* 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.



* AG Jeff Sessions entangled in growing Russia scandal, Sessions recuses himself amid calls to resign, Death of due process (2017-03-03)

Liberal & Uncategorized


1. Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Should Recuse Himself From Russia Investigation | Morning Joe | MSNBC (2017-03-02)


MSNBC – “Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says that at minimum Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from any Russian investigation and an independent special prosecutor should investigate.”

1. Dem wanted Sessions’ resignation, but what about Holder? (2017-03-02)


Fox News – “Tucker calls out Democrat who wanted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for lying to Congress, but did not call for Eric Holder to step down when he also lied.”

2. Chuck Schumer Calls On Jeff Sessions To Resign, Special Prosecutor To Investigate | MSNBC (2017-03-02)


MSNBC – “Sen. Chuck Schumer believes a special prosecutor should investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contact with Russian Ambassador.”

2. Jeff Sessions: “I did not have communications with the Russians.” (C-SPAN) (2017-03-01)


C-SPAN – “Jeff Sessions at his January 10 confirmation hearing: ‘I did not have communications with the Russians.'”

3. What happened to trial by jury? – Suja A. Thomas (2017-03-02)


TED-Ed – “In the United States today, juries decide less than 4% of criminal cases and less than 1% of civil cases filed in court. At the same time, jury systems in other countries are growing. So what happened in the US? And could the disappearance of juries be a good thing? Suja A. Thomas explores both sides of this dilemma. .”

3. Dreamer detained by ICE after speaking out (2017-03-02)


Fox News – “Undocumented immigrant in the process of re-applying for deferred action detained by ICE after speaking out about concern for brother and father.”