A Savage Blow to Democracy

A huge step towards autocracy.

Mark McMillion

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47 Republican Senators dealt a savage blow to American democracy today. They acquitted former President Trump, absolving him of the charges brought by the House. The brutal attack on the Capitol was not partisan. Both Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence were named targets of the violent angry mob.

It was the Republican Congressmen and Senators who turned this impeachment into political theater. This may be the final blow to the balance of powers in the government of the United States. The slide to Executive primacy has been occurring since our involvement in the Korean War.

Time and time again, the gutless, spineless Legislative branch has ceded authority and freedom of maneuver to the Executive branch. There have been few issues too minor for them to run, duck, and cover as they allow the President to assert his authority over the affairs of our Nation.

The beautiful, elegant system of checks and balances envisioned, outlined, and specified by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution has been allowed to go by the wayside. Starting with President Truman in 1950, time and time again the President of the United States has committed armed forces with the tacit approval of Congress who lacked the moral courage to declare war. Started by Truman, this was repeated by Kennedy in Vietnam and continued by LBJ and Nixon. Reagan took his turn in invading the notorious regional power of Grenada in 1983. Grenada was/is a small island nation of around 100,000.

George H. W. Bush took his turn twice, invading Panama in 1989 to oust Manuel Noriega and again to liberate Kuwait after Saddam Hussein’s invasion. Clinton committed troops to both Somalia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 90s, and George W. Bush invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq without a formal declaration of war.

Nearly all of these involved a change in sovereignty of a nation but were done by the decision of a single man — the President. Time and time again, Congress has yielded power and authority to the office of the President. Presidents Obama and Trump did more by Executive Orders than legislation during their terms.

These craven Senators could not muster the political will to defend themselves and the Capitol. The so-called Upper House is supposed to be the steadier portion of the legislative branch. With six-year terms, Senators are expected to offer greater wisdom and judgement. This group of 47 Senators who voted against Trump’s conviction demonstrated neither.

Voters in those states must take decisive action to either recall their Senators or vote them out of office with the next election. I know I will commit myself to unseating my Senator who lacked the integrity to convict in the face of a stunning body of evidence. Will you?

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Mark McMillion

Retired Army officer with two tours in Baghdad, married with four kids. Proud West Virginian and West Point grad. Works available on Amazon.