A lot of blame has been heaped upon Donald Trump for how he executed his obligations as President of the United States, and I’m not going to defend him or his record, but consider this:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. (U.S. Const. art II. § 1)
That is the Oath for assuming the office of the presidency. That’s it. Thirty-five words.
Say those thirty five words and you become President of the United States, leader of the free world, and likely even the TIME Magazine “Person of the Year” at some point during your term. …
I think I get it. Finally. Seeing 20,000 National Guard troops in D.C. it finally occurred to me.
After years of hearing calls to ban handguns and assault weapons, after so many casual killings because weapons were just there for the using, I finally understand why there was such a fight against those who wanted to repeal the 2nd Amendment. The Right is enshrined to save America from itself!
The framers of the constitution knew that we would one day need to protect ourselves against tyranny. After all, at the time of it’s drafting they were battling the tyrant King who sought, amongst many salutary neglectful practices, to impose unfair trading tariffs and duties to goods entering the American colonies. How scandalous! …
Twenty four days. A little over three weeks.
That’s not a lot of time, so it is reasonable to expect that my confidence was brimming when, on December 28, 2020, I made my predictions about Donald Trump’s last three weeks as president of the United States. By some accounts this should have been easy! But see, rather than focus on what he would say, I tried to guess at what he, a malignant narcissist, might do.
In America’s Darkest Hours, six predictions were made about what Trump might do, or not do, during the last three weeks of his presidency. …
Over the summer of COVID-19, I had put on about 20 lbs. Maybe one of you readers did too?
For me, I knew it was happening. It was a gradual but slippery slope. The ability to work-from-home meant, for me, more time away from the city. With little else to do, it became the summer of food and drink. I am sure some of you had this experience, and maybe your own version of what happened.
Here’s mine: It was grilling season so there were lots of fatty meats being enjoyed, with plenty of BBQ sauces. I also enjoyed evenings by the lake with a glass or few of wine. While back in the city, there were gatherings for drinks with a couple of friends on (the now open) patios. Day by day, night by night, bite by bite and sip by sip I could feel myself gaining weight. …
It’s become a common refrain from conservative apologists in the last couple of weeks. Typical Republican response: “Yes, fine, the Capitol protest should be condemned, but then you, Democrats, should be condemning the BLM protests of last summer.”
If you read only the headlines or you skim the opening lines of op-eds, transcripts, and reports then you could be excused for not understanding why this is such a poor comparison.
In fact there are many examples that demonstrate how the two events are comparatively very different. The CNN article claiming that experts and lawmakers say you can’t compare the two events provides some great examples, except that they are wrong. You can compare them. You must. They did. That article highlights many significant differences, from police response to communications. Perhaps the more important thing to understand is why. …
The checks and balances against the actions of President Donald J. Trump have failed, miserably.
The constitutional separation of powers between the three branches of the U.S. Government were never designed to deal with a narcissistic, unapologetic executive leader, who has no empathy or moral compass.
It was never envisioned that whoever held the office of President would have no respect for the country or the Constitution.
With the exception of those who have been brainwashed into believing that the election was stolen (it wasn’t) or that it will succumb to a socialist agenda (it won’t), most people now agree that Trump has gone too far in attempting to retain power through his lies, manipulation, coercion and, finally, insurrection. …
Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!
Those were the words from President Donald J. Trump, December 30, 2020, via Twitter.
But the day began with the plan for a Republican circus in the joint session of congress. The Cruz-12 were set to create a filibuster of the mostly ceremonial process of certifying the Electoral College vote.
The Republican senators were set to make a mockery of the process, by contesting the certification of votes in the so-called swing states, that resulted in Biden’s election. They knew that their protestations would amount to nothing more than a delay in the inevitable, but they would have shown their true allegiance to President Trump, and perhaps selfishly would have had claim to Trump’s base of supporters, and perhaps even key positions, should Trump rebound in 2024. …
Is anyone really shocked at the scene at the Capitol?
Donald Trump, President of the Divided States, told us that it would be wild. He said there would be a “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th.”
This, from the “beacon of democracy to the world,” according to President-elect Joe Biden. Joe had calming words for Americans in his impromptu speech, but did call on President Trump to do his duty to the constitution by calling off the siege.
The President responded:
I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it. …
It has been brewing for some time, but now, through the sobering reflections brought by a New Year, we can see clearly that America is in an existential crisis. The warning signs are there, and they must not be ignored:
The year 2020 began with an impeachment of the President — only the third in 244 years of the Union — and ended with an election to “save democracy.”
If we can consider the first three years of the Trump administration as taking the normal discourse of American politics to the edge, then 2020 was the year it fell into the abyss. Hands up, those who at some point this year were actually afraid for the future of the political system of the United States, perhaps for the country itself? …
November 3rd was meant to be the mother of all elections. So much effort went into ensuring voter turnout in order to “save democracy.”
But even with all the pre-tweets about mail-in voter fraud, and post election law suits, the outcome was more or less what was expected — it just took a little longer to confirm. Biden would win and it would be convincing.
What was less expected was the closeness of the results for control of the Senate. Republicans thought it was a safe bet. Democrats thought the flip was inevitable. Both were wrong.
What is really cool about both of these outcomes, is that in the first, Georgia was a surprise result for Biden. A Blue State sandwiched within the Red South. In the second, that same Georgia is the scene for the January 5th run-off to decide control of the Senate for the next two years. …