This is the third and final installment of the case against Donald J. Trump for the crime of treason. It is an unprecedented claim against a president of the United States. It is a claim not made lightly, for the evidence suggests a serious breach of the president’s oath of office to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The essential premise of the claim against the president is that he and his administration have failed to acknowledge that Russia interfered with and conducted a cyber-attack on our 2016 election. Further, our intelligence community has verified that Russia continues to interfere and is planning a wider cyber war in the 2018 mid-term elections. The Trump administration has remained silent on this threat and in fact have not authorized our intelligence community to take defensive measures against the Russians and/or to go on the offensive against Vladimir Putin and his gang of cyber thugs. By its own admission, our intelligence community is more than capable of making Russia pay for its inference in our elections. Unfortunately, President Trump will not authorize any action against Putin and the Russians. See Admiral Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security and Cyber Command, testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee just last week: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/02/27/nsa-director-mike-rogerss-careful-indictment-of-trumps-anti-russia-efforts/?utm_term=.646bcb2cdf9b
We can only speculate why Trump won’t authorize a counter-attack on Russia for its inference in the 2016 election and the current threats to the 2018 mid-terms. We will have to wait for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to conclude to thoroughly discern what President Trump’s motivation for inaction is. The question then becomes can we afford to wait another three, six, or more months to find out? We do so at our own peril. The foundations of our democracy are being attacked and the enemy is winning. What can we do as citizens to defend our country and insure the integrity of our elections? Below are a number of pragmatic actions we can take as “We the People”; the real voice of our democracy!
- Petition our local cable news networks to drop the surrogate Russian “news” channels”, RT and Sputnik. We are at war albeit a new kind of cyber-war but nonetheless a very real war. There is no logical reason to defend their First Amendment rights when they are beholden to Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence operatives who seek to undermine our democracy.
- Attend the town hall meetings and question your Senator and Representatives of the House on their oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.” It is left to them to defend the Constitution and by extension the nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Given that Trump and his administration are refusing the defend the Constitution and the nation, it up to Congress to pass legislation authorizing the intelligence community to take actions against Russia and its domestic sympathizers. The failure of Congress to take such actions should result in their removal from office in the next election.
- Congress should also pass legislation refusing to appropriate money for a “military parade.” Again, ask your member of Congress why spend taxpayer money on a parade to massage the ego of a president who refuses to defend the country against Russian cyber-attacks and interference in our elections. The money should be used to fully fund Cyber Command.
- Congress needs to force the Trump administration to impose the additional sanctions they mandated overwhelmingly in July 2017 and Trump reluctantly signed into law but has failed to implement the will of Congress.
- An effort could be made to boycott Facebook, Twitter and other social media until such time as they cease to accept advertising and websites known to be in collusion with the Russian interference. Money still talks and boycotts have proven successful in the past. A one-week boycott of Facebook would certainly get their attention. A longer boycott would impact their bottom line.
- Other actions by the real, everyday people of the country should definitely be considered. This blog would be interested in any and all ideas.
In the end, this series of posts has focused on the Russian interference in our elections of 2016 and the upcoming 2018 mid-terms. The case of treason on the part of Trump and his administration has been advanced. Possible actions to be taken by the citizens of the United States have been suggested. Ultimately the fate of our nation rests in the hands of the people. It always has and always will. Will we be true patriots or will we cede our democracy to Trump and the Russians?