Syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman has a column in the Op-Ed section of today’s (5/17/2017) Houston Chronicle titled, “Trump must be stopped; nothing else matters.” In the article he expresses his opinion that the President is not only dangerously psychotic but also guilty of malfeasance and treason.
I am not writing this to add support to Mr. Trump, he’s a big boy and can protect himself. My quarrel is with the mindset that the destruction at all costs of this president is all that matters to a large segment of our population and, it would seem, the entirety of the mainstream media.
This mania to overthrow the government of the United States of America, in the guise of saving it from the clutches of a madman, presents the single greatest threat to our national security that exists in the world today.
It is unconscionable that so many people within our government are willing to subvert our constitution in order to thwart someone who threatens their status quo. Never in the history of this nation have so many abandoned the process which has seen us through for over two hundred years in order to topple one individual.
Whether Donald Trump survives this onslaught is of little importance to me, I question whether our system of democracy can survive once the precedent of taking action just short of anarchy to gain one’s political goals has been set. Given a successful outcome in ousting this man will we ever be able to return to a peaceful political process or will the not so loyal opposition have a new method of dissent at its disposal going into the future, one that transcends the rule of law and the bounds of decency?
I’m not asking support for Trump, I am asking that we demand a return to the system that has been our bedrock throughout our nation’s history. If the aims and goals of those protesting this administration are good and proper then pursue them using the checks and balances to be found in our constitution.
Please, for the sake of our collective future, stop the madness.