* 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/

* Spicer’s Hitler statements, San Bernardino school shooting, The North Korea threat (2017-04-13)

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1. Sean Spicer’s Disturbing Hitler Statement (2017-04-12)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live – “During his daily briefing, Sporty Spicer made an absolutely incredible statement about Syrian President Assad. He said ‘even someone as despicable as Hitler, didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons’ which is, of course, very wrong, but watch this and listen closely because you can almost hear the voice inside his head.”

1. Sean Spicer: “Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons…” (C-SPAN) (2017-04-11)

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C-SPAN – “CLIPS: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: “Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons…” -AND- his point of clarification on Hitler comments.”

2. Student killed in elementary school shooting (2017-04-11)

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ABC News – “A suspect identified as Cedric Anderson allegedly killed his estranged wife and an 8-year-old student at a San Bernardino, California elementary school, before killing himself, authorities said.”

2. San Bernardino school shooting – NOT COVERED BY CONSERVATIVE MEDIA (2017-04-13)

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3. Will the US try to denuclearise North Korea by force? – Inside Story (2017-04-10)

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Al Jazeera English – “The US has rerouted several warships towards the region, after North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. The Carl Vinson strike group, which includes a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was initially meant to be heading to Australia. Its new route is seen as a show of strength by the US, which is also putting pressure on regional powers. President Trump has spoken to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about countering threats from Pyongyang. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China has agreed that action must be taken. To what lengths will Washington go, to removing a potential threat? Presenter: Laura Kyle. Guests: Jean Lee – Global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Victor Gao – Director of the China National Association of International Studies; Jim Walsh – Research associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program.”

3. Oliver North: No doubt Trump would fire at North Korea (2017-04-10)

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Fox Business – “‘War Stories’ Host Lt. Col. Oliver North reacts to the latest conflicts involving North Korea and Syria.”