* 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.



* Erik’s Editorial: 2020 Election Prediction

A blue wave. Democrats win the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. The result is not in doubt on election night. Except by those who have been sowing doubt for the last four years. Biden will declare victory, Trump will not concede.

Trump will figure out which key states he needs to “swing” after the election. He will contest the vote in those states, taking his complaint to court. Likely states include Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All state supreme courts will eventually rule against Trump.

The Electoral College will vote to confirm Biden as president-elect.

Trump will appeal the state supreme court decisions to the United States Supreme Court, where he has appointed 3 of the 9 sitting justices (a result that the Founding Fathers likely neither envisioned nor intended). He will think that “his” justices owe him a debt of loyalty for having appointed them to a lifelong position. The justices will think otherwise. Every American who depends on the rule of law for the legitimacy of their job – including (current) Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and all 9 of the Supreme Court justices – respects the rule of law more than the rule of man.

The day before Inauguration Day, the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Biden.

On Inauguration Day, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Due to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the inauguration will not take place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol but instead at a private ceremony in the Supreme Court.

So in the epic battle of man vs. law, it will ultimately be the rule of law that takes down #45.

Trump will go down in history as the worst President of the United States.