We have prided ourselves in the United States as being a nation where no one is above the law. We have said that the law applies to everyone equally–even though statistics show that isn’t really true. Your skin color has a significant impact on how the law is applied to you. We are trying to do better, but we understand we have a long way to go yet.
However, one thing we have been proud of is that leaders of our government are hopefully not immune from facing the consequences of their actions (again, even though that is not always true). Perhaps the most obvious example of that in my lifetime occurred with President Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace after the Watergate break-in and following coverup. He did not face the judicial consequences, because his successor, President Ford, pardoned him to try to keep the country from being torn apart by the prospect of a president facing judicial judgment.
While I appreciate what President Ford was trying to do, I think his pardon helped set the stage for where we find ourselves today.
We have a former president who has convinced his followers that any attempt to hold him accountable for his actions is nothing more than a partisan witch hunt. It’s a pattern he has followed his entire life–and it now has the potential to destroy our democracy.
NO ONE is above the law, and that includes presidents and former presidents. Perhaps they should be held even more responsible for their actions because they set the tone for the country–and their actions impact millions of people.
This former president–along with his followers–has loudly proclaimed support for law enforcement…until now, when law enforcement is attempting to hold him accountable.
I don’t know what the future holds for him–or for us. But what I am sure of is that if we want to continue to proclaim ourselves a country that is based on the rule of law, we cannot allow Donald Trump and his supporters to avoid accountability for the actions they have taken…and continue to take.