"The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution."

Thomas Jefferson

Sadly, Republicans have stonewalled reasonable and meaningful, overwhelmingly popular gun control legislation, complaining about losing Constitutional Second Amendment rights.  Yet, they’ve been quick to embrace a dangerous and delusional ex-president who frequently violated his Constitutional oath of office, continues without evidence to promote his “big lie” mantra the 2020 election was stolen and was the proximate cause of the deadly January 6th insurrection in his unlawful quest to remain in power.

Trump conned millions of Americans into donating $250-plus million, allegedly to finance efforts to litigate his fraudulent election claims.  In truth, nearly all of the proceeds from this fundraising scam were apparently funneled into various personally-controlled PACs instead.

During the assault on the Capitol, chants of “Hang Mike Pence!” were conveyed to the president who, while taking no action to protect members of Congress, is reported to have remarked, “Maybe our supporters have the right idea.' Mike Pence 'deserves it.” 

Time and again, Trump has publicly ridiculed and thrown former advisors, and recently even his daughter, under the proverbial “bus” for disagreeing with him or truthfully testifying (often reflecting poorly on him) under oath.

Donald Trump’s loyalty to others extends only insofar as they fall in lock-step with his autocratic and self-serving instincts and whims and/or can be swayed/coerced into enhancing his bank accounts. 

His claims the 2020 election was “stolen” and the January 6th the Commission is “illegitimate” do not change facts; Trump lost the election and the Commission was legally authorized.

Republicans more concerned with reelection and blind party loyalty by echoing Trump’s conspiratorial lies rather than embracing an unwavering allegiance to their oaths of office represent a “clear and present danger” to our Constitution and democracy.

They’d do well to remember Hitler, Mussolini, Ortega, Pinochet and many other 20th Century despots, promising to cure perceived societal ills, came to power through democratic elections … after which their country’s democracies died!