Biden wrote the Patriot Act, TIME says a cabal supported him

Surveillance increases when democracy becomes a battle between elites.

Everybody should view a genuine democracy to be a relatively simple process: common people discuss politics, listen to the arguments of representatives, and then show up personally to vote. But especially since the rise of Big Media and Big Advertisement, in addition to gigantic corporations, we have seen that lobbyists and special interest groups use top-down power to 1) influence politicians who rely on super-rich sponsors to afford election campaigns, and 2) manipulate average citizens through superficial and dishonest mass media. All this leads to a political system where politicians are known for being a bunch of liars.

The above description applies to Democrats, Republicans, and Trumpists. All jockey for power, in the hope of forcing their own values on millions of citizens who intensely disagree or even hate these values. When this happens in gigantically centralized states with millions of hyper-polarized people, the losing minority feels that it must endure four years of relatively authoritarian rule. It leads to civil unrest and terrorism, a new form of multicultural balkanization where surveillance and propaganda are increasingly becoming the main glue that keeps it all together.

When ordinary citizens become pawns manipulated by gargantuan election machines, then Democrats, Republicans and Trumpists will be tempted to monitor their thoughts and behavior, and collect it all in their own databases.

TIME has now published a rather extraordinary article about how Biden won and secured the election, (unwittingly) revealing how democracy is actually a battle between elite formations. The latter includes any vocal grassroots organization cooperating with either left- or rightwing upper echelons.

The headline of the TIME article is “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election”.

https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

Here is the main juicy bit if you don’t care to read the whole article:

“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.”

If you support a true constitutional democracy, TIME reveals (unwittingly or braggingly?) what many have suspected or known about the sausage factory of elite fights in our not-so-genuine democracies today.

TIME describes a cabal related to the Biden campaign, but Trump had his own cabal too, of course. Never forget that. It’s just the nature of all Western power struggles if politicians insist on maintaining gigantic centralized high-tech states characterized by overpopulation and cultural fragmentation.

You should read the whole article to see all the very important nuances there. Democrats will focus on these nuances. Below I have copied and pasted all the sections of the article that Trump supporters will remember after reading it. If you have time to read the following, you may perhaps better understand why many Trumpists will get angry when studying what TIME dared to publish openly. FBI and other surveillance agencies will need a larger budget if corporate media keep “boasting” about their ultra-liberal elite schemes.

I don’t support Trump. I will never vote for a person like that. But anyone who knows that power corrupts, and who is also aware of how very large sums of money can be secretly funneled in shady manners – cf general corruption in the West, such as tax havens, and all the money and resources lost after the initial military victory in Iraq, 2003 – will not be naive enough to trust either Democrats or Republicans today. For more info about the one-party state of DINOs and RINOs read “When Corporations Rule the World” by David Korten.

When reading the TIME article remember that it has a corrupting effect when powerful people give even very small gifts to individuals who have much less power. Big Pharma, for example, operate this way in order to influence doctors whom are given everything from company pens to dinners, in order to instill in them a feeling that the giver is good to them and therefore deserves a gift in return, according to the rule of reciprocity. A respected scientist, Dan Ariely, documents these corrupting processes in his book “The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty”. Based partly on neuroscientific research on how the brain works, he writes: “If you must accept a dinner on someone else’s tab, realize it might be an effort to change your thinking and behavior.” Among other research, Ariely refers to: A Wazana: Physicians and the pharmaceutical industry: is a gift ever just a gift? JAMA. 2000 Jan 19;283(3):373-80.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10647801/

In the TIME article you will see that Big Tech donated (life-saving) gifts to people involved in the 2020 US election process. And compare how real activists fought Big Business during huge street protests in the 1990s to how “grassroots” organizations dined with Big Tech in 2020.

TIME: the cabal of Biden

The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

(…)

A second odd thing happened amid Trump’s attempts to reverse the result: corporate America turned on him. Hundreds of major business leaders, many of whom had backed Trump’s candidacy and supported his policies, called on him to concede. To the President, something felt amiss. “It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

In a way, Trump was right.

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy. (…)

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. (…)

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.

THE ARCHITECT

Sometime in the fall of 2019, Mike Podhorzer became convinced the election was headed for disaster–and determined to protect it.

