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Senator Josh Hawley and President Donald Trump

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley took an oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution. Hawley, a graduate of Yale Law School, is well aware that his planned action to try to block the formal certification by Congress of the election of Joe Biden as president on January 6th has no basis in law or in fact.

Hawley’s attempt to persuade Congress to eschew its limited role under the Constitution by disregarding both the state certification of election results and the Electoral College is a clear violation of his oath of office. …


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Sometime on or before January 20, 2020, Donald Trump will leave the White House and fly to Florida, where he will live in internal exile at Mar-a-Lago as the self-described wrongfully deposed president of the United States awaiting his rightful and triumphant restoration to the office that was stolen from him. He will wage a war of words on both the substance and legitimacy of the Biden presidency without regard to whether his efforts to undermine the Biden presidency also will damage this country beyond repair.

Trump will use the money that he has amassed in his Save America PAC to hold rallies at which he will urge his supporters to resist Biden’s policies and programs by any means necessary. He will use language that stops just short of explicitly promoting armed insurrection against the “illegitimate” government installed by a rigged election — but his supporters will get the message. Trump wants the country to be wracked by violence and civil disorder when he leaves the White House. …


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Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch

Donald Trump was encouraged by language in an opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch to believe that GOP-controlled state legislatures in battleground states could deliver the election to him despite the results of the popular vote in those states. It is only the resounding victory by Joe Biden that appears to have put that constitutional crisis behind us.

In my opinion, there remains the possibility of a coup d’état, and cataclysmic civil disorder resulting from that coup, in our immediate future. Although the likelihood is rapidly diminishing, we should not pretend that the possibility does not exist.

The scheme should be understood and discussed in the hopes that cooler heads prevail and put an end to any thoughts by Donald Trump and his most diehard supporters that they can circumvent the results of this month’s election through direct action by GOP-controlled state legislatures — thoughts that he has not yet abandoned. It also exposes yet another flaw in the process by which we elect presidents that should be fixed and underscores the problem with having a Supreme Court that appears to have a political agenda. …


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The “Right-Wing Four” on the Supreme Court are threatening what an eminent legal scholar calls a “post-election coup” by suppressing votes for the purpose of delivering the presidential election to Donald Trump. The consequences of such a coup would include civil disorder that quickly could escalate out of control.

I am going to add my two cents to the comments made by Professor Lawrence Tribe of Harvard Law School and political scientist Steven Mazie in an op-ed in the Boston Globe captioned “Conservative Supreme Court justices are threatening a post-election coup.” …


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America’s oligarchs have made remarkable progress in the past 40 years in tilting the economic and regulatory playing fields in their favor and against the interests of the middle and working classes. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse accurately described how those oligarchs are using “dark money” to cement those by gains through a carefully-selected federal judiciary that will resist attempts by a more enlightened federal government to restrain an economic system that is out of control.

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Wow, did the presentation by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) on the influence of “dark money” on judicial nominations during the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett ever strike a nerve. …


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The obscenity that is the United States health care “system” was on full display on Saturday. The White House showcased the gold-plated health care available to President Donald Trump, whose Solicitor General will argue to the Supreme Court next month that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be struck down. Trump is taking advantage of the best health care in the world free of charge while his administration is seeking to deprive 20 million Americans of their basic health care insurance coverage.

There could not be a more stunning indictment of the health care inequities in this country than the juxtaposition of the cutting-edge health care being provided to Trump with his efforts to dismantle “Obamacare” in the middle of a pandemic. The best care in the world is available to the wealthy and powerful in the United States, but the wealthy and powerful want to deny basic, affordable health to many members of the working class. …


The media have failed to report the real story of the 2020 presidential campaign. What is it about “meaningful context” that journalists do not get?

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One of the guiding principles of journalism is that a story cannot fairly and accurately be reported without placing it in its proper context. As described by the American Press Institute, the goal of journalism is to promote good decision-making by putting “reliable, accurate facts. . . in a meaningful context.”

The problem is that, with precious few exceptions, the media fail to understand that the “meaningful context” of this year’s presidential election is not politics as usual. …


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Polls indicate that the overwhelming majority of evangelical Christians support Donald Trump’s bid for reelection. What will be the consequences for evangelicals now that Donald Trump has shown his willingness to sacrifice the lives of Americans in his quest to win in November?

Bob Woodward of the Washington Post disclosed in his new book that Trump told him that as early as the end of January he was aware of the gravity of the threat from COVID-19 but deliberately played it down to the public. …


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I believe that Donald Trump could attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in November by announcing a deal with Russia to supply the United States with a Russian-developed COVID-19 vaccine as early as next month. In my opinion, the chances that such a deal is in the works are high enough that reporters should try to smoke it out at Trump’s next press conference — so that the idea can be killed before it goes any further.

Here is what we know:

  • Trump is desperate to salvage his fading chances of being re-elected. He is indifferent to any other concern, including the well-being of Americans, as he has demonstrated by his gross mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic. …


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Anti-Goldwater campaign button, 1964

The so-called Goldwater Rule was added to psychiatry’s code of ethics to preserve the integrity and reputation of the profession. Ironically, it may end up damaging that reputation because of the collective failure of the profession to try to protect us from the harm done by a dangerously mentally ill president. The psychiatric profession should make known its collective opinion on the president’s mental fitness through its professional association, the American Psychiatric Association, before it is too late.

Individual psychiatrists and other mental health professionals (who are not bound by anything comparable to the Goldwater Rule) made early attempts to warn us about the dangers posed by a president with narcissistic personality disorder of the type exhibited by Trump. In 2017, 27 psychiatrists and psychologists co-authored The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, in which they stated that “anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. …

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David Plymyer

Retired lawyer, former prosecutor, former social worker, Army vet — former lots of things. Commentary published in Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and elsewhere.

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