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“Last minute changes (tot he Article of Impeachment) were made late Sunday to include a reference to the 14th Amendment, the post-Civil War era addition to the Constitution that prohibits anyone who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States from holding future office. Lawmakers also decided to cite specific language from Mr. Trump’s speech last Wednesday, inciting the crowd, quoting him saying: “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

No one, certainly not me, could have imagined the trump era would end in more reality show drama. Nightmare, a national nightmare, his own words tell everyone what they must do. Sometimes you must fight for democracy. Many have considered leaving the country. Are we to be Nazi Germany redux? We face many difficult decisions in the coming days and months. This is not over. We will not be able to defer. We will have to settle the argument on freedom of speech and what are the limits of news reporting and the boundary of propaganda and lies.

“How did Justice Potter define obscenity?”Obscene” speech is “unprotected” speech as ruled by the Supreme Court. … In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain “hard-core” pornography, or what is obscene, by saying, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced… [b]ut I know it when I see it …””

Either way, we can no longer be on the sidelines. The country will not survive by letting the weight of government carry itself along. If we want democracy, we will have to work to keep it. Armed extremism is a threat to:

“”Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the unalienable rights which the Declaration says have been given to all humans by their creator, and which governments are created to protect.””

I cite Al quaeda and the Taliban as recent examples of an armed minority subverting the will of a peaceful majority. Take heed the warning. The enemy has stormed the gates of our Capitol. It feels radical to write this, but truth is in the images we saw last week.

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