Biden’s mistakes in appointing cabinet and top officials suggest he will be a transitional President

There is, however, one possible consideration that could have weighed in Austin’s favor in Biden’s thinking. If Biden were concerned about the possibility of Trump’s involving the military in his attempted coup d’état, the choice of Austin would make eminent good sense.
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By his appointments, Biden is revealing himself to be a transitional President. He wants, and perhaps needs, a trusted coterie of advisers to help him steer his way through the next four years.

By proceeding with these appointments, despite strong criticims and even the potential negative impacts on the Georgia Senate run-off elections, he is showing himself to be what he promised: steady, consistent, and loyal to his principal supporters.

In a transitional administration, that may be enough.


Where can Trump go to escape the law? Will he make it to the airport?

Yet if he waits to depart Washington until after he is no longer President, one extremely important question remains:

Will he make it to the airport?
To gain a fuller understanding of the complex relocation decisions Trump will face after noon on January 20, read our series on “Where can Trump go to escape the law?” These articles, which contain analysis and advice from a serious international lawyer, would cost Trump thousands of dollars were he to pay for them.

Together, they amount to a kind of “Extradition for Dummies” textbook.

Will Trump make it to the airport?

Leaving washington, traveling to Mar-a-Lago?

Leaving Mar-a-Lago, traveling to the Bahamas?

Leaving the Bahamas, traveling to Havana, to transfer to a direct flight to Moscow?







Trump’s pardon power is vast, “except in cases of impeachment”

To stop Trump from going on a pardon spree designed to pardon potential witnesses against him in an impeachment inquiry or proceeding, why can’t the House of Representatives simply initiate an impeachment inquiry?

In a similar vein, if the President issues pardons to witnesses who may be called against him in a criminal investigation, this would appear to constitute obstruction of justice.

Clearly Trump could be prosecuted after he leaves office for committing the crime of obstruction of justice. Whether his pardons would be effective vis-à-vis those he has pardoned is a separate question. There are powerful legal arguments supporting the conclusion that they should and can not be effective.


Aaron Van Langevelde, an American hero in Michigan, and the inside rot of the anti-democratic (Republican) party

We have major challenges ahead in order to restore respect by all for our democratic processes and the rule of law, That will take time.

But for now, we can simply express our gratitude for the fact that Aaron Van Langevelde and a majority of the people have successfully defended American democracy against a grave fascist threat.

That should make this Thanksgiving one to remember, for the ages.





Trump and co-conspirators move to sow confusion, delay vote certifications, and win “contingent election” in the House (Updated November 19, 2020)

UPDATE November 19, 2020. Coup d’état underway For the latest news reports, see 1) Philip Rucker, Amy Gardner, and Josh Dawsey, “Trump uses power of…






Imagine: Adolf Hitler in the White House

Democrats and other opponents of Donald Trump have been incredibly naive over the last four years. They simply can’t imagine that, in this wonderful country whose democracy has stood firm for over 200 years–except during the Civil War (1861-1865)–a fascist American President would do anything necessary to retain his hold on power.

In order to set aside our innate American naïveté and innocent prejudices about what is and is not conceivable, it is useful to simply imagine that the fascist Leader in the American White House is Adolf Hitler.
Is there anything Adolf Hitler might not do, in order to retain his hold on power?

That’s the intellectual exercise.

Now, what should American democrats and supporters of t’he Constitution do, or be prepared to do, to defend the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lead the next government of the United States?