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What Does Trump's Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio Signify?

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Sherriff Joe Arpaio has been pardoned.

What does this signify?

Trump has assaulted the system of justice in the United States.

Arpaio's crime was repeatedly disobeying a specific, personal court order and ordering the people he supervqised to continue violating the constitutional rights of American citizens if they didn't look white enough. It wasn't a violation of an existing law. It was a direct repudiation and failure to obey the court. One might consider that more of an affront to the justice system than violating a law like possession of a gun or selling drugs.

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Trump's pardon of Arpaio's is a direct attack on the institution of the judiciary branch. Perhaps his goal is to damage the reputation of the judiciary system so, when he is found guilty on multiple charges, people will not trust or accept the judicial decision.

This pardon sends a message that racial profiling is okay. It sends a message that police can violate citizens constitutional rights and get away with it.

Trump has the right to pardon anyone. But pardon power was not, in my opinion, given by the writers of the constitution to the president to be used as Trump has used it, to make a political statement, to garner political good will. As far as I know his abuse of the power is a first in history.

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This grotesque abuse of power is a harbinger of what is to come. Trump has already been making inquiries into whether he can pardon himself. And it's hard to imagine that Trump has not already told anyone who would be a witness against him that he will pardon them. If that happens there will be a crisis worse than we already face. Or perhaps, the way to put it is that the crisis we are currently experiencing will metamorphosize to the next stage, where any semblance of the nations ability to hold Trump accountable, with the aiding and abetting of the party controlling the House and Senate laid nakedly evident. Unless the leadership of the Republican party takes action they will be surrendering their power and abrogating their responsibility to protect the institutions of justice.

Trump is wreaking a path of destruction on a road to fascism. Who can stop him? Currently, the only answer is the Republican leadership. So the question becomes 'How do the American people make them realize what they must do?'

What do you think?

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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