* 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.

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http://www.failblog.com/

* Trump’s EPA rolls back clean air regulations, Trump’s FCC rolls back Internet privacy regulations, UK triggers EU Brexit (2017-03-31)

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1. Trump Vows to End the Nonexistent War on Coal: The Daily Show (2017-03-29)

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – “Despite a rise in alternative energies, President Trump signs an executive order to roll back regulations on the coal industry.”

1. Pelosi Suggests Trump’s Coal Exec. Order is ‘Really Sinful,’ ‘Degrading of God’s Creation’ (2017-03-30)

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Washington Free Beacon – “News & Politics.”

2. The Scrapping Of Internet Privacy: Something We Can All Hate Together (2017-03-30)

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – “Stephen doesn’t recall any Americans marching in support of abolishing internet privacy. But if they did… victory!”

2. Technology expert discusses rollbacks on Internet privacy (2017-03-31)

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FOX 2 St. Louis – “ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This week, Congress voted to rollback Internet privacy protections. This decision allows the internet service providers (ISP) to gather data and sell information on your Internet usage, without fear of being sued. This information includes app usage, e-mail and messaging content, mobile location data and web browsing history. While the idea of using privacy blocks such as private mode creates the thought of “privacy,” there is not a way to prevent ISPs from viewing or using this information. Scott Schaffer from Blade Technology joins us for more on the recent Congressional decision to kill Internet privacy protections.”

3. Brexit Live: Triggering Article 50 (House Of Commons) – BBC News (2017-03-29)

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BBC News – “We’re live in the House of Commons where PM Theresa May due to trigger Article 50 thus formally beginning UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks “the moment for the country to come together”. It follows June’s referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.”

3. Will Britain benefit from leaving the EU? (2017-03-29)

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Fox Business – “British journalist Robin Leach on the U.K. leaving the European Union.”