What would happen if federal agents marched onto the Capital and arrested Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, or any of our other elected officials? WHO would stop them, and HOW? We might dismiss this as an implausible absurdity, one that the courts would intervene, right?
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But what if the Federal Judge was appointed by Trump or one of the thousands of right-wing extremist jurists Republicans have seated on the courts over the past several decades, one who refuses to act by our established laws?
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It would get appealed, of course, right? But what if the higher courts refused to intervene as well? Or, what if these jurists were threatened with arrest themselves? Fear and self-preservation are potent weapons wielded by despots.
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This might be dystopian, something your logical brain refuses to entertain as a possibility, but remember, the President can assume broad powers under the National Security Act in the face of a threat.
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The current occupant of the White House has already called for revenge, with Sarah Sanders accusing some Democrats as treasonous, specifically mentioning these crimes are punishable by death.
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The only things that sustain democratic governance are theories and the good-faith efforts of those in power, and while we can talk about the layers of protections in place, be it the courts, Congress, or military, and they might still save us, but they might not.
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