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Democrats Go All-in on “Rule or Ruin” in Election’s Final Hours

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Berman

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There are still more than 72 hours before polls close on election night, but already, signs are that Democrats are making peace with the inevitable. President Joe Biden, returning from a trip to Florida where even Democratic insiders admit they face their worst defeat in 20 years, if not in history, intoned that “In our bones, we know democracy is at risk.” In the event the point was missed, Biden later stated, “We’re often not faced with questions of whether the vote we cast will preserve democracy, but this year we are.” That Biden chose to make this his “closing message” and to deliver it at Union Station in Washington, D.C., a city where residents will not even be electing a Senator or voting member of Congress, is symbolic of how totally the “rule or ruin” conception of “democracy” has taken root within the Democratic Party. To them, whether democracy survives has nothing to do with whether or not tens of millions of Americans are able to cast their ballots Tuesday, but solely with whether or not at the end of the process, Democrats, or individuals deemed acceptable to Biden and a host of media personalities, emerge victorious.

For a number of months now, large segments of the Democratic Party, along with the media and former Republicans radicalized by their defeat in the battle for control of the GOP, have been defining “democracy” and “legitimacy” solely in terms of electoral outcomes. In many ways this phenomenon is a natural outgrowth of the “cancel culture” which has taken root in American colleges and corporate boardrooms, in which there is only one “right” position, and hence the legitimacy of any process can be defined solely in terms of whether it reaches that conclusion. A rigged process which produces the “correct outcome”, such as Affirmative Action, is inherently legitimate, whereas an impartial process which nevertheless produces an unwanted outcome, such as the Electoral College, is, to the left, illegitimate. If the Electoral College or the Supreme Court defend the “proper outcome,” as Democrats feel those institutions did during the 2020 election, then they are vital institutions of government, and any questioning of them amounts to a subversive attack on the Constitution and “democracy.” If, however, they produce the “wrong outcome,” such as when the Electoral College produced a victory for Donald Trump in 2016, or when the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the institutions have “discredited themselves” and “undermined democracy.”

It was inevitable that, having turned on the Electoral College and the courts, Democrats would not shy away from charging the voters themselves with “undermining democracy” by exercising their suffrage incorrectly. What is shocking is how blatant the shift has been. It is not just Biden who has adopted this language, or Hillary Clinton, still bitter over 2016, who told CNN that Republicans were “going after Democracy” and blamed the GOP for the attack on Paul Pelosi by homeless nudist activist reportedly present in the country illegally.

Barack Obama, who has of late tried to position himself as a critic of the party’s “extremism” on cultural issues, and the dangers of dividing Americans on the basis of identity, has abandoned any such nuance during a final campaign swing. Two weeks ago, he suggested that Democrats “get into trouble sometimes [when] we try to suggest that some groups are more – because they historically have been victimized more – that somehow they have a status that’s different than other people.” On November 3, in a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Obama declared that “If you’ve got election deniers serving as your governor, as your senator, as your secretary of state, as your attorney general, then democracy as we know it may not survive in Arizona.”

Lest anyone think he was being anything less than literal, he added, “That’s not an exaggeration. That is a fact.”

The man who had only weeks earlier said that Democrats needed to avoid making those who disagreed on an issue or had said one “bad thing” feel that it was a mark on their character and value as a human being now stated that if anyone won an election without adopting his position on 2020, it would mean the end of democracy.

There was a further implication here. Obama was perhaps not trying to persuade, or not merely to do so. (The only people he might reach with this message would be Democrats uncertain whether they would vote.) Rather, Obama was setting up a challenge for the “election denying” Republicans he was campaigning against, especially Kari Lake, the former TV anchor who is leading the race to be Arizona’s next governor. Obama was suggesting that if she won, democracy would be over; unless of course, she was willing to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. If she would only do that, democracy could survive. If she did not and won, well, democracy was over.

What this test and challenge means was made clear during a rather stunning exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” between Shadi Hamid and Mehdi Hasan over whether it would be “democratic” to accept Donald Trump’s victory in 2024 if he won fair and square. Mehdi Hasan repeatedly rejected the premise, insisting that there could not be a legitimate victory for Donald Trump due to “voting restrictions, changes in process, intimidation, [and] misinformation,” in effect suggesting that even if more people voted for Trump, it would not actually reflect democracy because someone somewhere might have voted against him, or because those who voted for him might have been “misinformed.” Despite being repeatedly pressed by Hamid, who rightly argued that this attitude was dangerous, Hasan rejected the idea that Donald Trump could ever be legitimately elected even if he received a majority of the vote.

