The Constitution and Donald Trump

The Pulse and Politics of the Environment, Peace, and Justice

Bob Musil, President, Rachel Carson Council

“In nature nothing exists alone.”

“The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history… It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.”

“If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed either by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem.”

— Rachel Carson

I have been hopeful throughout the election season that Donald Trump would be rejected by American voters. I have been joyful at the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and then by two U.S. Senators from Georgia, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who will fight for justice, equity and the environment.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

And I have been relieved that the Congress, despite the invasion of the Capitol by a Trump-inspired insurrectionist mob, has certified the legitimate results of the Electoral College. I will celebrate when the new President and Vice President are inaugurated and can work with a new Congress dedicated to the protection of the environment, racial justice and the pursuit of peace.

Image of the constitutionBut it is not enough to celebrate, breathe relief, or simply condemn President Trump and his enablers. Their treasonous intent is now clear for all to see. There must be consequences for riot, mayhem, insurrection, and sedition. Carrying out the Rachel Carson Council’s mission to promote climate justice, peace and equity requires respect for the Constitution of the United States and the rule of law which is the bedrock of American environmentalism. It is why the RCC and I called for the impeachment of President Trump in September 2019, called on our supporters to oppose the actions of the President to roll back the nation’s environmental laws and policies, and urged them to engage fully in the election of 2020 and vote for those who support the environment, peace, and racial justice.

I and the RCC have opposed, as well, the President’s opposition to nuclear arms control and disarmament. With his ability to launch nuclear missiles at a moment’s notice, the President’s continuation in office, even during the short time until the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021, constitutes a threat to United States national security, to the global environment, and to the people of the world.

It is why I drafted a statement for the RCC and its Board of Directors calling upon the Vice President and cabinet to invoke immediately the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and remove Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America. Failing that, the Congress should reconvene and immediately impeach President Trump. I hope you will join with me and the Rachel Carson Council in calling for the immediate removal of President Trump from office. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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