The American Republic is on the Verge of Collapse

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There is nothing more important that Americans can do November 3rd than vote. Nothing. No matter what it takes. I repeat, no matter what it takes. Even if it means risking your job, your health, your children’s education…nothing. Because if Donald Trump wins re-election, our democracy and everything you love about this country will be gone. Because without a functioning democracy your job, health and your kid’s future won’t mean a damn thing.

This is not hyperbole. I’m a realist not an alarmist. American democracy only works when the checks and balances the Framers built into the system work. But those with oversight roles are abdicating their Constitutional responsibility. The system does not work when the Republican-controlled Senate and the Justice Department (run by corrupt, power-hungry Trump-sycophant Attorney General Bill Barr) defend and enable Trump’s corruption and treason…allowing him to consistently lie, cheat, steal and threaten our national security to serve his own ends.

Trump caused a firestorm when he tweeted Wednesday morning that the election should be “delayed”. This after claiming for months, absent one shred of evidence, that the election will be “rigged” because of widespread mail-in voting fraud…while claiming, incorrectly, that there’s a difference between mail-in (‘bad!’) and absentee (‘good!’) voting . Even if you’re wearing a red MAGA hat, that should scare the living shit out of you.

Never before has a sitting president so blatantly undermined our free and fair elections with the help of hostile foreign governments, complicit Republican leadership and a servile gaggle of Fox ass-kissers like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs. And now Trump’s’s telegraphing he’ll push to delay the election, simply because he knows he’s going to lose (he wouldn’t be pushing to delay if he believes he’s going to win).

Trump’s not-so-thinly-veiled threat to postpone the election (which legally he cannot do) received a major rebuke from Republicans:

“Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“We are not moving the date of the election,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). “The resistance to this idea among Republicans is overwhelming.”

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “never in the history of federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election.”

And Sen. Lindsey Graham, who typically carries Trump’s water…

“While I share the president’s concern about fraud in elections that use mail ballots as the primary source of voting, I do not support delaying the November election.”

But perhaps the most scathing criticism came from Steven Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society, and who voted for Trump and wrote op-eds and Law Review articles protesting the “unconstitutional” Mueller investigation and the Ukraine impeachment.

In a NY Times op-ed late Wednesday Calabresi wrote:

“Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats’ assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate.”

The list of Trump’s unconscionable transgressions is endless. He’s shattered norms, dismantled institutions, broken laws and violated the Constitution…most recently by using fascist police-state tactics in turning secret armed forces against Americans simply for exercising their precious right of free speech, to assemble and to peacefully protest.

Trump took an oath to uphold the Constitution, but instead he’s tearing it to shreds as he strives to fulfill his maniacal fantasy of turning America’s 243-year-old democracy into a dictatorship.

This abhorrent activity is brazenly occurring before the election. Out in the open. Without any regard for optics and the rule of law. Imagine what he’ll do if he’s re-elected.

My freedom, your freedom and American democracy hangs in the balance…

Writer, blogger, resistor, supporter of women filmmakers

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