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Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump from 2024 Ballot

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  —  Activist and Civil Rights Leader

No man is above the law, and no man is below it.

Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.

Ronald Reagan – 40th President of the United States

The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.

John Locke – Enlightenment Philosopher


Introduction

Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump from 2024 Ballot

Colorado Supreme Court bars Trump from 2024 Ballot. In a decision that has far reaching consequences for the 2024 election cycle beginning with primaries, the Colorado Supreme court, in a 4-3 majority decision effectively threw a monkey wrench into the process of how we understand the rule of law in this nation barring anyone from holding office if they participated in an insurredtion against the United States. The court found that former President Trump did, in fact, participate in inciting ressruection on January 6th 2021. As such he is not suited for holding office.

In a landmark decision with broad implications, the Colorado Supreme Court has made history. By preventing Donald Trump from participating in the state’s 2024 presidential primary and following the Constitution as amended. The contentious 4-3 ruling invokes the 14th Amendment Clause 3. ratified in 1868. The Colorado court is signaling a novel approach to scrutinizing a presidential candidate’s eligibility based on allegations of insurrection. Relying partially on the Congressional findings that the activities of January 6 2021 was an insurrection. Clearly, the court rendered its decision for Colorado. This case may not be resolved fully until the United States Supreme Court weighs in.

Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump from 2024 Ballot: The Majority Decision

The 4-3 majority decision, contends that evidence presented during the trial, notably Congress’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 insurrection, convincingly established Trump’s involvement in the insurrection. The application of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, originally aimed at barring former Confederates from holding office, is pivotal to their argument, extending its reach to presidential candidates.

Immediate Reactions

Trump’s campaign responded swiftly, denouncing the decision as “completely flawed” and announcing their intention to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Within the Republican camp, the response one finds a mixed response. General concerns about the potential exclusion of a prominent party figure spoken without regard to the law or the conduct of the former President.

Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump from 2024 Ballot: Comparison with George Santos

The decision brings attention to the disparity in consequences for alleged wrongdoing within the political sphere. Representative George Santos faced expulsion from Congress for his alleged crimes, highlighting a juxtaposition with Trump’s ongoing immunity claim. The party’s seemingly erratic stance, abandoning Santos while remaining loyal to Trump, raises questions about consistency and responsibility. This uneven treatment has the potential to inflict lasting damage on the party’s credibility, as voters may perceive it as hypocritical and irresponsible to abandon one member while steadfastly supporting another.

Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump from 2024 Ballot: Republican Defense of Trump

Central to the controversy is the Republican stance on Trump’s eligibility. While some argue against preemptively barring him from the ballot, citing the need for a criminal trial, critics point to what they see as a double standard. The debate underscores the delicate balance between ensuring accountability and navigating the complexities of political immunity.

Conclusion

The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision marks a significant development in electoral law and sets the stage for potential repercussions in Trump’s political trajectory. As the case heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation anticipates a ruling that could redefine the boundaries of political accountability and the intricate relationship between the law and the electoral process. The decision’s lasting impact may extend beyond the 2024 primary, influencing how the nation grapples with allegations against high-profile political figures.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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