@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG Editors of @BostonGlobe offer ideas on how the country can increase its capacity to hold a lawless chief executive accountable. We can do this! Watch Thursdays, 8 pm ET, 1/13 – 4/7/22, “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny” on TWN.
Why should average Americans care if the POTUS is able to get away with “high crimes and misdemeanors?”
After all, the many crimes for which “the former guy” has been accused, didn’t necessarily change the day-to-day realities of our lives. In a “boys will be boys” sort of way, we were able to look past much of what we saw, with disinterest or, perhaps, assurance, that if the crimes were serious enough, someone with authority would make sure justice was served. Moreover, we’ve become used to presidents breaking laws, especially on an international level, and must believe somewhere deep inside, that crimes against other nation-states are only committed in the best interests of the United States. Or perhaps we feel powerless as citizens to exert control over a powerful president.
Yet crimes we commit on foreign soil can also be applied domestically – and getting away with small crimes surely offers encouragement to take greater risks. Morally and ethically, we shouldn’t wait until something affects us personally, before seeking justice – for by that point, we may have no tools to mount our own case. I wish we knew more about how Gilead came to be in The Handmaid’s Tale – but surely it began with turning a blind eye to small crimes, until the criminals had gained enough power to overcome the state.
We should care about the criminality of the president, because we have no way of knowing how far he will go if left unchecked.
Editors of The Boston Globe do not believe the president should be above the law, (and I agree with them). In the attached article, they offer suggestions on how the country can increase its capacity to hold a lawless chief executive accountable. — LMO
Here are a few excerpts:
“Donald Trump got away with thwarting investigations of wrongdoing by his campaign and his White House. Without reforms, future criminals could exploit the powers of the presidency to even more dangerous ends…
“This was just one of several instances of obstruction of justice outlined in the Mueller report — the culmination of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s involvement in Russia’s election interference. Trump also obstructed justice when he tried to fire Mueller, when he tried to curtail Mueller, and when he ordered his White House counsel to lie about his attempt to fire Mueller. But having faced no legal consequences for these and other attempts to undermine the investigation, Trump unsurprisingly went on to commit the same crime again, and was eventually impeached for obstruction of Congress in a completely different case that involved his efforts to thwart the investigation of a whistle-blower complaint about his corrupt call to the president of Ukraine.
“…Trump’s shamelessness and resilience in riding out both of his impeachment trials until the Senate acquitted him may be a lesson to his successors to double down on their wrongdoings because their own party will protect them.
“The solution to preventing presidential abuse of power lies in improving the accountability of the president under the law, outside the scope of impeachment, which should be Congress’s last resort. Four things should be done to accomplish that:
- “First, Congress should strengthen whistle-blower protections…
- “Second, Congress must strengthen its oversight over the presidency in tangible ways. That means being able to more effectively enforce Congress’s subpoena power…
- “Third, President Biden should appoint a White House ethics czar…to ensure that the White House correctly implements and abides by high ethical standards…
- “Lastly, the Department of Justice should revisit its policy, issued by the Office of Legal Counsel, that a sitting president cannot be indicted…” — The Editorial Board, The Boston Globe
READ | Part 4 – Hiding the evidence of “Future-Proofing the Presidency” | The Editorial Board, The Boston Globe, June, 2021 | 6/1/2021