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September 17 2018

Hillary Clinton: Our Democracy Is In Peril . . . Because I Lost

by Charlotte Hays

Hillary Clinton has an article headlined "American Democracy Is In Crisis" in The Atlantic--and I'm afraid that a certain slyness is evident in the very first sentence:

It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States.

Note that Trump did not win the election. He merely "won enough Electoral College votes" to become president of the United States. Ah, that pesky Electoral College.

Mrs. Clinton continues:

On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” I hoped that my fears for our future were overblown.

They were not.

Such forbearing. She gave him a chance and--surprise! surprise!--he disappointed her.

Clinton writes about the Trump administration's "unspeakable cruelty" to "undocumented families," "monstrous neglect" of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and that Trump "continues to dismiss a serious attack on our country by a foreign power as a 'hoax'.”

To give you the flavor of Mrs. Clinton's article:

Trump and his cronies do so many despicable things that it can be hard to keep track. I think that may be the point—to confound us, so it’s harder to keep our eye on the ball. The ball, of course, is protecting American democracy. As citizens, that’s our most important charge. And right now, our democracy is in crisis.

I don’t use the word crisis lightly. There are no tanks in the streets. The administration’s malevolence may be constrained on some fronts—for now—by its incompetence. But our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back. There’s not a moment to lose.

As I see it, there are five main fronts of this assault on our democracy.

First, there is Donald Trump’s assault on the rule of law.

Quoting John Adams to prove Trump is "a tyrant:"

John Adams wrote that the definition of a republic is “a government of laws, and not of men.” That ideal is enshrined in two powerful principles: No one, not even the most powerful leader, is above the law, and all citizens are due equal protection under the law. Those are big ideas, radical when America was formed and still vital today. The Founders knew that a leader who refuses to be subject to the law or who politicizes or obstructs its enforcement is a tyrant, plain and simple.

That sounds a lot like Donald Trump. He told The New York Times, “I have an absolute right to do what I want to with the Justice Department.” Back in January, according to that paper, Trump’s lawyers sent Special Counsel Robert Mueller a letter making that same argument: If Trump interferes with an investigation, it’s not obstruction of justice, because he’s the president.

The fact is that President Trump has not interfered with the Mueller investigation, despite some Trumpian saber rattling. Like most presidents, Trump sometimes wants to do things that would be foolish, but, unlike Mrs. Clinton, I have faith that our democratic institutions would restrain any unconstitutional presidential actions on the part of this or any other president, as they always have done in the past.

Mrs. Clinton goes on to say that "the legitimacy of our elections is in doubt" and that the president is "waging war on truth and reason." Remarkably, Mrs. Clinton even has a stat on how often President Trump lies:

Earlier this month, Trump made 125 false or misleading statements in 120 minutes, according to The Washington Post—a personal record for him (at least since becoming president). To date, according to the paper’s fact-checkers, Trump has made 5,000 false or misleading claims while in office and recently has averaged 32 a day.

Trump may well be one of the few modern presidents who has lost money by being elected, but Clinton charges that he is making money out of being president. This is rich, considering that the Clintons have managed to monetize public service like no other family in American history.

The tone of Mrs. Clinton's unprecedented screed speaks for itself.  

 



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