Biden May Soon Have A Key Opportunity To Embrace A Few Non-Trump Republicans For Their Courage In Standing Up To Trump and His Extensive Fascist Cabal! And Give The GOP The Chance To Clear Its Traitorous Image.

By Donald A. Collins | 1 September 2023
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Anyone capable of reading or listening to the news has by now become increasingly aware of the vast extent of the Trump conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election and keep Biden from serving his 2nd term as our 46th President.

The hammer has continued to come down on those who led the January 6th assault on our Capitol as the August 31 NY Times story tells us:

Joseph Biggs, a onetime lieutenant in the Proud Boys, was sentenced on Thursday to 17 years in prison after his conviction on charges of seditious conspiracy for plotting with a gang of pro-Trump followers to attack the Capitol and disrupt the peaceful transfer of presidential power on Jan. 6, 2021.

Mr. Biggs’s sentence was one of the stiffest penalties issued so far in more than 1,100 criminal cases stemming from the Capitol attack and among only a handful to have been legally labeled an act of terrorism. It was just over half of the 33 years the government had requested and just shy of the 18-year term given in May to Stewart Rhodes, the leader of another far-right group, the Oath Keepers militia, who was also found guilty of sedition.

Read the full story here.

About a year ago on September 2, 2022, President Biden, who of course has access to massive intelligence, made a speech in which he called the Trump camp “semi-fascists” which of course was rapidly and massively denied by such stalwarts as Tucker Carlson.

The story’s headline:

Biden’s ‘soul of the nation’ speech and the battle against MAGA ‘semi-fascism’ in America

Reactionary conservatives like Fox News host Tucker Carlson have called on Biden to apologize. But a president’s job is to speak aloud uncomfortable truths.

Read that NBC news story here.

That Biden opinion has since been criticized by Mehdi Hasan when he argued on his August 2023 program that Biden’s label should not have been as “semi” as the term “Fascist Is an Increasingly Apt Label For Today’s GOP”.

To most Americans Trump’s guilt has already become apparent as I recently argued here.

Does his mugshot make him look guilty?

Now, however, the crop of lawsuits leading to 4 Trump indictments gets more and more scrutiny by the mainstream media, a treasured resource against fascism. Often dubbed the Fake News media by Trump, we are gifted with a powerful 8/31/23 NY Times article by Michelle Cottle of the Times Editorial Board entitled “The Key Players in Trump’s Plot to Upend the Election, Mapped” which I partially quote here:

Upending the outcome of a free and fair presidential election is no minor endeavor. It requires time, energy, money and, especially, an awful lot of people willing to do the wrong thing — or at least go along with it.

The network of people who allegedly helped Donald Trump try, without success, to stay in power more than two and a half years ago may seem hopelessly chaotic, but there was a method to the madness. American elections are, by design, entrusted to the states and therefore decentralized. To meddle in them requires national masterminds working hand in glove with plotters at the state and local levels — a tangle of conspirators, enablers and indulgent bystanders as messy and sprawling as our democracy itself. And while it can be tempting to downplay or dismiss the entire nightmare as the pathetic machinations of crackpots and fringe figures or even to wave it off as ancient history, that would be a mistake.

Those who worked to overturn the 2020 election are the same kinds of people and groups Mr. Trump would surely surround himself with if elected to a second term: unscrupulous or timid federal and state officials, ethically flexible lawyers and Republican yes men and women. Except that in 2025 those figures would have a better sense of how to dismantle the guardrails that once stood in their way and how to exploit the fault lines and weaknesses in our electoral process.

Don’t fail to read this article which names those associated with this coup with pictures and text on how they tried to deter the Biden win, in short, “The Key Players in Trump’s Plot to Upend the Election, Mapped” by Michelle Cottle.

Perhaps the main player in this conspiracy could be Mark Meadows, again from an August 31st NY Times article entitled “Mark Meadows Is a Warning About a Second Trump Term” by Chris Whipple who is the author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.”

It begins:

On Monday, Mark Meadows, a former White House chief of staff, testified in an effort to move the Georgia racketeering case against his former boss Donald Trump and co-defendants to federal court. On the stand, he said that he believed his actions regarding the 2020 election fell within the scope of his job as a federal official.

The courts will sort out his legal fate in this and other matters. If convicted and sentenced to prison, Mr. Meadows would be the second White House chief of staff, after Richard Nixon’s infamous H.R. Haldeman, to serve jail time.

But as a cautionary tale for American democracy and the conduct of its executive branch, Mr. Meadows is in a league of his own. By the standards of previous chiefs of staff, he was a uniquely dangerous failure — and he embodies a warning about the perils of a potential second Trump term.

Historically, a White House chief of staff is many things: the president’s gatekeeper, confidant, honest broker of information, “javelin catcher” and the person who oversees the execution of his agenda. Then these key paragraphs:

In their motion to remove the Fulton County case to federal court, the lawyers for Mr. Meadows addressed Mr. Trump’s now infamous Jan. 2, 2021, call with Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger — during which Mr. Meadows rode shotgun as the president cut to the chase: “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes ….” Addressing Mr. Meadows’s role, his lawyers wrote: “One would expect a Chief of Staff to the President of the United States to do these sorts of things.”

Actually, any competent White House chief of staff would have thrown his body in front of that call. Any chief worth his salt would have said: “Mr. President, we’re not going to do that. And if you insist, you’re going to make that call yourself. And when you’re through, you’ll find my resignation letter on your desk.”

Read this entire article here.

Folks, as the scale and near success of this coup attempt gets clearer and clearer this will represent an opportunity for Biden, perhaps not now, but surely as these criminal facts get more and more evident to call on that small band of non-Trump Republicans to come forward, put their partisan dislike of Biden aside, and speak to the heart of democracy and advocating ousting from public service forever and possibly recommending incarceration for these miscreants for what history will doubtless record as the most dire attack on our democracy since the Civil War.

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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