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I could hardly pick up my jaw from the floor.
I anticipate all other potential charges, thanks to my law degree, such as conspiracy to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election, interference with Congressional procedures, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, attempts to use fake slates of electors, attempted coup, illegally possessing classified documents… plus the state of New York’s pending suit on tax fraud, and Georgia’s legal action for his attempted falsification of state election results…
But neither my logical reasoning nor my imagination could, or WOULD anticipate espionage act violation, even after Trump took the 5th 440 times last week in New York state court. Espionage Act crimes are serious charges.
After the Espionage Act, is treason next? Given his prior association with shady foreign money throughout his business dealings long before 2016, why is it surprising?
Our legal system will sort everything out, slowly but surely. I will leave it at that.
My question for YOU, all our fellow Americans, is this:
There are two wake up calls to ALL Americans.
I am speaking as an American who loves our democracy, NOT as a partisan voter. It doesn’t matter anymore whether the team you identify with is Republican or Democrat, like in a football game, whether you root for 49ers or Green Bay is pointless when the RULES OF THE GAME is going to be disregarded, destroyed, overturned, there are no winners or losers – we all lose when elections are no longer fair and honest.
(1) Certification of state election results by PARTISAN secretaries of state is a political ticking time bomb, a tinder box. Solution: New federal laws must be passed ASAP to mandate all 50 states’ certification process to be checked and balanced by each state’s representatives from all political parties, to be live streamed, completely transparent, devoid of any partisanship;
(2) Gerrymandering: both Democrats and Republicans have committed this dishonest and corrupt gerrymandering, which is a cancer on election integrity. Solution: New federal laws must be passed ASAP to completely ban gerrymandering.
(3) Rank choice voting! OMG, this is SO important, to truly represent the underrepresented majority in the middle, whose voice is getting drowned by extremes on both the far right and the far left. I previously simplified and explained about rank choice voting in this blog, video, and podcast – it’s Part II of “What Caused the Insurrection: the Seven Headed Monster”. For details, please read “The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy”, written by Harvard Business School strategy expert Michael E. Porter, and with a unique business perspective by Katherine M. Gehl, founder of Institute for Political Innovation.
(4) Get rid of the electoral college: It is NOT that hard to hold a national referendum! The vast majority of Americans across party lines want to get rid of it. Once the electoral college is gone, we don’t need the #1 I mentioned above, since there is no need for state certification checks and balances.
(5) Remove the Presidential pardon power: it conflicts with the principle of no one is above the law, thus unconstitutional.
(6) The presidential power is NOT like that of an imperial king, we must impose checks and balances to limit it in various aspects.
(7 ) term limit for Supreme Court Justices, – 18 years.
AND more, as listed by Stanford Professor Larry Diamond’s call to action in his book: “Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency”.
I am appealing to you SOLELY out of care for the future of our country. You, and me, and everyone must do something NOW. Please email your US Congress representatives and US Senators, ASAP, and feel free to forward this to anyone you know, or cut and paste any part of this article to spread the word.
Personally, I am surprised by the consistent denial, even attack from the Republican leaders on the Hill, and from Trump supporters to defend this Trump black hole. What makes them spellbound by this dangerous cult leader?
What makes Trump’s circle enable him, support him, aid and abet him, sell their souls to the devil, and some of them are STILL perpetrating his outrageous lies?
I feel like watching Shakespeare every day, except that not even Shakespeare’s dramas have such shocking levels of evil, ignorance, power thirst and power worshiping, and moral weakness, unfolding daily by different individuals in the past seven nerve-wrecking years (since 2015).
All personal values, characters, principles, or lack thereof, are revealed in this saga. My hat off to Liz Chaney, Cassidy Hutchinson, Rusty Bowers, and many individuals who have upheld truth at great personal sacrifices, to stand up to the ill winds.
I love America, which is constituted upon INDIVIDUAL rights. Now, her future is in the hands of each and every individual like you and me, to uphold the rule of law, the backbone of democracy.
The weight of Justice is closing in on Trump, day by day. BUT ONLY IF ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME force our representatives on the Hill to make the above 7 systemic changes, and to hold Trump accountable.
“Heaven’s vengeance is slow but sure.” – anonymous.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Again, I am appealing to you SOLELY out of care for the future of our country. You, and me, and everyone must do something NOW. Please email your US Congress representatives and US Senators, ASAP, and feel free to forward this to anyone you know, or cut and paste any part of this for your convenience.
© Joanne Z. Tan. Written on Aug. 13, 2022.
Edited by Phil Toudic.
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