Readers: some of the dialogue in this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020). Entries addressing events in the The future assume there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution. More about the Revenge Revolution, a list of earlier revolutions and the author, Entry #1.

Periodically I write a “sense check” to assess whether in the next few years, a revolution in the US is still possible or whether the entire exercise is based on a statistical aberration — i.e., a roughly 50-year cycle between major upheavals in the US.  Most recent sense check, Entry #365.  

Some of the entries are part of a series.  Several series are available as easy-to-read booklets for download:

Prelude to the current series of entries: I’ve concluded Trump is a lunatic and the administration filled with lapdogs save a couple of people at CDC.  Instead of wasting time commenting on actions by Trump, I thought it more productive to begin discussing what happens in the US once the coronavirus is more under control.  #378 began the series. At this point not sure how many entries.  Comments and suggestions welcome.

ENTRY #389 (Yes, it’s a forecast)

BREAKING NEWS.  TRUMP RESIGNS.  In the early weeks leading up to the November 2020 election, most polls, including Fox News, put Trump trailing Joe Biden, sometimes by 10 or more points. While Trump continued to hold rallies, many were sparsely attended. As has been the practice since the failed rally in Tulsa, OK in mid-June, Trump and the White House press secretary blamed the media and “leftist protesters” for sparse attendance at these rallies.

Now, just two weeks before the 2020 election, Trump announced that under doctor’s orders, he was being forced to resign.  The reason? Neither the White House press staff nor the doctor was available to elaborate.  Immediately before the cryptic press release, Trump left unannounced for Mar-a-Lago.  Upon landing he was whisked away with no interaction with the media.

Although unconfirmed at this point, there is strong evidence that Trump is suffering from some type of mental imbalance.  Over the course of his presidency, Trump has been noted for making incoherent statements, often rambling for 15-20 minutes about topics unrelated to the issue at hand. Such ramblings have become more noticeable the past year, and especially as the election date grew closer.

Since before taking office there has been speculation that Trump was suffering from early-stage Alzheimer’s, which had affected his father, Fred.  Another possible diagnosis is early-stage Parkinson’s disease.  In addition to the diminished mental acuity, Trump has displayed a growing number of physical limitations – difficulty walking and requiring two hands to drink a glass of water, for example.

However, the real reason behind Trump’s resignation remains unclear. Several staffers inside the White House indicated Trump was so fearful of losing, he begged the doctor for an excuse to resign.

Whatever the exact reason, Trump’s resignation has created chaos for Republicans.  In most states, the deadline has passed for changes to ballots for the November election, even if the designated candidate has died prior to the election.  As a result, Republicans are left with a candidate who is now ineligible to take office.  Although there is no precedent for presidential elections, it appears current VP Mike Pence becomes the Republican candidate for president with no designated VP.

The far-right has reacted by claiming the so-called “deep state” forced Trump to resign.  Fox Entertainment Network talking heads Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson supported claims from the far right and encouraged Republicans to forcibly prevent a Democrat from occupying the White House, even if elected by voters.

While no physical clashes have occurred, many Republican and Democratic governors have put the National Guard on notice for possible duty over the next few months. Most of the same governors also have asked the US military for help if needed to quell any major disturbances.  More to come.