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How will American history view the 2020 election and the implications of January 6 for the nation’s future? There are already clues. One is Republicans’ continued refusal to drop voter fraud charges. Another is a similar destabilizing event in British history long ago.

A terribly dark year in England’s hazy past (1666), there was an event of civic uprising no less horrific to English eyes and minds than the 2020 election to so many Americans. Someone or party set fire to London amid heated factional discord that was rocking the nation. London literally burned down. According to historian David Hume, some 400 of its most sacred streets and some 13,000 of its houses were razed.

Accusations were flying like chicken feathers, especially from the wealthy party which had recently lost power in a bitter electoral process. The wealthy had recently regained power, but now blamed the commoners and their Catholic allies for stealing their beloved London.

But there were unanswered questions in the English and American versions of existential political betrayal.

No one could think of a reason why commoners and Catholics would profit in any way by burning down the city in which most of their own fellow citizens lived.

Similarly, the American people have been unable to understand why or how state election officials, with no history of criminal conspiracy, would act in a coordinated manner to rig the outcome of a strategically important vote count during the election. Were these two events the result of genuine criminal activity, or simply an unwillingness to accept current events occurring naturally or legally?

Without evidence to back up their shocking theory of deliberate sabotage, but with enough money to control the public narrative, the Party of the Rich in England erected a public monument charging that the Party of Ordinary Catholics perpetrated the crime, so that future generations would know for sure that this is how London was stolen from them.

This particular conjunction of events and holidays in English history provides an entertaining vehicle to get us to our real point here, a prediction about the future of elections, violent consequences and distorted reality in America.

If American history follows British history, the money party will tell the story of the 2020/January 6 election as it wants, when it wants, and with or without justification. We are already seeing this play out. However, it must be said that the party of truth and common sense eventually prevailed in England, and the monument commemorating the great lie of a politicized burning of London was demolished after a number of years.



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