This was not his usual purview. For nearly a quarter-century, Podhorzer, senior adviser to the president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest union federation, has marshaled the latest tactics and data to help its favored candidates win elections. Unassuming and professorial, he isn’t the sort of hair-gelled “political strategist” who shows up on cable news. Among Democratic insiders, he’s known as the wizard behind some of the biggest advances in political technology in recent decades. A group of liberal strategists he brought together in the early 2000s led to the creation of the Analyst Institute, a secretive firm that applies scientific methods to political campaigns. He was also involved in the founding of Catalist, the flagship progressive data company. (…)

Protecting the election would require an effort of unprecedented scale. As 2020 progressed, it stretched to Congress, Silicon Valley and the nation’s statehouses. It drew energy from the summer’s racial-justice protests, many of whose leaders were a key part of the liberal alliance. And eventually it reached across the aisle, into the world of Trump-skeptical Republicans appalled by his attacks on democracy.

The first task was overhauling America’s balky election infrastructure–in the middle of a pandemic. For the thousands of local, mostly nonpartisan officials who administer elections, the most urgent need was money. They needed protective equipment like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They needed to pay for postcards letting people know they could vote absentee–or, in some states, to mail ballots to every voter. They needed additional staff and scanners to process ballots.

In March, activists appealed to Congress to steer COVID relief money to election administration. Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, more than 150 organizations signed a letter to every member of Congress seeking $2 billion in election funding. It was somewhat successful: the CARES Act, passed later that month, contained $400 million in grants to state election administrators. But the next tranche of relief funding didn’t add to that number. It wasn’t going to be enough.

Private philanthropy stepped into the breach. An assortment of foundations contributed tens of millions in election-administration funding. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative chipped in $300 million. “It was a failure at the federal level that 2,500 local election officials were forced to apply for philanthropic grants to fill their needs,” says Amber McReynolds, a former Denver election official who heads the nonpartisan National Vote at Home Institute.

McReynolds’ two-year-old organization became a clearinghouse for a nation struggling to adapt. The institute gave secretaries of state from both parties technical advice on everything from which vendors to use to how to locate drop boxes. Local officials are the most trusted sources of election information, but few can afford a press secretary, so the institute distributed communications tool kits. In a presentation to Podhorzer’s group, McReynolds detailed the importance of absentee ballots for shortening lines at polling places and preventing an election crisis.

… “All the work we have done for 17 years was built for this moment of bringing democracy to people’s doorsteps,” says Tom Lopach, the center’s CEO.”

… National civil rights groups worked with local organizations to get the word out that this was the best way to ensure one’s vote was counted. In Philadelphia, for example, advocates distributed “voting safety kits” containing masks, hand sanitizer and informational brochures. “We had to get the message out that this is safe, reliable, and you can trust it,” says Hannah Fried of All Voting Is Local. (…)

In the end, nearly half the electorate cast ballots by mail in 2020, practically a revolution in how people vote. About a quarter voted early in person. Only a quarter of voters cast their ballots the traditional way: in person on Election Day. (…)

… In November 2019, Mark Zuckerberg invited nine civil rights leaders to dinner at his home, where they warned him about the danger of the election-related falsehoods that were already spreading unchecked. “It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement,” says Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who attended the dinner and also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and others. (Gupta has been nominated for Associate Attorney General by President Biden.) “It was a struggle, but we got to the point where they understood the problem. Was it enough? Probably not. Was it later than we wanted? Yes. But it was really important, given the level of official disinformation, that they had those rules in place and were tagging things and taking them down.” (…)

The Voting Rights Lab and IntoAction created state-specific memes and graphics, spread by email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, urging that every vote be counted. Together, they were viewed more than 1 billion times. … The organization’s tracking polls found the message was being heard: the percentage of the public that didn’t expect to know the winner on election night gradually rose until by late October, it was over 70%. (…)

Activists began preparing to reprise the demonstrations if Trump tried to steal the election. “Americans plan widespread protests if Trump interferes with election,” Reuters reported in October, one of many such stories. More than 150 liberal groups, from the Women’s March to the Sierra Club to Color of Change, from Democrats.com to the Democratic Socialists of America, joined the “Protect the Results” coalition. The group’s now defunct website had a map listing 400 planned postelection demonstrations, to be activated via text message as soon as Nov. 4. To stop the coup they feared, the left was ready to flood the streets.

