Constructive criticism Anthony Blinken is an incredibly well-qualified Secretary of State. He is from an upper-class background, and undoubtedly his wife and friends would like…
Should Democrats compromise their core values in order to achieve compromises and “bipartisanship” with Senate and House members of the fascist* Republican Party?
The fundamental division in American politics today is not between Conservatives and Liberals, or even between all Republicans and Democrats.
It is between Insurrectionists and Constitutionalists, between those who believe in democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law, on the one hand, and those who support fascist ideas and fascist leaders, on the other.
We should never forget, not even for a moment, the true nature of the fascist threat we face, the true nature of the current fascist Republican Party, and the true nature of the fascist Senators and Representatives who have participated in Trump’s crimes, including his attempted coup, and who acting in bad faith refuse to hold him to account.
Most people in the United States do not follow, in any serious manner, arms control and efforts at nuclear on-proliferation. The one exception has been…
President Joe Biden, in a new role of news commentator, says it is unlikely 17 Republican Senators will vote to convict Donald Trump at his…
UPDATE: Latest News See, 1) Mike DeBonis, “McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats.” Washington Post, January 25, 2021 (11:14 p.m. EST)….
Anne Applebaum: “Trump’s adventure is over. He will spend the rest of his life in court.”
America seems to be suffering from some kind of collective Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). It is as if the entire nation, having been held captive by a terrorist for four years, cannot believe that the power of the terrorist over them will go away when he is removed from power in two days.
How else can one explain all the speculation in the media about Trump’s continuing political and societal influence after he leaves office at noon on January 20, 2021?
We have witnessed in the last few months numerous acts of political terror, from threats to harm election officials, legislators and their families to the…
Preliminary Draft–sources being checked See, 1) Peggy Noonan, “Liz Cheney Shows What Leadership Looks Like; The sooner Republicans demystify Donald Trump, the better for them…
If any person other than the President of the United States had incited such a riot, with such consequences, he or she would by now have been arrested and put in jail.
Yet Donald Trump is no ordinary criminal. As long as he occupies the office of President of the United States, he poses a uniquely dangerous threat to the country and to American democracy.
Trump is a criminal who is armed and dangerous, and on the loose.
He should be removed from office immediately.
The question remains of when Trump should be arrested.
If he engages in any actions to further his ongoing attempted coup, he should be immediately arrested and brought before a judge.
In any event, an order for his arrest should be issued, in order to prevent him from fleeing the country.
How and when he should be arrested, if before noon on January 20, 2021, is a delicate issue which all potential actors should now consider on an emergency basis.
When an attempted coup d’état is undeway, defenders of democracy must act swiftly, without hesitation, and decisively.
The principal instigator of the attempted coup which included the insurrectionist invasion of the Capitol, on January 6, 2021, is the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Trump remains in office, holding all of the powers and emergency powers of the Presidency, including the secret, classified Emergency Powers invested in his office.
So long as the instigator of the attempted coup remains in office, we should all understand that a continuing, ongoing attempted coup d’état is underway.
Trump must be removed immediately in order to end this threat to American democracy.
Trump must be viewed as a criminal who is armed and dangerous.
He is armed with all of the powers of the Presidency, including his secret, classified Emergency Powers and his Powers as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, and commander of federal authorities under the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.
He has the authority to deliver critical classified information to Russia and Vladimir Putin, such as the identities of CIA personnel and other clandestine operatives, including Russian agents in Russia working for the United States. Such information could also include details for access to defense, intelligence, and communications systems.
To end the ongoing coup, the king must be removed from office.
This is no time for Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus to falter.
“Pentagon put significant restrictions on D.C. Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests,” Wahington Post, January 7, 2021
Trump must be stopped. NOW. Since he is acting outside the Constitution in organizing an attempted coup, limited actions outside the scope of the Constitution narrowly aimed at restoring the constitutional order, and necessary to secure that end, may be viewed as legitimate.
That means that if Vice-President Michael Pence and the top legislative and military officials determine it is necessary, the authority and powers of the Presidency should be transferred to Pence, and even the arrest and detention of Trump would be justified.
The key point is that the constitutional order has been breached, and even extraordinary measures such as the arrest of Donald Trump would be justified if necessary to re-establish the constitutional order.
A coup d’état is by its very nature a fast-moving event. Those who would defend democracy need to be nimble on their feet and in their thinking, and prepared to act quickly and decisively.
THE HOUSE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BEGIN AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, AND IMPEACH TRUMP WITHIN THE NEXT DAY OR HOURS.
This is real. The is what the 10 former Secretaries of Defense warned against in their recent Washington Post Op-Ed piece.
Democrats should engage with amateur radio operators in order to guarantee critical communications in the event President Trump uses his secret, classified Emergency Powers to seize communications systems and/or shut down the Internet.
Anyone who watched Trump’s speech to his followers this morning can understand that he is operating in a world of illusions that is totally divorced from reality.
This is not a joke. This is not funny.
This appears to be the real thing, following a carefully scripted plan.
DRAFT See 1) Miles Parks, “Biden’s Victory Cemented As States Reach Key Electoral College Deadline,” NPR Morning Edition, December 8, 2020 (5:00 AM ET). Heard…
If the demonstrations lead to violence and Trump sends troops or other federal forces in to restore law and order, perhaps invoking the Insurrection Act, who knows what could happen amid the ensuing chaos?
If Trump reports there is a “terrorist threat” to e.g., blow up the Capitol, or undertakes military action against Iran, a military coup could be well underway.
Trump is desperate and unhinged, surrounded by lunatic advisers who have been talking about imposing martial law for weeks.
Democrats and everyone else should take the threat of a Trump attempted military coup seriously.
It is time to mount a full court defense of American democracy.
Trump might not and probably would not succeed in carrying out a military coup. But he is desperate enough and crazy enough to try.
Developing — Check back for updates Donald Trump is continuing with his attempted coup. A number of Republican Senators have now signed on to efforts…
American democrats, including some courageous Republicans, defeated a fascist threat of enormous power and potential.
That should be reason enough for all of us to celebrate the year of 2020, and the hope it has spawned, this New Year’s Eve, with great joy.
In 2020, American democracy and the Republic were preserved, and the significance of these events will by noted by historians for generations to come.
Americans were sorely tested by the fascist challenge in 2020, and they met the test.
The Democrats, by going for this cheap shot to embarrass the Republicans while implementing a bad policy, have given Georgians a strong reason to vote for the Republicans in the Senate run-off elections on January 5, 2021.
It is just one reason, and there are myriad other reasons to vote for Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnick for Senator.
But, for the undecided voter of traditional Republican bent, the Democratic ploy may raise traditional concerns about Democratic spending.
What might be done, even at this late date?
It’s not clear anything can be done at this point to counter the risk occasioned by this mistake.
But it would make great sense to shift attention from the $2,000 relief payment to a plan to extend and increase federal enhanced unemployment benefits, and to fund state and local governments.
On the risks of a military coup, see David Ignatius, “Until Biden’s win is certified, the U.S. remains vulnerable, Washinbgton Post, December 26, 2020 (4:51…
It is terrifying to realize that you are a passenger on a ship full of stupid and selfish people, who are running the ship while the titular leaders are either indifferent or too afraid to try to lead them.