Right the Ship

A rogue wave is an unusually large, unexpected, and spontaneous surface wave that can be catastrophic to even the largest of ships. Our country is the ship, and we haven’t sunk yet, but the rogue waves of troubling events aren’t over. The year 2020 has already been unpredictable and unprecedented. No one can deny we are in stormy waters, on a listing, pitching, and rolling ship. All patriots want to see the ship righted, so we can chart a new course to better days. 

Unity2020 is not a “lifeboat” option, because we don’t intend to abandon ship. Rather we aim to draft a captain and first mate, whose interests are aligned with the crew. We are drafting leadership who can navigate us beyond these dangerous waters. We need your help to do it. Help us elect a President and Vice President who will see us through this, because, in our current position, we are too exposed to keeling over.

We often hear things like “Life will settle down after the election and return to normal” or “Unity2020 will have to wait and become Unity2024.” We really want to believe this, because returning to “normal” sounds good. It’s reassuring. But the evidence is showing otherwise. Too many unheralded events have already happened this year, and their underlying causes are exposing the vulnerabilities in our system. In the aftermath of Covid-19, these vulnerabilities—many of which have been decades in the making—are cracking wide open.

We’ve seen these systemic problems building for years. Jobs leave our country for cheaper labor overseas, yet our GDP has continued to rise as average income has remained stagnant. Market collapses disproportionately affect those who don’t qualify for ‘bailouts,’ showing how opportunity itself has been hoarded by the few. Financial growth has increasingly been decoupled from economic growth.

Marxist and Deconstructivist ideologies have seeped into our school curricula, leading to indoctrination rather than education. Media organizations have picked ideological sides as they’ve tried to maintain revenue streams while their audience has been lost to online content. Social media organizations optimize their algorithms for ‘time on platform,’ making their users the product.

The left/right rhetoric has been amplified to divide Americans so that power and influence for the few can be maintained at the expense of our republic. Foreign actors are doing to their best to amplify the divisiveness. All of these factors have set the dominos in position.

Covid-19, and all it has brought with it, is the catalyzing force that has started to knock the dominos down. Death, sickness, forced lockdowns, job losses, isolation, and distrust of long-standing institutions have added to the above systemic problems. This is what we’re experiencing now. 

We know more rogue waves are coming, but from which direction, or to what heights the wave-tops will reach, we can’t be sure. This has been the year of unforeseen waves, and while no one wants to see more come to pass, they are foreshadowed on the horizon.

What will happen if the jury sitting for an officer-involved shooting case returns a verdict that doesn’t satisfy the enraged masses? What if a presidential candidate contracts Covid-19? Is it possible that Covid-19 could undo trade tariffs in an already strained relationship with China? Could the United States face another round of lockdowns, as autumn moves us indoors? How long can the already unemployed hold on, with eviction moratoriums set to expire soon?

Will presidential debates bring reasoned discourse and unity to the nation, or will they be sideshows of rancor that ignore the real issues? Do we think the election will be hotly, yet peacefully, contested—or descend into violent chaos?

Will riots in our cities find a way to provoke a violent federal response? Will police departments get the funding they need to properly train their officers to enforce the law with minimal use of force? Will our nation’s detractors attempt to take advantage of our in-fighting, or will they respect our internal differences and give us space?

The probability that any single event will become the rogue wave that capsizes the ship is fairly low. The probability that at least one of these events—or similar events—happens, is remarkably high. We must recognize this unique moment in our history, and decisively act to elect leadership to restore stability.

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

We need YOU to right the ship.

Sincerely, and In Service,

The Unity2020 Team

Twitter ban coverage on “The Hill”

Bret Weinstein appeared on The Hill a few days ago, with Saagar Enjeti, to discuss Twitter’s ongoing suspension of Unity2020’s official @ArticlesOfUnity Twitter account.

