Democracy Itself Is on Trial

Thom plus logo While Donald Trump is on trial in the Senate impeachment hearings, many commentators are pointing out that the Senate is also at trial. Few, however, are pointing out that the fare and future of our country may will also be decided by this trial.

Donald Trump is currently following the same trajectory blazed by autocratic leaders across the world including Victor Orbán in Hungary, Duterte in the Philippines, Putin in Russia, Modi in India, and Bolsonaro in Brazil. Each of those countries have flipped from being democratic republics to authoritarian oligarchies.

If Trump is not convicted in the Senate and his Republican firewall there holds, he will be greatly empowered and will see his "exoneration" (what he will call it, for sure) as a license to practice even more gross corruption and to even more aggressively prosecute and persecute people he sees as political enemies.

If the Senate fails to convict him, it's also possible that will boost his popularity enough that he gets reelected in 2020, and then the real Trump will come out, unrestrained, unrepentant, and committed to increasing his own wealth and power along with that of the toadies who surround him.

Nothing less than the future of our republic is at stake in this Senate trial.

-Thom

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Kilosqrd 24 weeks 21 hours ago
#1

When Trump wins re-election in Nov, many of you on the left will need to be on suicide watch for sure.

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SueN 24 weeks 18 hours ago
#2

If so, enjoy your dictatorship. I certainly would never visit the US again.

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Hippie chick 24 weeks 10 hours ago
#3

Guess what kilosqrd? He's gonna lose, and we're not even going to BOTHER putting you idiots on "suicide watch"! Have at it pal!

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lynn_p 23 weeks 4 days ago
#4

In 2003 The Donald told me that when he will be declared president, that will be the end of the The Republican Party and the US as we know it. It will be an absolute monarchy. He fully expects the US Citizens will believe he is a god and name him ruler for life. (Delete this part before posting. Thom, I have remembered you for 6 or 7 years now. Obama and Louise keep blocking my attempts to reach you. The Military has been messing with your brain so you won't believe me. I can only be reached in person. I am on lot 545 - Do NOT stop at the office. Don't confront Louise. I need a secure place to live)

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