* Erik’s Editorial: The Guilty Parties Who Put American Democracy At Risk In The Name Of Donald Trump

US White House upside down (public domain).

I do not fault stupid people for making the stupid decision to elect Donald Trump in 2016.

I do fault smart people for making stupid decisions. These include:

1. Senators who voted to acquit Donald Trump in his no-witnesses-allowed impeachment trial, including primarily Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell:

* Impeachment of Donald Trump (2020-02-05)

* Mitch McConnell (2020-02-05)

2. Members of the GOP who voted to disenfranchise voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – before, during, and AFTER the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol – including Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jody Hice (R–GA-10), Mo Brooks (R–AL-05), Scott Perry (R–PA-10), Josh Hawley (R–MO), and Louie Gohmert (R–TX-01).

* 2021 Storming Of The United States Capitol (2021-01-06)

* 2020 United States Presidential Election Electoral College Count (2021-01-06 – 2021-01-07)

3. Donald Trump’s cabinet, who could have invoked the 25th Amendment to remove POTUS at any time:

* Cabinet Of Donald Trump (2017-01-21 – PRESENT)

4. Social media, including especially Facebook and Twitter, for allowing their social networks to be used as platforms for hate speech.

* Donald Trump On Social Media (2017-01-21 – PRESENT)

5. Mainstream media, including especially CNN (on the left) and Fox News (on the right) for not doing their jobs – asking questions until they get answers – and allowing POTUS to lie unchecked.

* Veracity Of Statements By Donald Trump (2017-01-21 – PRESENT)

6. Lawmakers at all levels, for failing to fix bad laws and for failing to enact good laws. Changes that must be made going forward include:

Limiting POTUS power:

  • Executive order power must be limited.
  • All cabinet members (acting/interim/actual) must be confirmed by Senate.
  • Treaties and tariffs must be the role of Congress so that POTUS cannot engage in trade wars.
  • War Powers Act must be updated to limit POTUS power to deploy the military.
  • Special Counsel Act must be updated to make clear that POTUS cannot fire special counsel.

Writing better and new laws:

  • Impeachment Act of 2021, to define how impeachment is conducted, including the requirement to have witnesses.
  • Follow the lead of The Restatements Of The Law project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restatements_of_the_Law) and codify major SCOTUS cases, including especially Roe v. Wade.
  • Fix the Census.
  • Fix immigration.
  • Fix SCOTUS processes, such as limiting appointments to 2 per POTUS with the number of SCOTUS justices fixed at the number of Federal Circuits (currently 13).
  • Election reform, including who is qualified to run for POTUS and that tax forms must be disclosed to do so.

Just to name a few.

Stupid people, bad laws, and lies got us into this mess.

Smart people, good laws, and the truth can get us out of this mess.



* Nepotism in Trump’s White House, Calls for Nunes to recuse himself from Russia investigation, Trump interfering with Russia scandal investigation? (2017-03-29)

Liberal & Uncategorized


1. Jared Kushner, Chief White House Nepotism Beneficiary (2017-03-28)


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – “Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner’s family tree is in full bloom, which explains the constant shadiness.”

1. Is Kushner’s new role a conflict of interest? (DAT2017-01-09E)


Fox Business – “Red Alert Politics Sr. Contributor Gianno Caldwell and Democratic Strategist Jessica Tarlov discuss whether President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will have any conflicts of interest at his new role as a White House senior advisor.”

2. Is Devin Nunes Investigating Trump or Working with Him?: A Closer Look (2017-03-28)


Late Night with Seth Meyers – “Seth takes a closer look at the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia.”

2. Schumer: Ryan Should Replace Nunes on Intel Chair (2017-03-27)


Washington Free Beacon – “News & Politics.”

3. White House Denies Trying to Block Sally Yates From Testifying On Russia | MSNBC (2017-03-28)


MSNBC – “The White House disputes letters alleging that the Trump administration tried to block ex-acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying on Russia. NBC’s Hallie Jackson and Pete Williams report.”

3. Why Trump’s firing of acting Attorney General Yates was justifiable (2017-01-31)


Fox Business – “David Rivkin, Associate White House Counsel under Bush 41, weighs in on the firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates by President Donald Trump.”