Will members of the Electoral College step up and stop Donald Trump before it’s too late?
While Trump supporters may think their future is bright, the majority of Americans are worried about what a politically inexperienced, egocentric, thin-skinned authoritarian could do to their country and the world. If disaster ensues after Trump is sworn in, will the Electoral College be to blame for not stopping him when they had the chance?
The New York Times called Trump “a threat to democracy,” because his behavior was so hostile towards traditional American values.
In the campaign, he encouraged violence among supporters; pledged to prosecute Hillary Clinton; threatened legal action against unfriendly media; and suggested that he might not accept the election results.
This anti-democratic behavior has continued since the election. With the false claim that he lost the popular vote because of “millions of people who voted illegally,” Mr. Trump openly challenged the legitimacy of the electoral process. At the same time, he has been remarkably dismissive of United States intelligence agencies’ reports of Russian hacking to tilt the election in his favor.
As an extension of that anti-democratic attitude, Trump’s denial of the facts on Russian election hacks has led the Boston Globe to suggest he may also be guilty of a cover-up to hide his treason.
First, he may be trying to shore up his political standing before the Electoral College vote on Monday. Second, he may be attempting to undermine the credibility of US intelligence agencies in advance of his taking office so that he can intimidate them and have a freer hand in reshaping the intelligence product to suit his objectives. Third, he may be testing his ability to go over the heads of intelligence professionals and congressional critics and persuade the American public to follow his version of the truth about national security threats. And finally, he may be seeking to cover up evidence of involvement or prior knowledge by members of his campaign team or himself in the Russian cyberattack.
The mere possibility of a shred of truth to the claims against Trump should be enough for the Electoral College to block his access to the White House.
But like so many other elements of America’s corrupt political system, turning a blind eye to the obvious dangers of a Trump presidency should surprise no one. Behind this wall of Republican solidarity, a true corporate coup is emerging from the shadows.
With consolidated power, the radical right, funded by the donor class, can dismantle America’s safety nets and give that money to themselves in the form of massive tax cuts and deregulation.
It’s important to note that when there are great depressions, food shortages, and even world wars, the people who survive it all without mishap, is the donor class. They have everything to gain and nothing to lose by blowing up the system.
Many of the working class America voters who gave Trump the keys to the Oval Office overlooked his obvious flaws. Now they will will have to deal with the consequences of that. As Winston Churchill said, “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
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Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit” This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destinies are connected to the powers of the Spirit World more than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book. It’s available now on Amazon.com.