Have we saved Democracy yet? Donald J. Trump lost the presidency to Joseph R. Biden Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Last Saturday when the Electoral College votes were tallied and awarded to Biden, I felt free again as I watched people all over the United States of America dancing and celebrating in the streets of major cities. It was a beautiful sight. (Most celebrants were wearing masks.) The world also recognized the new President-elect and celebrated with us.
I have been greatly concerned about the demise of Democracy and the Rule of Law since January 20, 2017, when Mr. trump said, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He swore that oath that he neither believed nor understood. He never had any interest in governing the American people including the ones who voted for him. It was always about him aggrandizing himself. Everything was, is, and will always be about him. His behavior in office has not surprised me; however, I was surprised by the Republicans enabling his brand of crazy for four years. All of that bowing and scraping for Federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and tax cuts, etc.
I still think that we can save Democracy and allow the Rule of Law to go forth at least for four more years. I believe in negotiations that allow for a win-win. Both sides can win this one. Democrats have won the presidency; therefore, they are in a power position. The winners should put forth sincere effort to make things good between the two parties. After all, they need to work together. Democrats should find out, not what the Republicans want, but what President Trump wants. I dare say that they are two different things. The Republicans want to stay in power; Trump wants freedom and continued adulation from the crowds. Perhaps after the Senate is finally decided, his party will say farewell. But for now, they must pacify and placate this infantile president and be a soothing salve for his tender ego.
Donald Trump has not suddenly developed an interest in this country. He has the same disdain for the country that his father had. He shows it daily. Trump could be allowed to leave without admitting defeat. That is how his father programmed him. He is never to lose. He must always see himself as a winner. (Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Raised the World’s Most Dangerous Man.)
I suggest that Democrats start thinking about the country in a real way. They should have had a backup plan for how to get Trump out of the White House in the works before the election. Did they really think the 45th president would “go gentle” into his retirement? His retirement is not as other former presidents. He has no books to write, no houses to build, no humanitarian efforts that await him. His is a gloomy future of fraud investigations — business, criminal, insurance, and bank. Then there are defamation lawsuits from women who have accused him of sex crimes, some he admitted to committing. His money is limited, and much will go to pay lawsuits if the justice system works as it should. Trump sees the deep morass of lies, schemes, and deception that he has created and is bogged down in. Presently, he does not and cannot see a way out. In his mind, he must remain president and stay in the White House.
I pray that Congress will rethink that rule, suggestion, or idea that allows a criminal president to escape prosecution and stay in office. America should never again have an unfit person as president. We should not have a person without a knowledge of history and government, and especially a corrupt one.
Democrats should give Trump a way out of the presidency and the White House without police, military, paramilitary, white supremacist, bickers, and tough guys intervening. Let us have a smooth, if not the usual, transition of power. Offer him a deal for the sake of preserving order throughout the country. If he is given some incentive to leave, perhaps he will resign now and move on. If he leaves and has more of those hate-filled, divisive, violence-inciting scream-fest rallies, then he should be charged with treason and sedition and put on trial. It is then that America and the world will know without a doubt that Trump is an enemy of the state.
As I was writing the above, I saw where Trump had elevated racists, xenophobes, and suck-ups in the Pentagon. Can we count on the Generals to do the right thing no matter their politics? The president appears to be gearing up for a battle. I pray for intervention before it is too late.
President-elect Joe Biden is determined to move into the White House on January 20, 2021.