The demographic profile in the United States is changing rapidly.
- New census population projections confirm the importance of racial minorities as the primary demographic engine of the future growth of the nation countering an aging, slow-growing and soon to be declining white population.
- These projections show that the United States will become “minority white” in 2045.
- Washington Post opinion writer, Jennifer Rubin, describes the effect of this reality in the following way:
- “That reality has, of course, freaked out a significant share of White Christians who do not see “their America” as predominate. It was never “theirs” to begin with, and the assumption that something is amiss if White Christians are not in charge is the essence of white supremacy and Christian nationalism. It is also fundamentally un-American; our country is defined, as President Biden rightly says, by an “idea.”
- It is easy, then, to understand why a political party based increasingly on its appeal to White Christians has adopted so many anti-American traits. The sanctity of elections has given way to a sentiment that violence is sometimes necessary (for Whites to retain power). The decline in their numbers has led to worship of totalitarian thugs around the world and disdain for a free society. The desperation for a make-believe world of yesteryear has led tens of millions down the rabbit hole of right-wing media propaganda, where their worst fears and darkest impulses are amplified.”
Those who are disturbed by these projections have known this would happen for years.
- Accordingly, they embarked upon a strategy that will hopefully (at least for them) ensure minority white rule.
- This strategy makes use of the following Critical Skills
The Production Skill
- What the eventual white minority hopes to accomplish is to ensure that future elections will result in their maintaining power – even if they do not receive the majority of nationwide votes or the majority of votes in a state.
- The production strategy (making this happen) is as follows:
- Ensure that state legislatures are dominated by the white minority.
- Enable state legislatures to select Presidential electors
- During the past 20-30 years, a strong effort was made to ensure that state legislatures are dominated by Republicans. Currently Republicans control 30 state legislatures, Democrats control 18, and 2 are split.
- Gerrymandering, the process of drawing Congressional district boundaries in favor of one political party, has a lot do with this.
- Article 2 of the US Constitution gives the states the power to “appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.”Clearly the legislatures have this power – and the Constitution does not have any provision saying that they need to pay attention to any election results that might have occurred.
- This means that any state legislature may ignore election results and pick their own electors regardless of the results of an election.
- The problem with this is that such an action would be highly unpopular to an electorate that voted opposite to the selection made by the legislature.
- The solution to this problem is to sew distrust in the election process.
- Additionally, the number of voters who oppose this sort of effort must be reduced – and this is evident as seen in multiple efforts to pass laws that restrict voter access.
- And this is where the skills of Information, Communications, Technology and Analysis come into play
The Information, Communications, Technology and Analysis Skills
- In order to sew distrust in the election process and sway public opinion, there is a need to promulgate information about voter fraud and election fraud among the public.
- The goal is to have voters draw the conclusion that the election process is corrupt, rigged, or flawed.
- Such a conclusion would justify in their minds an action of the state legislature to overturn the election and pick electors in accordance with Article 2 of the US Constitution.
- To implement this strategy of having the electorate conclude that elections are flawed, an integration of the Critical Skills needs to take place and the following happens:
Tell a big lie.
- This is a page taken from Nazi Germany in the 1930’s:
- Adolph Hitler famously wrote in Mein Kampf, “The bigger the lie, the greater the chance that people will believe it.”
- Josef Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, added a corollary, “The more times you tell the lie, the greater the chance that people will eventually believe it.”
- They were both right.
Spread the Lie.
- This is the Communications Skill – effectively getting the idea of election fraud into the heads of the electorate.
Use the Technology Skill to Spread the Lie.
- Use Facebook, Twitter, and biased talking heads on cable TV. Tell the lie over and over and over again – just like Goebbels said.
Affect the Voters’ Conclusions.
- By telling the lie over and over again, the electorate will consider the information to be true (even if it is not) and will conclude that the elections are rigged, plagued by fraud.
- This is a faulty logical process.
- Remember that to draw a true conclusion, the premise (based on true facts) must be true. If the premise is not true (the information is based on lies), then the conclusion drawn can either be true of false – or whatever those who spread the lies want it to be.
Rely on the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
- Dunning-Kruger is a hypothetical cognitive bias stating that people with low ability at a task overestimate their ability.
- It is a fact that people prize their confidence so high that they would rather pretend to be smart or skilled than to risk looking inadequate and losing face.
- Lies are imbedded in their brains and their ability to think clearly is negatively affected.
- The process of critical thinking is hard to do.
- In a sense, accepting what they’ve been told is much easier than engaging their brains and applying a valid logical process of verifying information for truth, developing findings from that true information, and drawing a valid conclusion.
- They don’t know what they don’t know, and they refuse to question what they think they know.
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Eventually, enough doubt about the sanctity of our elections will have been sewn – and an election in a Constitutional Republic like ours is overturned.
Once the election is overturned and the minority gains power, that power can be solidified during a minority administration.
And that is the end of our Constitutional Republic. It seems to be happening right before our eyes!
Again, Washington Post opinion writer, Jennifer Rubin, puts it this way:
“The results speak to a truism that millions of Republicans would like to ignore: America is never static. It is — and has always been — in a state of flux, whether it comes to race, religious affiliation (or lack thereof), the divide between native-born and immigrant, or the geographic spread of the population (e.g., the Great Migration of Blacks from the South in the early 20th century or the rise of the Sun Belt population over the last few decades). Indeed, that is the essence of America — a country not defined by racial or religious identity.
Remember what Benjamin Franklin said at the end of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia when asked what kind of government the Convention created.
A Republic . . . IF YOU CAN KEEP IT!
What can we do to keep it?