157,000,000 Votes in 2020: The Constitutional Referendum

THE SIX MILLION MARGIN UPDATE: On the evening of Friday, November 20, 2020, the margin of votes for Biden was announced as exceeding 6,000,000: 79,783,857 for Biden, and 73,763,789 votes for Trump, who still refuses to admit that almost 80,000,000 people truly detest him.

November 24, 2020 — Change “almost” 80,000,000 people truly detest him to OVER 80,000,000 people loathe and detest him. Biden has officially surpassed the 80,000,000 vote mark.

Thursday, November 18, 2020

Not a Choice of Politicians; but a Referendum on the Constitution!

Voting ended over two weeks ago, and the vote count and recount (in Georgia) is slowly wrapping up. Trump is still refusing to admit defeat, even though he has received only 47.2 percent of the popular vote, and Biden has received a majority of it. Once again, let’s consider context:

Jimmy Carter won the 1976 election with 50.8 percent of the popular vote.
Ronald Reagan won the 1980 election with 50.75 percent of the popular vote.
George W. Bush won his second term in office in 2004 with 50.73 percent of the popular vote.
Joseph R. Biden will win the 2020 election with 51 percent percent of the popular vote.

It is not that easy to get over 51 percent of the total vote in a national election. The only presidents in recent decades, in fact, to break the 51 percent threshold are Ronald Reagan in 1984 and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Elections in which the winner attracts that level of support have profound consequences. Barring a last-minute coup d’erat, as of this morning, this country still possesses constitutional continuity. Whether people want to recognize it or not, this election was as grave a moment as this country has faced since Fort Sumpter. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself whey a record number of people turned out to support a losing candidate. It’s simply because they fantasized that they were in danger of losing their “rights,” the same rights that used to be called “state’s rights” sixty years ago.

As of this morning, it appears that around 157,000,000 people voted in the 2020 national election. Around 138,000,000 voted in 2016’s national election. It’s startling to realize that 19,000,000 people who didn’t vote in 2016 comprehended that the Constitution as they understood it was on the ballot in 2020. Please note that I am not indicating party preference in that last sentence. Each side has a different notion of how the Constitution should be interpreted, and this vote was a referendum on that interpretation. That the union is imperfect is a staggering understatement. The “very fine people” on one side of the interpretive fence include members of terrorist organizations such as the KKK, not to mention most recent collaborations such as those accused of plotting to kidnap Wisconsin’s governor.

There has been considerable hand-wringing about how “off” the polls were. While polls of individual states may reflect an inability to gauge the preferences of individual states, the polls were amazingly attuned to the national sentiment. Look at the job approval ratings for President Trump. “DISAPPROVE” has averaged around 52.5$ the past four years. Sometimes it would fluctuate towards 54%, sometimes closer to 51%.

Biden received 51 percent of the total vote. Given that polls allow for a three percent margin of error, it would seem that the disapproval rating of Trump was not some fantasy of pollsters. The majority of people in this country disapproved of Trump’s behavior and policies the past four years, and they weren’t kidding. They may not have felt any passion for Biden’s proposals, but they loathed Trump. How can anyone doubt this correlation? This contempt for Trump is not new. As I pointed out ten days ago, he has lost the popular vote in a national election TWO TIMES IN A ROW! No one has done that in the past 60 years! In fact, Trump once again failed to exceed even the percentage of the popular vote that Hillary Clinton received in 2016. He likes to boast, “I’m not a politician.” No kidding, dude. If twice in a row you can’t get a larger percentage of the popular vote than a woman you demeaned throughout your first campaign, how can you expect to be regarded as anything other than an amateur who got lucky on his first try.

Perhaps the most difficult thing for Trump supporters to accept will be the notion that if the majority of people don’t like someone, they should not have to put up with him. And yes, it’s personal. It’s not just your policies, which are often reprehensible, Mr. Trump. It’s your personality, in and of itself, which imposes the vacuity of its narcissism on the Constitution. We, the people, are the ultimate Senate, and we find you unworthy of the high office to which you were elected by a chance throw of dice in the Electoral College. The election was our impeachment trial. Farewell, Trump. In fact, scam!

Thursday morning, November 19, 2020 (4:45 a.m. Pacific Time)

BIDEN: 79,333,327
Trump: 73,522,396

Margin: 5,810,932

Wednesday morning — mid-morning, November 18, 2020

BIDEN: 79,191,666
Trump: 73,408,656

Total Vote for Biden and Trump: 153,600,322
NOTE: An additional 2.8 percent of the voters chose a third candidate.

At mid-day, 12:53 p.m.
BIDEN: 79,303,415 votes (51.0%)
Trump: 73,470,939 votes (47.2%)

306 electoral college votes. Joseph R. Biden Jr. Winner
232 electoral college votes. Donald J. Trump

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