* 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.



* Obama’s speech at University of Chicago, Mexico wall funding, North Korea’s failed missile launch (2017-04-25)

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1. WATCH LIVE: Former President Barack Obama’s first public speech since he left office (2017-04-24)


PBS NewsHour – “He will be speaking from the University of Chicago.”

1. Former President Obama: “So, uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” (C-SPAN) (2017-04-24)


C-SPAN – “Former President Barack Obama begins panel discussion at The University of Chicago.”

2. President Trump Focuses On Funding Border Wall As Shutdown Looms | Morning Joe | MSNBC (2017-04-24)


MSNBC – “Do Americans care about building a border wall? And should that be President Trump’s Focus? Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough discuss with panel.”

2. FNN: AG Jeff Sessions & Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly Speak at San Diego-Mexico Border (2017-04-21)


FOX 10 Phoenix – “News & Politics.”

3. North Korea’s Failed Launch: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Full Segment) (2017-04-24)


VICE News – “North Korea launched a ballistic missile on its east coast on Saturday, only for it to blow up ‘almost immediately’. Despite the failure, North Koreans celebrated one of the country’s biggest holidays at the weekend. VICE News looks at what it’s like inside the secretive nation.”

33. Could North Korea launch a preemptive strike? (2017-04-21)


Fox Business – “Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News strategic analyst, on the rising tensions between North Korea and the United States, and whether North Korea will launch a preemptive strike.”