* 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)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_of_Donald_Trump#Acquittal

* Mitch McConnell (2020-02-05)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_McConnell#Impeachment_trial

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)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_storming_of_the_United_States_Capitol

* 2020 United States Presidential Election Electoral College Count (2021-01-06 – 2021-01-07)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_United_States_presidential_election_Electoral_College_count

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)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_Donald_Trump

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)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_on_social_media#2021

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)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veracity_of_statements_by_Donald_Trump

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.

LAW >> MAN.

#FailedPols
http://www.failblog.com/

* Erik’s Editorial: Law >> man, Our Vietnam, Trump violated Constitution on day 9, Nationwide protests, Don’t be silent (2017-01-29)

1. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101112963354318

Law >> man.

* 9th Circuit Court rules against President’s Trump travel ban (2017-02-09)
VIDEO: 9th Circuit Court rules against President Trump’s travel ban

I did not vote for Bush or Gore in 2000 (long story), but I respected the outcome of the election and the Bush v. Gore ruling. Because law >> man. In other countries, these disputes would have been resolved with tanks and coups. Here in the USA, law is, at least for now, still first.

2. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113312539548

This is our Vietnam.

3. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113317913778

We GAVE you a chance.
It took you only 9 days to violate the Constitution.
#Impeach

4. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113350683108

SCOTUS should not take this case because it is undeniably unconstitutional.

5. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113451416238

Release the residents!
Release your taxes!

6. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113464819378

Are there any protests in red states?

* Hundreds protest #MuslimBan at Austin airport (2017-02-19)
http://www.statesman.com/news/hundreds-protest-muslimban-austin-airport/PZe2fObvp0Scpj1DNQmTUP/

7. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113474819338

You can add these crowd numbers to your totals.

8. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113480003948

I was 9 years old when Saigon fell in 1975. Today’s events are the most significant foreign policy event since then.

* Vietnam – 20 Anniversary Celebrated Of US Withdraw

9. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113489534848

If you are silent, then you are part of the problem.

10. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113537139448

* Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu

11. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101113598701078

Even Fox News is forced to report reality. Their 3 most recent YouTube videos:

* President Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ efforts face backlash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvtXckTthLQ

* Protesters in Israel speak out against Trump’s travel ban
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOmNXlBNUSk

* Protesters continue to call for release of airport detainees
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOnqTNCIrDU