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Sunday, 16 December 2018 16:24

The Man Who Would be King

Written by  Bob Serody

President Trump is noted for his lack of morality, his lack of leadership skills, and his ability to put his foot in his mouth. Of all his daily tweets and public comments, one is particularly significant. When he said that if he were to shoot and kill someone on the streets of New York, he could get away with it, he was saying that his position as president places him above the law.

I remember dismissing this statement as another ‘Trumpism’. Much time has passed since that particular remark, and I’ve come to realize that he really believes he is ruling our country by divine right. In his mind, he is the king of the United States of America.

How did we get into this mess? One can argue that his election resulted from the miscalculations of Hillary Clinton, and that she still won the popular vote. That really doesn’t matter. He won, according to the U.S. Constitution and the Electoral College, and he continues to run the country by trampling over our rights.

Since the Democrats took over the House of Representatives, it must consider its priorities. Our country may be divided, but a great many of us do not wear Trump stickers on our cars. The idea that it might be politically risky to go for the impeachment of Trump because this might start a civil uprising is ridiculous. True, there are many injustices that cry out for immediate attention, such as the restoration of health care for our citizens and the need to stop him from expelling hard working people from our country just because they don’t have citizenship papers, even though many of them were born here.

Impeachment is necessary for both ethical and moral reasons, and political considerations must take a back seat. He is dangerous, not just due to the executive powers he possesses, but because the many indictments handed down by the Mueller investigation against his associates are pointing toward his knowledge and participation concerning several illegal activities, such as hush money payments, possible collusion with the Russians during the 2016 presidential elections, and personally profiting from his position as president. This type of pressure could cause him to take drastic measures in protecting himself from future prosecution.

Remember, any person who suffers from delusions of grandeur will also believe he has the power to operate above the law. It is for this very reason that Congress must overlook party affiliation by cooperating in an immediate investigation leading to the impeachment of this president before it’s too late. John Dean, the man who blew the whistle on Richard Nixon, said recently that when Michael Cohen implicated Trump in the hush money payments, this signaled the need for the House to start impeachment proceedings. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1804: “No experiment can be more interesting (in this form of government) than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth.”  This is the time when reason and truth must prevail.

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Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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