Then again, self-victimization isn't just part and parcel of rightwing rhetoric, but its eternal starting premise.
>No one has ever been too demanding of fair elections
You're misapprehending things. Americans don't demand much because their trust in the fairness of elections is ironclad, no matter how their trust in the fairness of everything else might be low. The entire system hinges on the conviction that, come hell or high water, at least the electoral system is clean. The American system of soft social control is an incredible thing, and no matter how deep or widespread the malfeasance is shown to be, Americans will still consider those cases the "exceptions that prove the rule", the "bad apples". Even if it was proven that an election was completely rigged, literally every single vote, they would still think "the system is solid" because other elections worked fine.
>Also, Trump was not so much "fighting the farce".
>He is the logical conclusion of the farce, peak farce.
Well he's the logical conclusion in the sense that he neither knows nor cares that he exposes the unfairness of the system, but he did disturb said system's self-preservation.
>there was a rule of law and you could seek redress through the courts, and the courts generally did work
>implies the government can be held accountable, and people can expect to defend things like rights and dignity and standards of living
That's a very relevant point. The American illusion of democracy does depend a lot on the notion that any misdeed can be redressed with enough insistence at the courts. And for all its faults, the separation of powers in bourgeois democracy does allow for an occasional victory for someone other than Porky. And I had been noticing that the judiciary system has been failing more and more in the recent past at this. It's rotting not just by becoming a more overtly oppressive instrument of class dictatorship, but by being thoroughly debased at its most basic task of enforcing non-political laws. I wouldn't say this is part of any class project so much as sheer decay -- America has been uncontested at the top of the world for a while so it has nowhere to go but down -- but I wouldn't rule it out either.