Experiment in democracy is finished

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Now that Senate Republicans have absolved President Trump for crimes that many Republican Senators admitted he was guilty of, he now knows he is above the law. He has been awarded absolute power to do anything he wants. His modus operandi has always been that of an organized crime godfather. True to form, he has fired American patriot Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for testifying truthfully during the impeachment hearings. 

Now Trump's lackey, Attorney General William Barr has acceded to the twitter commands of his chief by recommending that convicted felon Roger Stone be given no more than a slap on the wrist. Among Stone's crimes was lying under oath, which was the sole basis for William Clinton's impeachment. 

The Rule of Law is dead.

It is increasingly obvious that Trump plans to take seriously the ludicrous opinion of his lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who claimed that if Trump believes his presidency would benefit America, then he is justified in committing any crimes necessary to ensure he keeps this job. 

I predict that Trump will lose the 2020 election. But I also predict that he will declare the results invalid ("fake news"). Perhaps he will claim that millions of Ukrainians voted for his opponent, then declare himself the winner by royal fiat. Who will stop him? The spineless GOP-controlled Senate? The Supreme Court, now stacked with his appointees? Will the military intervene to save democracy? I doubt it. The grand American Experiment in Democracy is finished. 

Tom DeCoursey

Oak Park

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 27th, 2020 9:32 PM

Tom DeCoursey You grasp the situation well although I do not understand why democrats were not calling foul when the then Trump was a candidate who teased everyone and every media outlet enjoyed it. When you place chess, you move your pieces into position to win, and Trump has done that. As for giving up, that is not something an American does. There will be a democrat to run for president and there will be enough votes to win if people who volunteer to watch fair voting takes place and that every ones vote is counted. Get the vote out and no longer complain about Trump. Spend the energy changing America back

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: February 27th, 2020 7:16 PM

I'm not sure which is worse- standing for nothing, as Simpson accuses Mr. DeCoursey of doing), or standing for something that is as immoral, unethical and unprincipled as the Trump administration, as Simpson does. And, btw, a single person cannot "find" a competent candidate, no matter how much time is spent looking, That's a collective process we refer to as democracy. In 2016, we got it terribly wrong. .

Ray Simpson  

Posted: February 27th, 2020 4:52 PM

It seems to me that if Mr DeCoursey would spend half as much time finding a competent Democrat candidate as he does backstabbing our current president we would live in a much better country. He seems not to stand for anything so I assume he stands for NOTHING!

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