American Democracy –– R.I.P.
With the refusal of Republican senators, and possibly several Democratic senators more fearful of losing their red- or swing-state seats than of the destruction of American democracy, it seems certain that the senate will summarily acquit Trump with no pretense of conducting a fair trial. Moreover, it appears that Trump-controlled censors will prevent the publication of Bolton’s book, scheduled for March 17, which we know from leaked portions demolishes any last vestige of deniability by Trump of his most egregious crime.
It was almost a miracle that the U.S. Constitution came into existence. There’s a famous story about how, after the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked Ben Franklin, “What have you brought into being?”, to which Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Indications are that we can’t.