Lock Him Up? For the Republic to survive Trump’s presidency, he must be tried for his crimes. Even if that sparks a constitutional crisis of its own.

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> Where-ever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another’s harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command, to compass that upon the subject, which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate; and, acting without authority, may be opposed, as any other man, who by force invades the right of another. This is acknowledged in subordinate magistrates. He that hath authority to seize my person in the street, may be opposed as a thief and a robber, if he endeavours to break into my house to execute a writ, notwithstanding that I know he has such a warrant, and such a legal authority, as will impower him to arrest me abroad. And why this should not hold in the highest, as well as in the most inferior magistrate, I would gladly be informed. That was written in 1689 by English philosopher John Locke. His works directly inspired our nation’s founding and its values and principles. He makes clear that accountability is a fucking requirement, and any official who feels himself above the law shall be seized in the streets as the thief and robber he is. Fucking 1689 in England.

Custergrant

Putting Donald Trump on trial absolutely, 100% ***does not*** cause any kind of a constitutional crisis. That’s what trials are fucking *for*. He isn’t a king, he’s an elected official. The real crisis is the idea that a man might be wholly unaccountable for his illegal actions just because he won a minority of the popular vote.

thomascgalvin

we can’t allow the “let’s move on” shit happen again. Nixon… Bush 1… Bush 2… if there aren’t any penalties for breaking laws by the top officials then what’s the point at all.

Inspector_Bloor

The real problem isn’t Donald Trump. The real problem is the atmosphere in the Republican Party that have put him in the unaccountable position in the first place. The Republican Senate has basically abdicated any responsibility regarding keeping this President in check. The House sent over impeachment articles, which they gave a show trial to and refused to even call witnesses for. Should Democrats gain control of all the levers of power, they need to stop treating Republicans in the minority as partners in government, and start treating them as a hostile occupying force. They earned that treatment when they stole Obama’s Supreme Court pick out from under him, and continue to earn it while they refuse to hold this nakedly corrupt President to account. Why did they refuse to even hear evidence in the impeachment trial? Why did so many Senators go to Russia on July 4th a few years ago? Why do those same Senators seek to repeat Russian talking points in Senate hearings? This is not normal. The end goal of this should not be one-party rule, but rather to dismantle authoritarianism and fascism in today’s Conservative movement. Replace it with a Conservative party that puts the country first again. If we don’t do this, then the next authoritarian that Republicans put in the Presidency will know that his party has his back, absolutely, and that there is no check to his power.

dhork

For this country to move forward, it will need to move forward over the objections of the conservatives. They conserve only their stupidity, their aggressively anti-science incuriosity, and the unfair and corrupt systems. And they follow the intentionally homicidal Russian buffoon at the helm.

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