I’m not an expert, just a citizen looking at the condition of America’s democracy. Throughout my memory, America was looked up to and admired by most of the world . . . but I now see an unrecognizable America. The man who has occupied the position of president for the past four years had sullied our image. He entered the office ready to withdraw from world treaties, rescind environmental advances made by his predecessor and self-aggrandize at every opportunity. He has fulfilled those objectives. He befriended dictators and alienated allies and in so doing opened the eyes of citizens of other nations—America had lost its shine. No longer a beacon to the world; it would be the laughing stock were it not so serious a calamity.
I ask, “Is there no way to stop the damage he revels in?” There was an impeachment trial following his attempt to manipulate a newly-minted national leader to ‘dig up dirt’ on the man he thought was to be his opponent in the next election. The evidence of malicious intent and abuse of power was overwhelming, but Republicans feared a loss of power. They held the deciding vote—while admitting to impropriety—they insisted that the exact words used to describe his crimes did not match the constitutional words, and thus was he not found guilty. That emboldened him to commit further egregious abuses. He continued to fire qualified people in important positions to replace them with his unqualified financial supporters; make choices for the armed forces that were not supported by the military commanders; continually shout that the honest reporting of our free press was manufacturing ‘fake news’ while he himself was doing just that. For months prior to the 2020 election he repeatedly denigrated our voting system saying it was ‘rigged’, that mail-in ballots were not legal—preparing for himself the means to question the results should he lose.
When he lost the election, he refused to acknowledge that Biden won. Throughout history, even during contentious campaigns and during the worst of times, there has always been a cooperative transfer of power—it is the ‘shining star’ of the democratic process. Only Trump has refused to accept defeat and will not engage in the required transfer process that includes allowing the president-elect into security briefings and access to the financial funding for future planning. He thereby handicaps Biden’s ability to prepare to take the reins of office and this endangers our democracy.
His most shocking offence was to ignore the life-threatening pandemic. He refused to listen to scientific evidence, gave no direction and support for combative measures, and in the weeks before the election he went on a blitz of rallies before huge unmasked crowds providing the opportunity for massive hot-spots of infection. The virus spread explosively. He is indirectly responsible for thousands of Covid deaths.
He has blatantly used executive power to try to nullify the election. He is a megalomaniac, obsessed with his delusion of superiority. He denies reality, holds the paranoid belief that everyone is prejudice and plotting against him—he can’t recognize that it’s not prejudices, but an awareness that he is unfit for the job.
The Founding Fathers could never have imagined a crazy man would one day hold the office of president. Constitutional scholars should begin exploring ways to withdraw decision-making powers from one who has lost touch with reality to prevent such things ever happening again. Our precious democracy has been under assault for four years; may such never occur again.
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