* 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.



Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Care That He’s America’s Most Unpopular Senator

Mitch McConnell, America’s longest-serving senator, is also America’s most unpopular senator, according to numerous polls. The Republican majority leader is even unpopular among his Kentucky constituents who voted for him — more than 60 percent say he needs to go. Mitch McConnell is the only senator who has received a home state disapproval rating as high as 50 percent in polls. 

Perhaps it’s in part because so many of his self-described proudest moments have occurred not when he has achieved something positive, but when he has been blocking others’ efforts at achieving something positive. In fact, McConnell says that one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is blocking Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, until Obama’s term was up, so that Trump could pick his own nominee.

McConnell has complained about his new nickname, “Moscow Mitch,” earned as a result of his recent blockage of election security legislation. Yet, he blocked a bill that would sanction a Russian company, known to have been involved in election interference, days after it committed to putting a factory in Kentucky, Mitch McConnell’s home state.   

Despite two more mass shootings that took place recently over one weekend in Dayton and in El Paso, McConnell won’t allow a Senate vote on bipartisan legislation that would require background checks on gun sales, even though the bill has already passed in the House. 

McConnell’s campaign instead put up images of tombstones carrying the names of his Democrat opponents the day after the Dayton shooting. 

Other bills McConnell has stalled include the Violence Against Women Act; the Equality Act, an anti-LGBT discrimination bill; and a non-binding resolution to release the full Mueller report.

McConnell has vowed that if Trump loses in 2020 to a Democrat, McConnell would block the Democratic agenda, even if the majority of American voters support that agenda. He has never denied that he doesn’t care what American voters want.

“If I’m still the majority leader in the Senate (in 2020), think of me as the Grim Reaper,” McConnell said recently. “None of that stuff is going to pass.”

McConnell says he plans to run again in 2020, confident he’ll win, despite his unpopularity. But voters are already taking steps to prevent another McConnell term: within 24 hours after Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath announced she would be challenging Mitch McConnell, she raised $2.5 million. This time, perhaps it will be Mitch McConnell who is blocked. 

Kentucky Wants to Break Up with Mitch McConnell | Full Frontal on TBS with Samantha Bee [2019-08-01]

Trump pushes back against attacks on Mitch McConnell | Fox News