Press release for our Twitter ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: outreach@articlesofunity.com
Date: 9/9/20

#Unity2020
Articles of Unity

Twitter engages in voter suppression by censoring a coalition of private citizens from speaking about a Unity ticket for the Nov 3rd Presidential election.

Abraham Lincoln resolved “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” Unity2020 is a Presidential Draft organized by a coalition of citizens who believe our nation is in peril, and that the two major political parties have each presented presidential candidates who are unfit to lead the country. Our Unity Ticket is designed to draw equally from both parties, as well as to activate non-voters. We have a ballot access plan that poses a credible threat to the establishment, should we succeed.

Pursuant to this mission, hundreds of Unity2020 members tweeted #JustSayNoToDonaldAndJoe during the final night of the RNC on August 27th. The hashtag struck a chord, exploding in popularity among thousands of additional Twitter users who joined in the discussion. At its peak, Twitter reported “13.9k others are tweeting about this,” and our message was making an impression on nearly one hundred thousand Twitter users. The hashtag was trending, and drove an unprecedented spike in traffic to the Unity2020 website, at ArticlesOfUnity.org.

Abruptly, Twitter banned links to ArticlesOfUnity.org and suspended the accounts of many Unity2020 members. This suspension included the Unity2020 Twitter handle @ArticlesOfUnity, which has 25.5k followers. We conducted a thorough internal audit and found nothing that would substantiate our suspension. To date, Twitter has offered no public explanation for these actions despite a large outcry against this apparently flagrant act of censorship. Notably, Twitter has given millions of dollars in donations to political causes and is routinely accused of censoring messages for political reasons, particularly views that challenge the political establishment.

Two days after Twitter’s censure of Unity2020, Eric Weinstein reported he was speaking directly with Twitter Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey about the matter. Twitter has since unblocked the ArticlesOfUnity.org link from being shared, but continues to flag the link as suspicious in private messages and deboosts any tweets that link to the website. Furthermore, many suspensions remain in effect, including the official @ArticlesOfUnity Twitter account and the individual accounts of Americans who support the Unity2020 movement. We view this peculiar, partial reversal as an admission of overreach, and we call on Twitter to immediately lift all restrictions and to give a detailed public explanation as to why they took place and ensure that this does not happen to those who challenge the political status quo moving forward. Follow @AoUHistory for a record of censored tweets.

About Unity2020

Unity2020 is neither partisan nor a political party. Rather, we are a coalition of individuals from the left, the right, and everywhere in between. We are united by a strong sense of patriotism and a desire to end the corrupt two-party duopoly which dominates American politics. We are drafting a 2020 presidential ticket comprising two candidates (one from the political left and one from the right) who meet three basic criteria: they are courageous, they are highly capable, and they are patriotic.

Abraham Lincoln warned, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” We are more divided than at any time in recent memory, and we believe Unity2020 is our most immediate path to a unified future.

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Unity2020 Primary Voting Report

Summary Report: Unity2020 Primary & Ranked-Choice Voting Process

On Sunday, August 30, Unity2020 held a ranked-choice voting (RCV) primary among its supporters. Starting with a short list of the six individual nominees who received the greatest number of public nominations, supporters were able to cast a RCV ballot to rank their preferred combinations of candidates to form tickets for the Presidency and Vice Presidency. The voting occurred on nine tickets, a combination of three candidates on the left and three on the right.

An email to 33,213 eligible voters was sent at 7am EDT on Sunday morning containing a single use token to obtain a ballot. 11,349 emails were opened, and 7,919 ballots were cast. This level of engagement is unheard of for email campaigns and indicates how much support there is for this movement as we continue growing.

At each hour we computed the top two tickets up to that point in time and discovered that Gabbard/Crenshaw took an early lead and never lost it. The second place ticket was originally held by Gabbard/Willink until noon, then Yang/McRaven took it and held on till the end. The popularity of this pair is consistent with both Unity2020 supporter nominations and audience responses in Campfire conversations, as measured by Democracy.ai.

