I’m on vacation, but I still follow what’s going on, and for the last couple of days I’ve been worrying about something. Both Bryan and Phillip touched on it yesterday. They said,
Of course I’m not a lawyer, but what about speech in the position of power as POTUS in service of furthering a conspiracy against the US? Not the lies per se, but larger goal & conspiracy of which they were a part, to end a 220-yr tradition of lawful transfer of office?
— Phillip Bush (@PhillipBush) August 2, 2023
OK, they may not have touched on it directly, but they got me going with the worrying again, and here’s what I’m concerned about…
Well, if I’m reading these accounts correctly, the case is built on him UNDERSTANDING he lost the election. So he was lying when he said he had won it, making his efforts to overthrow the results — and incite the crowd to disrupt the process — an act of intentional criminality.
That worries me. Because I’m not sure you can demonstrate he understands ANYTHING…
With him, it gets back to the questions I’ve been asking about this guy since 2016. When he does the things he does and says the things he says, is he demonstrating that he is:
Evil? In other words, when he says something wildly untrue and acts upon it, does he actually know the facts, and is pretending not to?
Stupid? Does he say and do these things because he is so amazingly dumb that he doesn’t know any better?
Crazy? Is his brain damaged or does he have the wrong chemicals flowing through it, and that causes him to do and say things that are inexplicable and inexcusable to a sane person?
Of course, the more I think about it, the more I realize that these are neat, separate categories only in our own imaginations. They can overlap and bleed over into each other.
But that’s not my point. My point is, is this indictment, about something of supreme importance to this nation, based on a shaky foundation? Can a prosecutor satisfactorily prove that this idiot whack job was actually lying when he kept telling gullible people that he truly believed the election had been stolen from him, and them?
I’m not sure any of this can stick if they can’t prove that. Maybe they don’t have to. Maybe I’m being kind of dense myself. I hope so. Tell me that, and convince me.
Because if this case can’t be presented so that it results in such a convincing “guilty” verdict that even his loyal supporters understand and accept it, this country is never going to be able to move on from the trauma of the last few years.
And that would put the continued existence of the United States at serious risk…