Where we stand

Where we stand

This is almost too much to write about.

In the past three days, the wheels have come off the Trump train, as the New York Times has broken major stories detailing that Donald Trump Jr. sought damaging information on Hillary Clinton from sources close to the Russian government. There are even emails which prove this.

We were in uncharted waters before. Now we're about to fall off the edge of the world.

Our political system was not designed for a pass like the one through which we are traveling. The Electoral College was supposed to be the guardian preventing the unfit from assuming the office of President. But it was designed under the assumption that it would be independent of party politics. That horse bolted the barn two centuries ago. Now it's a mere rubber stamp, and we have Donald Trump as president.

Can an election which was influenced by Russian meddling be considered legitimate? Our democracy, imperfect as it is, was hijacked by a foreign power to serve its own ends. The stench of illegitimacy already wafted around the Trump regime due to it having lost the popular vote by 3 million. Now add to this proof of collusion with Russia—which Trump Jr doesn't deny—and we have a constitutional crisis not seen since Nixon. Associates of the putative president conspired with a foreign power to damage his electoral opponent. They did so in the same building where he resided, at the same time he was in the building. The idea that he knew nothing about it beggars belief.

There is no constitutional remedy save for impeachment. And even that wouldn't solve the question: Was this election even legitimate? If things continue along the trajectory of the past few days, we're going to see the courts busier than ever, as our Constitution gets reinterpreted to deal with new realities.

The President of the United States was put into power with the help of a foreign adversary. This is where we are in 2017.



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