Tuesday, December 19, 2023

A Bad Call

CNN reports the Colorado State Supreme Court has decided 4-3 Donald Trump cannot appear on the primary ballot in that state, claiming he supported "an insurrection." That ruling should be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

My reasoning? The only person shot Jan. 6 at the Capitol was one of the protestors, an unarmed woman. To my knowledge the shot(s) that killed her were the only shots fired at the Capitol that day. 

In a country with more privately owned firearms than citizens, an unarmed group protesting the fairness of an election does not constitute an insurrection. It was a protest and likely laws were broken by the more boisterous among them. But it was a protest nevertheless and far fewer were injured than in many such riotous events.

The last time we had a serious disagreement about how our nation would be governed, in the 1860s, roughly a half million died. If another actual insurrection ever occurs here, it would more nearly resemble what is currently happening in Gaza than what happened on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021.

Later ... This ruling is entirely political. All Trump's lawyers have to do to invalidate it is to file an appeal to the Supreme Court before Jan. 4. The following is a screen grab from p. 9 of the opinion.

Translation: Trump will appear on the CO primary ballot.

Note: It was crooked like this on the source from which I borrowed it.