Many Democratic candidates seem to share the Mehdi Hasan understanding of democracy, in which the actual number of votes cast does not endow democratic legitimacy, but rather, how well the views of the winner align with the views of the political and media establishment. In this version of democracy, when voters vote the “wrong” way, the election doesn’t count because they have been duped by “misinformation.”

Remarkably, these are the same people going around calling everyone else “election deniers.”

Kathy Hochul, New York’s Democratic Governor, provided insight into why she is locked in a tough battle for reelection when she all but accused voters of negligence for prioritizing concerns about rising crime rights over abortion or “January 6,” suggesting it was a conspiracy. “These are master manipulators, Hochul said. “They have this conspiracy going all across America trying to convince people in Democratic states that they’re not as safe. Well guess what? They’re also not only election deniers, they’re data deniers.”

Meanwhile in Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams responded to incumbent Brian Kemp’s endorsement by 107 of Georgia’s 130 county Sheriffs by declaring, “I’m not a member of the good ole boys club. So, no, I don’t have 107 sheriffs who want to be able to take Black people off the streets, who want to be able to go without accountability.” Traditionally, politics has been about trying to win votes. If a voter or group does not support a candidate, that candidate tries to figure out why. Instead, Democrats have responded to backlash to their policies by all but declaring that they are above even wanting the votes of anyone who might disagree with them.

Joe Biden, who was nominated in large part because he appeared to be a throwback to an earlier era of a less culturally extreme Democratic Party, even if it was the era of Obama rather than Bill Clinton, has shown little interest in conciliation. His reaction to concerns about the sanctity of biological women’s spaces in sports, accommodations, and society has been similar to Kathy Hochul’s reaction to New Yorkers’ concerns about crime. Biden has portrayed the entire issue as some sort of Republican conspiracy and utilized the Justice Department to go after parents who have expressed concerns. He has also defended those promoting experimental treatment for children with gender dysphoria and aggressively weaponized Title IX guidance to force the integration of transgender individuals into women’s sports. This culminated in Biden responding to the backlash against Dylan Mulvaney, a former Broadway star of the Book of Mormon who came out as transgender less than a year ago and launched a TikTok channel called “days of girlhood”, parlaying it into millions in sponsorships, by inviting Mulvaney to the White House for a televised discussion. Mulvaney had been slammed by many, including Caitlyn Jenner, for referring to women’s genitalia as “barbie pouches.”

It is interesting to contrast Biden’s approach with that of the British Labour Party and its leader Sir Keir Starmer, who granted an interview to the feminist website Mumsnet the same week Biden met with Mulvaney. Starmer, who has daughters, expressed horror at the idea of schools enabling children to transition without parental knowledge, and said he felt sports should be able to segregate participation on biological lines if they chose. Starmer’s positions were mealy-mouthed in some ways, in that he did not specify what he would do on those issues if in office as opposed to offering an expression of personal unease, but nonetheless, the interview was an effort to talk with those who had concerns and indicate he respected and shared many of them. There may be a reason why, even with a new leader, the Conservative Party continues to trail Labor by 17 percent in the polls.

It is easy to imagine Bill Clinton or Barack Obama imitating Starmer, and meeting with concerned parents of kids who were encouraged to transition, or with parents upset about their schools being shut, or employees fired for refusing to comply with vaccine mandates. Clinton and Obama would have expressed the deepest sympathy, pledged to look into it, and then in all likelihood continued the policies they had followed up to that point. But they would have made the gesture of pretending to listen, of pretending to care. Democrats today do not even bother to pretend.

That, more than anything else, is what the “rule or ruin” approach has done. Its impacts will be felt not just on Election Day, when Democrats will meet the consequences of their refusal to ask for votes, but going forward, when they declare that the legitimacy of those elected will depend solely on their willingness to do what Democrats consider correct.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.                


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Ron Greiner
25 days ago

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Douglas C
25 days ago

Yes Daniel, I am interpreting just that. Let loose the dogs of war. Shock troops Antifa, BLM, and baby killer cultists will be trashing the streets and at the front doors of conservative office holders in every branch of government. Winning and graciously losing elections in the normal ebb and flow of power politics is of the past. America is well beyond losing democracy and well into the authoritarian phase of the deconstruction of our Constitutional Republic. The glow of victory will be short lived, and the rule or ruin mob will not give us a moment of peace until we end them, or they end us. Gird your loins!

Daniel Smith
25 days ago

Is any one else interpreting the Dems’ threat that “democracy will end” if they lose as THEY will end it with Summer of Love type riots and other subverting activities?

Centurion
25 days ago
Reply to  Daniel Smith

With all the defund police movements we can shoot to kill all the rioters and nothing will happen to us. Nothing ever happens to demon-communist-cRATS, so now it is our turn.

Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
26 days ago

There are no democrat or liberal in America that is not mentally ill. Their bizarre lies and aligations are indicative of a severe psychosis.

