Declaration of Rebellion
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
When Donald J. Trump was elected president by the Electoral College; when it was clear he had, by a wide margin, lost the popular vote; a sense of doom and injustice fell upon the liberals of the world. Certainly they objected to the things he said. Things that each on its own almost certainly would have invalidated any other prior candidate to the Presidency, but that seemed not to harm Trump in the slightest. Certainly they objected to the blatantly misogynistic and racist culture that Trump both supported and surrounded himself with. But in a society that had survived the wars and the crisis caused by two terms of President Bush Jr. what scared liberals most was not that right-wing policies would take hold (however destructive by themselves), but that the damage Trump was announcing seemed to transcend party-politics. It was like the toy-store had been left in the hands of the insane nephew, who would not accept that the toys would not ‘improve’ by way of some gratuitous breaking and gluing back together. In fact, having broken and glued everything into a big mess, the nephew would stubbornly maintain his ‘art’ to be vastly superior to what preceded it and even try to strong-arm people into buying it.
For a while people were refusing to abandon hope. Trump would bounce back to the middle they thought. He would surround himself with people that understood the basics of government and things would be a repeat of Bush Jr., arguably the worst POTUS to date, but with room for discussion. Now we know none of this is going to happen. Two weeks in and President Bush can already rest assured that the Presidency of Trump will exponentially trump his own in infamy. President Trump, whose name could not have been a more apt summary of his self-aggrandizing character, has made it clear he will not defer to more experienced government staff. Despite his ignorance on all things government Trump will not defer or ask advice or council, which is perhaps a mild blessing, since he has surrounded himself with people whose only goal seems to be the destruction of the respective areas they were nominated to.
In the light of clear Russian preference for his candidacy Trump has been described as the ‘Manchurian Candidate’; Ascending to the throne on the coat-tails of foreign intrigue aimed at destroying America. Until clear evidence shows direct tampering with voting machines I would propose to disregard Russian interference as meaningful. To put it blankly: they are allowed to social-engineer influence in the U.S.A. elections as long as the votes come from Americans. Besides, without Comey, an American government employee, we would not have been in this situation despite Moscow’s best efforts. But while President Trump is not actually a Manchurian Candidate his actions have done nothing to dispel the thought. One part of his actions seemingly intend of maintaining a front of a successful ‘businessman-in-chief’ and the other part aimed at destroying objects of great frustration.
A signature move of Trump’s authoritarianism has been censorship. Scientists working on government dimes being muzzled by decree, so they would not communicate those scientific results that do not please the Presidency. Press-secretaries denouncing any accountability both to the press as to The Truth; Instead demanding the press’ unquestioned allegiance or embarrassed silence. The joint-chiefs being ousted from the National Security Council to make room for Trump’s guru and yes-man, Bannon.
In the two weeks he has been in office Trump has not shun-away from anything just yet. Erasing the Affordable Care Act without any real intend on helping those whose medical bills we can expect, will now soon overtake them. Reversing course on global warming while evidence is not only clear but the effects are increasingly becoming noticeable to all (moving the plight of mankind from desperate to downright hopeless). Pushing through on pipelines which 80% of Americans are opposed against, ignoring the legislative branch of government, ignoring the legal branch and The Law (including the Constitution). Verbally abandoning NATO allies into the hands of growing Russian aggression. And now, finally, by sabotaging anti-islamists by an unnecessary, unlawful and futile visa-ban on travellers from a handful of Muslim-countries, pushing moderate Muslims into the hands of fanatics, while ignoring the countries where actual terrorist actually origin from. I am ignoring the immorality of conducting bombing campaigns and then blocking refugees from crossing the border since Trump never claimed high morality. He did however claim to improve America and to keep it safe, two things he is failing at right now.
No other President has ever had his name associated with ‘Impeachment’ this early on (even preceding his taking of office). The new hope of the liberals all over the world being that ‘he will not stay the entire 4 years’. But they are wrong. Trump has real power! He can force people to do stuff and block others from doing stuff against him. He may not be able (yet) to get all the laws he wants instated (though he can get many based on his Republican support); but he can use and abuse the entire legal and extra-legal power of the executive branch which Obama had intended for, if not a Democrat, then at least a sane successor. People think crimes revealed in Watergate were the thing that ousted President Nixon, but that is not the case. In the end Nixon stopped resisting and recognised his situation was untenable; that is something Trump will never do. But while we know of things Trump will never do (like admit a mistake) there is no telling what things (the damage) he might do still.
The American people, by way of a slightly antiquated system, has elected a man to the Presidency who is intend on ignoring many of the rules largely because he finds them frustrating or because he does not understand them. Trumpian-protectionism for instance goes directly in the face of the rules of economic-conservative-liberalism that America has wielded, almost like a weapon, across the globe while greatly profiting from it. With me, many foresee that this economic experiment based on a yearning for a past that never existed will end in a severe depression. As a European I can’t help but wonder what will happen to all of us when the U.S.A. can no longer pay for the ‘pax-americana’ once its wealth-pump has dried up. What will happen when America can’t pay for that military machine it almost carelessly deploys against ISIS?
The American presidency is based upon unwritten rules. It is assumed you will keep the ceramic-shop intact for your successor. It is also assumed that you will transfer the keys of the shop to a successor when the time, as indicated by the laws, is there. Liberals and conservatives alike assume that this man, who respects no rules and who is endowed with the emotional-composure of a 4-years-old, will still respect these fundamental rules. Two weeks in, several shelves of the shop have tumbled already. If the next 206 weeks are as unimaginably bad as the last two have been I am less than sure that any of these assumptions will hold. If Trump can eventually muzzle the press and keep denying facts, substituting his own while expanding his authority in spite of Law or the ‘Checks and Balances’, he may end up being the last President these states have seen in a long time. I think it is time to stop assuming stuff and to prepare for the eventualities foreseen in the Declaration of Independence.
We the people hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That forms of Government long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government. Because whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it;
We representatives of the people …
Not being a U.S. citizen it is not up to me to say what changes should be made. I can only observe that for the second time in my life-time the popular vote was outclassed by an electoral college and that for the second time the outcome will favour the interests of the very-few over those of the rest of the entire world. The irony being that the founding fathers introduced the Electoral College among other things to block authoritarian populists from the presidency.
There is no democracy in the world that selects candidates on aptitude. This wouldn’t work for democracy would be in the hands of whomever judges aptitude. But then again, a single note from a very eccentric doctor was all Trump needed to ‘prove’ his mental stability. Now the only thing stopping the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons from irrevocably taking flight is the restraint and sanity in a man that seems to possess neither. There is literally no one that can legally stop a President from demanding the football and inserting his part of the launch-codes and demanding a strike on some random target. The only thing the secretary-of-defence (a Presidential appointee) could do at that point, in order not to confirm the firing-order, was claim that Trump wasn’t Trump, that the President was not the President or perhaps that Trump wasn’t the President; Which, if not an outright lie, would certainly count as a alternative fact