Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Joe Biden Jr. 's Inner Faith in the People's Will Overthrows the Tyranny of Donald Trump and Trumpers; The Constitution Holds

Patti Lupone and Randy Rainbow earlier this year with a song they posted on YouTube

 Joe Biden Jr. won the 2020 election with 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232. On December 14th the electors in their state houses confirmed and certified Joe Biden Jr. as President and Kamala Harris as Vice president. President-elect Biden addressed the nation about moving on. 

In his address Biden said that 17 Republican states attorneys general and 126 Republican members of Congress signed on to a baseless Texas lawsuit before the Supreme Court to reject certified vote counts in swing states. With Trump the Republicans intended to get the Supreme Court to wipe out the votes of over 20 million voters. Thankfully, the Supreme Court immediately rejected the suit as lacking merit. They affirmed they wanted no part of this "assault on democracy."

President-elect Biden pointed out that Trump was not denied any course of action he wanted to take to prove the election was rigged. Though he and his lawyers tried, they just couldn't prove his claims legally in a court of law. Trump's lawyers provided no supporting facts or evidence that the election was a fraud. He had petitioned state representatives, judges, secretaries of state and legislatures of swing states to overturn the vote. Georgia had three recounts. Other swing states had recounts. Finally, all the states certified their election counts. For over 60 times, Trump's cases were thrown down and again and again Joe Biden Jr. won. Nevertheless, Trump refused to respect the will of the people, legislatures and courts by persisting in his feeble attempts to nullify the election and disenfranchise Biden voters.

Biden won the Democratic Primary. Hawaii was the last to certify its four electoral college votes for Joe Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris on 12/14/2020

Weird! Trump is the president. He swore an oath to the constitution. He is supposed to respect the will of the people regardless of who they elected. Indeed, he has a sworn obligation to abide by the law. By not accepting the results of the 2020 election, Trump is derelict of the duty that he owes to the people. If on the 6th of January the Congress miscounts the votes that Joe Biden Jr. received and presents Trump as the winner (as Steven Miller suggested might happen with "alternative" electors-a lie) it would be right for the House to summarily impeach Trump all over again in articles charging: Abuse of Power, sedition, treason and dereliction of duty. 

In all of this drama, Trump has proven over 60 times in court challenges that he lost to Biden. It is written in stone. More than eighty judges ruled against him. Democracy prevailed. The integrity of the United States elections remained in tact. This is a relief considering Putin and the Russian Military Intel in a conspiracy with Paul Manafort, Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Robert Mercer, Julian Assange of Wiki Leaks, the RNC and others overthrew the equity and fairness of the 2016 election process to make Trump the illegitimate president, in a presidency John L. Lewis never accepted.

Chris Krebs is a hero for defying Trump, stating this election was the most secure in American History. He showed great courage in standing up for the truth against the liar-in-chief Trump. (CNN.com)
As a result of the Russian meddling of 2016, Christopher Wray (Head of the FBI), Chris Krebs (former Director of CISA [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] before Trump fired him) and others made sure that the Russians didn't interfere in 2020. Though they may have attempted to meddle promoting QAnon conspiracies and trolling 24/7 on all social media channels and Russian TV in the US (Sputnik and RT) they failed to re-elect their favored Trump. Mail-in balloting which is very secure, thwarted any attempt at foreign interference and Russian Military Intel hacking. It is almost impossible to hack a paper ballot, despite Trump's assertions and lies to the contrary. The mail-in ballots were so overwhelmingly for Biden as Democrats stayed safe and voted Absentee ballot in this pandemic, the machine vote became moot. If the Republican "day-of" machine votes were tampered with it didn't matter.

Nevertheless, there are the Republicans of the 126 number in the House of Representatives who supported Trump's failed Supreme Court case. They still demand the election results be overturned. Clearly, they are breaking the law and action must be taken. Judgment for their behavior is plainly stated in Article I Section 5 and the Fourteenth Amendment Section 3. 

The Constitution
Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution gives each chamber of Congress ultimate responsibility to decide its membership, positing that “[e]ach House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members.”

Nowhere does it state that the President of the United States may be the judge of the elections. Nor does it state that the President may nullify an election which didn't return him the win he wants because he wants it. This is not fiat government.

Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment stipulates that: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof…”

In other words to actively fight against the will of the people in the election processes stipulated in the constitution after swearing an oath to the constitution, is an insurrection and or rebellion. Trump, the Attorneys General and the Republicans who contest the results of the 2020 election after all challenges have been thrown down and the electoral college certified Joe Biden's win are guilty of insurrection. We won't get into the "aid" or "comfort" Trump has given to a foreign adversary, for example Vladimir Putin, fulfilling his agenda rather than that of the United States. That's treason for another day as is an examination of the Mueller Report which DOJ AG William Barr scuttled and hid from the American people in obeisance to Trump. (Not any more since he resigned the same day the electoral college confirmed Joe Biden's presidency.)

