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'Certify the Results!': Michigan Lawmakers Blasted for 'Legitimizing a Fascist Coup Attempt' by Meeting With Trump

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/20/certify-results-michigan-lawmakers-blasted-legitimizing-fascist-coup-attempt-meeting

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It’s hard to investigate presidential actions across administrations, but so far I’ve seen no evidence that all other presidents combined have engaged in as many fascist strongman American Mussolini actions as Trump has done in less than four years.
Trump combines all the worst tendencies of all the other presidents, and adds to that his desire to emulate his heroes Putin and Kim Jong Un, and his skills as a cult leader.
Trump is like a Confederate leader planning the Civil War, and he should be arrested and put on trial for treason right now.

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What! No Democratic Party observer at the meeting? If the situation were reversed and Biden were meeting behind closed doors with the Michigan lawmakers, then likely Donald would be outraged.

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What part of the GOP has been an organized crime syndicate posing as a political party at least since Newt’s 1995 contract on America don’t the Democrats understand ?

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This is quite serious. As Marjorie Kohn says (in her excellent summary today): If they can wrangle this turkey into the Supreme Court, all bets are off. My humble opinion is that people need to be ready to hit the streets with pots and pans handy for music-making, if a card like that is dealt us.

And it could be that a bath by fire and friction is just how Biden & Harris have to be introduced to the job ahead of them. People are running clean out of patience out here.

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Amateur fascists.

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Wednesday after supper on MSNBC, a guest provided the back story of a state legislative body voting to change the state law and permit the legislatures themselves to appoint the delegates to the electoral convention. That is what the Michigan visit to Trump is about.

Two hours later, same channel, another guest said no, they cannot do that switcheroo.

Trump needs Michigan, Pennsylvania and one more state to use this ‘legislature picks the delegates’ movement.

I still do not yet understand where people buy in to Trump’s power!! Corona19 alone as an issue should have had him at 30%. Those 12 million TV’s hooked on Hannity hoodwinked the homeboys. An education failure.

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Yes, I am sure that is the ultimate plan. That would give Trump four more years and there is nothing that could be done about it because it would be corrupt, but a legal Coup.

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“Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

  • This excerpt was taken from Sagan’s 1995 book The Demon-Haunted World
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The Gullible Orange Psychopaths need to be held accountable.

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All except for the “almost without noticing” part…

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Once the chaff-noise has been sifted away, taking it to the Supreme Court is about all that remains to the keen observer’s eye.

The levels of incompetence at the highest levels could be the wild card that ends up saving the day.

One hopes, anyway.

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some good news, posted 2 minutes ago at NY Times breaking news emails.

another blow to President Trump.

Friday, November 20, 2020 7:13 PM EST
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won Michigan, and a state board is scheduled to consider certifying the vote on Monday.

While Mr. Trump has made baseless charges of voter fraud in Michigan and elsewhere, Michigan’s top two Republican lawmakers — who had been summoned to the White House by the president — said after the meeting that they had “not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election” in the state. In a statement, they vowed not to interfere with the certification process.

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We certainly have plenty, right up to Giuliani’s incredible, historically hysterical cosmetic malfunction. If “the gang that couldn’t sue straight” can arrogate eternal dictatorial power in USA, there may not have been much hope for us anyhow. This is a test. This is not a test.

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Time to call a spade a spade. Treason, as defined in the OED, is a subject plotting or attempting to overthrow the Government. Methinks Trump, his family, and the entire GOP, both federal and state, meet this terse definition. Pompeo, saying he’s preparing for Trump’s second term, would look good swinging from a gibbet at a crossroads in DC.
As for the Michigan GOP senators, they only answer to the Koch Brothers Mackinac Council. I don’t think they want four more years of Trump’s chaos.
This Insane Clown Posse is truly aiding and abetting those who want to do some very nasty things. The US made itself into a mythic shining city on a hill, a global force for democracy, an Exceptional nation. And other governments, seeing that we had the military chops to enforce our will on them, have kept fairly quiet. But if our hegemony crumbles, it’s game on. Perhaps we’ll be able to truly address climate change and wealth inequality without the looming figure of Uncle Sam with handfuls of weapons ready to jump in and overturn plans.

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The good news just keeps Trump dumped.

h-ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QybcBH6rSw

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I’m not welcome in Mr. t’s house or towers. Mr. t is not welcome in my home, not even electronically.

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“put on trial for treason right now.”

That would be an epic fail.
“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason”

However, the laws regarding ‘rebellion’ and ‘sedition’ might offer a more possible chance that charges could be brought and a conviction obtained.
+ttps://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title18/part1/chapter115&edition=prelim
(Noting that the above laws could be also be used against any opposing a 2nd Trump term realized by ‘flipping’ the election results. )

As for Senor Mussolini, note that after being appointed ‘Prime Minister’ (head of government in the parliament) by Italy’s constitutional head of state, King Victor Emmanuel in 1922, it took until 1939 before he had complete dictatorial power when the parliament was finally abolished. There are plenty of dictatorships throughout history that were considerably more ‘immediate’ than Mussolini’s.

If it were true (as is believed by Americans like in no other nation that claims to be ‘developed’) that existence continues after death, the shade of Mussolini must be chuffed that his failed ramshackle dictatorship and authoritarian take on ‘corporatism’+ is presented as some sort of epitome of ‘authoritarianism’. (+ See ‘Mussolini’s corporatist epiphany’ in ‘Corporatism and the Ghost of the Third Way’. +ttps://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.693.939&rep=rep1&type=pdf

" is like a Confederate leader planning the Civil War"

The 'Confederate leaders didn’t plan for a ‘Civil War’ they just planned to secede from the Union in order to preserve their slave (and primarily agricultural) economy. It was the Republicans in Washington DC who planned a ‘Civil War’ to put down the ‘rebellion’ and so ‘preserve the Union’. If Lincoln had maybe said ‘let them go’, Trump might be C.S.A ‘President for Life’ while the U.S.A. might have been able to become one of the world’s more 'developed nations and a more reasonable attempt at being a ‘social democracy’.

No. Not in U.S. law.

'Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason ’

’ Rebellion or insurrection’ and ’ Seditious conspiracy’ would be more applicable.

See: 18 USC Ch. 115: TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

From Title 18—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

+ttps://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title18/part1/chapter115&edition=prelim

Note also that the U.S. doesn’t have what would be recognized as a ‘government’ in ‘parliamentary democracies’.

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Surely the GOP can’t sink any lower, can they?