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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #825 on: January 07, 2019, 10:26:27 pm »
‘What are we waiting for?’:   NYT columnist David Leonhardt calls for  Trump’s immediate removal from office in scathing editorial

written by Daily Kos   January 6, 2019


He then reminds us of calls within Congress for impeachment moves against each of the past two Presidents.

He makes clear that neither Trump’s ideology — which in some cases he finds abhorrent — nor even some of his more noxious actions such as cutting health insurance or deporting undocumented aliens rises to the necessary level for impeachment.

Leonhardt tells us
The negligence and perfidy of President Trump — his high crimes and misdemeanors — can be separated into four categories. This list is conservative.

It does NOT (at least at this point) include either collusion with Russia (not necessarily as yet proven) or his cavalier — lazy — approach to the performance of his job.

It instead focuses on demonstrable ways that he has broken the law or violated his constitutional oath.

Let me list the four categories as each appears, in bolded section heading:

Trump has used the presidency for personal enrichment.

Trump has violated campaign finance law.

Trump has obstructed justice.

Trump has subverted democracy.

Leonhardt explains in detail, with supporting material, each of these assertions.

Let me offer the first and last brief paragraphs on just the last point, the subverting of democracy:

The Constitution that Trump swore to uphold revolves around checks and balances. It depends on the idea that the president is not a monarch. He is a citizen to whom, like all other citizens, the country’s laws apply. Trump rejects this principle. He has instead tried to undermine the credibility of any independent source of power or information that does not serve his interests.

No other president since Nixon has engaged in behavior remotely like Trump’s. To accept it without sanction is ultimately to endorse it. Unpleasant though it is to remove a president, the costs and the risks of a continued Trump presidency are worse.

Leonhardt then poses the question of What Now? and proceeds to answer it.

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Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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