WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA ?
Category: News & PoliticsBy: john-russell • 3 weeks ago • 39 comments
I think we have gone "disagreement" into the Twilight Zone.
Yesterday the FOURTH book detailing end of days dysfunction in the Trump presidency came out, following three that were released in the late spring and summer.
In the new book PERIL by Bob Woodward and Bob Costas we are shown a detailed memo which was created by a lawyer named John Eastman as he presented a plan to then President Trump on how he could be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Jan 6, 2021
This is the six point plan in the memo
1. VP Pence, presiding over the joint session (or Senate Pro Tempore Grassley, if
Pence recuses himself), begins to open and count the ballots, starting with
Alabama (without conceding that the procedure, specified by the Electoral
Count Act, of going through the States alphabetically is required).
2. When he gets to Arizona, he announces that he has multiple slates of electors,
and so is going to defer decision on that until finishing the other States. This
would be the first break with the procedure set out in the Act.
3. At the end, he announces that because of the ongoing disputes in the 7 States,
there are no electors that can be deemed validly appointed in those States. That
means the total number of “electors appointed” – the language of the 12th
Amendment -- is 454. This reading of the 12th Amendment has also been
advanced by Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe (here). A “majority of the
electors appointed” would therefore be 228. There are at this point 232 votes for
Trump, 222 votes for Biden. Pence then gavels President Trump as re-elected.
4. Howls, of course, from the Democrats, who now claim, contrary to Tribe’s prior
position, that 270 is required. So Pence says, fine. Pursuant to the 12th
Amendment, no candidate has achieved the necessary majority. That sends the
matter to the House, where the “the votes shall be taken by states, the
representation from each state having one vote . . . .” Republicans currently
control 26 of the state delegations, the bare majority needed to win that vote.
President Trump is re-elected there as well.
5. One last piece. Assuming the Electoral Count Act process is followed and, upon
getting the objections to the Arizona slates, the two houses break into their
separate chambers, we should not allow the Electoral Count Act constraint on
debate to control. That would mean that a prior legislature was determining
the rules of the present one — a constitutional no-no (as Tribe has forcefully
argued). So someone – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc. – should demand normal rules
(which includes the filibuster). That creates a stalemate that would give the
state legislatures more time to weigh in to formally support the alternate slate
of electors, if they had not already done so.
6. The main thing here is that Pence should do this without asking for permission
– either from a vote of the joint session or from the Court. Let the other side
challenge his actions in court, where Tribe (who in 2001 conceded the President
of the Senate might be in charge of counting the votes) and others who would
press a lawsuit would have their past position -- that these are non-justiciable
political questions – thrown back at them, to get the lawsuit dismissed. The
fact is that the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the
ultimate arbiter. We should take all of our actions with that in mind.
Donald Trump agreed to this plan. We know that because he told Mike Pence to listen to John Eastman explain the plan to him. Had Pence agreed to the plan, this attempt would have happened on Jan 6.
So what does this mean? Donald Trump wanted to be declared the winner of the election even though he had not proven or demonstrated an iota of election fraud. In fact he had lost in court over 60 times as regards election fraud , before Jan 6.
Where is this story on our national media today? Why is the nation not in an uproar over this?
Today we see a new poll that says Trump has the highest approval ratings (48%) of his political career. The reason being given as speculation is that he is no longer president.
He may no longer be president but he is not receded from news by any stretch of the imagination. He goes on conservative media a couple times a week, holds rallies, and releases regular press statements (almost every day). He is playing kingmaker in the Republican Party, and currently is in a feud with Mitch McConnell as Trump tries to get one of his lackeys into Mc Connell's position.
So, what is wrong with America? How can someone who tried to overthrow the results of the 2020 election be maintained as a national political leader?
I would like to hear someone try and explain this.
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