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BarryLaverty

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Not shocking, at all, though. They didn't say that.  Why, I saw on a thread on here, the insinuation of mob violence against the legal process taking place. Who would think that of the law-abiding followers of Trump? 
 
OPINION

GOP response to Trump indictment is dangerous and polarizing

The proper response to the indictment should have been somber and restrained

Former President Donald Trump looks to the crowd after speaking during the North Carolina...
Former President Donald Trump looks to the crowd after speaking during the North Carolina Republican Party Convention in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, June 10, 2023. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)(George Walker IV / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

By Dallas Morning News Editorial

2:00 AM on Jun 13, 2023

 

The indictment of former President Donald Trump on federal charges may be a litmus test of whether we live in a nation that truly respects the rule of law, believes in the pursuit of justice and can honestly assess wrongdoing of those in public office without fear or favor.

Reflexively, Republicans attacked the indictment as a political hatchet job even before special counsel Jack Smith publicly released the documents late Friday. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, tweeted that day that “we have now reached a war phase. Eye for an eye.”

Sen. Ted Cruz called the alleged crimes too “ticky-tack” to merit a prosecution and criticized Attorney General Merrick Garland, “as the most partisan and political attorney general in our nation’s history.” Gov. Greg Abbott said the prosecution is politically motivated and an abuse of power by President Joe Biden. Never mind this indictment was sought by a special counsel and backed by a grand jury.

The response should have been somber and restrained. Somber in that charges against a former president aren’t to be taken lightly. Restrained because of the dangers of threats of retribution and violence in a politically polarized nation.

 

The indictment is based on specific allegations that Trump knowingly harbored top-secret materials that he had no legal right to possess, stored boxes of sensitive intelligence documents irresponsibly at his estate, and obstructed efforts from the National Archives to regain the documents, including hiding them after a subpoena for their return was issued. Instead of finding excuses and deflecting blame, GOP leaders should be concerned that this matter gets a thorough and fair examination in a courtroom.

Trump’s legal and political fates rest with the assessment of a jury, not the irresponsible bullhorn assertions of politicians who are doing more to sow dissent and an alternative narrative. The irony is that these same individuals would tell us to let the facts speak for themselves and for the criminal justice system to be the ultimate arbiter if Trump were not the one under scrutiny.

 

Regardless of political leanings, all Americans should care that the indictment alleges that Trump was haphazard in storing classified documents in a shower, a bedroom and in a ballroom. These are places that most of us would not store our tax, bank records and mortgage papers, let alone military plans, capabilities and secrets our nation shares with a handful of allies. A grand jury found that pattern of behavior to be disturbing and concluded that the special counsel had enough evidence to support an indictment against Trump for knowingly mishandling classified documents and participating in a cover-up.

It is impossible to completely shield off the nation’s toxic political environment from the legal proceedings, especially if partisan sycophants seek to intentionally mislead the public into thinking this case is a political prosecution while ignoring tangible evidence. It is worth noting that, if documents that were found in President Biden’s possession ever to lead to charges, the political response should be the same.

Collectively, Americans must be willing to shut out the political misdirection and understand that a court case involving a politician, even a former president and contender for the GOP nomination, need not be an existential moment for the rule of law, our democracy and the principle that no individual is above the law.

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1 hour ago, BarryLaverty said:

Collectively, Americans must be willing to shut out the political misdirection and understand that a court case involving a politician, even a former president and contender for the GOP nomination, need not be an existential moment for the rule of law, our democracy and the principle that no individual is above the law.

Easily said by liberal jerks when we are talking about a person they hate.  If the shoe was on the other foot, we know how this would go.

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11 minutes ago, RETIREDFAN1 said:

 

Meanwhile the Clinton, Obama, and Biden crime families have the full support of the media and leftist despite doing everything imaginable to sell our country out the back door. Airplane hangar full of money, lieing to congress about a oval office affair, 350k deleted emails with gov't info, Hunter gets caught red-handed, no problem. Big guy's got a free pass.

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Trying to weaponize the government in order to silence or terminate your political rivals is Dangerous and is what a banana republic does. Plus add in the fact you and your party has done far damage in actual crimes makes you weak and pathetic.

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1 hour ago, Mojo1000 said:

Trying to weaponize the government in order to silence or terminate your political rivals is Dangerous and is what a banana republic does. Plus add in the fact you and your party has done far damage in actual crimes makes you weak and pathetic.

Good word salad, LION. Do you have any original thoughts from time to time? 

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7 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

Good word salad, LION. Do you have any original thoughts from time to time? 

A simple you’re right about that would get you more respected on here. The fact you continue to post your asinine ideology is hilarious and disturbing.

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4 minutes ago, Mojo1000 said:

A simple you’re right about that would get you more respected on here. The fact you continue to post your asinine ideology is hilarious and disturbing.

So, that's a no? Thinking you might just be a very dumb version of an AI program. Like an AI for Dummies, kinda thing. 

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22 minutes ago, BarryLaverty said:

So, that's a no? Thinking you might just be a very dumb version of an AI program. Like an AI for Dummies, kinda thing. 

You’re aren’t in any position to making fun of anyone. Your lack of self awareness reflects your inability at understanding basic concepts and good character. I am not dumb but you have dumb ideas that defies logic and moral standards. 

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13 minutes ago, Mojo1000 said:

He tries that but his posts aren’t remotely reasonable nor correct. Sign of a lunatic.

Remember in the book 1984 where Winston was the sane one, and O'Brien was trying to convince him that he was the insane one?

Snippets that come to mind:

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In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.

And this:

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You are here because you have failed in humility, in self-discipline. You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity. You preferred to be a lunatic, a minority of one. Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. That is the fact that you have got to relearn, Winston. It needs an act of self-destruction, an effort of the will. You must humble yourself before you can become sane.’

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"How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."
"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."

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When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.

All from the book 1984.

Sound familiar?

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9 hours ago, BarryLaverty said:

So, that's a no? Thinking you might just be a very dumb version of an AI program. Like an AI for Dummies, kinda thing. 

Should he answer your questions?  Your cowardice shines every time you avoid answering questions

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9 hours ago, Mojo1000 said:

A simple you’re right about that would get you more respected on here. The fact you continue to post your asinine ideology is hilarious and disturbing.

Don’t argue with the idiot!  He’ll beat you with experience 

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