It takes only two things to keep people in chains:
The ignorance of the oppressed
And the treachery of their leaders
What does the Constitution say about a President who is a traitor?
The question nagged me after reading this week’s news and commentary. For instance:
Giuliani’s New Tactic: Arguing Trump Can Literally Get Away With Murder
New York Magazine, By Margaret Hartmann
The New York Times obtained a 20-page letter Trump’s attorneys sent Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in January, arguing that he could not have obstructed justice because he has total, unfettered authority over the Justice Department.
Rudy Giuliani said that while he only agrees with about 80 percent of the argument laid out by Trump’s former legal team, he thinks a sitting president can’t be indicted or subpoenaed.
Giuliani explained that if there’s a criminal in the Oval Office, the law can’t touch him until the Legislative branch acts. “If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day. Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.”
In the eyes of some backers, Trump only can be touched by the political process of impeachment, not by the legal process of indictment or subpoena.
In short, Trump’s flunkees believe the American President, like a king, is above the law.
Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt said Trump would “fly into Brussels like a seagull” and “defecate all over everything, squawk, and fly away,” he told host Shannon Bream.
Trump went into the NATO meeting prepared to challenge the organization, saying the U.S. protects its allies more than they protect America and deserves a break on tariffs to make up for it.
That prompted concern from former diplomats and even Republicans, including Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), who warned Trump against making consolations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump is meeting with Putin next week.
“I want to tell these Republicans, quit kidding yourselves,” Stirewalt said on Fox News @ Night. “You will not stop Donald Trump from undermining NATO … and you will not stop him from realigning U.S. foreign policy to be more favorable toward Russia.”
So far, Stirewalt has been right. Trump didn’t even make it through Wednesday’s breakfast before tearing into Germany for being “captive to Russia,” and on Tuesday he said his upcoming meeting with Putin may be the “easiest of them all.”
Only time will tell how many more messy bombshells Trump will drop.
Two things are clear:
- Putin’s primary goal, for several years, has been to divide and weaken NATO.
- Putin has leverage over Trump, either financially (i.e. Trump Moscow and other properties), or privately (i.e. tapes of Trump conjoining with prostitutes).
Trump historically accuses people of his own faults. He accused Hillary Clinton of being “crooked” at the same time he was paying a $25 million fine for his crooked Trump University, and paid IRS fines for his crooked Trump Foundation.
He routinely calls opponents liars, and has coined the expression “fake news,” while he himself has set records for lying. (See: “Trump lies.”)
In the following article, he follows the same pattern:
Trump kicks off NATO summit by accusing Germany of being ‘captive to Russia‘
THE WEEK, Peter Weber
Trump tweeted that NATO was bilking the U.S., implicitly undermined struggling British Prime Minister Theresa May.
(Then he said), “Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia.”
Trump has criticized just about every NATO ally, but has rarely if ever criticized Putin — “Frankly, Putin may be the easiest [meeting] of them all,” Trump said — and there is widespread concern on both sides of the Atlantic that Trump will say or do things to undermine the U.S.-Europe alliance.
Driving a wedge between Europe and the U.S. is believed to be one of Putin’s key priorities.
It is difficult to see what could be more traitorous than destroying NATO on behalf of Putin and Russia.
So the question remains, “What can America do about a President who is a traitor?”
Is he untouchable by the law? Will our too-political Congress cave to power, as Dukes, Marquesses, and Barons did in the eras of British kings?
Brett Kavanaugh Once Argued That a Sitting President Should Be Above the Law
THE WEEK, By John Nichols
(SCOTUS nominee) Brett Kavanaugh has been an open advocate for precisely the sort of imperial presidency that the founders of the American experiment feared—and that Donald Trump relishes.
As Bloomberg News has noted, “Kavanaugh addressed some of the constitutional issues that could emerge from an investigation like Mueller’s in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article.”
What Kavanaugh wrote ought to trouble everyone who believes that the president is a servant of the people, rather than “a king for four years.”
“I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office.
The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas.
“Such an outcome would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.”
Will SCOTUS decide that, like King George, who ruled us before we fought the Revolutionary War, Donald Trump is above the law?
Did 25,000 American revolutionary soldiers die for our nation to come to this??
Even if a submissive, political Congress fails to act, you retain the power to prevent Trump’s imperial government from ruling you and your children.
Just vote in November.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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