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November 3, 2020 | What if the Democrats Get Everything They’ve Wanted?

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

The map showed up in my email this afternoon, sent by a subscriber who, like me, simply cannot fathom polls that have Biden winning. This poll asked 373,000 people across America who they though their neighbors would vote for. Trump won in every state but Colorado, which has to mean something.  If the many pollsters who have predicted Biden will romp turn out to have been wrong, I distrust the news media enough to assume that the encouraging numbers they provided to him were by design rather than error. Realize that if the major news outlets can fix things so that half of the nation has no clue what the Hunter Biden laptop scandal is all about, then they can easily fudge the results of a half-dozen surveys. I don’t go quite so far, however, as to believe, as one friend does, that the CIA is capable of hacking computers used by Pennsylvania, Texas and a few other key states to tally votes uploaded from the precincts.  I wouldn’t deny that this is theoretically possible, only that the agency has shown the aptitude for staging such a coup without leaving elephant tracks.

So what if Biden actually wins? At least half of us are praying it doesn’t come to that. I’ve predicted Trump will bury Biden, but I must concede that this is just a gut feeling. I don’t know anything more than you do, and even the news anchors don’t know enough to make a better guess than you or I.  But if Biden/Harris is our next president, I fear they will wreck much of what has made America great, starting with the Supreme Court. The founders set the third branch of government above politics, but it could not be more clear that the Democrats, vengeful over Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment, would make the court subservient to the Democratic Party.  This would be no small thing, and even Trump’s staunchest foes should be appalled by the idea of it. Some are, just not enough of them.

The Worst That Could Happen

Would gutting the Constitution affect you or I personally? Undoubtedly, although probably not right away. Or so we should hope. But I shudder to think of how it will change the lives of our children and grandchildren. My first reaction personally would be to try to tune out the news, retreat into a more private life, and focus on family, friends and simple pleasures. Ordinarily, I would assume that the worst a President Harris could do to me personally would be to raise my taxes. Big deal. But she clearly aims to do a whole lot more, and we kid ourselves to think “the rich” that she, Biden, Bernie Sanders et al. have targeted to pay for free…everything are rich enough to keep middle class earners from feeling the pain. Far worse than an amping up of class warfare, if more of it were possible, is that Trump’s over-the-top but genuine optimism about America’s future will be gone, perhaps forever.  His supporters will understand this profoundly from the moment Biden is declared the winner, if he is. It will take Biden supporters a while longer to understand it as well, but it seems inevitable to the rest of us that they will one day feel cursed to have gotten what they wished for.

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November 3rd, 2020

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