Republicans who ignore Senator Mitch McConnell (today he acknowledged Joe Biden Jr.'s electoral confirmation) by not publicly accepting Biden's win on made up charges still think it's OK to disenfranchise the 81 million who voted for Biden in an electorally certified vote. And they think it's OK to disenfranchise the voters who elected them to Congress. In supporting Trump's election nullification, they have given up their elected position of power. In nullifying their own election empowerment, they eradicated their role as members in the upcoming session of Congress and cannot be allowed to pretend otherwise. In the very intent to support Trump, they have symbolically renounced their seats in Congress, agreeing their own election was rigged, despite all facts that prove otherwise. In agreeing with Trump in the failed case against the Supreme Court, regardless of what they suspected that outcome to be, these Republicans have turned their back on their party, their roles in Congress and the US constitution.

Rep. Alabama Mo Brooks and other Republicans earlier in December who do not support Biden's win. Some may still back down from the extreme position. (NYT. Al Drago)

They can't have it both ways. Either they accept the 2020 election results and take their positions in the 117th congress and be sworn in accepting the constitution as governing their actions and acknowledge Biden is our 46th president, or they resign and give the votes to their Democratic opponents if they are Members-elect. To not resign and give their votes to their opponents, but to remain in power, is an act of betrayal and fraud that cannot be judged lightly. They cannot take power and then use that power against the voters of this nation to negate the election that gave them power to serve the nation. Either they stop breaking the law or they willfully continue to break the law, destroying their chance to be seated in Congress because they are committing fraud by disenfranchising those who elected them. 

For those who have sworn an oath to the constitution in previous service as Members of Congress like Mo Brooks, if they persist in an attempt to overthrow the electoral college certification and tally of votes on January 6th, they should not be seated in the 117th Congress. They should be impeached and judged for sedition and betrayal of their oath to the constitution and the American people.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) reminds us all what in arrogance these so-called Republicans have done by rejecting the constitutional vote of the people (their own supporters) and in agreeing with Trump's assertions that the 2020 election should be overturned. Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment disqualifies from service "individuals who would attack American democracy." The 14th Amendment also affirms Congress’s power to exclude Members by majority vote as acknowledged by the U.S. Supreme Court in Powell v. McCormack.

Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey (D) (Julio Cortez, Business Insider)
  “Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress. These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend,” Rep. Pascrell writes House leaders. “Consequently, I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations." Pascrell goes on to suggest that "these Members-elect and Members of Congress who intend to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator should not be seated in the 117th Congress .”

By virtue of the fact that they signed on to the Amicus Brief in the Texas lawsuit, their intent is manifested by their signatures. They must not be seated unless they publicly state that they renounce and decry what they signed and they publicly affirm that Joe Biden Jr. won the election. If they persist in affirming Trump won, not Biden, they have broken the law. Legal action must follow and the voters themselves may litigate to the Supreme Court their attempted disenfranchisement which is a felony. At this moment, a woman is sitting in prison because she unwittingly voted twice. How much worse is the behavior of sedition and treason of these rogue Congressional Members and Members-elect.

 Trump is a different matter. By accepting his oath as president, he must ipso facto accept the election results. One follows the other. By law there is no other result. If he does not, he must and can be summarily impeached a second time by the House, even though he has only one month left to his presidency. Impeachment is censure; it would send a clear message that his behavior is unpatriotic, unAmerican and a war-like act of rebellion against our democracy. 

There is a Democratic majority. He can be impeached at the very least for an Abuse of Power against the 81 million voters of this nation. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House can act. Trump has de-legitimized himself as president of the entire United States. He has set himself up as the President of Trumpism and Trumpers who sprinkle across the nation, albeit in a small percentage of the population. (Trump blows up sizes of crowds, hires actors to swell his crowds, lies about all numbers-income, taxes, crowds, popularity, supporters, etc.). Long ago by abrogating the constitution and expanding the executive branch with former Attorney General Bill Barr as his agent to use the DOJ to wink at his crimes and punish his enemies, Trump has gone "rogue." Time and again he has pushed our democracy to the cliff edge as an autocratic ruler uplifting loyalty to him and his own agenda over country, the constitution, the courts, the Congress.

Trump will continue to foment chaos (Trumpers and BLM protestors in Washington, DC. faced off  and 4 were stabbed. In Washington state someone was shot at a protest this weekend.) He will tout he lost a rigged election for as long as possible and months after he has been fumigated from the WH. If he is not censured, he will persist to please his fans with the help of Putin's Russian Military Intel on Twitter. 

During the first year of Trump presidency. (see site)
 Indeed, QAnon rumors suggest that the Trump win is in the hands of Vice President Mike Pence when he goes before Congress on January 6th and opens the envelops to tally up the electoral college votes which may be disputed in writing and signed off by a Republican senator. Ron Johnson and Rand Paul have suggestion they might do this. Then the Congress would meet to discuss the charges and then vote. Four senators voting against the process would vacate this attempt to overthrow the election. Trump may in a last ditch attempt pressure Vice President Pence to ignore the electoral college certification. 

