TThe danger of intermittent red-light democracy intensified on November 19. We thought it could hardly get any worse, with that asshole Trump Lindsey Graham sticking his nose in Georgia businesses; asked, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger and a witness, about cast legal ballots. And then the president made him a better one.
The same legislators who, by virtue of Article II of the Constitution, could theoretically to name a list of Trump voters to Congress on January 3 when the president is formally selected, in total defiance of the 140,000 more Michigan voters who elected Joe Biden.
This has been the president’s plan all the time: if he loses, he fractures the basis of democracy, the vote. Create chaos, as is his custom, and watch where the shards and shavings fall. Delegitimize the winner keep Trump in the spotlight, keep his base, dominate and intimidate Republicans everywhere.
The president may be waiting for his desperate post-election maneuvers to work miraculously, and for three Republican state legislatures on the battlefield to send out alternate lists. Not impossible. But possibilities They’re somewhere south of the cherries across the board in their first pull of the slot machine arm.
On the one hand, few legislators they are likely to see a promising political future by challenging the majority of his state. On the other hand, in the case of a dispute in which a state sends lists of competing voters, according to the law of 1887 Electoral counting law, governors have the ultimate authority to certify voters, and challenging voters would be equally damaging to them. Additionally, the governors of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Nevada are Democrats.
So let’s keep the focus where it belongs, on Trump’s ability to shake trust and confidence in our democracy. There is no republic without it trust and confidence. Trump understands. Time and again he has shown that the Republic and its people do not matter to him.
He did not mind abusing his position by pressuring the President of Ukraine to investigate Trump’s most feared rival, Biden. He has do not pay attention to the raging Covid pandemic or any other public matter now that you have been defeated. He cares about nothing but himself and ultimately proving he’s not a loser. If you can’t be a winner now, then in 2024.
Think of the most shameful presidential acts in our history. Watergate comes to mind, with a conspiracy within the White House to cover up a botched theft of the Democratic Party headquarters and steal secrets to secure the reelection of Richard Nixon. As politically corrupt as it was, that conspiracy was not intended to deny the majority votes cast for a presidential campaign opponent.
A century ago, another administration behaved in such a way that it undermined democracy. In October 1919, Woodrow Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke. His wife, Edith, kept the press secret and acted in his place, even signing the documents with her name in the belief that she was simply a “butler”. That was a huge fraud in the country, even if its intention was to preserve the faith of the people in our government.
Yet even as a fraud, nothing Wilson did undermine faith in our electoral system by claiming that a president who had decisively lost both electoral and popular college votes had been removed from office.
The country cannot now allow such an alteration of faith to wander unhindered through our constitutional system. These are the things to do.
The president-elect must quickly go on the offensive. This is not the time to turn the other cheek. The stakes are high. Joe Biden must use his bully pulpit, abandoned by the president, and put pressure on all public leaders, Democrat or Republican, to put patriotism first.
Leaders of all kinds should be called in unless they speak as they did leaders of the business community who have demanded an end to Trump’s dangerous game.
The president-elect should use the courts preemptively to compel Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, an official with full authority to “determine” Biden’s “apparent” victory, to use that authority so that the full peaceful transfer of power can proceed as our national health and security requires.
Certainly some have pointed out the risk, with a Trump-populated judiciary, losing such a lawsuit outweighs the potential gain. That may have been true before Trump invited Michigan lawmakers to the White House, demonstrating his corrupt intent to criminally deprive citizens, mostly citizens of color, of their votes, and undermine the foundations of our Republic. With that action, the balance tips toward an action that tells the country that the incoming president represents the rule of law and its active defense.
Editorial boards, particularly in Michigan, must speak with one voice in favor of our elections and denounce any legislator who abandons their constitutional duty to appoint voters who reflect the will of the majority. Grassroots organizations should mobilize letter-writing campaigns, television appearances, community meetings, and demonstrations against any elected representative whose action says they don’t respect the ballot box.
If we survive this dangerous moment, the United States must address the difficult process of legislative reform, perhaps even constitutional, to avoid the next assault on democracy. In the meantime, we need an all hands-on approach, mobilizing political leaders and civil society that the United States has long used to promote democracy abroad. Now is the time for those techniques to be unfolded to save democracy at home.
The power in this country resides in the people. We need to use it if we don’t want to lose it.
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