* 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.



Peter Strzok Fired Despite Initial FBI Decision

FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok has been fired, following the discovery of text messages by Strzok that disparaged Donald Trump during the 2106 presidential campaign. Strzok, a 21-year FBI veteran, had been instrumental in the FBI investigation into Hilary Clinton’s private email server, and took part in the FBI recommendation that no criminal charges be brought against Clinton. Peter Strzok was also involved in beginning of the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.

Originally, and in accordance with FBI procedure, the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) had made the decision to demote Peter Strzok from supervisory duties, along with giving him a 60-day suspension. On Friday, August 10, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich reversed that decision.

“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer,” tweeted Donald Trump.  “Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!”

Later, Trump tweeted, “Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!”

Strzok and a former FBI attorney, Lisa Page, had been involved in an extramarital affair, and had exchanged numerous text messages mocking politicians from both parties, but showing particular disdain for Donald Trump. Before the 2016 presidential election, Page and Strzok exchanged a set of texts that, when discovered, appeared to Trump supporters to be evidence that Strzok’s political views could impact the Russia investigation.

Lisa Page texted, “(Trump is) “not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok’s response was “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.” Later, Strzok explained that by that he meant that, because of Trump’s behavior, voters would never support him.

Peter Strzok has apologized, and maintains that at no time have his personal political beliefs influenced his actions as an FBI agent. His 21 years of service have born that out. It remains to be seen how, or if, Strzok’s firing will impact the ongoing Russia investigation.

“The suggestion that I’m in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me — it simply couldn’t happen,” Peter Strzok has said.

Strzok lawyer claims firing was politically motivated | Fox News [2018-08-13]

FBI Fires Agent Peter Strzok, Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts | NBC Nightly News