Can lessons (even unexpected lessons) be gleaned from similar events of the past? I believe they can but I also believe one must invest some serious effort in thinking about one’s chosen comparisons and vet those choices by checking the the historical facts.
So it was when I remembered some strong similarities between this election of 2020 and the quite unlikely comparison between it and the 1952 presidential election. I will freely admit that it was only my memories of that election (when I was not quite 8 years old!) that triggered my interest at first. Fortunately, my vague memories were born out when I spent time reading a detailed account of the Ike vs Adlai election near the end of the Korean War. [ which remains unresolved 62 years later ]
That message is clear: disabuse yourself of any firm conclusions no matter how certain you are. But that doesn’t change the fact of valid comparisons, either. Verifiable facts make for valid comparisons.
That’s about as objective as anyone can get. So I’m comparing Eisenhower and Stephenson’s contest to that of Trump’s and Biden’s.
Two things stand out here: (1) the great difference between this election numbers compared to the last two elections featuring in chronological order, 2008 and 2012.
And (2) the relative reputations of Eisenhower, Stephenson vs Trump and Biden.
In the 1952 election, Eisenhower won 55.2% of the popular vote but 83%  of the electoral vote. A healthy win in the popular vote, a monumental landslide in the electoral vote.
This is what distinguishes Eisenhower from Joe Biden — Biden has collected only 51.3% of the popular vote and only 306 electoral votes even with two states added vs 1952’s forty-eight.
And we need not question the equally monumental difference between Joe Biden’s character and reputation versus Dwight Eisenhower’s: Biden was proven by investigative reporters to be a compulsive liar long ago. Current investigation into Biden’s connections with hostile foreign powers only reinforces his lack of moral and ethical fiber. Eisenhower is equally proven by all sources to have been both truthful and a war-proven leader of the entire free world. It’s simple: did Eisenhower ever have financial ties to either Russia or China? No, he did not.
It’s interesting to see that Donald Trump has also been accused of having financial ties to (still hostile, still dangerous) Russia. But as yet, after years of investigation: sitting President Trump remains clear of any evidence of the charge. (everything else is just empty claims told by empty except for self interest men and women)
Let’s look again at this really big difference between the last three elections and this one and between the 2020 election and the 1952 election: First and foremost in significance: the difference in the 2020 election and the 1952 election: there were no unverifiable “mail in ballots” involved in the 1952 elections.
In the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections: the number of popular votes increased by 1.9% with each election (without mail in ballots being allowed).
The increase from 2016 to 2020: votes counted increased by 23.2%. Wow. So non-credible Biden got the most of those mail in votes. (~ 22 million) That’s how he got 81,268,867 votes. Subtract those unverifiable votes — Biden actually got around 59 million verifiable votes versus Trump’s 74 million.
As for the credibility of the Republicans and the Democrats: it’s always been true that they trade accusations and both are correct. The obvious becomes conclusive as well: political parties are all guilty of dishonesty and the difference comes down to which party has control and which party adheres more closely to the Constitution of the United States of America.
What to do about all this? It’s also obvious: another more closely guarded, more verifiable election must be held. The presidential election of 2020 is in fact nullified and voided. During whatever time it takes to hold the first back up election, President Trump must remain president until this new election is held and 100% certified.
The existence of the United States depends upon it. And this time the whole thing depends on you seeing to it that we have another election to replace the 2020 election. The fate of the People of the United States is in our own hands. Really.