Would the Vice President, Trump and Republicans spearhead such a conspiracy and cabal against the will of the people risking indictments or impeachment, especially if Georgia senate run-off is won by Jon Ossoff and Rev. Warnock? The senate race may determine their action. Regardless, this is insurrection as is the suggestion by some Republicans to secede and form new states (some tried this in California and Nevada). Other Republicans sent alternate electors in Arizona to vote for Trump, another example of insurrection. The Sheriffs refused their admittance into the Arizona state house.

Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been courageous in standing against white  supremacists who abuse the open carry laws in her state. (see the site)

Such acts and those who promote them must not be ignored. They must be factored into deciding whether these "Republicans" are fit members of their party and deserve a place in our democratic government or should be ejected. The handwriting is on the wall and some like Rep Paul Mitchell  agree with Biden that his party's actions are unconscionable. He has left the party. Other Republicans have come out with Mitch McConnell to accept Biden's win with a pledge to work with Democrats after the electoral college certified Joe Biden's win.

In the interim Trump has hired an Acting Attorney General to do his bidding which assures even greater loyalty to Trump than Bill Bar showed; they are plotting. Regardless, for the future of this nation, Trump must be censured. Whether he accepts it or not, the people of the nation who didn't vote in this election (38%, 96,681,873) and Biden voters must understand the full force and power of the constitution that Trump is willfully abrogating. The Republicans "get it" but want the leftovers of Trump's white supremacists in their corner, a fact that is reprehensible and egregious. White supremacists and #QAnon conspiracies which fuel domestic terrorism have no place in our government nor accepted place in our culture.

    Taken at Helsinski where Trump and Putin met for two hours with no public record of their conversation, no translation or notes.Trump gave Putin what he wanted after the meeting. (see site).

As the figurehead of white supremacists, it is enough that Trump has thumbed his nose at the three branches of government (recently against the Supreme Court with tweets) the Courts, the Democratic House and the will of the people who delivered the greatest majority of winning votes a president ever received. Must we not censure Trump's behavior and the behavior of rebellious Republicans? When is enough enough? Donald Trump, if he persists must be summarily impeached. Republicans must not be seated if they do not renounce their disloyalty to the constitution and the will of the people. This must be done to undergird the confidence of electors, voters both Republican (not Trumpers-there is a difference) and Democrat and those who didn't vote.

Trump and Trumpers must pay the price for defiling the goodness of the nation. We must restore that up is up, right is right, truth is truth. By all means Trump and his folks may lie; but their statements must be held to account and have consequences on social media and #Parler must be denounced again and again for what it is, a disreputable, extreme, irresponsible, Russian Military Intel-like brainwashing vehicle. Fox News should be sued for spreading fake news about COVID-19 causing deaths and harm, as must Newsmax and OANN and uber right-wing conspiracy sites which promote falsehoods to gain clicks and money. They must present not one side but both sides with fact-based investigative reporting. The Fairness Doctrine which was removed in 1987 must be refined and restored.

 Taking a stand for the truth always wins in the end. People's eyes remain shut until damage and death fall to them. That is why Joe Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris won this most impossible of elections, in a pandemic and despite the lies, conspiracies, Republican and Russian Military Intel dirty tricks, Michael Flynn screaming "lock up Obama and Biden," Roger Stone's dirty tricks, #QAnon domestic terrorists' insanities and the malaise of non voters. The Democrats and the 81 million Joe Biden voters and those who voted, must not be made a mockery of. US elections hold weight. This is not Putin's Russia. And the US  constitution stands or those who have died of COVID promoted on Trump's watch and those who have died in all of our wars have died in vain for dictatorship. 

    Putin relaxing at the height of his powers when his populace supported him. Now things are shifting in Russia, especially with unrest in the Far East and Trump's loss (see the site)

Trump and Trumpers have lost their greatest ally in this contention for the soul of America. Vlad Putin congratulated Joe Biden Jr. on his win, yesterday. Donald is now alone to face his own inner torment. He knows that those around him don't accept or even like him but obey him for the spoils. He and they have no integrity, no honor. How he must loathe himself because he must keep up appearances. His followers believe in his fantasies. But they are slowly dissolving, only leaving the domestic terrorists and white supremacists to support him in a violence that the FBI and law enforcement across the nation surveil and will handle. Violence and hate speech remain an anathema to a majority of Americans except for the very UNFINE PEOPLE: Neo Nazis, the KKK, white nationalist groups and other hate groups whose psychotic blind following of Trump has proven suicidal. As has been done in Michigan, those who terrorize and threaten and commit federal crimes against the people, including acts of police brutality, must be held accountable. Trump's government encouraged domestic terrorism. Joe Biden's government will not. 

Republicans will not uphold rebellion and maintain power. Without the backing of corporations and their wealthy donors who are sick of throwing billions into Trump's bankrupt money pit in a law of diminishing returns, the Republican Party has lost sway. From the Stock Market's performance when the Biden win was announced, it is apparent they are seeking something new, the opportunities that come with "building back better after Trump's collapse of Main Street. As James Carville predicted, Trump can and will be rendered moot. Biden's goodness and leadership, if allowed, may vaccinate us against hatred and division we've known during these most horrific nightmare years of Trump and this last year of disease and death.

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