Is this election "rigged" as Donald Trump is saying?
Read articles addressing this question in the mainstream media and you likely will think that it is not. That such is a gross exaggeration, if not a total falsehood. Such articles consistently point to the relatively small number of fraudulent votes in comparison to the enormous total number, and thus conclude that such "rigging" has no real meaning.
Even framed that way, however, such an explanation and conclusion is seriously flawed.
A hypodermic needle may puncture just one ten millionth of a person's skin, leaving hardly any visual trace, but when carefully placed into just the right vein, and if carrying the right poison, such can none-the-less kill the victim dead.
However the election being "rigged" doesn't just mean phony vote tallies and votes cast by illegitimate voters. It also means all the many myriad things the establishment does to control the outcome of the election. This includes the creating of false, but endlessly repeated, stories about one candidate, while hiding possibly far more damaging stories about the other. It includes the burying of stories of worth while filling the media's 'pages' with distracting stories of no real consequence. It includes the giving of microphones as it were to some voices, while putting gags over the mouths of others.
"Rigging" the election includes allowing some money to speak -- that of pro-power structure unions for example -- while at the same time, by carefully framed law, cutting off the voices of "money" that speaks for others. -That because their voices speak against the establishment's approved outcome.
Also of note is that what Donald Trump is saying about the election being "rigged" ties right in with his equally forceful declarations that in a real sense such is equally true for many, many other things. -Things that impact our entire lives, not just the election.
The tax laws, for instance. Where wealthy people such as he can write off many of their daily expenses, but we -- those of more average means -- cannot.
The setting up of a system where massive failures such as that of investment banker Goldman Sachs are bailed out by the public treasury, but where the consequences of such failures on the 'little people' continue to rest on those people's own shoulders. They pay the taxes, but 'the bennies' go to others.
-A system where the powerful - or those who speak in favor of the outcome such prefer -- is given a loud microphone, while the voices of those seen as insignificant -- or even the rich and powerful (such as Trump) -- who speak against the 'preferred' outcome are muffled or, when that cannot be done, silenced with public ridicule.
If all that be true, what do the rest of us have that can possibly counter it? The vote.
Yes the vote. That little and seemingly insignificant "voice" that when placed in union with like-minded others can amplify a message so loud that it drowns out that of those who have placed themselves, and their interests, above us.
In conclusion, then, yes, the election is "rigged." It has been rigged. And it has been rigged against us.
No, we are not supposed to know it. In fact no one is supposed to even say it. (Least of all a wealthy powerful man such as is Donald Trump!)
Is there anything we can do about it?
Yes. We can vote.
We can vote against the interests of those who lord it over us.
We can ignore the "noise" and false stories, and dig in deep and find the truth. -How things actually are.
We can put our voices together and make a noise so loud that it cannot be drowned out.
And this election that means ignoring the smears, ignoring the lies, and voting for Donald Trump