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    In almost exactly 60 days, 78 year old Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States - and Donald Trump may not be at the inauguration ceremony.

    The Boston Globe published two articles that hint at how Trump's term may end.

    1) Apart from the tax fraud cases that New York is pursuing, Trump faces a number of other legal problems. As a candidate, Joe Biden was unequivocal: If elected president, he would not spur the Justice Department to investigate his predecessor.

    “Contrary to Biden’s initial reaction, an investigation of Trump’s misdeeds is critically important to heal the country and to restore trust and confidence in the federal government,” says Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, which has challenged the Trump administration on such policies as 2020 Census restrictions, attacks on anti-discrimination protections, and forced family separations.

    “Biden should not sweep injustice under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen,” he says. “We need an account of Trump’s wrongdoing to begin the process of rebuilding and repairing. An investigation would be an appropriate first step.”

    From witness tampering to obstruction of justice to abuse of power, there would be much to investigate. Vice president-elect Kamala Harris certainly recognized this fact when she was running for the office Biden ultimately won. On an NPR podcast last year, Harris said if she was elected, her Justice Department would “have no choice” but to investigate the Trump administration.

    Given how laden the Trump years have been with scandals and corruption, it’s been more of a crime scene than a presidency. To ignore all of that would be unconscionable, and Biden would risk alienating many of the 80 million voters who elected him — not to mention members of his own administration.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/11/19/opinion/if-biden-wants-unity-he-must-first-hold-trump-accountable/

    2) Trump could simply resign sometime before January 20, which would make Mike Pence president for a brief period of time. In that position, he could issue a pardon to Trump for at least some of his crimes, even though Trump could not escape the charges being brought at state level. Technically, this would make Pence the 46th president, and Biden would be the 47th.

    I'll readily admit that Trump's resignation seems unlikely, but also consider the fact that the Trump presidency has veered into the truly bizarre.

    A few days ago, Lindsay Graham tried to talk Georgia into literally tossing out legal votes.

    Rudy Giuliani just held a sweat filled conference with three other crooks where he implicated Venezuela, George Soros, China, and several others in massive voter fraud.

    Rudy Giuliani.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/11/19/nation/four-takeaways-rudy-giulianis-meandering-press-conference/?p1=HP_Feed_ContentQuery

    Last week, Giuliani held a press conference at a landscape company next to an adult book store.

    This week, Trump invited legislators from Michigan to the White House in an effort to have them retracting their vote certification of the election results that they made last week.

    If Pence pardoned Trump, there would be howls of protest from an awful lot of people, and neither Trump or Pence would ever hold office again - but don't ignore that fact that it's a possibility.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/11/19/nation/donald-trump-resigning-is-most-logical-way-his-presidency-could-end/

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    Ever seen any other "circus" like this?; finally someone on TV said what I've been saying for ages ; fix our laws and government structure; if not that will be the end of this "banana republic" At least I hope that Guiliani buys some leak proof haircolor by that time. I travelled the whole world and met thousands of people, but I've never seen such an naive bunch of idiots running an large country as here. Something is absolutely wrong in the "vetting" of these creatures dug out of the "vulture caves" . As I've said a zillion times, do something about "qualifications" and "laws" here; yes Trump is an excellent example of the re-birth of Hitler ; do we really want to continue on this "dumb ass" path? Where is Pelosi? I guess too busy to to cook up an farewell dinner for Trump; but at least she managed to get another "ghostly catholic" into the Supreme Court. That helps this country for sure.

    Reading the overseas "news" then they are laughing out loud about this country and are unbelievable surprised how fast this country has sunk to the bottom of the "has beens". We don't need an Biden, but an Napoleon type to fix things; I bet over 4 years nothing will have been done to prevent another Trump type to become an dictator here.

    Yes the "end" is near.

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    When we elected a "malignant narcissist" it should not be surprising, especially considering the indictments that might follow.

    Psychology Today: What Exactly Is "Malignant Narcissism"?

    "Psychoanalyst and retired Harvard Medical School Professor Lance Dodes said, “The best diagnosis for Trump is that he is a malignant narcissist. It contains the narcissistic part, which is no big deal alone —lots of people are narcissistic—but the malignant part is the sociopathy dimension. These terms suggest that Trump is a very primitive man. He is also a man who has a fundamental, deep psychological defect. It is expressed in his inability to empathize with others and his lack of genuine loyalty to anyone. You will notice that Trump wants everyone to be loyal to him, but he is loyal to nobody.”"

    "Psychologist and retired professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School John Gartner wrote of Trump, “His narcissism is evident in his grandiose sense of self-importance... without commensurate achievements. From viewing cable news, he knows ‘more about ISIS than the generals’ and believes that among all human beings on the planet, ‘I alone can fix it.’"

