The Nixon Precedent

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Just think, only 24 hours to election day and then it gets worse. Election Day 2020! From five AM to five AM non-stop coverage. If you think it’s making America crazy you should see Donald Trump. He’s coming apart and just because they call it Gorilla Glue doesn’t mean it will work at all. A 74-year-old man doing four and five rallies a day. Better living through chemistry, I always say. But it does leave a jagged edge cutting with dull scissors, “Joe Biden is going to take away air conditioning and central heat!”

Wear him down and knock the shine off him and watch the cruelty bubble to the surface. After a group of motorized rednecks terrorize a campaign bus the orange abomination tweets, “I love Texas!” He’s swinging with only one hand on the branch and everything else is out of reach. Simian supporters stopped traffic in New Jersey and New York by blocking highways. The purpose other than to show they can is elusive. “Boy howdy, you sure showed us a thing or two! Stop traffic on a major highway to remind us you’re the party of law and order! And speaking of law and order where were the police?”

Barney better have a fresh pen because he’s going to have some tickets to write. If it’s a Federal highway, you’ll be here all day. If police don’t show up, they’re worse, they’ve been prostituted and used by losers going a long way towards delegitimizing themselves. The monkey house is agitated throwing feces from between the bars. Last dance at the Fuhrer Bunker everything 40% off! By his actions and by his words he’s telling you, “I’ve lost, and I know it. I don’t stand a snowball’s chance in a microwave. But I got lawyers and I got a Supreme Court thank you very much.”

Trump’s plan is not to win the election but to overthrow the election. The leader of the law and order party who regularly complains of violent protestors advocates for violent protests. The leader of the law and order party scolds the FBI for investigating a violent crime on an Interstate highway. The leader of the law and order party doesn’t give a shit about vote totals. Trump plans to declare victory and call it a night. There is a line being drawn in the sand and the courts are being asked, “Which side are you on?”

Make no mistake, if Trump follows through, he should be prosecuted as an attempted Coup de tat and treason. There is always a moment in coups where they hang breathlessly in the balance tottering and collapsing or hardening and solidifying. His supporters over the line neither Republicans nor Democrats but the traitors to the Constitution. Road bandits and Nazi hooligans not out to support their candidate but out to subvert our political system. How much farther down the road is plant a bomb from harassing a bus?

But there is a hole in the bucket. A flaw in the slaw. Record numbers of early voters. In Georgia, they have registered 700,000 new voters since 2018 and Donald Trump has pissed these people off. The vote totals address only one issue, Donald Trump. It ain’t about tax cuts or foreign policy so the Trump campaign chases flies with a baseball bat. Armed men in camouflage prowl polling places. Question, why do they wear camouflage in the city? You’re not deer hunting John Boy, I can see you. Don’t you have a nice brown outfit or something?

If Biden wins Florida or Pennsylvania, Trump’s electoral possibilities end. If Joe Biden wins Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan as well as Florida or Pennsylvania Trump’s court hopes fade. It’s harder to steal a landslide when you are way behind. “We think we can make up the deficit when the Guam vote comes in.”

Suppose hypothetically and only hypothetically, Trump steals the election and installs himself Fuhrer. Suppose the Democrats win control of the House and Senate will they be seated? Will Trump delegitimize the whole election or only his own? Help me out, I’ve never lived in a dictatorship before.  Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baily Washington with dueling impeachment hearings and the power turned off at the White House with dueling checkpoints and photo reconnaissance.

Come January 20th the White House switchboard will go dead. Messages will be relayed to the new President, and Trumpy will be a visitor in the White House. Sooner or later out of embarrassment or boredom, he will sneak out of Washington for Florida. I never thought I would live to see the day I would miss Richard Nixon, but I do. He was vile and he was mean, but he turned over every document and answered every subpoena. He was a crook who at least respected the system a little bit. Nixon was pardoned and okay, I get it. Nixon had respected the rules, so the rules gave him a pass. Nixon might have been a son of a bitch, but at least he wasn’t an unpatriotic son of a bitch.

The Nixon Precedent says, a President who commits crimes in office can be forgiven. The Trump precedent says the President who commits crimes to stay in office cannot. The Trump legacy must be clear. If you try to subvert the Constitution, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. Say what you like about the French Revolution almost 300 years now and not a peep out of the Royalists.

“The King must die so that the country can live”Maximilien Robespierre

The King must be prosecuted so that our country might live. The next Donald J. Trump who comes down the road, must see a ruinous end swift and sure.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”- Harry S. Truman

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