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Clown show attempts to keep Trump off state ballots – Press Enterprise

What an absolute circus.

And not even a good circus. It’s a cheesy traveling circus, the kind with a milieu full of carnival games that aren’t up to par.

I’m talking, of course, about the three-ring spectacle of Democrats brazenly, cowardly and ridiculously trying to prevent the American people from having the opportunity to re-elect former President Donald J. Trump.

The latest development resembles one of those rigged games where people throw baseballs at stuffed clowns and try to knock them over, only to find out after great expense that they will never win the big prize.

At the Colorado Supreme Court, baseball pitchers successfully toppled four clown judges who disqualified Trump from Colorado’s primary ballot for “insurrection” under Section 3 of the post-Civil War Fourteenth Amendment. Three of the justices stood and refused to accept that Trump was a Confederate officer in “Gone with the Wind,” noting in particular “the lack of a criminal conviction for an insurrection-related offense.”

The court suspended its own ruling to allow appeals, which could take months, so Colorado ballots will be printed with Trump’s name anyway.

Still, it made the crowd halfway through feeling better about themselves.

So far, Colorado is the only state where the clowns have fallen, but lawsuits and appeals are underway across the country. None of this matters. The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision will be appealed to the United States Supreme Court, and no amount of baseball tossing will overturn the majority.

Democrats are openly seeking a non-electoral method to prevent the former president’s re-election. As soon as Trump officially announced his candidacy, he was repeatedly indicted, in multiple jurisdictions, on 91 ridiculous charges that twisted the law beyond recognition. It’s like a shooting gallery, where the goal is to hit a moving duck and ring a bell. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a real gun or a real duck. It’s a real bell, and everyone hears it.

But it didn’t work the way Democrats and many Republicans hoped. The indictments have not hurt Trump in the polls. The ID photo did not hurt him in the polls. Instead, each bell ringing seems to have convinced more of the American people to support Trump’s re-election.

Have the carnival barkers given up? Of course not.

Skip ahead to the next game, where Democrats are in court trying to get Trump off the ballot.

The exact mechanism for this is an obscure provision of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits individuals from holding certain government offices if they have “engaged” in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States Constitution.

The Fourteenth Amendment was drafted by Congress in 1866, shortly after the American Civil War ended with the surrender of the Confederacy. You remember learning about the Civil War in school, right? This was the time when half the country seceded from the union to form a separate country where slavery was allowed, except four slave states remained in the union because everything you were taught about slavery Civil War was mostly false. But that’s not important anymore. Importantly, “insurrection or rebellion” unambiguously referred to four bloody years of domestic ground warfare in a failed effort to divide the nation into two separate countries.

However you want to characterize what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, it does not meet the description of any “insurrection” that would have been recognized by the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment. Many Americans came to Washington to hear President Trump give a fiery speech, complaining that illegal votes overturned the 2020 presidential election and saying someone should do something about it.

Free assembly and free speech are protected by the Constitution, but Democrats certainly won’t go to the courts to get a ruling on that.

American presidents are not elected by popular vote. They are elected by the votes of the Electoral College, a clumsy method that the framers of the Constitution developed after much debate and disagreement over how best to balance the interests of the states and protect the election of the president from fraud, misdeeds and abuse. or foreign influence. The final step in the process is certification by a joint session of Congress of each state’s electoral votes. Although this is usually routine, it is not automatic. Lawmakers can object to accepting a state’s electoral votes, and this has happened several times.

In 1960, Hawaii sent two rival slates of electors to Congress because there was a dispute over whether John Kennedy or Richard Nixon had won the state. This was not an insurrection or a federal crime. It was the electoral college system, in all its antiquity and clumsiness.

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