    “His repeated lying, disregard for and violation of the rights of others (Trump University fraud and multiple sexual assault allegations) and lack of remorse meet the clinical criteria for anti-social personality. His bizarre conspiracy theories, false sense of victimization, and demonization of the press, minorities, and anyone who opposes him are textbook paranoia. Like most sadists, Trump has been a bully since childhood, and his thousands of vicious tweets make him perhaps the most prolific cyber-bully in history.”

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    That's what the experts say about Trump. However, much of this was known before Trump ever ran for president.

    Oh and I look for Trump to pardon himself. "Where in the Constitution does it say a president cannot pardon himself." That's what he'll say and hey, that Trump friendly Supreme Court might just agree.

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    I want to see laws passed so that future government officials can't get away with the stuff Trump has gotten away with. I am fed up with his bullshit. I want to see congress act, but they're in bed with this fucker. America is a fucked up place. America's laws, or lack of laws is totally fucked up. I am pissed off.
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    The importance of the vaccine gives Trump (who declared himself a landslide victor) the motive to declare Martial Law. Will he?
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    Huffington Post: Roger Stone Calls For Trump To ‘Declare Martial Law’ To Seize Power If He Loses

    From the September 12th HP article:

    "Under martial law and the Insurrection Act, Trump will have “the authority” to arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, “the Clintons” and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity,” Stone said. He also called for the immediate arrest of former defense secretary James Mattis for “sedition,” apparently because he feared Trump was unfit for office, according to Washington Post journalist’s to Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, “Rage.”"

    "In addition, Stone warned, journalist also risk arrest. “If the Daily Beast is involved in provably seditious ... acts” in a new Trump future, their “entire staff can be taken into custody and their office can be shut down.” “They want to play war, this is war,” he added."

    "Stone demanded that “the ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal marshals” and not counted, claiming with absolutely no evidence that “they are completely corrupted.” "

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    I suppose anything is possible for Trump, but his effort to sway the legislators to change the electoral college voters is fast passing. I believe Trump knows he lost, but he is highly vindictive, and so the remaining two months in office will be retribution against his opponents. For what Roger Stone has suggested would require him to impose martial law on some "trumped up" accusation. Look for a "scorched earth" set of policies to hamper Biden's presidency. Then Trump will "hang around" for the next four years seeking the limelight with falsehoods to feed his base. Also, he is likely to register as a candidate for 2024 to give him a legitimate reason to fund raise. If he does call martial law, very few Republicans will push back at him.

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    Yes DockDockadams Wrote: I want to see laws passed so that future government officials can't get away with the stuff Trump has gotten away with. I am fed up with his bullshit. I want to see congress act, but they're in bed with this fucker. America is a fucked up place. America's laws, or lack of laws is totally fucked up. I am pissed off.
    Yes Dock you said it in a few words; I say it in two words: BANANA REPUBLIC.
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    Schmidt ,are you really surprised? I've written about all of this years ago and I'm not surprised. Laws and government "systems" created before 1800 with only very few amendments as well wrong amendments will ruin any country if you let a zillion lawyers loose on it. It is all an self inflicted wound which no one wants to fix, otherwise the lawyers here can't grab their fortunes they make over the "people". The same applies to the "lobbyists" here; they are also vultures. Like you said "fund raising" is an corrupt culture and should be banned for elections. Every candidate should only be allowed to spent an defined amount to run for the job they want. That is how they do it in Europe , so you don't need lots of lawyers etc. to get an government job or defend you all the time. Take the money out of "elections", as well lobbying. Elect people based on "qualifications" and not on "loyalty", or if they have money or "know" someone you could use. Sorry this country worked itself into this corrupt "money" swamp and is drowning in it.
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    I guess no one wants to read the truth about this country. I warned many times about it. But as usual they continue in their old ways. It should be clear by now that an society which purely runs on "money" and an old outdated Constitution with very few updates and amendments and hoards of lawyers who "invent' things, does not correct the wrong things in our laws, which do not work in 2020. We need an "drastic review" of our "election norms" as well design an operating manual for presidents and high level people in the government. Take the "money" out of "elections is an must. This prevents Super PAC's and rich idiots from running the show. Of course a lot of other things need fixing, but let them do first, make "tax returns "mandatory" for any candidate in the government, including the President showing at least 10 years "returns".
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Huffington Post: Roger Stone Calls For Trump To ‘Declare Martial Law’ To Seize Power If He Loses

    From the September 12th HP article:

    "Under martial law and the Insurrection Act, Trump will have “the authority” to arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, “the Clintons” and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity,” Stone said. He also called for the immediate arrest of former defense secretary James Mattis for “sedition,” apparently because he feared Trump was unfit for office, according to Washington Post journalist’s to Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, “Rage.”"

    "In addition, Stone warned, journalist also risk arrest. “If the Daily Beast is involved in provably seditious ... acts” in a new Trump future, their “entire staff can be taken into custody and their office can be shut down.” “They want to play war, this is war,” he added."

