Making the world safe for fascism

“The President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction… (Trump can) exercise his power to pardon (himself) if he so desired”-Rudy Giuliani

The President’s highly respected original attorneys were co-operating with his Justice Department’s Special Counsel Russia probe. These competent lawyers were pushed out for obvious reasons. His current lawyers, fronted by a tremendous PR campaign conducted by self-aggrandizing showman Rudy Giuliani, clearly built a case for our President being above the law.

The President stubbornly refused to testify before Mueller, instead having his attorneys submit written answers in his name. According to his advisors, he was just “too busy” (playing golf?) and in any case the rule of law should not apply to the President who can’t be indicted, per them. 

 It has been proven by the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and 14 other American intelligence agencies that Russia tried to influence the 2016 Presidential election. James Clapper, our former Director of National Security, bluntly states that this interference caused Trump to get enough electoral votes to be elected.

Normally, a President would be taking this matter very seriously, as a direct attack on our form of government. But, not Trump. Regarding our highly respected intelligence community and their unanimous findings, he stated; “I mean, give me a break, they’re political hacks.”

Trump was open about accepting Russian help during the campaign, saying: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”. However, the President now says “Russia is a faux story. It’s made up.”His public position is that the entire investigation is an “artificial Democratic hit job”.  

But he is too shrewd than to believe is own words. They are just red meat for the blind, hungry, alienated base. 

I continue to believe that when we see the Mueller report, rather than Barr’s politically inspired memo, it will be clear that Trump and his campaign worked with a foreign power, even if it did not reach the very high legal hurdle of “conspiracy”. And, it will be obvious that Trump orchestrated an elaborate scheme to obstruct justice. Obviously, Mueller meant for Congress to have the final say, not someone appointed by Trump.

None of us should be surprised about this turn of events. Trump has openly admired dictators around the world, including Putin, Xi, Duarte and many others who also believe themselves to be above the law. Trump’s unconstitutional declaration that he can just redirect military funds, appropriated by Congress for other purposes, to build a wall should come as no surprise.

He has also totally undercut our free press, a key part of any democracy. According to Trump: “We have a crooked media” and a “Fake media”. Regarding the NYT, one of the best papers in the world, Trump told Hannity: “They don’t write good”.

I was born in a democratic Republic which, at great cost in lives and treasure, had just defeated unspeakably horrible fascist nations to make the world safe for democracy. Our country saved my father and grandparents, French refugees, from virtually certain death by the Nazis. That is the nation that I love and revere.

Imperfect as it was even at that time, the USA was a bright beacon of light for the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we no longer are that shining light on the hill, as surveys of our allies confirm. 

We are rapidly moving towards our own form of dictatorship, aided and abetted by the docile leadership of my former party, the GOP. The rule of law is being subverted by an autocratic President elected with the help of our greatest cold war enemy, Russia.

 Trump told Jimmy Fallon: “I will apologize in the distant future if I am ever wrong.” Well, it is past time for you do exactly that, Mr. President, and come clean. But, you will never do so. Instead, you will continue to crow to your small base about a “witch hunt.”

The real question is: “when will McConnell and the GOP leadership put their nation above their party, voice their concerns and take strong action.” Goldwater has gone down in history as a patriot because of his leading role in the Nixon resignation. History will not be as kind to you, leaders of the GOP.


Editor's Note: This story first appeared on Jack's blog,

Image: The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office – this image is a work of the Supreme Court of the United States, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain in the United States via


Jack Bernard

Jack Bernard

Jack A Bernard is a retired SVP with a national healthcare corporation. He was Chair of the Jasper County, Ga Board of Commissioners and Republican Party. He was also on the Board of Health for Jasper County and is currently on the Fayette County BOH. Bernard has over 100 columns published annually, primarily in the South.