If William Barr gets his way you, the American taxpayer, will have to pay for the legal defense of a case that arose from just one of the 26 women who have accused Donald Trump of rape, sexual harassment, or sexual impropriety.
Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) October 8, 2020
The Importance of a Free Press
A free and vigorous press is essential to good government and the functioning of our democracy. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." George Mason wrote in Virginia's 1776 Declaration of Rights that, “the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments." And in an April 1961 speech John F. Kennedy said
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. . . . that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution . . .to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
The Republicans are hammering Joe Biden hard on his refusal to state whether he will increase the number of Justices on the Supreme Court. The Constitution says nothing about how many Justices should be on the Court, and the number has been as few as 6 and as many as 10 in the past. However, the number of Justices has stood at 9 since 1869. Democrats have threatened to increase that number should Biden become President and they take the Senate in order to compensate for the GOP's bad faith refusal to even give Merrick Garland a hearing when Obama nominated him more than 8 months before the 2016 election while rushing to confirm Amy Coney Barrett's nomination even though it was made less than 2 months before the current election. Biden's refusal to say whether he will, in the GOP's phrasing, "pack the court", is likely to cost him a fair number of votes. At least, that's what the Republicans are counting on.
Reframing The Debate
I suggest we reframe the debate and make an offer that will force the Republicans to play defense on this issue. First, let's remind the Republicans that they ruthlessly blocked over a hundred judicial nominations during the last TWO YEARS of the Obama Administration, leaving the seats open to be filled by a future Republican President. Watch Mitch McConnell laugh at how he threw a monkey wrench into the judicial nomination process. It is a laugh worthy of a James Bond villain.
Donald Trump's Presidency has been so disastrous that the unthinkable has happened. Many Republicans and former Republicans are speaking out against Trump and endorsing Joe Biden. A few of these Republicans were even former officials in the Trump Administration. Here is a listing of some of them along with quotes and videos explaining why they are so determined to prevent Trump from gaining a second term.
The New York Times broke a HUGE story on Trump’s taxes a few days ago. In 2016 and 2017 Trump only paid $750 in taxes and he paid $0 in taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years. I’ve seen more than a few commentators say, “So he’s got a great accountant. If he is smart enough to get his tax bill down that low, good for him.” Here is my response based on the following two stories.
Mitt Romney is going to allow a vote on Trump's Supreme Court Justice nominee. I do not think all hope is lost on Romney. The message we must hammer home to him is this:
Dear Congressman Reed:
I call on you to ask Donald Trump to resign from the Presidency in order to save our democracy. Please let me explain.
Your Pre-2016 Election Support For Donald Trump: Get Tough On Russia!
Donald Trump was riling up the crowd at a rally in August 2016 over the possibility that Hillary Clinton would appoint Supreme Court Justices who would take away their Second Amendment rights. He stepped over the line when he made a statement that some may interpret as a call for assassinating Clinton or the Supreme Court Justices. "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know." Even if you argue that no sane person would interpret this as a call for assassination, not all of Trump's many millions of followers are sane.
During the second Presidential debate on October 9, 2016, Trump told Hillary Clinton that he was going to have his attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s emails and throw her in jail. For a President to announce he was going to have his political opponent investigated and thrown in jail is unprecedented. It is the stuff of banana republics.
These statements prompted me to write a column for my blog about two weeks before the 2016 election entitled "Donald Trump Is An Existential Threat To American Democracy." None of Trump’s pre-election statements seemed to alarm you too much, Congressman Reed. You just smiled to yourself and said, “Donald Trump—he’s my kind of guy.” You had endorsed Donald Trump well before he made these statements, but even after he made them you worked so hard to get him elected that he appointed you to be a vice-chair of his transition team.
Trump supporters think that liberals look down on them and think they're stupid. I can't speak for any other liberal. I can only speak for myself. But as for me,
HELL, YEAH! GUILTY AS CHARGED!!!
In fact, I have the following graphic as my pinned tweet. Click on the tweet and you should see a link near the bottom of the tweet saying "Show this thread". Click that link and you will see a thread of about a dozen tweets containing links backing each point and then some that I made in the graphic.
Thread: Providing evidence for every point I made in my pinned tweet /1 pic.twitter.com/tZhlRnlKsu
— Robin Messing (@RobinSMessing) October 12, 2017
I want to admit I am guilty of something. I badmouth Trump all the time. I hardly ever say anything nice about him. I want to make amends for that and say something good about Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is so rich that he hires someone else to do his push ups for him.
When he was campaigning for President in 2016 Donald Trump said repeatedly that he would hire “the best people” for his Administration. Take a look at this video.