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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 2:26 pm

How strange that J.F. Kelly Jr. holds two disparate positions. In his Eagle & Journal commentary of Oct. 2, 2019, he says that Donald Trump was legitimately elected President in 2016. That’s a fact. There is nothing we can do about it because that’s the way our democracy works. It’s in the Constitution. So says J.F. Kelly, Jr. He also says Donald Trump is not fit to be President.

Kelly, withholds praise for Trump stating, and I quote, that “he has a massive ego, juvenile communication skills, verbal diarrhea and tweets that screw things up.” He opines that No. 45 “is an amateur in a job that requires a professional.” This President, suggests J.F. Kelly Jr., “has made the USA the laughing stock in the international community of world leaders.” Mr. Trump, Kelly says, “does not have the basic skills of experience in government, a high enough degree of intelligence and lacks adequate communications skills.”

Yet, Mr. Kelly laments that in this democracy, the people speak every four years and we are stuck with the results of that process. So says the Constitution.

He plays down the fact that while the Constitution gives primary sway to the once-ever-four-years election, he belittles the fact that the Constitution provides a remedy for election results that place into power a person with all the negatives outlined by himself in paragraph two, above. One who, among many other things, violates the Emoluments Clause, which amounts to a “high crime.”

Kelly seems to be substantiating the words of the journalist and historian, H.L. Menken who said in 1926: “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last and the White House will be run by a downright moron.” The former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, agreed.

From his weekly columns, it is easy to assume that J.F. Kelly Jr. is a spokesperson for the right. And if J.F. Kelly Jr. has the insight and wisdom to see that No. 45 is unfit to be the leader of the world’s greatest-ever nation, why are the elected Republicans silent? The Republicans seem willing to stand by and as mutes, allow this charade to continue. Forty-five’s impeachable offenses are many. The right is allowing No. 45 to redefine the Republican party as lawless, self serving and inept. One wonders if their silence will be the death knell for the Republican Party for the foreseeable future.

We can do better. We must do better.

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