Welcome to a discussion about the upcoming 5th Revolution in the US, which I’ve titled the “Revenge Revolution.” For more about the Revenge Revolution and the author, Entry #1 Periodically I write a “sense check” to assess whether a revolution in the US is 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. Entry #430 was the most recent “sense check.”

BEGIN ENTRY #453: The week of June 20, 2022 was full of significant news events from inside the Beltway – decisions from SCOTUS, the US Senate finally agreeing on minimal controls for firearm purchases, and testimony at the 01/06 Select Committee hearings from Republicans about events leading up to the assault on the Capitol. One event not covered was a press conference held by Trump.

On Thursday in Mara-a-Lago, Trump, proclaimed that the results from Westminster Kennel Club proved that he won the 2020 election.  Trump argued the final ruling of the judge at Westminster should be considered much like a ruling from SCOTUS – the final word on the matter. 

In a typical rambling speech, Trump claimed the winner of the Westminster Best-in-Show, a bloodhound named Trumpet, was named after him.  The former president noted how Trumpet’s characteristics that won him Best-in-Show paralleled Trump’s characteristics – regal appearance, athletic build, face a bit jowly, dedicated to working, and most of all superior to everyone else.

Trumpet

Because his alleged namesake Trumpet was #1 at Westminster, Trump stated he must have won the 2020 election. Trump’s claim of winning the 2020 election was enthusiastically supported by Trump’s lapdogs who were at Mara-a-Lago – Rudy Giuliani, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan and a few others.

Trump stated that since he now had been vindicated by the judge at Westminster, he was going to file a lawsuit to disband the 01/06 Select Committee and have members of that group charged with conspiracy.

When asked why the courts might allow such a case to go forward, Trump replied, “If the Supreme Court can issue such decisions as overturning Roe v. Wade, and making it legal to pack heat in Times Square, surely, they’ll support me in my efforts to rightfully claim I won the 2020 election. The hard-right members of SCOTUS owe me a favor.”

Aren’t you sorry you missed hearing Trump’s remarks?  OK, this was definitely tongue-in-cheek but not far from the truth.  The decisions by SCOTUS this week and one next week that is likely to gut the power of the Environmental Protection Agency look to be an inflection point for the next phase of the 5th US Revolution. 

Unfortunately, the next phase, as noted in periodic entries over the years, will be one where armed camps face off.  The battlelines will not be as clear as the Civil War and the intensity of the fighting likely will be more gradual.  But it is going to be ugly. END ENTRY #453

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