A day or two ago I received the following ‘breaking news’ update from Politico:
I impatiently cleared it from my phone, saying, “Yeah, yeah, I already figured that”. And then today, Robert Reich posted this on Facebook:
Sure, it came as no surprise, for it has become obvious that the congressional investigations are not being taken seriously by Trump and his minions. But, if we keep doing as I did, treating it as just another day, another abomination, ho-hum … then we have lost, and he has won. And the result of his winning will be that the United States of America will become yet another dictatorship in the Western world, like Turkey, like Russia. Perhaps we are already on the brink … it very much feels as if we are.
And then this, from Amy Siskind, also on Facebook …
“Okay folks, the FBI is heading to meet with Gov Scott about Russia having hacked at least on [sic] county in Florida during the 2016 election and this story isn’t even trending or getting attention. This is how our democracy gets extinguished in the chaos and broad daylight.”
She is right. Spot on, in fact. This is how democracy dies. We tune it out, we turn it off, we close our eyes and our minds, for it is too much, just too much. Surely the dam that was built in 1787 to protect us from evil fascist leaders will hold, right? We can simply go on playing games, posting pictures of our regurgitatable lunches on Facebook, and let the politicians deal with it all, right? Yeah, right … that was what the German people thought in 1933, too, and look how well that worked out.
Not only has Trump blocked the release of the six years’ worth of tax returns requested by Congress, but he has filed a lawsuit against the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, in order to delay or block the release of his company’s financial records. He has ‘forbidden’ former White House security official Carl Kline from answering the subpoena serviced upon him. He is currently threatening …
“If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Which just proves what I have said for two fucking years now … the ‘man’ does not even have the foggiest concept of how our government operates!!! Nothing in the Constitution or American legal history gives the Supreme Court a role in deciding whether Congress has misidentified what counts as a high crime or misdemeanor for the purpose of impeachment. It matters not how many of his sycophants he has managed to insert into the Supreme Court, by law … BY LAW … they cannot quell a Congressional move to impeach!
But folks, the law only applies to the extent that We the People give it legitimacy.
Thus far, I have urged caution on the impeachment path, felt it was better to have our ducks in a row first. But, my patience has run out, for Donald Trump is attempting to poison the ducks before we can bring them into the row, and it appears the only means for obtaining the information the Congressional committees are seeking is going to be via the impeachment process. He is forcing our hand … he has made his own bed.
Robert Mueller himself, and former White House attorney Don McGahn are expected to testify within the coming month. Trump has zero control over these two, for they no longer work for or owe allegiance to the administration. Their testimonies will likely remove all doubt that Trump has obstructed justice, but even if they don’t, he is blatantly obstructing justice today … now … right this minute, by interfering with a legitimate investigation by Congress. He claims “executive privilege”. There is no such thing when it comes to treason, when it comes to turning a democratic republic into a dictatorship. No, Donnie, you have no fucking executive privilege!
Per our friend Gronda, from the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974:
Article 3: Contempt of Congress.
In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, contrary to his oath faithfully to execute the office of the President of the United States, and to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, had failed without lawful cause or excuse, to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued by the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, on April 11, 1974, May 15, 1974, May 30, 1974, and June 24, 1974, and willfully disobeyed such subpoenas. The subpoenaed papers and things were deemed necessary by the Committee in order to resolve by direct evidence fundamental, factual questions relating to Presidential direction, knowledge or approval of actions demonstrated by other evidence to be substantial grounds for impeachment of the President. In refusing to produce these papers and things, Richard M. Nixon, substituting his judgement as to what materials were necessary for the inquiry, interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives, thereby assuming to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the sole power of impeachment vested by Constitution in the House of Representatives.
In all this, Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
Wherefore, Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial and removal from office.
(Approved 21-17 by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 30, 1974.)
Can we re-write this for our current situation? I think so … what do you think? Need I say more?
We must not, under any circumstances, become complacent to the atrocities being committed by not only Trump, but his hired thugs such as Stephen Miller, Steve Mnuchin, William Barr and others. We must not turn the page of the breaking news update with naught but a sigh and a roll of our eyes. We must demand an accounting in the press, we must stay on top of the day-to-day atrocities, and we MUST make our voices heard, else all is lost.