What happened to Pence reminds me of Ronald Reagan’s line about “feeding the alligator so that it eats you last.” So ironic considering that the “alligator” in this case was supposedly there to “drain the swamp.” Pence fed the alligator for four years – literally almost became the last person devoured – and now will be spending his time “starting a leadership political committee, writing a book and campaigning for congressional Republicans” (in other words, re-fertilizing the swamp with his own brand of manure). He deserves no great credit for all of a sudden “doing the right thing.” We are STILL in a constitutional crisis and a potential state of military emergency before Inauguration Day.
Everything that happened leading up to January 6 – ALL OF IT - was predicted n an October article entitled The War After the Election [https://medium.com/illumination-curated/the-war-after-the-election-545de96aa4ca?source=friends_link&sk=627c55d616d9296af3e398f1686493a4] in which I summarized the findings of the Transition Integrity Project, a group that included former Congressmen, United States Senators, previous cabinet members, White House Chiefs of Staffs, Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and state governors whose “war games” predicted almost exactly what is happening. I have updated the article to take into account events since January 6 with ideas regarding what we should do to immobilize Trump until Biden assumes power – including that we as a citizenry should refrain from giving Donald Trump any excuse for attempting to declare states of emergency or to impose even “limited” martial law. Part of this strategy involves Congress immobilizing Trump by holding the swords of both an impeachment conviction and the 25th Amendment at his throat.
If “limited martial law” sounds like hyperbole, remember that ten former Secretaries of Defense recently took the extraordinary step of co-authoring an article warning against the military becoming involved in our election process; and that the leaders of the United States government are actively considering removing the President of the United States from office with less than a week remaining in his term. It wouldn’t necessarily succeed, but the President could justify the legality of the initiation of his emergency powers more than he can justify the legality of so many other things he has done.
More long-term, in addition to the action called for in The War After the Election, I urge you to sign The Pledge to Safeguard the Constitution [https://medium.com/@alcris2/following-is-a-summary-of-6be4d81a3ddc?sk=bf21c2a6b26ea78cf6761ede5d12a96c] which petitions Congress to pass specific, targeted but forceful legislation to limit presidential power in the most immediately vital areas and could be the most important thing we could do to prevent anything like the events of January 6 from happening again.