and even now paramilitary groups.’ Podhorzer noted, ‘Trump won white America by eight points. He won non-urban areas by over twenty points. He is the democratically elected President of white America. It’s almost like he represents a nation within a nation.’

“Trump…is the democratically elected President of white America.”

“…Soon after, a Republican member of the county’s Board of Supervisors, Bill Gates, was picking up takeout food for his family when the board’s chairman—one of four Republicans on the five-person board—called to warn him to be careful going home. Ninety angry people had gathered outside the chairman’s house, and Gates’s place could be next. ‘We’d all been doxed,’ Gates told me. He and his wife are the legal guardians of a teen-ager whose father, a Ugandan, was nearly killed by henchmen for Idi Amin. ‘It’s chilling to see the parallels,’ Gates told me. ‘You’d never think there were any parallels to a strongman autocracy in Africa.’ Gates considers himself a political-science nerd, but, he said, ‘I had no concept that we were heading where we were heading.’

‘You’d never think there were any parallels to a strongman autocracy in Africa.’

“…For now, though, conservative groups seem to be doubling down on their investments in election-fraud alarmism. In the next two years, Heritage Action plans to spend twenty-four million dollars mobilizing supporters and lobbyists who will promote ‘election integrity,’ starting in eight battleground states, including Arizona. It is coordinating its effort with the Election Transparency Initiative…”  — Jane Mayer, NewYorker.com

“…Heritage Action plans to spend twenty-four million dollars mobilizing supporters and lobbyists who will promote ‘election integrity,’ starting in eight battleground states…”

See the entire article at the link below.

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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