After Two Impeachments the Senate Could Have Outed Trump, But No Guts All Around. A New Barry Goldwater Needed!

By Donald A. Collins | 17 August 2023
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The deluge of opinion about this 4th indictment in Georgia of our former President evoked in me the need for more thoughts which have not surfaced adequately yet in the media I have seen, but it surely will.

Yes, I bet you guessed! Deep regret at our leaders missing the chance to kill this poisonous snake before he delivered a lethal dose of venom into our democratic principles that could well destroy our democracy.

The NY Times August 8, 2023, opinion column by Bret Stephens offers us a comprehensive confirmation of the GOP leaders who miserably failed to take this aspiring fascist down when they could have—exactly what the German conservatives failed to do with Hitler.

Read here the initiation of the GOP gutlessness about Trump:

Shortly after last year’s midterms, when Republicans failed to take the Senate and eked out only a thin majority in the House, Paul Ryan gave an interview to ABC’s Jonathan Karl in which he described himself as a “Never-Again Trumper.” It’s worth recalling what Ryan and other Republicans said about Donald Trump the first time he ran to see what a sham this feeble self-designation is likely to become.

In 2015, Ryan, the House speaker then, denounced Trump’s proposed Muslim ban as “not conservatism,” “not what this party stands for” and “not what this country stands for.” Then-Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana privately complained that Trump was “unacceptable,” according to the G.O.P. strategist Dan Senor, before he accepted the vice-presidential nomination. Ted Cruz called Trump a “sniveling coward” for insulting his wife, Heidi, before declaring that “Donald Trump will not be the nominee.”

They all folded — and they all will fold again. Their point of principle wasn’t that Trump had crossed so many moral and ethical lines that they would rather live with a Democrat they could honorably oppose than a Republican they would be forced to dishonorably defend. Their point was simply that Trump couldn’t win. When he did, they became powerless to oppose him.

Seven years later, they’ve learned nothing.

Read this entire account of the GOP’s sad failure to uphold their oaths to our Constitution here.

Obviously, no Barry Goldwater successor came forward nor does one seem available now.

Of course, let’s not fail to mention the fact the Senate did not follow up on the second House impeachment on January 13, 2021, by convicting Trump and thus removing him from office. Would conviction have likely avoided the fiasco of the Capitol riot and the perpetuation of his phony fraud claims? Thus, this failure to convict proved to be also a bi-partisan failure.

Along with the numerous email denials of guilt to this latest indictment and all the others from virtually all elected Republicans, as I opened my email on 8/16, l got a fund-raising email to me as a key Republican asking for my money. When I replied I agreed with Judge Luttig, they immediately emailed me back saying I was no longer a Republican! Gee, such rejection!

The lying din from Trump and his named and as yet unnamed conspirators now reamplifies the narrative Trump would like his befogged MAGA followers to believe.

The evolving adverse circumstances allowed initially and ever since by a majority of GOP elected officials has gotten so dangerous that the highly respected former conservative Federal Judge J Michael Luttig told Judy Woodruff on WETA on August 15th that he believed the GOP has failed to live up to the oaths they took to our Constitution, which has nothing to do with politics but rather preserving our republic! Much to Luttig’s dismay as the GOP has failed, he noted how important having two strong parties is. Recall Luttig made similar comments to the January 6th US House Commission.

Woodruff asked Luttig this question. What would Trump’s conviction mean? His reply here–is not an exact quote–but he said that conviction was not as important as showing that Trump was tried, and that our justice system responded.

My “take” (to mimic Fareed Zakaria) is that these trials themselves, particularly if both could occur before November 2024,–which the Georgia one likely will not with cameras allowed in the courtroom–would conclusively prove Trump’s guilt regardless of the jury’s verdict, as most of us know he is guilty already from the facts which Trump disclosed himself: “I just want to find 11,780 votes.”

Or his speech at the Ellipse on January 6, 2021 with his key conspirators by his side.

Read his January 6th speech here but below are the key statements which tie in two of his key helpers:

Rudy (Guiliani), you did a great job. He’s got guts. You know what? He’s got guts, unlike a lot of people in the Republican Party. He’s got guts. He fights, he fights.

And I’ll tell you. Thank you very much, John (Eastman). Fantastic job. I watched. That’s a tough act to follow, those two. John is one of the most brilliant lawyers in the country, and he looked at this and he said, “What an absolute disgrace that this can be happening to our Constitution.”

And he looked at Mike Pence, and I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so.

Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election. All he has to do, all this is, this is from the number one, or certainly one of the top, Constitutional lawyers in our country. He has the absolute right to do it. We’re supposed to protect our country, support our country, support our Constitution, and protect our constitution.

States want to revote. The states got defrauded, They were given false information. They voted on it. Now they want to recertify. They want it back. All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify and we become president and you are the happiest people.

And I actually, I just spoke to Mike. I said: “Mike, that doesn’t take courage. (Mike maybe didn’t want to go to jail) What takes courage is to do nothing. That takes courage.” And then we’re stuck with a president who lost the election by a lot and we have to live with that for four more years. We’re just not going to let that happen.

Many of you have traveled from all across the nation to be here, (Who organized them? Many are in jail now) I want to thank you for the extraordinary love. That’s what it is. There’s never been a movement like this, ever, ever. For the extraordinary love for this amazing country, and this amazing movement, thank you.”

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?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us” and “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”.

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