This article was published on January 25, 2017.
By signing orders that permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. In 2015 President Obama wisely did not approve the Keystone XL project because it would not lower petroleum prices nor would it create long-term jobs; it would not make the United States more energy independent, and burning the Athabasca tar-sands oil from Alberta would significantly add to the environmental pollution that is causing global warming with increasingly catastrophic consequences for humanity.
Trump’s action on the Dakota Access project is illegal because it violates the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux nation and threatens their fresh water as well as others’. It also violates the First Nations in Northern Alberta. Thousands of people have been protesting these crimes despite the hardships of freezing weather and harassment by local police, state officers, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Trump claimed that he sold his investments in the Energy Transfer Partners, the company building DAPL, but he has not provided any proof. If he has not divested, then this action is another impeachable offense.
President Trump also ordered the State Department to cut off American aid to any foreign organization that even informs women about their health options regarding the most private aspect of their lives. He ordered his Press Secretary Sean Spicer to tell outright lies to the White House Press Corps about the number of people at the Trump inauguration in comparison to Obama’s. Trump continued to make the outrageous claim that he did not win the popular vote because between three and five million non-citizens voted illegally for Hillary Clinton even though Republican and Democratic secretaries of state found no voter fraud in the 2016 election.
How long will the legitimately elected representatives of the American people stand by while this mendacious, kleptocratic, megalomaniacal, women-molesting Trump is allowed to continue his crime spree? As his arrogant mistakes and crimes continue, there is the real danger that he will become more desperate and violent. Lawmakers must consider that if they do not act to remove this menace from office before he commits more serious crimes that voters will likely replace them in their next elections.
This article was published on January 12, 2017.
At his press conference on January 11, 2017 President-Elect Donald Trump left little doubt that he does not intend to divest his extensive and undeclared business interests except to let his two sons handle them, and once again he refused to divulge his income tax returns. He affirmed his close relationship with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and said he considers it an asset.
On December 22, 2016 Trump tweeted that he intended to “strengthen and expand” the nuclear arsenal of the United States. When asked about this major shift in policy the next day, the President-Elect responded, “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass.”
According to American diplomats on December 23 Trump sent telegrams ordering all ambassadors “without exceptions” appointed by President Obama to exit their posts by his inauguration on January 20, 2017. This is considered unprecedented because it usually takes weeks or months to replace diplomats around the world.
On Friday, January 6, Gizmodo reported that an Energy Department official informed them that Trump “instructed the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and his deputy to clean out their desks when Trump takes office on January 20th.” On Monday the 9th Gizmodo clarified that the two officials had submitted their resignations and said they would depart on the 20th. They offered to stay past that date if asked but received no response. January 20, 2017 could be the first time in NNSA’s 17 years that it has lacked leadership.
Russia’s Putin has a history of ordering the massacre of thousands of civilians in the Second Chechen War in 1999 and in Syria since 2015. As President he has command of Russia’s 7,300 nuclear weapons. As Commander-in-Chief a President Trump would have access to the 7,200 nuclear weapons of the United States. Seven other nations (France, China, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea) have a total of about 1,100 nuclear bombs. Trump has said that he admires Putin as a “strong leader,” and both he and Putin have appeared to act as bullies. Trump has insulted almost every other leader except Putin whose efforts to see that Trump got elected President have been confirmed by the American intelligence agencies. What is to stop Putin and Trump from forming a fascistic axis alliance of overwhelming military power once Trump becomes the American commander-in-chief?
This article was published on December 29, 2016.
The United States Congress, which meets on January 3, 2017, will be responsible for making sure that the elected President Donald John Trump is not a criminal according to the United States Constitution with genocidal weapons that he could launch at any moment. Their duty is to impeach any President who is in violation of the Constitution, and they have seventeen days to determine whether Trump upon taking the oath of office should be prevented from exercising the power of the Presidency. If the Congress decides that this is likely, then it would be wise for them to take Mr. Trump into custody until the impeachment process is completed in a trial by the US Senate. During this interval Vice President Michael Richard Pence would serve as President. If the Senate acquits Trump of the impeached charges, then he would become President. If they convict him, then he would be removed from office and could face federal or state charges.
This extraordinary emergency needs to be carefully handled for many reasons. The greatest danger is that the dictatorial Trump, who has already employed a private security and intelligence team to supplement his secret service protection, could launch a nuclear war that potentially could result in the death of billions of people and the contamination of most of the northern hemisphere of the Earth.
Trump has chosen aggressive generals, billionaires, close relatives, and racist bigots like himself as top advisors and for cabinet positions. He has declined to disclose his financial dealings and tax returns. He has refused to divest himself of his worldwide financial empire and has already been making deals with foreigners while functioning during the transition as President-elect. He has been a plaintiff in 1,900 lawsuits and a defendant in 1,450. He has confessed to being a serial molester of women, and several women have confirmed these allegations. He has had nonviolent protesters excluded and ejected from his political rallies and has even encouraged his followers to use violence against them. He has expressed a desire to revive the nuclear arms race that has been receding for the last thirty years. He has insulted and threatened his critics. He has denied that climate change is a problem. He has demeaned immigrants, minorities, and all Muslims. He takes pride in being “unpredictable” and has implied that more nations should have nuclear weapons. He has bullied allied nations to increase their military power.
The United States and Russia are the greatest violators of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which went into effect in 1970 and as a treaty is “the supreme law of the land” according to the US Constitution. These two nuclear super-powers have been and still are in egregious violation of Article 6 which states,
Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue
negotiations in good faith on effective measures
relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race
at an early date and to nuclear disarmament,
and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.
The future of humanity is at stake, and the most powerful nation in the history of the world should not allow a violator of the Constitution to endanger the well-being of Americans and billions of other people.
Sanderson Beck is the author of 33 books, all of which can be read freely on his website san.beck.org.