Donald Trump is ready and willing to take American democracy and the American heritage down with him in his desperate attempt to keep power.
He has no limits in what he will do, including promotion of foreign collusion; suppression of votes in minority communities; spreading lies and falsehoods about Joe Biden and his eventual running mate for Vice President; and creating a crisis to try to sway the nation in October, the so called concept of the “October surprise”.
Donald Trump has no ethics, scruples, morals, and has operated as a criminal element for his entire adult life, and he lusts for absolute power and suppression of civil liberties and the Constitution.
We can expect that the last 100 days of this campaign, beginning nine days from now on July 26, will be full of tumult and potential violence, with it being designed to terrify the population to avoid going to the polls by direct threats of violence, and his continued effort to crack down on use of mail ballots.
If America comes through this constitutional crisis with a good result, it will be through widespread efforts to undermine the dictatorial desires of the most evil man ever to be President of the United States!
This is a time to pray for good results, even if not religious!
With 162 days until the Presidential Election of 2020, we are on the brink of the most consequential constitutional crisis since the Civil War.
We have a renegade President who has made it clear that he has no intention of giving up his office if he loses on November 3.
It may not matter to him if the election is a landslide, and certainly not if it is close.
We have to expect that the Secret Service, the FBI, and military will intervene to insure a peaceful transition of power.
But the possibility of bloodshed and violence by the one third of the nation which are Trumpites is literally terrifying!
Trump is trying every tactic imaginable, including voter suppression; trying to make mail ballots not acceptable even though many people already vote by mail; foreign collusion; and gerrymandering attempts as methods to fix the election of our next administration.
This is a time to worry that anything is possible, as Donald Trump has authoritarian tendencies, and might be willing to unleash his followers to seize the government by force!
The state of Oregon has set a new and higher standard by making voter registration and participation easier, at a time when other states make voter registration more difficult.
Already allowing all Oregonians to vote by mail, now everyone in Oregon who owns a motor vehicle or has a drivers license will be offered the chance to register to vote automatically, although they have the ability to opt out for 21 days after registration.
But if they do not opt out, they will receive a voter ballot, and can participate in our democratic system of government, although, of course, they can choose not to vote.
The point is that at a time when states are making it more difficult to register and to vote, and lines are long at many voting places, discouraging many from voting, Oregon is putting other states to shame, particularly those in the South and Great Plains, Republican states that work to undermine democracy and do not trust people as being legitimate to have a right to vote.
Oregon was the first state, along with Wisconsin, to set up direct primaries in state elections a century ago, and now Wisconsin has been moving against democracy under Governor Scott Walker.
But Oregon continues to be a paragon of virtue in the concept of encouraging and promoting direct democracy.
So kudos to Oregon as a model for other states, it is hoped, in the future!