    "Stone demanded that “the ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal marshals” and not counted, claiming with absolutely no evidence that “they are completely corrupted.” "

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    I suppose anything is possible for Trump, but his effort to sway the legislators to change the electoral college voters is fast passing. I believe Trump knows he lost, but he is highly vindictive, and so the remaining two months in office will be retribution against his opponents. For what Roger Stone has suggested would require him to impose martial law on some "trumped up" accusation. Look for a "scorched earth" set of policies to hamper Biden's presidency. Then Trump will "hang around" for the next four years seeking the limelight with falsehoods to feed his base. Also, he is likely to register as a candidate for 2024 to give him a legitimate reason to fund raise. If he does call martial law, very few Republicans will push back at him.

    Well, we could always kick Stone out of the country or maybe charge him with treason.

    Just kidding.

    Sort of.

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    Dutch -- For 230 years, the Constitution served us well. And many of the processes and working relationships between the branches of government were not spelled out in infinitesimel detail because they just couldn't be foreseen. The government has functioned on established on norms, procedures and trust developed over 230 years. Donald Trump is the first USA president to break from those norms and trust. Certainly after he leaves office, Congress can look to codify some of the best practices like showing tax returns.

    What we are witnessing is an attempted coup by a realty TV star who doesn't have the best interests of the country at heart. He is a demagogue, and our forefathers didn't write into the constitution laws that would restrict a demagogue like Trump. I blame the American people and especially the Republicans who elected him. But we do not need a wholesale rewrite of the Constitution. A few amendments would be wonderful, but we do not have the votes to do that either. So you can lecture us a thousand times with "I told you so" rhetoric, but nothing you say will change the facts on the ground. The best Biden can do is work within the system, but any criticism needs to be constructive and doable.

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    No Schmidt, as I've said a million times; you can't maintain laws written in 1800 or before forever and don't adapt those to the times and don't take into acount the influx of changed human nature as well technologically/cultural developments in an society. The word is "adaption" to the times. Like you said, because of the willfully injected complications by our lawyers, it is difficult to adapt the Constitution, because they like it that way it is to make "money" of it.

    It should be an"living" document which should be "updated" all the time as they do in other countries. We are now facing all the shit, because this "island" is too arrogant to fix this so that it works also in the future. "Case laws" as our fantastic lawyers use as an "fix", does not work; because no "case" is identical.

    Only the US has partially copied the British outdated crap and wants to stick with it. Sure other British colonies used some of it, but also have problems updating it like in Africa, India, Pakistan and others.

    Anyway it looks like you are satisfied with these worn out shoes; sorry, but at a certain moment it will become an noose around this country's neck. There is plenty of evidence that certainly due to corruption by a zillion lawyers this system is collapsing as we speak. Just keep the corruption going as well dump plenty of money into it by the Super PAC's , lobbyists etc. that will be just fine as you said. Yes, I wish this country lots of success, if it continues on this path. You can't run an country on just "thinking" is that an President is "honest" and has "integrity". Just ask all the corrupt "money" pushers here.

    It is not an Biden; it is the whole "system" which is already corrupted to the bone, which will continue as any "banana republic" ; but yeah as you say, just let it run its course; success assured.

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    It is impossible to compose an infallible document to regulate actions. The system we have is perfect. Legislative and judicial. The only problem is the tax code. Removing money from the economy violates all human rights. Money was not intended to impose poverty. Money was created to facilitate the exchange of goods and services. Hoarding money to limit and disrupt an economy should be illegal. Make as much money as you want but spend it. There is no theory that supports hoarding money to stagnate the economy. Spend it or lose it.

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    We are very much watching Trump repeat the same pattern he has had his entire life, a life of personal and professional failures. He lies to people to get them onboard with him, making huge promises that greatness will rain down on those who are on his team. He, and he alone will make it all happen. Then he fails to deliver even on the most basic level of even being competent, let a lone delivering on any of his big ticket promises which have never even been started.

    In the final stage the pattern is "the collapse" (where we are at right now), he claims to be the victor and a victim at the same time. He claims to be the winner because others have made him the victim by stealing what he claims is rightfully his as the winner. In this case, Trump claims to be the winner of the election because he truly believes there was a mass conspiracy that stole it from him by millions of fraudulent and stole votes; it was a perfect conspiracy, so perfect that no evidence can be found.

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    Dutch is right, this country needs updated laws and constitutional amendments from time to time to keep up to changing times and situations, like we have all experienced in the last 4 years with a president who believes he is a fucking king or something. Dictators like Trump need to be reigned in, kept on a collar and leash so he or she as president can't just be a lawless elected fool.

    The 1800's document IS outdated! If you cannot agree that it is outdated, then you're living in the 1800's and fear change for the better. Figures such as presidents have way too much authority and power.

    I would begin by passing amendments to limit SCOTUS appointees and limits on how long a person can be a representative or a senator. Here's one that deserves the boot: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_McConnell