This is from a book, Philip Dru, Administrator, by Edward Mandell House, the infamous “Colonel House” said to have sat watch on Woodrow Wilson during his presidency. The book was suggested to me by someone on the blog. It is good to feel the humanity of Colonel House coming through over the generations.
In the book a wheeler-dealer named Senator Selwyn is setting up an election, with the winner decided in advance, typical fare throughout history. I thought the mechanics interesting, as it is in a pre-technological era:
[Selwyn] began by eliminating all states he knew the opposition party would certainly carry, but he told the party leaders there to claim that a revolution was in the brewing, and that a landslide would follow at the election. This would keep his antagonists busy and make them less effective elsewhere.
He also ignored states where his side was sure to win. In this way he was free to give his entire thoughts to the twelve states that were debatable, and upon whose votes the election would turn. He divided each of these states into units containing five thousand voters, and at the national headquarters, he placed one man in charge of each unit. Of the five thousand, he roughly calculated there would be two thousand voters that no kind of persuasion could turn from his party, and two thousand that could not be changed from the opposition. This would leave one thousand doubtful ones to win over. So he had a careful poll made in each unit, and eliminated the strictly unpersuadable party men, and got down to a complete analysis of the debatable one thousand. Information was obtained as to their race, religion, occupation and former political predilection. It was easy then to know how to reach each individual by literature, by persuasion or perhaps by some more subtle argument. No mistake was made by sending the wrong letter or the wrong many to any of the desired one thousand.
In the states so divided, there was, at the local headquarters, one man for each unit just as at the national headquarters. So those two had only each other to consider, and their duty was to bring to Rockland [the appointed candidate pre-selected by Selwyn] a majority of the one thousand votes within their charge. The local men gave the conditions, the national men gave the proper literature and advice, and the local man then applied it. The money that it cost to maintain such an organization was more than saved from the waste that would have occurred under the old method.
I find this so adorable! Colonel House is telling us that votes were counted in his time, but that elections were still rigged. The candidate, James R. Rockland, was under control of the oligarchs, and if he decided to go an independent route once elected, would be warned to stay the course by various means. And anyway, if they feared him to be an independent man, he would not have been selected.
How much easier today when they merely tell us that by some magical process, a candidate has won, and that the result cannot be questioned. Did anyone else notice that recounts are illegal now? Green Party candidate Jill Stein, herself probably controlled opposition, challenged the 2016 results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. In Wisconsin a judge ruled that the “recount” would merely be a re-tallying of machine counts, and not actual ballots. In the other two states, judges stepped in and stopped the process.
What does that tell you? If you do not see that something very large is hidden in plain sight, I cannot help you.
Anyway, Trump no more won the election than I did. The entire campaign was scripted, all the way down to the Billy Bush affair [note the name], misdirection from something obvious: Melania Trump is not his wife. She is his beard.
Of course I was surprised at the selection, assuming the contest had long been given to Hillary Clinton. I don’t know, cannot know, if that was the plan from the beginning or some mid-course correction. But her selection over Trump would have had no more bearing on national political policies than a rain storm in Peoria.
Trump might have carried Utah. Might have. We will never know.