If America has any hope of regaining any moral authority in the world, we must prove that no one is above the law.
By David Todd McCarty | Thursday, January 7, 2021
On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, and his predecessor Donald J. Trump will once again be a US Citizen, accountable to the laws of the land, and subject to prosecution for any criminal act within any jurisdiction that has standing. At the moment, the President is no doubt harboring the notion that he can pardon himself, his family, and his loyal aides in order to avoid prosecution for any crimes they committed while in office.
Should he be allowed to do that, he would essentially render the rule of law moot, and the power of the laws of men to be held above that of kings, to be meaningless. There would be nothing standing in the way of the next would-be authoritarian from disbanding Congress and the Courts and setting themselves up as President for life. The man who would be king must not be allowed to soil our democracy in such a way. This is not a season of bad television. This is our democracy.
Now is the time for Americans to do their utmost to hold the country together, for the good of the whole, even though a significant portion of its citizens willingly chose a tyrant over liberty and self-rule when given the choice. Forgive them, for they know not what they do, but they can no longer be a party to deciding our future.
It’s time for men and women of conscience to act in the name of democracy. Donald Trump and anyone who supported his attempted coup must be held to account, and prosecuted under the law and rules of our once-great nation. The alternative is to give in to its demise and accept defeat.
Do not go gently into that good night.