LiamL
26 days ago

The USA is a Representative Republic by design, not a democracy. (Thank you Founding Father’s who knew what a democracy leads too) When you hear a Dem say ‘democracy’, replace with ‘dictatorship’ because that’s what they really mean.

Stephen
26 days ago
Reply to  LiamL

Amen

Centurion
25 days ago
Reply to  LiamL

Best example of the difference I’ve ever heard is:

In a democracy two wolves and a lamb are debating what’s for dinner. Guess what the result is. In a republic the lamb is armed to the teeth and contesting the vote.

Robin W Boyd
26 days ago

The focus for this election is simple; if you want to have more control of your life, vote Republican, if you want government agencies run by career politicians to dictate how you can live, vote Democrat.

Mario Capparuccini
26 days ago
Reply to  Robin W Boyd

Very well said!

Mario Capparuccini
26 days ago

Barak Obama was the divider in chief. I never listen to him. He was the worst president in American history. Biden is senile and being manipulated by his radical woke Marxist handlers. I am sick and fed up with the Demoncrats. May God Almighty bring their party to utter defeat.

Jan13
26 days ago

I didn’t listen to Obama when he was prez, I’m sure not going to listen to him now..

edward
26 days ago

When obama was running for his “first term” I said he was a “socialist at best, marxist more likely”. Not a single conservative I told that to believed that could ever be so in the United States of America! I have been hearing, “that could never happen here” for 40+ years and all that has happened is that COMMUNISM has continually kept onward towards their ultimate goal of total power OVER THE PEOPLE! Like lenin said, useful idiots will help us towards our ultimate goal(not a quote).

Phyl
26 days ago

The problem is that too many, including conservatives, are calling America a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. Allowing the fascist demoncrats continue pushing a democracy, by the way, our founding fathers hated, they are able to work their vile, evil agenda.
We need to put things straight, starting with November 8.

LiamL
26 days ago
Reply to  Phyl

They always redefine words or manipulate words. Look how many people say ‘vaccine’ for the mRNA shot.

mark
26 days ago

No matter who wins tomorrow ==republican’s i hope == things are going to get much worse for all of America before they get better Biden will VETO everything the republicans try to do and of course the socialist DICTATORS will blame them for everything ,, the best we can hope for now is to at least slow the killing of our free nation for the next 2 years ,,, it will take many years to repair what they have done in less than 2 but WE THE PEOPLE will get there ,,

LiamL
26 days ago
Reply to  mark

McConnell & McCarthy, (the McRino brothers) will fight and work against the Maga republicans much harder than the Dems will.

Smili'in Jack
26 days ago
Reply to  mark

Veto’s can be overwritten by another vote from congress. They often are and, in this case, maybe setting a new record.

james carlyle
26 days ago

Since the USA is not a democracy, the Democrats must want Mob Rule as the French tried.

johnh
25 days ago
Reply to  james carlyle

Mob Rule was the attack Jan 6th on Capitol in my observation. America does not need any more days like that. Did French have a day like that also?

EddieD_Boston
26 days ago

Biden is upset because he knows the Biden Crime Family will have to answer for their international money grabbing operation.

mytake
27 days ago

It is so obvious who has done the destruction to our country.

Bruce D Wood
27 days ago

The Democrat party has at least over the last couple of decades accuse the Republicans of what they are actually doing. Just like in marriage one of the spouses accuse the other of cheating are actually the ones doing the cheating. The Democrats seem to have forgot that they serve for we the people, not for special interest, lobbyist or unions but at the pleasure of we the people especially the ones in leadership roles and the President that is supposedly elected by we the people. Nancy Pelosi has the gavel in the people’s house and is supposed to be in charge of oversight. Seems like the only oversight she does is against the opposing part and not when her own party is in the wrong.
If she can’t do her job in a partisan manner, then she has to go, and this election will fire her for not doing her job. Until we the people put term limits on congress and keep it from becoming a career, which so many have done on both side of the aisle, then they seem to forget who they serve and work for. They seem to think that what they decide is what counts and what we the people say, or think doesn’t count. It is way past time that we fire all these politicians that have made careers of congress be fired and new congressmen/women replace them.

RobinM
26 days ago
Reply to  Bruce D Wood

At some point politicians have forgotten that they work for us, not we for them. We see this with both major parties, not just the democrats but I will vote republican as they, at least, are not trying to turn America into a socialist country.

Michele Vice
26 days ago
Reply to  Bruce D Wood

My thoughts exactly I couldn’t have said it better. The Democrats do not have cognitive thinking they must be on something because the way their brains work. They’re backwards they’re upside down they don’t even know what they’re saying. They’re liars and downright evil people. The people of America want their country back. We will get our country back.!!!!

