Experiment in democracy is finished

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

February 25th, 2020 3:54 PM

By Editorial

Now that Senate Republicans have absolved President Trump for crimes that many Republican Senators admitted he was guilty of, he now knows he is above the law. He has been awarded absolute power to do anything he wants. His modus operandi has always been that of an organized crime godfather. True to form, he has fired American patriot Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for testifying truthfully during the impeachment hearings. 

Now Trump's lackey, Attorney General William Barr has acceded to the twitter commands of his chief by recommending that convicted felon Roger Stone be given no more than a slap on the wrist. Among Stone's crimes was lying under oath, which was the sole basis for William Clinton's impeachment. 

The Rule of Law is dead.

It is increasingly obvious that Trump plans to take seriously the ludicrous opinion of his lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who claimed that if Trump believes his presidency would benefit America, then he is justified in committing any crimes necessary to ensure he keeps this job. 

I predict that Trump will lose the 2020 election. But I also predict that he will declare the results invalid ("fake news"). Perhaps he will claim that millions of Ukrainians voted for his opponent, then declare himself the winner by royal fiat. Who will stop him? The spineless GOP-controlled Senate? The Supreme Court, now stacked with his appointees? Will the military intervene to save democracy? I doubt it. The grand American Experiment in Democracy is finished. 

Tom DeCoursey

Oak Park

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