We must remove Trump in November!

February 9th, 2020

On July 23, 2019 to a group of teenagers and young adults at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, Donald J. Trump famously declared, “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” In the face of clear evidence that Trump actually did the things the House included in the Articles of Impeachment, Trump’s attorneys finally resorted to this final argument: that ANYTHING Trump does, if HE “believes it is in the best interest of the country” and “is not a statutory crime” cannot be impeached. Some GOP senators were quoted that they thought what Trump did was bad, but they wouldn’t remove him from office for it. Others have said Trump has now “learned his lesson.” So now by an acquittal vote in the U.S. Senate, Trump will claim to be beyond the Constitutional oversight of Congress, even if he does “bad things.” By affirming his attorneys’ argument, the Senate effectively declared Trump a monarch! Our GOP Senate actually bought it and gave us an Imperial President!

For those who refer to scripture, in the Book of Mormon, Nephi warned us about these days (2 Nephi 28:20-22 paraphrased): 21-For behold, at that day shall Trump rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. 22- And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security with his continual boasting about the economy, that they will say: All is well in Zion, yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus Trump cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to dictatorship. 22-And behold, others Trump flattereth away, and telleth them, I am no devil, I am the Chosen One and a genius. I don’t need scientists, generals, economists, or advisors. I am never wrong. The Democrats are the devil—and thus Trump whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains of dictatorship, from which there is no deliverance!”

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Hitler became dictator in Germany in 1933 by setting up an ethnic scapegoat (the Jews and others he called undesirables) AND gaining the approval of his Nazi sycophants in the German Bundestag to grant him extraordinary powers (his majority Nazi party in parliament actually claimed to believe that if Hitler had to do the actual work of governing, he would become tame and civilized). Trump and the U.S. Senate are repeating the HITLER PLAYBOOK!  Trump, having set up Muslims and Hispanics plus those from “s**hole countries” as HIS ethnic undesirables under the guise of “immigration enforcement” and WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOP SENATE (especially its majority leader Mitch McConnell), Trump has been granted extraordinary powers of “I can do anything I want.” With both Hitler’s and Trump’s history for all to see, and some Republican senators actually saying “Trump has learned his lesson,” does the GOP Senate actually believe Trump won’t continue to use these powers for his own self-serving purposes? We now have an UNCHECKED AUTOCRAT as president! AND any future autocracy-seeking president of any party can now cite this precedent and do the same! Like Germany in 1933, the Senate’s partisan acquittal of Trump will come back to haunt them AND US!

After the witness vote failed in the Senate, a trove of emails surfaced from the Department of Justice that continue to show Trump’s direct involvement in keeping aid from Ukraine. Trump then declared they should NOT be released to the public because of “presidential privilege.” Having been granted this supreme power by the U.S. Senate, Trump continues to act like a King. This is the future of “I can do anything I want,” and, flipping a bird at the American people, Trump declares we can’t know what he does nor do anything about it! He will continue to hide his self-serving and tyrannical activities from the American people in the months leading up to the 2020 election under this guise of “presidential privilege.” According to media fact checking, his State of the Union Address was filled with 31 easily disproven claims.

Wanting it all along, Trump has finally achieved his dream of autocracy! The Imperial Presidency! The Republic and Constitution be damned! IF Trump and McConnell are reelected in November and the GOP majority maintained, WATCH CLOSELY. During the next four years, a move will be made in Congress to overlook or change the Constitutional term limit on the president and Trump will seek a third term. AND this will be supported by his cult-base.  The slide to dictatorship will begin!

As retribution for testifying in the House hearings, Trump has fired three people from the White House.  The purges have begun following the pattern of his heroes Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.  At least Trump does not yet have the power of summary execution!

Trump and his supporters cite his economic “accomplishments” as justification for supporting him while he claims total vindication of any wrong-doing in the Senate “acquittal.” But seen against his terrible legacy of political, social, and environmental damage, his constant pathological lying, and his immoral character, this list is exactly what Nephi warned of: they will say ‘all is well in Zion, yea, Zion prospereth, and thus Trump cheateth their souls and leadeth them away carefully down to dictatorship,’ all the while ignoring the lengthy list of Trump’s faults and errors.

This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 9, 2020 as its “Letter of the Week”:

It’s time for Trump to consolidate power 

President Trump:

Now that you have been totally acquitted, many of us feel the need to ensure the security of our nation through your continued leadership, and you’ve hinted you feel the same way.

After November, when you are re-elected and Republicans again control the House, I hope you will consider taking some of the following steps:

First of all, legislation needs to be passed clarifying the authority of the executive branch to take precautionary measures to secure our freedom and democracy. Those measures should include the creation of a cabinet-level position, a “Secretary of Information,” and a corresponding “Department of Information” developed and charged with monitoring and weeding out attempts by the liberal media to publish misinformation. Such filtering will protect the public from confusion and socialist propaganda.

Additionally, only people loyal to you and your vision of America should be nominated and confirmed to lead our intelligence and law enforcement organizations. Any remnants of the deep state should be purged.

Perhaps most importantly, Congress should reverse the 22nd Amendment, thus making it possible for you to serve a third, and possibly a fourth term.

You are already on the path of appointing Supreme Court justices sympathetic to vesting power in the executive branch, and I have no doubt this will continue as liberal judges retire or are found dead.

Finally, the vast majority of Americans are pleased to see that you are taking measures to stop the flow of undesirables into the country. I know there are other steps you and your advisors will determine are important as you consolidate power.

Patriotic Americans are behind you 100%.

J. Alan Gift, Harrisville”

Is this LTE a satire? Or is it serious? If it is serious, it echoes the Trump cult-base and represents exactly how enough of the German people felt in 1933 to enable Hitler to consolidate dictatorial power! Are Trump’s supporters so unaware of history, of how democracy falls to dictatorship, that they would actually give dictatorial power to Trump? Big Brother will indeed soon be watching you!

Benjamin Franklin said, “You have a republic, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT!” Only WE THE PEOPLE, the final jury on Donald J. Trump, now stand in the way of actually LOSING OUR REPUBLIC in November 2020. In that crucial election, we must KEEP OUR REPUBLIC and DEFEAT Trump and his GOP sycophants in Congress!  In November, we must vote to reestablish our great American democracy and throw out those who would return us to a dictatorial monarchy!

Once the Trump monarchists are all gone and the Republican Party cleansed of its Trump-infective takeover, we can return to the business of selecting leaders and representatives of both parties who really believe in the Constitutional separation of powers, the critical institutions of government, the Rule of Law, and elections consistent with the Constitution, and return our great nation to democracy.

L. Cameron Mosher, Ph.D.

Former lifelong Republican, now disillusioned by the once-great GOP now totally taken over by one man who aspires to absolute power and controls his party by fear!