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Trumps Legal Smoke

“No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.”

Hannah Arendt, Political Philosopher

“I’ve led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I’ve learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I’ve learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.”

Elena Kagan, Justice of the United Stated Supreme Court

“The legal system works really well, if you communicate a certain way. But if you don’t, it all goes to Hell in a handbasket really quickly.”

Jodi Picoult, American Writer and Novelist

“The legal system doesn’t always serve as a good guide for your conscience. You can step way over the ethical line and still be inside the law. The same thing goes for rules, policies and procedures – you know, the organization’s “internal laws.” You can “go by the book” and still behave unethically. Still not move beyond mediocrity. High standards-the ethics of excellence-come to life through your basic values, your character, integrity and honesty. Obeying the law is the bare minimum.”

Price Pritchett, American Author


The Unraveling Illusion

Trumps Legal Smoke

Trump’s legal smoke explores his legal team’s latest filing that makes claims of election fraud. Echoing Trump’s debunked claims that he has relied upon for the past three years repeating The Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, the true winner of the election.

This claim has been litigated, debunked in the responsible media, and otherwise made the focus of Saturday Night Live parody.

Now, as his legal position deteriorates, his lawyers have made a filing that includes the claims made by the former President. But, strangely, without attribution and without referencing evidence. This is a desperate and ethically irresponsible act. In this post, I speculate on the consequences of this maneuver. One that must fail if the court is truly independent.

Trump’s Legal Smoke: A Flawed Defense

As the legal smoke dissipates, Trump’s legal team’s desperation becomes evident. The flawed defense, built upon a foundation of falsehoods, reflects a last-ditch effort to salvage a narrative that crumbles upon closer inspection.

Public vs. Private Persona: A Gulf of Deception

The stark dissonance between Trump’s public proclamations and his legal team’s cautious approach highlights the depth of deception. Trump boldly asserts his baseless claims to the public. While his attorneys tread carefully, acutely aware of the legal ramifications their words carry.

Trump’s Legal Smoke: Legal Consequences Loom

The potential liability faced by Trump’s legal team is not just a theoretical concern. Courts demand honesty and integrity in legal filings. Any deviation from these standards poses a direct risk to the credibility of the legal practitioners involved. The courtroom is no place for manufactured narratives.

The Legacy of Falsehoods

Three Years of Fabrications: A Pattern Unveiled

Trump’s persistent propagation of falsehoods over the past three years has created a pattern that extends beyond mere rhetoric. It underscores a willingness to manipulate facts to suit a narrative, irrespective of the consequences or the erosion of public trust.

The Conway Effect: Alternate Facts and Trump’s Legal Smoke

Kellyanne Conway’s infamous term, “alternate facts,” reverberates through Trump’s approach to reality. The refusal to acknowledge widely accepted truths in favor of a personalized version of events. These alternate facts showcase a calculated effort to reshape public perception.

The Tightrope of Legal Scrutiny

Courtroom Realities: An Unforgiving Arena for Trump’s Legal Smoke

In the courtroom, where evidence reigns supreme, Trump’s legal team walks a precarious tightrope. The attempt to cite smoke without acknowledging the absence of fire places them at the mercy of judicial scrutiny, inviting skepticism from judges tasked with upholding the principles of justice.

Trump’s Legal Smoke and Ethical Quandary: Balancing Advocacy and Honesty

Trump’s lawyers find themselves entangled in an ethical quandary, torn between advocating for their client and upholding the fundamental tenets of legal integrity. Straying too far from the truth jeopardizes not only the case at hand but also the professional standing of those involved.

Conclusion: Smoke Clears, Truth Prevails

As the Endgame Approaches: Reality Asserts Itself As the legal drama unfolds, the endgame approaches with truth standing tall. Trump’s legal team’s attempt to manufacture smoke has only served to shine a spotlight on the fragility of their defense. The courtroom, unyielding in its pursuit of justice, will ultimately separate fact from fiction, bringing an end to this dangerous game of alternate facts. In the arena of law, reality prevails, and the consequences of weaving a web of deceit may prove to be the ultimate reckoning for Trump and his legal defense.

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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