Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Warning! American democracy on life support. The threat is very real!

On a recent Meet the Press, the host explained that Trump and Biden are so close in the polls because "they both have significant liabilities. with the American electorate." What liabilities? " For Trump they're "the indictments and allegations of criminal wrongdoing," said the host. For Biden. "His age."  

- Robert Reich, Afternet, Microsoft, September 2023

Sound the alarm bells!  Donald Trump is a disgrace and he should not be allowed run for public office.  The 2024 U.S. presidential election is still over a year away.  A lot can happen during that time. Nevertheless, if Joe Biden and Donald Trump remain their party's respective candidates, the election may very well turn out to be the most consequential in  American history.  It may decide whether the United States remains a democracy or not.  I do not write those words lightly.  I am a Canadian and what happens in the United States affects my country and the entire planet.  What a tragedy for the world if  Donald Trump becomes president again. The thought ends shivers up my spine.  I am extremely concerned.

Since I am not an American citizen, I cannot cast a vote in next year's presidential election, but I can definitely write about it.  This website is one of the few outlets that I have to express my deep concerns.  Democracy is fragile.  It can vanish in the blink of an eye if it is not nurtured.  This is a heartfelt plea in support of democracy and he rule of law in America.

I am sickened by the thought of the United States losing its democracy.  It is truly shocking that America is in a such a state of moral decay that a man such as Donald Trump is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president.  This is a man who behaves like a mob boss.  He is a man who preaches hate against immigrants, refugees, Blacks, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, homosexuals, liberals etc.  He continues to degrade, diminish and disrespect women and disabled persons.  

It is disconcerting that so many Americans consider him a credible candidate for president and that they equate him with President Joe Biden.  I know that Donald Trump's MAGA supporters are brainwashed.  They believe lies, distortions and conspiracy theories.  The have a cult mindset and they follow their Dear Leader blindly.  Nothing I write here will sway them.  My hope is to sound the alarm for Americans sitting on the fence.  My hope is to reach moderate conservatives, independents and undecided voters.  

Americans may not be enthralled with Joe Biden.  However, Biden will never be a threat to democracy.  He is not an admirer of  dictators such as Vladimir Putin of Russia or Kim Jong Un of North Korea.  He will graciously concede if he loses the 2024 election.  He may not be an entertainer like Trump.  He may not be charismatic, but he gets things done.  He doesn't receive the credit he deserves, so I will remind Americans sitting on the the fence of Biden's achievements.

* President Biden has passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package to increase investment in the national network of bridges and roads, airports, public transit, national broadband internet, waterways, and energy systems.

* Biden's American Rescue Plan helped get more than 500 million life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations in the arms of Americans.

* Biden ended a streak of federal inaction on gun violence by signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that created enhanced background checks, closed the "boyfriend loophole," and provided funds for mental health for young people.

* He cut child poverty in half through the American Rescue Plan.

* He capped prescription drug prices at $2,000 per year for seniors on Medicare through the Inflation Reduction Act.  

* He made a $369 billion in climate change, the largest in American history, through the Inflation Reduction Act.

These are real achievements.  The fundamental question is: Do Americans prefer drama and entertainment over solid achievement and good government?  Sadly, some people are entertained by Trump, but do Americans need a reality show host or someone who actually makes life better and easier for them?

Donald Trump and the Republicans have done masterful job of painting Joe Biden as old and senile.  There is not a great deal of difference in the ages of Biden and Trump.  Biden is 80 and Trump is 77.  If Trump (God forbid) becomes president again, he will be about 84 when his second term ends.  Who knows if Trump would ever allow another free election in the United States.  He will expand presidential powers and do whatever he wants.  That means the end of American democracy.  How can decent Republicans support such a man? .  He can cry "Witch hunt!" as much as he wants, but most people realize that he has engaged in a great deal of criminal activity.  On January 6, 2021, Trump and his unruly supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., the heart of American democracy.  They tried to change the results of a free and fair election.

Remember that Joe Biden has a stuttering problem.  Even if he were a bit senile, the U.S. would be much better off with a senile Joe than an authoritarian Trump who behaves like a mob boss and threatens violence.  Donald Trump criticized Biden's cognitive ability, but Trump's mind isn't too sharp.  The former U.S. president blundered through a speech in Washington where he warned of the threat of World War II.  He appeared to confuse Joe Biden with Barack Obama.  

I don't think enough Americans are aware of the danger Trump poses, especially if they only watch Fox News.  The ex-president has been inciting violence.  He will continue to send dog whistle messages to his followers.  He is a very dangerous man.  According to a recent poll, seven per cent of Americans believe that Donald Trump should be restored to office by force.

What will happen if Donald Trump secures the presidency?  I can guarantee that he will undermine American democracy and assume authoritarian powers.  He will expand the powers of the presidency and he will attempt to muzzle opposition media.  Remember that one the first things an authoritarian does is take control of the media.  Trump has already called the media "the enemy of the people."  On Sunday, September 24, 2023, he declared that he intends to thoroughly scrutinize and restrict NBC News and other news agencies if he wins the presidency in 2024.

Trump currently faces four criminal indictments that include 91 felony counts across four jurisdictions. Theses charges include both federal and state charges, all of which are felonies.  Of course, Trump has denied and wrongdoing in each one.  He never admits to any wrongdoing.

For the sake of the United States and the world, this man should face the consequences of his actions.  He should be imprisoned if he is found guilty in a court of law.  He should not be permitted to run for public office by virtue of the 14th Amendment , Section 3 insurrection clause.  It states that anyone who "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" after taking an oath of office to defend the Constitution is forbidden from holding any public office.  That is exactly what Trump did on January 6, 2021.

- Joanne          

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