The upside down flag is legally recognized in the U.S. as a signal of distress in extreme danger to life or property.
Back in March of 2016, after Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton, I knew in my gut that Trump would win the election that coming November (it was at that time that I prepared to leave the U.S. and began to explore other countries to reside in — I now live in Canada). Today, I’m experiencing a similarly foreboding feeling to what I felt back in March of 2016.
Whereas I previously had sensed that violence throughout the U.S. after the election on November 3rd this year was likely, today I read something that makes me certain that there will be. What I read was this:
After Trump was asked by an interviewer if he would commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose to Joe Biden, he responded: “...Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation...”
To put it succinctly, Trump plainly admitted through his rambling subconscious mind that he does not intend for there to be any transition whatsoever. Yet, assuming he’ll lose the election, and there’s a good chance of that happening, if he does get deposed in accordance with the Constitution, his heavily-armed base is likely to rise up throughout the U.S.
Since Trump is constitutionally unable to admit defeat (pardon the pun), he’ll cry foul and whoever listens to him (and there are many) will act in accordance with his instructions and rise up and bear arms against his “enemies” — that is, anyone who is against him.
The election will be November 3rd. If Trump loses, November 4th may be a reorientation day. November 5th could be the day when America will find herself at a crossroad: will the people who work in the U.S. government faithfully execute the Constitution, or will they give in to Trump’s desire to hold onto power?
It is a make-it-or-break-it question of national integrity.
I might be very wrong about all this. I hope I am. But I’d also rather err on the side of caution. Come this November, if you live in the U.S., consider holing up in a safe space stocked with food supplies to last you a while.
And please don’t engage in violence, whatever “side” you’re on. It never ends well. (side note: genuinely open-minded, sincere, and honest people eventually come to realize that there are no sides: only facts).
The title of this essay “Remember, remember, the 5th of November” is a reference to the movie “V for Vendetta”:
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MARTIN ADAMS is a systems thinker and author. As a child, it pained him to see most people struggling while a few were living in opulence. This inspired in him a lifelong quest to co-create a fair and sustainable world in collaboration with others. As a graduate of a business school with ties to Wall Street, he opted not to pursue a career on Wall Street and chose instead to dedicate his life to community enrichment. Through his social enterprise work, he saw firsthand the extent to which the current economic system causes human and ecological strife. Consequently, Martin devoted himself to the development of a new economic paradigm that might allow humanity to thrive in harmony with nature. His book Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World is the fruit of his years of research into a part of this economic model; its message stands to educate policymakers and changemakers worldwide. Martin is technical director at Progress.org.