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Journalists Need to Be Clear About a Clear Threat to Democracy

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/16/journalists-need-be-clear-about-clear-threat-democracy

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Ever since Watergate,the GOP voters in my workplace have been proud that the GOP is so good at fibbing and stealing elections…its what keeps them loyal to the GOP.

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It seems more effective to steal one man’s breath, than an entire nation’s future.

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Going from the Oval Office to a jail cell is what looms ahead for this president…so of course he will do anything to avoid this. Probably many of us would do the same in this circumstance. He needs to given a way out to keep the country from civil war. It has already been suggested that if the election goes to Biden (likely), he can resign before January 20 and have the VP issue a pardon. This is a partial solution for the disgraced president; for more, he can apply for exile, etc. This should be encouraged: let the bastard go.

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Seeing how Trump has not been indicted or convicted of any crimes is there anything Pence can give him a pardon for ?

Is Paraguay still a non-extradition state where GOP operatives can harbor the way the Enron operatives are ?

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Hanging or firing squad seems fair.

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It’s what keeps them responsible for what’s coming.

Heaven help their souls.

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Problem is we think news readers are journalists too often.

“Objective” obfuscation

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Absolutely not. He might need a way out, but the people, his enablers, the corporatists, the democrats, and most importantly his fellow republicans need to see that there are consequences for betraying the people of this country and the presidency. Consequences that unfortunately Nixon wiggled out of, and one of the many reasons our political climate is in the sorry shape it’s in today.

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Hi ReacconFire:
Are there words to the music," Hail to the Chief?"
If so —we might have to change the words to," FAIL to the Thief."

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How will Biden deal with Trump in the first debate??? Trump is an impeached president who used his office to create dirt on Biden------Biden should call out the people who support this MONSTER and he should deal with Trump like the criminal he is.

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Sounds like a good plan…

Use the distrusted bad actor “the press” to inform us of the plan of the other bad actor “trump” so that the other bad actor “the doupoly dems” have a chance to succeed.

Yeah, i’m all in.

I expect Biden will be weak and pathetic – it’s in his DNA.

Journalists also need to be clear about a clear threat to journalism:
the U.S. persecution of Julian Assange, now unfolding in a kangaroo court in London.
Most media are too frightened to report it well, but see ConsortiumNewsdotcom
as well as accounts on this site.

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. _https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2384

Note: As courts ruled in that case of Puerto Rican Independence activists, a person does not have to engage in any acts of violence. Mere speech threating the power structures of the US government is enough to get a person convicted of “Sedition”. Each count carries a 20 year term, so, as in the case of Puerto Ricans, if they through numerous counts at you, you can end up with a prison term of nearly 100 years.

The persecution of Assange and the threats against BLM protests are efforts to make clear that speaking against the government, and calling for revolutionary change to the power structure, makes you an enemy of the State and that the State has the legal framework take brutally harsh actions against those who do so.

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Biden is a weak sister and he would be better off to refuse to debate Trump because in my view, Trump a pathological liar, will eat Joe alive! Trump was asked by a reporter if he was practicing for the upcoming debate and he said no because “he does not need to” and that tells me Trump is very confident.

Nixon didn’t wiggle out, Ford wiggled for him. My guess is Ford got the presidency as a quid pro quo for his work on the Warren Commission.

Yes, I agree that is a possibility. I can’t prove it, but I suspect many President/VP relationships are forged with an agreement of pardon between them, a kind of “quid pro quo” itself.

I think the sedition acts happened under Wilson-----and I would say this was the start of the corporate military police state we live in today-----workers being put down and people against WWl-----but this crap goes against everything of the founding priciples of this country-----same thing for the pledge of allegence-----something created by socialist-so funny