Are Trump’s Attempts To Steal A Presidential Election Going To Go Unpunished Or Just Repeated? Has The House Commission’s Report On January 6th Already Been Written By The Atlantic Monthly’s Barton Gellman?

By Donald A. Collins | 13 December 2021
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The House January 6th Commission has now gathered a trove of insider information about efforts made to reverse an election that was certified by numerous counts and recounts to have been decisively won by Mr. Biden.

I am not a lawyer, just an anxious citizen.

As a regular observer of the mass media, I found implausible that Trump, dubbed as a sore loser on January 6th by not attending Biden’s inauguration, claiming election fraud, and one who impugned our free media as “fake” to join his other lying efforts to destroy our democracy, has still been able to elude prosecution for his obvious criminal behavior.

When the House Commissioner’s 1/6 report is issued, what legal actions against Trump and his co-felons are we likely to see?

Those efforts may prove highly elusive, as I will attempt to summarize here. A friend just sent me a copy of the powerful December 9, 2021 piece by Barton Gellman in the Atlantic Monthly which I found are most troubling.

If you read nothing else this week, this month or this year, I urge you to read this article, which begins with this title: “Trump’s Next coup has already begun”. Then its sub-headlines which are: “January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.”

As I noted in my last Op Ed, famed investor Ray Dalio, predicted the chance for an American civil war is 30 percent, although he didn’t specify when, but this article certainly does.

After reading this article, which you can here, I was shaking in disbelief, but absolutely in agreement with the devastating chronical Gellman has carefully researched of the very likely coup events Trump and his GOP allies have planned to get him a second term as president.

In my recent Op Ed pieces, I have been very careful to elucidate the many evils of Trump and his minions, but I have neither the contacts, extensive experience or the writing skills and competence of this seasoned veteran. Who is Gellman? Read here his reportorial accomplishments with articles and books:

In this seminally important wakeup call to voters of all parties and persuasions, Gellman has cohesively elaborated the exhaustive, illegally dangerous details of what was done before January 6th, what has since occurred, and what might prove to be a coup in 2024, based on the strength of this conservative manic tidal wave against democracy.

What is the primary driving force for these phony patriots for winning future elections by any means possible? Gellman makes the point that these folks are different than earlier protests by young dissidents. These participants ae mostly older, often quite well educated, some dangerously articulate like Trump with their aberrant points of view.

As Gellman so eloquently and convincingly reports, these radicals are really hiding under in the guise of a false patriotism which is predominantly driven by their fears of becoming a racial minority. That change will happen by the 2040’s, but meantime we can hope to educate and positively inculcate any newcomers with the uniqueness and value of our fragile experiment, not expand racial injustice through the theft of our democracy’s benefits by racist oligarchs.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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