Trump will run in 2024 and send America to 'its greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War': columnist
Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan on Thursday delivered a stark warning about the future of the American republic, which he said was going to come under great strain thanks in large part to the actions of former President Donald Trump.
Kagan starts off by dispelling the notion that Trump will not run for president in 2024.
"Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for president in 2024," he writes. "The hope and expectation that he would fade in visibility and influence have been delusional. He enjoys mammoth leads in the polls; he is building a massive campaign war chest; and at this moment the Democratic ticket looks vulnerable. Barring health problems, he is running."
Kagan goes on to warn that Trump and his allies are "preparing for victory by any means necessary," through "an organized nationwide campaign to ensure that Trump and his supporters will have the control over state and local election officials that they lacked in 2020."
Kagan then warns Americans that they should not be certain that the constitutional order will again hold if it comes under assault for a second time in three years.
"All that prevented it was a handful of state officials with notable courage and integrity, and the reluctance of two attorneys general and a vice president to obey orders they deemed inappropriate," he writes. "These were not the checks and balances the Framers had in mind when they designed the Constitution, of course, but Trump has exposed the inadequacy of those protections."
The Republican war on public health measures was on full display as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) complained about vaccine mandates being "communism."
Greene, a first-term member who was stripped of all committee assignments after only a month in office, has been spending her time throwing red meat to the GOP base and pushing conspiracy theories.
"People should be able to decide if they want to take the vaccine and if they don't want to take the vaccine," Greene argued, even though unvaccinated Americans are breaking the hospital systems in multiple states.
"But the worst thing we're seeing is something I call corporate communism, where these policies are being pushed onto businesses and large corporations and then the government, what the government is saying, like take the vaccine, you have to take the vaccine — they're pushing it through the workplace," she complained.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is instituting a rule that requires employers with 100 or more employees to require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers in an effort to protect against unsafe workplaces.
"And this is something that we've always seen in communism, it's all about the worker, right, and the worker's rights, but yet they're forcing these strict policies, saying you have to take a vaccine in order to go to work, in order to go to the store, in order to go to the restaurant or for your kids to go to school, buy and sell, and this is where we are," she claimed, despite the fact that is not what is going on in America.
'Not what it was intended for!' Anti-abortion activists cry foul after law they created sparks chaotic lawsuit frenzy
On Thursday, Reason reported that the architects of the Texas abortion law are enraged — because the core provision of the law is being hijacked and exploited by activists who hope to have it defeated in court.
Specifically, noted Jacob Sullum, the bill's enforcement mechanism where anyone who facilitates an abortion before six weeks of gestation can be sued by any outside private party is now triggering lawsuits from people who deliberately want the lawsuits to provoke a constitutional challenge.
"The first two S.B. 8 lawsuits both target San Antonio gynecologist Alan Braid, who recently announced in a Washington Post opinion piece that he had deliberately violated the law," wrote Sullum. "Braid's intent was to invite lawsuits that would help settle the issue of whether S.B. 8 is constitutional. That is also the avowed aim of the two plaintiffs who have sued him, Oscar Stilley and Felipe Gomez. Stilley, a disbarred Arkansas attorney who is serving a home-based federal sentence for tax fraud, said he was troubled by the fact that S.B. 8's reliance on private civil actions had frustrated constitutional challenges. Gomez, an Illinois lawyer whose license has been suspended, describes himself as a 'pro-choice plaintiff' who likewise would welcome a ruling against S.B. 8."
According to the report, the proponents of the bill are upset that the only lawsuits so far are coming from people who want to bring down the law.
"These out-of-state suits are not what the bill is intended for," said Chelsey Youman of the anti-abortion group the Human Coalition. She said that her organization does not plan to file a real lawsuit against Dr. Braid.
If it were to ultimately be upheld, the Texas law would essentially demolish current case law on abortion rights laid out in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The Supreme Court is also separately considering a more traditional 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi.
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