How much money did you spend on your hobbies between September 1 and now? For Joss Whedon, the answer was: $508,374. His one-man PAC, “Save The Day”, made “comedy videos” featuring a remarkable assemblage of Hollywood celebrities. As you can probably guess, the purpose of the videos was to encourage young people to get out there and vote for Hillary. (Brief aside: Is Hillary Clinton like Madonna or Cher now? A one-name person? How does Hilary Swank feel about that? She won two Oscars!)
Mr. Whedon’s contribution amounted to just one-quarter of one percent of Mrs. Clinton’s SuperPAC money. (If you want to get a terrifying look at the funding behind both campaigns, and chuckle a bit at what a bargain Mr. Trump’s campaign was compared to Mrs. Clintons, the Washington Post has some very well-explained numbers for you.) As a long-time Firefly fan, and as an even longer-time fan of the democratic process, I am proud of Joss for putting his money where his mouth is. Supposedly he’s worth $100M — think about putting one-half of one percent of your personal wealth into an election. That would be like the average middle-class family writing a $1,000 check for Clinton or Trump, which almost never happens.
Unfortunately for Mr. Whedon and rest of Hillary’s supporters, he didn’t get anything for his money. That’s politics for you. You don’t get a refund if your guy (or gal) doesn’t win. But Joss has decided that he wants to get what he paid for, no matter what.
This is simple: Trump cannot CANNOT be allowed a term in office. It’s not about 2018. It’s about RIGHT NOW. That’s what Whedon is writing on Twitter right now. He’s one of a growing group that is encouraging “faithless electors” to select Mrs. Clinton instead of Mr. Trump when they meet on December 19th.
I cannot adequately emphasize what a terrible fucking idea this is. If the Presidency is handed to Mrs. Clinton because Joss Whedon, a million participation-trophy Millennials, and their orca-fat, tatted-up, clown-makeup womyn-friends demand it, there will be blood in the streets. You’ve all seen the protesting/rioting that people are doing in Portland and elsewhere. It’s embarrassing for this country, and it’s resulting in some property damage, but that’s about it. Now imagine telling the approximately 90% of this country (by county) who went for Trump that a shadowy cabal of people has yielded to the pressure of Hollywood people and changed the result of the election. That’s the kind of thing that will have people getting their AR-15s out of their gun safes.
For one thing, being a “faithless elector” could be reasonably viewed as treason by a lot of people. The penalty for treason in the United States is still death. I have a hard time believing all of the faithless electors will be able to walk to the grocery store after the vote without catching a .50 BMG in the skull. Joss and his pals are effectively suggesting that electors commit suicide so they don’t have to emotionally process the fact of a Trump presidency.
For another thing, if the electors can be pressured to vote in a certain way… what the fuck is the point of having an election? Why not just bribe or threaten the electors? It’s cheaper and easier. I’m sure that Joss truly believes that President-Select Hillary would immediately get the law changed to a national popular vote, preferably one in which Mexicans and Canadians are allowed to vote and Democrats are allowed to vote twice. But it’s not that simple. There are people who want to call a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of “fixing” this and everything else they don’t like in the Constitution, but perhaps they haven’t considered the fact that said Convention would probably be an armed standoff between citizens and the Army in which it’s entirely possible that the Army would stand down in whole or part, leaving the next form of the Constitution to be determined by a bunch of terrified people with a million guns pointed at them.
One wonders just why Joss & Co. are so worried about Mr. Trump. The President doesn’t have the power to put Jews in cattle cars or enact National Socialism. About all he’s going to do is (maybe) fuss with Obamacare, direct the country’s immigration police to actually enforce the current law as written, and sign whatever bill Congress puts in front of him. He doesn’t have that much power. We’re going to have less military conflict under a Trump presidency, most notably in Syria which in Mrs. Clinton’s plan was going to become a meat-grinder proxy war between us and Russia.
The best explanation I’ve heard for the hysteria over the election is that Democrats are afraid that they will be the target of everything they’ve done to Republicans for the past eight years: IRS targeting, pressure both private and public to espouse doubleplusgoodthink at the risk of your career, a radical redefinition of concepts like “family” and “marriage”. I think those fears are overblown. As was pointed out in several high-profile think pieces prior to the election, Trump isn’t just the most left-leaning Republican candidate in decades — he’s actually to the left of Clinton on almost everything but immigration. The guy held up a rainbow flag at the convention, for Christ’s sake.
Two theories, therefore:
0. Immigration is all that progressives care about. The spice must flow. Whites must become a tiny minority in this country as soon as possible. Everything else is secondary.
1. Joss is just an idiot, and his followers are idiots.
I don’t know which of these is correct. But I’m done with Joss. I’m done with his movies, his products, his future creative output. He’s advocating violence and anti-democratic behavior. He’s a traitor to the Union and as such he can fuck off. And here’s the thing: there’s no way he’s going to get what he wants. Donald Trump is our President, like it or not. No power in the ‘verse can stop that.