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Trump and death of democracy

Julianne Malveaux | 4/26/2019, 6 a.m.
Democracy is defined as government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Who are the people who ...

Julianne Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux

Democracy is defined as government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Who are the people who support our contemporary status quo? And how, in marginalizing the will of the people, is democracy destroyed?

The long-anticipated Mueller report is a scathing exposé of at least 10 ways the man who calls himself the president of the United States bent or broke the rules and actively interfered in an investigation of his wrongdoings. The U.S. attorney general who auditioned for his role by sending a memo that indicated that a sitting president could not be charged by the Injustice Department edited, obfuscated and then prevaricated about the many ways No. 45 simply did the wrong thing. His wrongdoings ranged from perjury, which he often couched as “I don’t remember,” to intimidation, to near, if not outright collusion.

After the release of the Mueller report, many Democrats have called for investigation or impeachment, but few Republicans have raised their voices to censure the rogue they selected as their leader.

As of this writing, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, has been the most vocal detractor of No. 45, but he was that before the Mueller report was issued. George Conway, the bold husband of the equally fearless Kellyanne Conway, has called for No. 45’s impeachment even as his spouse maintains her position as his handmaiden. I don’t even want to wonder what their pillow talk sounds like, but George Conway gets mad props for speaking his truth even as he sleeps with the devil.

Why are so many so silent, though? These are people who say they love democracy, but their truth is that they love it only when it works for them. While they cringe privately, they cower publicly, understanding full well that they work for a racist crook and tyrant who will suppress democracy at any cost. What do they gain?

Most importantly, they gain the courts. While Senate Majority Leader, the Tennessee Turtle Mitch McConnell, built a wall between former President Obama’s constitutional right to appoint judges by blocking appointments whenever he could, most notably a U.S. Supreme Court appointment that should have gone to Judge Merrick Garland, he has never met an inexperienced Republican ideologue that he would not rush to confirm.

Lifetime appointments to 39-year-olds — consider Florida’s Robert J. Luck — who have practiced law less than a decade but proven their worth with harsh partisan positions will have an impact on public policy for decades. If Sen. McConnell rules the Senate and No. 45 stays in office, so many of our rights will be eroded, including voting rights, the right to choose, labor rights and more.

Those who support No. 45 gain profit maximization opportunities; he is the triumph of predatory capitalism. From a tax cut that disproportionately advantages the wealthy, to a massive corporate tax cut that places a tax burden on the rest of the economy, No. 45’s economic policies have been an unapologetic transfer of income from people at the bottom to people at the top. While he talked populist trash to white folks who had racial issues, he offered public policy that contributed nothing to his core constituency.