We are facing the greatest test for our democracy

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We are now three days from when the Electors meet to officially confirm Donald J. Trump as our the soon-to-be 45th President of the United States. While there was some speculation that up to 20 Electors in states that voted for Trump were considering changing their mind, it appears only one of them will. In any event it would take 36 Electors choosing not to vote for Trump, which was always highly unlikely.

Nothing Donald Trump has done since November 8 would appear to change their mind. Not his refusal to release his tax returns, not his white supremacist-billionaire-buddy with Russia picks for his Administration, not his gross conflicts of interest leading to possible violations of the Constitution, with his companies or their influence abroad, not the clear nepotism he’s showing by having Ivanka Trump work out of the office in the White House that is usually given to the First Lady. And not even the revelation that the FBI and CIA, two agencies that don’t like each other, are in agreement that Russia hacked the DNC and RNC with intent to help Donald Trump win the election.

It’s not about removing Donald Trump to install Hillary Clinton in his place, it’s not even about Donald Trump anymore but the people who have the power to stop him and won’t. The president-elect’s actions should concerns us all, whether Democrat, Republican or Independent. I’m not disturbed by his actions because it’s what I fully expected. But I am disturbed at the way people continue to justify or completely ignore his actions.

In the coming years this country is going to need a president fully committed to protecting the American people from threats both inside and outside the country. Everything Donald Trump has done demonstrates he will not do that. This is a test for our democracy and so far we are failing royally. The US faces great obstacles such as a weak economy, deep social divisions, and rising tensions with China, among others. By the time the country realizes the mess we’re in it will be too late. And we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

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