He’s con­sol­i­dat­ing his power

Daily Camera (Boulder) - - Business -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s plan for re­elec­tion and beyond is clear. He is in­ten­tion­ally fo­ment­ing vi­o­lence on the streets from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum, and he will con­tinue to do so un­til there is no op­tion to ad­dress it other than mar­tial law-like po­lice/mil­i­tar y pres­ence on the streets.

He al­ready has the ex­ec­u­tive branch of gov­ern­ment, most im­por­tantly the Jus­tice De­par tment and De­par tment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, un­der his con­trol.

If he is re­elected, the courts also will be in­creas­ingly un­der his con­trol. Congress is so par­ti­san, it’s dys­func­tional and in­creas­ingly ir­rel­e­vant.

Given four more years as pres­i­dent, Trump will con­tinue the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of nor­mal so­ci­ety un­der the guise of so­cial or­der. His con­trol of the mil­i­tar y will be backed by his con­trol of the ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­cial branches.

He will have no in­cen­tive to con­tinue the countr y’s tra­di­tion of free and fair elec­tions. On the con­trar y, he will have in­cen­tive (power and at­ten­tion) to re­main in power un­til he steps down in fa­vor of one of his chil­dren or fol­low­ers. Our democ­racy will be dead, we will be liv­ing in a dic­ta­tor­ship, and it will be too late to turn it around.

All this is why I be­lieve that, for our countr y’s ver y fu­ture, we must elect Joe Bi­den in this elec­tion. This elec­tion is no longer about tra­di­tional Demo­crat/ Repub­li­can choices; it’s about the fu­ture of our democ­racy. That’s why so many mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans have said they will be vot­ing for Bi­den, some­thing they would nor­mally not con­sider.

The dan­ger is too im­por tant to stay silent. Just vot­ing isn’t enough. What more can each of us do?

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