Despite a number of technical errors that plagued voters throughout the day, we found that these errors were evenly distributed across time, people, and location. Furthermore, when a voter opened his or her RCV ballot, the tickets were randomly ordered. Our analysis of tickets suggests that all ticket combinations would have been evenly affected, with the net result being the same.

The final results came in at:
Crenshaw/Gabbard with 53.2643% of the vote
McRaven/Yang with 46.7357% of the vote.

As a reminder about the Ranked Choice Voting process, multiple iterations of ranking occur until a ticket gains more than 50% of the vote. With each round, the lowest-scoring ticket is removed, and its votes are allocated to the next-highest-ranked ticket for that voter.

The number of possible tickets and the distribution of votes received determines the number of iterations to get past the 50% mark. In our voting process, this took 8 rounds. The results for each round are listed below.

Sincerely,
The Unity2020 Team

Round 1

Gabbard/Crenshaw 1,667 votes (21.05%)
Yang/McRaven 1,397 votes (17.64%)
Gabbard/Willink 1,214 votes (15.33%)
Gabbard/McRaven 1,191 votes (15.04%)
Yang/Crenshaw 777 votes (9.81%)
Yang/Willink 721 votes (9.10%)
Ventura/Crenshaw 322 votes (4.07%)
Ventura/McRaven 318 votes (4.02%)
Ventura/Willink 312 votes (3.94%)

Round 2

Gabbard/Crenshaw 1,716 votes (21.67%)
Yang/McRaven 1,417 votes (17.89%)
Gabbard/Willink 1,263 votes (15.95%)
Gabbard/McRaven 1,219 votes (15.39%)
Yang/Crenshaw 813 votes (10.27%)
Yang/Willink 758 votes (9.57%)
Ventura/Crenshaw 367 votes (4.63%)
Ventura/McRaven 366 votes (4.62%)

Round 3

Gabbard/Crenshaw 1,759 votes (22.21%)
Yang/McRaven 1,483 votes (18.73%)
Gabbard/Willink 1,300 votes (16.42%)
Gabbard/McRaven 1,290 votes (16.29%)
Yang/Crenshaw 851 votes (10.75%)
Yang/Willink 795 votes (10.04%)
Ventura/Crenshaw 441 votes (5.57%)

Round 4

Gabbard/Crenshaw 1,839 votes (23.22%)
Yang/McRaven 1,571 votes (19.84%)
Gabbard/Willink 1,372 votes (17.33%)
Gabbard/McRaven 1,357 votes (17.14%)
Yang/Crenshaw 927 votes (11.71%)
Yang/Willink 853 votes (10.77%)

Round 5

Gabbard/Crenshaw 1,935 votes (24.43%)
Yang/McRaven 1,819 votes (22.97%)
Gabbard/Willink 1,652 votes (20.86%)
Gabbard/McRaven 1,436 votes (18.13%)
Yang/Crenshaw 1,077 votes (13.60%)

Round 6

Gabbard/Crenshaw 2,340 votes (29.55%)
Yang/McRaven 2,265 votes (28.60%)
Gabbard/Willink 1,779 votes (22.47%)
Gabbard/McRaven 1,535 votes (19.38%

Round 7

Gabbard/Crenshaw 2,841 votes (35.88%)
Yang/McRaven 2,824 votes (35.66%)
Gabbard/Willink 2,254 votes (28.46%)

Round 8

Gabbard/Crenshaw 4,218 votes (53.26%)
Yang/McRaven 3,701 votes (46.74%)

Campfire tonight with Matt Taibbi and Melissa Chen

It’s time for Unity2020’s weekly Wednesday Campfire with Bret Weinstein!

Take your seat around the Campfire with special guests Matt Taibbi and Melissa Chen. 

We’ll light the fire at 6pm PT (9pm ET) to discuss Unity2020 in the media and more.

Join us at campfire.ArticlesOfUnity.org to watch the livestream and participate in the conversation.