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Defeating Trump is critical to save democracy
Defeating Trump is critical to save democracy
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The ascension of Donald J. Trump to the US presidency is not the fault of a single social group or political faction. It was rather a broad societal failure borne by all Americans.

We have become a society obsessed with convenient solutions, fixated on self-interest, and immune to human suffering. What leader could better personify those traits than Donald J. Trump?

Still, the harm Trump is doing to the country from the Oval Office under the cloak of the presidency is all but incomprehensible. The indelible mark of disgrace he is branding on the country's soul and honor will not be washed away for generations.

Yes, it is of paramount importance for the country to unify in an effort to remove this charlatan who would be President from the heart of our nation's government.

There seems to be an odd notion that the only way to remove Trump from office is by popular election. That is a colossal red-herring argument and a convenient one at that. If true, the President is in fact above that law.

The Mueller report contains enough evidence of illegal conduct and collaboration with a hostile foreign power to justify the impeachment of 10 presidents. Further, the oft-cited OLC memo that has become the guiding legal authority on indicting a sitting president is totally unproven and untested in the courts. Yet it seems to have been mysteriously elevated to holy grail status by an American political system now more comfortable with the specter of autocracy than at any time in our history. If ever there was a time to test the OLC memo, that time is now.

As it may well come to the 2020 election to remove Trump from office, it is vitally important that the public discourse about how to do that be elevated. The urgency is palpable.

There seems yet another illogical concept guiding the political decision-making process as well. The proposition is presented that a candidate with poor popular support is better suited than candidates with far greater popular support. That notion makes so little sense it demands suspicion.

The process of choosing a challenger to Trump is no formality. Rather it is an essential contest. The challenger must prove himself or herself worthy of the main event in open competition with peers and rivals alike.

The best candidate will be the winner of a fair and transparent nominating process, not the chosen one. What is at stake is immeasurable.

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It's not about defeating Trump, one clearly troubled individual, but about defeating the insane (literally, Not Healthy...mentally and physically) POLICIES he promotes....quite widely and effectively to under-informed, in-denial, very abused by the stuff Trump perpetrates on many of his supporters in the land ...who are apparently hostile to educated people with compassion and empathy for others.

What Trump supporter would agree that they and their families and children can be threatened and harmed by pesticides, industrial fumes, food contamination, unprecedented weather damages tied to industrial pollution, denial of automatic public-funded health (incl. dental and mental, etc) care, etc?

Too bad that so many of those Trumpians simply don't know the harms they bring on themselves and everyone else by supporting Trumpian, neo-fascistic, bizness-uber-alles policies over policies that serve the people who PAY presidents and other officials to serve the PEOPLE'S interests and needs.

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Well said."The challenger must prove himself or herself worthy of the main event in open competition with peers and rivals alike."


However, the democratic process is being undermined by gerrymandering and by the unintended consequences of this new era of information technology. Hacking and the dissemination of outright. lies--the. weaponization of disinformation-- is going to give the election to the power-elite.

Submitted on Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 2:37:36 PM

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