Deploreable Sam
27 days ago

“In our bones, we know democracy is at risk.”
Seems to me “democracy” is quite alive and well.
The “democratic party” and in particular the commie rat bast**ds of the fiden administration, on the other hand, well, maybe not so much…
Oh, let us not forget to mention the rinos also.
Too bad. Adios. See ya. Burn in hell.
Is that plain english enough for you?
fjb etc. etc.

Larry W.
27 days ago

The democrat party once again says the opposite of the truth. They are not preserving the democracy they are tearing it down just like the statues. They believe in their hearts that America is a bad country that needs their “fixing”. Save America, don’t vote democrat.

Michael Gulotta
27 days ago

Good article. The Democratic Party is a scary entity for “Democracy”. No, I don’t really believe we are a Democracy, but a Democratic Republic.

Veteran
27 days ago

The actual form of government our founders gave us is a Constitutional Republic, alas since our politicians, and unelected federal bureaucrats get away with perjury in regards to their oath of office all the time because no one impeaches, punishes, or removes them from office when they do so, our Constitution is “the Supreme Law of the Land”, in theory only because it has turned more into a “might makes right”, and “I do as I please” for a select few with money, or the means to cheat and grab, and usurp the power of the people of the United States.

mytake
26 days ago
Reply to  Veteran

So true!

LiamL
26 days ago
Reply to  Veteran

Don’t forget the all important ‘REPRESENTATIVE’ Republic, very important.

rifleman
27 days ago

It is long past time to fight fire with fire. Take away the voice of those who rant and rave by refusing to listen to them and those who broadcast or repeat the rants. Get your news and information from sources who can be trusted to speak truth. I am thinking of AMAC, OANN, Epoch Times, Patriot Post, Blaze TV, Epoch TV and a host of others.
If a political commercial comes on the TV, mute it, don’t listen to it. Do not watch MSM fake news broadcasts. If all they can preach to is their own choir they will soon fade into insignificance.
And, of course, don’t vote for anyone or anything pushed along by the big money pot of the left.

mytake
27 days ago
Reply to  rifleman

Exactly!

Ronnie
26 days ago
Reply to  rifleman

Don’t have TV nor do I watch it. But I do have DVD player I like 2000 mules. Now they have arrested the producers because they won’t give the names of some of their sources. I wonder why they need them? Sometimes you just know things in your heart because it is wisdom. The election was stolen, covit was a cover up for it, and still is,they have declared war on us and call us semi fascist and natzis, and they think we are blind and stupid. If we don’t stand for what’s right they will knock on your door and mine take us all in just like the j6ers, (funny thing about the j6ers. They used the same tracking system to catch the j6ers as they used on 2000 mules) but we are the problem.. And let’s not forget about the double standard about how they judge who is right and wrong with all their disinformation Hopefully we will see the swamp drained someday soon. Elections have consequences, stolen elections also have consequences, we are now paying for them. Wake up judicial branch of the government and do your job because our country is at steak here and you have a job to do or are you going to become like the doj or fbi and be part of the extension of the socialist who are trying to circumvent our constitution. Just review the evidence. Look at all of it. We as Americans are being robbed and we have had enough of this double standard from blind justice.!!! Our country will burn and its on your watch!!! Youe move?

Ronnie
27 days ago

They still have almost 2 months to continue to ruin the country after election day. And tomorrow is that day. The cheating just hasn’t started yet. They need to know how much they need to cheat to win. When your back is up against the wall is when you reach down and do what you have to do to win. That’s what we the people have and are doing. And you can be sure they will do the same. I just don’t know what their plan is because we are law abiding people. But you can be sure they have a plan b c d- z. It ain’t over until it’s over and that could take a while. I hope I am wrong about this but I have read their book and if you think about it you will realize it’s the big lie. The new green deal . Mein kemf. Stalin. Stand with our constitution and God and be strong, fight the good fight for our families our country and our freedom. Which is not their democracy. This is our stand.

anna hubert
27 days ago

Democrats discredited themselves long ago and have shown their true colors and yet there still are people seemingly normal voting for them I am not talking about indifferent That anyone could listen to their lies without getting sick is beyond They are desperate and will do anything to manipulate this election their dice are loaded In normal; times they’d loose but we live in twilight zone so we can only pray that justice will be done

Larry W.
27 days ago
Reply to  anna hubert

The democrats are in power and the country has so many problems that it should be plain to see the solution. Take the power from the democrats before things get worse.

mytake
27 days ago
Reply to  anna hubert

Beyond is right.

John
27 days ago

They can have their “democracy”, we will keep our “constitutional republic” thank you very much.

mytake
27 days ago
Reply to  John

Their democracy is really communism.

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