14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States – Section 3

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof…”

Defund the TLC

(Trump’s Loonies & Crazies)

What we have learned from the Trump Era

"For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it, If only we are brave enough to be it." - Amanda Gorman

1. With Putin’s help, Trump was elected once, but lost the popular vote twice.

2. We have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, mostly.

3. As individuals, responsible for the continued life of the republic, we need to reduce the influence of our lunatic fringe, and help everyone to see that our main problem is ourselves. This especially applies to the vocal minority of 70+ million, who seem to exist in a  Matrix-like internet-enabled echo chamber, filled with QAnon satanic baby-eating zombies, space aliens, white supremacist holy roller ‘prophets’ with fatalistic visions of the apocalypse, Trumpists, Republican sycophants, and other sad cultists looking for love in all the wrong places.

4. The Electoral College (EC) may have outlived its usefulness. The EC was designed by the founding fathers to stabilize the election process and allow cooler heads to override the popular vote when necessary to maintain adherence to democratic ideals. Theoretically, the EC could help weed out traitors, seditionists and lunatics who, if elected, might destabilize the ship of state and leave it foundering or sunk. Clearly, Donald Trump, who qualifies on all counts, should never have been allowed to get his overstuffed rump within 100 miles of the Oval Office.

In 2016, without the EC, Hillary Clinton would have been elected President, because she won a majority of the popular vote.  However, EC Electors in several states overruled the will of the majority and upheld the will of the minority, thus handing the election to Trump. Without the EC, we could have avoided the travesties of the Trump Era: No alienation of our allies; No strengthening of Putin, Xi, Kim and dictatorships everywhere; No failure to act on Covid-19; No gutting of the EPA and other vital government offices; No insanity of January 6, 2021; No degradation of our Supreme Court.  

We thought Trump’s tireless efforts to turn America into Afghanistan with its multiple warring tribes, reached an inglorious end, on 1/6/2021 (U.S. Capitol attacked by a Trump-inspired mob of homegrown terrorists), a date which will live in infamy, alongside 12/7/1941 (Pearl Harbor attacked by Japanese), and 9/11/2001 (U.S. Homeland attacked by Al-Qaeda). Through four excruciating, painful years, Trump doggedly stuck to his “Big Lie” strategy, and dragged most of the Republican party (now Putin’s party – still alive and kicking) along with him.  If you are not afraid, you are not paying attention.

But now we know that his authoritarian claptrap lives on.  Like any good TV pitchman, Trump has one more irresistible offer for us: Let’s all go back to the 1950s, or maybe the 1850s, when men were men and women were…useful. His handpicked supreme court nominees, who lied almost as well as he does during their confirmation hearings, when they said they supported stare decisis, are now doing their best imitation of the Taliban mullahs and enforcing Sharia law. Trump’s photo-op buddies, Putin, Zi and Kim, are all gleefully clapping their hands and waiting for disaster.

  Santayana said: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.

The “Big Lie” strategy was the very one that Hitler employed before and during World War II to demonize the Jews.

We’ve seen that movie. We know the end is not pretty.

Once with and once without Russia’s help, Trump’s Bizarro fantasy world, where down is up, bad is good, lying is truth, losing is winning, and crime DOES pay, was rejected by a majority of America. That’s TWICE now, and the margin was bigger the second time.

In ancient Rome, Cicero said “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his mistakes”. Too bad for the  GOP. They could have fixed their mistake by convicting the worst, most incompetent ‘president’ in the history of the country, but now it will be up to the courts.

Bye Don! Upon conviction, go directly to Guantanamo. Do not pass Go.  Do not collect $200. Walk directly to the cell labeled “D.J. Trump Inciter-In-Chief”, and take your mullahs – Thomas, Kavanaugh, Coney-Barrett, Alito and Gorsuch and with you.

Trump showed us that people are willing to fight each other.  What we need are people who are willing to listen to each other, and who are willing to make compromises for the good of the country.

While we are on this earth, we are faced with two basic choices:

Will we use our life force to contribute to entropy and chaos, or will we use our life force to contribute to a just and peaceful society ?

Looking around the world one can see that many people choose the former.  Why ? Because creating entropy and chaos is so much easier than patiently fitting the puzzle pieces together to build something.

It all comes down to individual responsibility.

In the words of Amanda Gorman: “For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it, If only we are brave enough to be it.”

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