The world`s richest man and new Twitter owner and CEO made his views clear before the US midterm election in 2022. The Tesla founder encouraged «independent-minded voters» to follow his lead and vote Republican in the midterm elections.
He posted a photo of a Nazi soldier with a crate of carrier pigeons on his back, with an unread notifications badge photoshopped onto the cage. 60 minutes later he tweeted a new message to «independent-minded voters»:
«Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic».
The tweet gained over 11,000 retweets and over 71,000 less than 30 minutes after it was posted.
«Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who`s in charge!» Musk added in another tweet.
This is interesting, because Elon Musk, like many, many others, voted for a Republican for the first time.
«I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically – overwhelmingly. Like, I`m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now this election, I will,» he said earlier this year.
Elon Musk acquired Twitter a few weeks ago, and he stated his goal in purchasing Twitter was to protect the freedom of speech, saying in a statement last week that a public square open to diverse opinions is necessary for democracy to thrive.
In May, Musk promised to allow former president Donald Trump back on the site when he took over, a move that earned him support from conservatives who view Musk as a free-speech savior. The decision to ban Trump was «morally bad» and «foolish in the extreme,» Musk said at the time.
Donald Trump has helped Elon Musk in many business cases, but Trump is doing things his way with his own Truth Social platform. Trump is the man who started «Fake News» the day he was inaugurated, and MSM has attacked him since then.
President Joe Biden said he hoped the Democrats will pick up seats in both the house and senate on Tuesday. But history tells us a different story, and it says they probably won’t. Just look at the seven last presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump and their loss in the midterm election.
No one lost more seats than Obama. He lost 91 seats, while Trump lost «only» 38 seats. Exactly what Ronald Reagan lost in the 80s in his midterm election.
In the house, there are 433 seats, and all of them are being contested. The Republicans only need to pick five seats to take control, and polls indicate that they can do that easily. They will probably pick up more.
The Senate is a toss-up with 35 seats contested. Right now the divide is 50/50. The Republicans only need one seat to take control. The Senate could come down to a close race in a number of states, including Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. For all I know, it may take some days to get the right answer.
Many investors hope to see a flip in the Senate on Tuesday, and that will change the US policy with no more bills, no more spending, no more taxes, and no more of anything for the next two years. People believe there is too much big government, and too much spending, and wants to see Washington shut down at midnight on Tuesday. Will investors be disappointed on Tuesday? Time will show.
According to democrats, «Democracy is going to die on Tuesday». Biden and Obama warned voters that democracy is at stake. Obama also said so in 2020. But this is not something new.
«The future of democracy is topic number one in the animated discussion going on all over America,» a contributor to the New York Times wrote in 1937.
«Epitaphs for democracy are the fashion of the day», the soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote in 1930.
In the 1930s, people all over the world, liberals, hoped that the United States would find a middle road between the malignity of a state-run economy and the mercilessness of laissez-faire capitalism.
Roosevelt campaigned in 1932 on the promise to rescue American democracy by «a new deal for the American people,» his version of that third way: relief, recovery, and reform. He won 42 of 48 states.
In the 1920s and 30s, American magazines continued the trend from the early 1900s, in which hardly a month went by without their taking stack; «Is Democracy doomed?» «Can Democracy survive?» (Those were the past century`s versions of more recent titles, such as «How Democracy ends,» «Why liberalism failed,» «How the right lost its mind,» and «How Democracies die.»
In 1939, the World`s Fair opened in Queens, New York featuring an exhibit called the Democracy, a model of utopia that was in keeping with the event`s chipper motto, «The World of tomorrow.»
«A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world`s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage,» Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747 – 1813) said.
Tytler expressed a critical view of democracy in general and representative democracies such as republics in particular. He believed that «a pure democracy is a chimera», and that «all government is essential of the nature of a monarchy».
The following quotation has been attributed to Tytler, although it has also been occasionally attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville: «A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.»
Democracy means «demos», meaning people, and «Kratos» meaning power, so democracy can be thought of as the «power of the people». A way of governing that depends on the will of the people.
Democracy is threatened by the inertia of good people, by the selfishness of most people, and by the evil designs of a few people, Stanley Kings said. And the best guarantee for a continuing democracy is an informed people.
«It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time,» Churchill once said. But democracy is something we must always be working at. It is a process never finished, never-ending.
Tuesday`s midterm elections are on pace for a record turnout, with more than 40 million ballots already cast nationwide. In other words; early voting has already surpassed the 2018 Midterm Election.
Republicans are expected to take the House of Representatives on Tuesday, though control over the Senate is a toss-up, according to polls.
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