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Opinion | Let’s declare independence from a monarchical presidency

Opinion | Let’s declare independence from a monarchical presidency

Opinion | Let’s declare independence from a monarchical presidency

On this Independence Day 2024, we find ourselves, as a nation, once again under the control of a monarchy in the United States. Credit for this astonishing turn of events goes to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and five other Supreme Court royalists who joined him in crafting a decision granting the American president immunity from accountability. for “official” acts that could leave him open to criminal prosecution if he were an ordinary citizen. In her fiery dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the majority’s decision makes the president a “king above the law.” So here we are, having defeated King George III in 1783, only to end up two centuries later with an American sovereign with powers that would make previous tyrants drool.

If that weren’t enough, the country is faced with the prospect of twice-impeached and criminal former President Donald Trump returning to the White House. The idea of ​​the lying, narcissistic, and vengeful Trump Trump with those powers is terrifying. Let’s dismiss the idea that “there’s no telling what he would do.” We know that’s not the case. Trump and his inner circle have said we what will do.

It is up to people who cherish and live by democratic values ​​to avoid that danger. The courts will not do it. President Biden, healthy or not, cannot do it alone. Only we, the people, can do what must be done, namely: reject Trump and all he represents at the ballot box on Election Day.

Yes, the votes are there to keep Trump out of the Oval Office, as they were in the previous presidential election. Trump, simply put, cannot win with his base of MAGA supporters and fellow travelers alone, no matter how rabid they may be.

Don’t get hung up on who the Democratic standard-bearer should be just yet. There’s plenty of time to figure that out. And there’s plenty of scope, if Biden, after careful reflection and extensive consultation about his health and ability to serve, decides now is the time to pass the torch to a capable successor.

I am confident that Biden will make the right decision. I started working in the Senate when Biden joined the Senate in 1973. Like other Washington observers, I have seen Biden’s victories and setbacks over the years. Joe Biden, above all else, is a patriot. He will do what is best for the country.

It is best to stay focused and spread the word to family, friends and neighbors about the world that awaits them if Trump takes office.

The trials will turn into persecutions. Political adversaries, real and imaginary, in the press and on the Internet and among politicians themselves… The insurgents, who are in dire poverty, will be subjected to Trump’s whims and power. Pardons and clemencies will rain down like manna on January 6, 2021. Russian President Vladimir Putin will once again have a friend in the White House and an ally against NATO and the West. Immigrants and people from Muslim-majority countries will face an aggressively hostile federal government. Civil rights and LGBTQ+ progress will grind to a halt. The economy will run on behalf of the haves, to the detriment of the have-nots and the excluded. Oh, right. Trump will do everything he can to create “black jobs,” his racist reference to work left for people of color to do.

So, right now and until Election Day, no matter who is at the top of the ticket, focus on defeating Trump and taking back Democratic control. Control of the House and preventing a GOP takeover of the Senate. Imagine Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. Can you imagine a Republican House doing anything to rein in Trump? A Republican Senate doing anything other than accepting whatever unqualified, politically subservient appointee he chooses? Can mules whistle? With Roberts’ decision, dictator Trump could act with impunity.

So here we are, on July 4th, with democracy at stake.

Let this be the day when a second Declaration of Independence is issued, proclaimed in the name of a people who reject the idea of ​​an imperial president and who stand for democratic ideals and principles. Let us pledge to defend it with our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.