How did we let Trump get away with this? He lied about his reasons but ultimately there was no threat that could compel him to release his tax returns. There is ONE threat now: Trump cannot become President without releasing his tax returns. Simple. Clear. No paperwork, no job.
Americans have a right to know who the King of Debt owes money to. We have a right to know how he has played the tax code. We have a right to know if he is at all charitable. We have a right to know which companies and countries will profit from his actions. We have a right to know how he profits from his actions. We have that right — it’s not radical, it’s not unreasonable, it’s not unprecedented, it’s not left nor right, it’s not sour-grapes. No paperwork, no job.
Trump will ignore this or tweet something ridiculous in response. His followers will rage at this temerity even though they harped endlessly on emails and unproved corruption. But someone can fix this.
Until this election cycle, there were still a few Republicans who put the nation ahead of their own interests. You can subpoena these records immediately. No paperwork, no job.
There are other avenues:
Electors: Where are Trump’s returns?
WikiLeaks: Where are Trump’s returns?
Russian hackers: Where are Trump’s returns?
Chinese hackers: Russia says you don’t know how to hack the IRS.
IRS employees: Sometimes, you have to blow the whistle to save the nation.
We have a right to know before he takes power. No paperwork, no job.
Most people are confused and frustrated by the Electoral College, including people on the left and the right. Some are working to abolish it, which would require a constitutional amendment. Others are trying to finesse it with compacts to distribute electors according to the popular vote (this doesn’t require an amendment but might be unenforceable). We can’t wait to fix the problem. There is an immediate solution.
While some states require their electors to vote for the majority within the state, not all do. It is possible for conscientious electors to recognize that this election subverts democracy (Trump lost by 6 million votes) and puts in the White House a man who ignores all rules. Help us, Electors, you’re our last hope.
From der Donald himself in 2012:
He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
A majority of Americans voted for progress 11/8/2016. Instead, Republicans seized power in every branch of government, including the Supreme Court, which will haunt us for 30 years.
I survived Raygun and his pompous supporters who hurled “liberal” as an insult. I survived the profoundly stupid and arrogant DUHbya, whose Daddy’s supreme court installed. We will survive the even worse Trump and his thugs. I’m sickest that we have to watch his arrogant, classless offspring for 4 years.
Ironically, we are now trapped in an abusive relationship. Bullies rule. Why are you hitting yourself, Amerika?
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." — Sam Adams