* 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.



* Erik’s Editorial: If 100% enforcement of immigration laws results in badness, then we should amend said laws; History will be the final judge of Trump; Muslims help repair vandalized Jewish cemetery; Trump hates the LGBT community (2017-02-22)

1. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136330132108

No law is enforced 100%.

It’s not helpful, necessary, or sane to enforce immigration law 100%.

But if we must have 100% enforcement, how about of these laws instead?

antitrust laws
discrimination laws
ethics laws
pollution laws
tax laws
traffic laws

* Office of Congressional Ethics

2. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136463494848

A have several millionaire friends.
And at least one billionaire classmate.
Most of whom have been conspicuously silent since inauguration day.

Don’t be silent. Be this guy:

* August Landmesser – Wikipedia

3. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136476189408

The Trump administration is demonstrably on the wrong side of history on just about every issue it has touched. But I alone do not have to judge Trump and his ilk. History will be his judge, and he will certainly be both a bottom quartile POTUS and the worst in my lifetime (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_presidents_of_the_United_States).

As to what is right and what is wrong. I submit that it is quite easy to tell. Just ask your mother. As it says on the home page of the Clocktower Law website, “We do not, however, represent patent trolls, trademark bullies, or cybersquatters.” When representing clients, it is easy to tell the good apples from the bad eggs.

I am reminded of the Valediction of Professor Gregory, whose influence on my life is reflected in how I run my firm, and who said, “Look at reality with a cold, hard, steely-eyed gaze. Lawyers get bad reputations by distorting reality. If you feel yourself losing sight of reality, fear not. I have the solution: Ask you mother.”

Vigilance, my friends.

* Professor David D. Gregory (2011-01-26)
Teacher, Mentor, Friend.

4. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136567286848

There is hope for America:

* Muslims Help Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery (2017-02-22)

5. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136726363058

Dear Politicians:

Stay out of my bathroom.
Stay out of my bedroom.
Stay out of my pants.

A Voter

* Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections For Transgender Students (2017-02-22)

6. source: https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10101136780120328

So this is not what you would expect:


Proving, among other things, that Trump need better trademark lawyers.

Whereas this is exactly what you would expect: