Tyrants often turn on their own people: it's time to remove Trump from office

Thom plus logo Tyrants very rarely leave power voluntarily. In almost every case they've committed so many crimes in the process of acquiring and holding power, and exploiting that power to enrich themselves, their friends and allies, that they know if they step down they will be facing, at the very least, a long stretch in prison.

This is why it's so vital that Donald Trump be removed from power immediately. Be it through the 25th Amendment or immediate articles of impeachment and a vote in the Senate, it must be done.

A dear friend of mine, Armin Lehmann, was the 16-year-old courier who brought Adolf Hitler the news that the war was totally lost, and thus was in the Führerbunker when Hitler committed suicide. Armin told me how a few weeks earlier, on March 19, 1945, Hitler had ordered the remnants of the German Air Force and tank crews to bomb Berlin and reduce other German cities to rubble. Germans still refer to it as his Nero Decree.

Hitler was not unique. This is how tyrants often go down. Like Jim Jones, they destroy everything in sight and kill as many people as they can on their way out. In his last days Robert Mugabe ordered 20,000 people murdered in a state that hadn't voted for him. The last days of a tyrant's reign are the most critically dangerous moments for the survival of a nation.

Trump still has control of the nuclear codes, and Congress has given presidents so much power to initiate foreign “police actions" and wars, particularly since 9/11, that his provoking World War III to try to stay in power, or simply to punish the human race, is not inconceivable.

Which is why the House of Representatives must today pass Articles of Impeachment against Trump, and the Senate must hold an immediate vote to remove him from office. Parallel to that, Vice President Pence must invoke the 25th Amendment and pull the Cabinet together to temporarily remove Trump from power and perhaps even institutionalize him until this moment of crisis has passed.

Originally posted on Medium.com.

-Thom

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Legend 2 weeks 1 day ago
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Wrote to my radical right wing Congressman, Ken Buck, to Impeach Trump now.

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Hephaestus 2 weeks 1 day ago
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It seems there is no one outraged sufficiently to do the necessary immediately... which is shameful because he will be the cause of more trouble... his mentally unstable condition will impel him

How he still ocupies the WH right now is amazing

Why is everyone pussyfooting with this traitorous man who has instigated insurrection?????

Backbone and testicular fortitude are required to rid society of trump and his cult

There will be an cataclysmic outcome without actionc

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Hephaestus 2 weeks 1 day ago
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ataclysmcataclysm

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CyndieM1 2 weeks 1 day ago
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Trump is a loose canon! He needs to be impeached now!

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deepspace 2 weeks 23 hours ago
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At the risk of sounding pollyannaish, this video clip inspires hope that Biden's newly nominated leadership for the Department of Justice will hold accountable those who have flagrantly violated the letter of the law as well as the spirit of the Constitution during the soon-to-be previous administration -- without the stench of political finaglings and personal vendettas so prevalent under Trump's mob-boss rule. Open the window and let the fresh air in.

DrRichard 2 weeks 22 hours ago
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I agree, it sounds like the end of a dictatorship is like when someone is leaving an abusive relationship. At that point they may be most vulnerable to damage by the partner who cannot admit losing them. But sometimes these gangs do give up--Pinochet did, and in Eastern Europe it was only Romania that had a civil war.

On the other hand, we can't count on that. Personally I'm worried that Trump will start a war with Iran and then declare that he can't give up power during this national emergency. Sort of a Reichstag Fire writ large...at the moment he seems cowed, but is also utterly unpredictable. Pence won't invoke the 25th so impeachment (again) is the only option. The Senate is highly unlikely to convict, but it is certainly better to try than just count down the days and hope.

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alis volat 2 weeks 18 hours ago
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Last night I mentioned the people we saw are Trump's legacy. For years to come, they will be doing whatever damage they want till someone with a badge or law degree stops them.

I think Trump is in a different kind of survival mode as of today. The rats are abandoning the ship. The video footage of what he said and what his goons did are undeniable. The legit news is reporting about our new rank in the world. Time for those assholes with the big foam number-one-fingers to insert them where the sun don't shine. USA USA USA! Doesn't that chant include the word united?

The impeachment is damned if or damned don't, because his cult is now just as dangerous as he is. He threw the Capitol mob under the bus today, and I hope that turned off some of them. One or several of them killed an officer; the death was just announced. Might give a new meaning to the words "capitol" punishment.

Here's the problem with some of the cult followers that will stay devoted: they were already just as sick as he is. The Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, anarchists and white supremacists types are folks that have always been a part of this country. He just flushed them out by making them seem mainstream.

What a sad saga. I don't envy anyone trying to decide what to do, but do they must. We elected them to protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic.

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Ivan-Beggs 2 weeks 14 hours ago
#9

If Pence becomes President, will he pardon Trump for "health of the country?"

Legend 2 weeks 12 hours ago
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Not to change subjects but, has anybody had the Covid Vaccine? How was it? In Colorado the initial supply was extremely unevenly spread out. Some providers got thousands of doses and some got hundreds. My healthcare provider got very little and so far is only doing staff. I am with one of the largest healthcare providers. Absolutely no word on when they will get more. But I have neighbors that are with other healthcare providers and had the shot a week ago or more. Where is the organization?

Legend 2 weeks 12 hours ago
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4 years in the Trump Administration and Elain Chau and Betsy De Vos actually did something right, resign. They have balls, most of the men do not.

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norgotoad 2 weeks 6 hours ago
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I worked in the dept of corrections for NJ and CA for 15 years as a forensic mental health clinician. I taught abnormal psych and forensic psych in the correctional peace officer academy for several years. In all of the institutions in which I worked, if there was ANY breach of security, such employee, be it officer, clinician, janitor, nurse, etc WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED AND ESCORTED OFF THE GROUNDS ON THE SPOT. Not tomorrow. NOW. Because any breach could aid in information being leaked to inmates, who, in turn could use such info to aid in criminal activity. We all knew that. Hence, security swift and unabivalent. That is not what was demonstrated by the capitol police. Now those who were allowed into the capitol were allowed to rummage through the files of any office they saw fit. Did those files contain classified information? Dunno... don't care. Were they engaged and aided in acts of espionage? Dunno don't care. Were crimes commited? Is espionage, sedition, treason a crime? If you are a right wing Republican, well ... dunno don't care. No evidence was gathered. Crime scene was not secured. The perps were all allowed to flee. We have seen this show before. It's the right wing pivot that will result in the perpetrators going free while targeting BLM, ANTIFA, and the left. Saw it after 9/11 when we attacked Iraq, and not the perps who did the crime. This IS America. Land of the greed; home of the slaves. I don't see any of that worth defending.

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deepspace 2 weeks 6 hours ago
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Sedition, insurrection, coup -- words we normally associate with dysfunctional third-world countries can now describe Donald Trump's America.

And our enemies are celebrating! Properly functioning democracies pose an existential threat to the power and influence of despotic strongmen worldwide since no nation can exist in isolation and must form critical alliances to survive economically, politically, and for their common defense.

Trump, a wannabe strongman, committed many horrible acts these last four years in his mad pursuit for personal power as he tried (and succeeded in far too many cases) to tear down the institutions and norms -- the trust! -- that ensure our people can live in relative freedom as spelled out in the Constitution, that we have the final say in how our government fundamentally operates, whether it works for all the people or primarily for the privileged few who have sucked up most of the wealth and benefits of society.

A free, fair, and secure election is the key to a successful democracy, the "beating heart" as they say -- exactly what happened last November! So naturally, that is exactly what Trump (and Putin) are attacking most viciously with their avalanche of lies. Why? Because autocrats, dictators, kings, and queens care only about gathering ultimate power and influence unto themselves and, down to their core being, do not believe in true democracy "of the people, by the people, for the people."

And neither do their fascist followers. Trumpism did not happen in a vacuum. Each individual who internalizes the false propaganda that erodes democracy must accept partial responsibility for all the mayhem -- the attempted coup, sedition, and insurrection -- of January 6, 2021, "a date which will live in infamy," the culmination of all Trump's deceptions.

There is no excuse either. Some may try to play the victim once the horrible realization of their own culpability finally sinks in (if it ever does), that they were unfairly subjected to the heavy conditioning of far-right media, especially on the internet, through no fault of their own. Write it off as innocent naivety. That is wrong -- legally and morally. We always have a choice inside our heads.

Adults (in most cases anyway, we hope) are no longer children and are fully accountable for their own thoughts, words, and actions no matter how they arrived at the conclusions that influence their behavior. The murderer is the one who pulled the trigger regardless of the extent of being subjected to outside influence, such as crazy-town militia groups convincing their "soldiers" that they are "patriots" doing "God's work."

Can it be that the Homo sapiens' collective mind is simply not evolved enough to handle the internet and the exponentially expanding phenomenon of the information age, like giving a cage full of monkeys loaded guns and expecting a good outcome? Or can we truly evolve and use our tools to advance society instead of destroying it?

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deepspace 2 weeks 5 hours ago
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norgotoad:

I tried to sneak in a quick edit on something I got wrong and inadvertently jumped ahead of your post at the same time you saved yours. Sorry 'bout that. If you hit the "edit" button and then the "save" button, it will put the two posts back in their original sequence.

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norgotoad 2 weeks 5 hours ago
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Yep. I had an inmate patient, who was a very respected gang officer. Quite an accomplishment. He had to organize drive by's, protection business, drug supplies, loan operations, collections-- sometimes parts of bodies... but, hey, it's just business... Anyhow he once said that he was glad he got arrested and sentenced. He said: "do you know how hard I had to work to keep all that working??" Well, I feel for Elain and Betsy. Destroying institutions, and racketeering is hard work. They were never, and will never, be prosecuted. I'm sure they just got worn out. So they had to resign just to get some rest. Can't blame them at all.

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deepspace 2 weeks 5 hours ago
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Haha, can't blame them for that, I guess. But they do have some serious culpability for enabling a monster when they shared his power bubble. Just like Gen. John Kelly, he did the right thing by condemning Trump for inciting the mob to march on the Capitol. But he enthusiastically helped to implement Trump's disastrous, racist southern border policy when he headed the Department of Homeland Security.

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