About a week before Election Day, Podhorzer received an unexpected message: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wanted to talk. (…)

The summer’s racial-justice protests had sent a signal to business owners too: the potential for economy-disrupting civil disorder. “With tensions running high, there was a lot of concern about unrest around the election, or a breakdown in our normal way we handle contentious elections,” says Neil Bradley, the Chamber’s executive vice president and chief policy officer. … (…)

Election night began with many Democrats despairing. Trump was running ahead of pre-election polling, winning Florida, Ohio and Texas easily and keeping Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania too close to call. But Podhorzer was unperturbed when I spoke to him that night: the returns were exactly in line with his modeling. He had been warning for weeks that Trump voters’ turnout was surging. As the numbers dribbled out, he could tell that as long as all the votes were counted, Trump would lose.

The liberal alliance gathered for an 11 p.m. Zoom call. Hundreds joined; many were freaking out. “It was really important for me and the team in that moment to help ground people in what we had already known was true,” says Angela Peoples, director for the Democracy Defense Coalition. Podhorzer presented data to show the group that victory was in hand.

While he was talking, Fox News surprised everyone by calling Arizona for Biden. The public-awareness campaign had worked: TV anchors were bending over backward to counsel caution and frame the vote count accurately. … (…)

So the word went out: stand down. Protect the Results announced that it would “not be activating the entire national mobilization network today, but remains ready to activate if necessary.” (…)

On a call with his team on Nov. 18, Bassin vented that his side’s pressure was no match for what Trump could offer. “Of course he’s going to try to offer them something,” Bassin recalls thinking. “Head of the Space Force! Ambassador to wherever! We can’t compete with that by offering carrots. We need a stick.” (…)

When the meeting began, Reyes’s activists flooded the livestream and filled Twitter with their hashtag, #alleyesonmi. A board accustomed to attendance in the single digits suddenly faced an audience of thousands. In hours of testimony, the activists emphasized their message of respecting voters’ wishes and affirming democracy rather than scolding the officials. Van Langevelde quickly signaled he would follow precedent. The vote was 3-0 to certify; the other Republican abstained.

After that, the dominoes fell. Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and the rest of the states certified their electors. Republican officials in Arizona and Georgia stood up to Trump’s bullying. And the Electoral College voted on schedule on Dec. 14. (…)

Trump addressed the crowd that afternoon, peddling the lie that lawmakers or Vice President Mike Pence could reject states’ electoral votes. He told them to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” Then he returned to the White House as they sacked the building. As lawmakers fled for their lives and his own supporters were shot and trampled, Trump praised the rioters as “very special.”

… “There’s an impulse for some to say voters decided and democracy won. But it’s a mistake to think that this election cycle was a show of strength for democracy. It shows how vulnerable democracy is.” (…)

Democracy won in the end. The will of the people prevailed. But it’s crazy, in retrospect, that this is what it took to put on an election in the United States of America.

Biden: a surveillance tzar

If what TIME describes is a victory for “democracy”, then I certainly don’t want this kind of elite manipulation, be it leftwing or rightwing. It’s all pathetic, unenlightened and corrupt. The TIME is right, it’s crazy.

Trump was a liar. Biden is a liar too, a rich and (probably) corrupt politician who significantly contributed to laws that led to the Patriot Act and the increased imprisonment of Black people.

The Intercept, which is kind of leftwing (owned by an eBay billionaire…), writes that:

FORGET THE GAFFES, WHAT ABOUT BIDEN’S LIES?

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/09/forget-the-gaffes-what-about-bidens-lies/

THE UNTOLD STORY: JOE BIDEN PUSHED RONALD REAGAN TO RAMP UP INCARCERATION — NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/17/the-untold-story-joe-biden-pushed-ronald-reagan-to-ramp-up-incarceration-not-the-other-way-around/

Here you can watch a video on the website of C-SPAN where Biden says he basically wrote the Patriot Act responsible for the surveillance state in today’s America:

User Clip: Joe Biden says he wrote the PATRIOT Act

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4876107/user-clip-joe-biden-wrote-patriot-act

Ironically, Glenn Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who helped Edward Snowden, had to resign because The Intercept eventually started censoring his reports on corruption in the Biden family:

“The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.”

My Resignation From The Intercept

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/my-resignation-from-the-intercept

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