AMERICA AT A CROSSROAD
By Richard Davis
The American legal and political systems are under siege by a large group of people who have created their own world in which lies are accepted as truth. These people have lost any semblance of moral and ethical justice and are acting as would a gang of four year olds in a sandbox battle.
The leader of the sandbox brigade is Donald Trump and his followers, as far as I can tell, have lost the ability to think for themselves and have let a deranged megalomaniac control their lives. I try every day to understand how these people can be considered members of the human community and I am unable to come to any conclusions about what makes them believe that Trump’s lies are the truth.
Then there are the Republicans in Washington who publicly state that Trump did nothing wrong and that all of the indictments are nothing more than a political witch hunt. Many of these people are lawyers and fairly smart individuals but they have abandoned the truth in order to embrace and utilize the power of the Trump base.
This is all old news, but sometimes reviewing the state of dysfunction is helpful. With the current indictments of Trump we have reached a point in the history of the reign of the King of Lies where two roads diverge. One road leads to a world where Trump and his people subvert the legal system and he evades all the charges against him and possibly becomes President again.
The other road leads to higher ground. Following that road, justice prevails in the American legal system and Trump is convicted by juries of all the charges against him and he is faced with decades of jail time. In a just world that is what I would hope for as an outcome of the current legal battles being waged between Trump and the U.S. government.
Even if he is convicted he could still win the election. That would be a dark day for this country. His followers won’t give up on him no matter what he does. The only way we can hope for political justice is for those who have a code of moral and ethical sensibility guiding their lives to vote in large numbers. If the legal system fails us we can still have a victory of, for and by the people.
Just in case you need to better understand how much of a criminal Trump is I urge you to read the 46 page indictment that Special Counsel Jack Smith has presented. It is not only a legal document but it is also a document that details the behavior of a delusional individual who could easily be labelled with a number of official psychiatric diagnoses.
This excerpt lays out the current case simply and clearly. “Shortly after election day, the defendant pursued unlawful means of discounting legitimate votes and subverting the election results. In so doing the defendant perpetrated three criminal conspiracies.”
“A conspiracy to defraud the United States by using dishonesty, fraud and deceit to impair obstruct and defeat the lawful federal government function by which the results of a presidential election are collected, counted and certified by the federal government in violation of 18 USC 371.”
“A conspiracy to corruptly obstruct and impede the January 6 congressional proceeding at which the collected results of the presidential election are counted and certified and a conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted in violation of 18 USC 241.”
If these charges do not stick and if Trump is not held accountable for his actions, that will mean that this country took the wrong road from which there may be no return to a just, moral and ethical United States.