When in the course of human events it becomes necessary—
I spent today protesting with a large peaceful crowd outside Trump Tower in New York City. My name is Marc Eliot Stein. I'm a 54 year old writer, web developer and father of three. I was born in Queens, New York, just a couple of miles from the childhood home of Donald Trump. I always liked Donald Trump, and used to enjoy his show "The Apprentice".
I created this site Pacifism21.org a year ago because I believe strongly in the principles of nonviolence and peaceful coexistence. I think this makes me a good choice to declare an extremely disturbing truth, because I pray with all my heart that the truth I am about to declare does not ever result in violence.
We are in the worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Donald Trump's election was fraudulent. The American people will never accept it, for the following reasons:
- Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani colluded openly with independently acting FBI agents to prepare a leak of misleading information to sway the election in Trump's favor eleven days before November 8. Trump was immediately poised to act on this information. It is generally accepted among both liberal and conservative political commentators that these leaked false rumors were a likely cause of Trump's narrow electoral college victory. This is obviously a greater crime than Watergate, and the American people demand investigation of this criminal act of electoral fraud.
- There is clear evidence, including the words of Vladimir Putin himself, that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents who supported his election. Trump is suspected of strong ties to Russia, but these ties have not been investigated because Trump has refused to release information such as his taxes. Trump has promised to release his taxes. The American people will not allow Trump to be inaugurated until he keeps this promise. Until he does, we cannot absolve him of the suspicion of treason.
- Trump is a suspected rapist and an admitted sexual predator. He is an outrageous racist who has offended every minority community in the United States of America. He has pledged to violate the Constitution with a ban on Muslim entry to America, despite the fact that Muslims are among America's most cherished citizens. He has stated that he will start new wars, and will command American troops to commit acts of torture. His policies have been constantly described as "fascist" by a wide consensus of observers, and he has openly praised dictatorial styles of leadership. He threatened during the campaign to put Hillary Clinton in jail— an outrageous breach of democracy that is completely unprecedented in US presidential politics. He has strongly signaled during his campaign that he will use Presidential powers to limit checks and balances. Of course the American people will vigorously resist the disaster of a Trump administration, because it would be suicide for our democracy.
We are in a constitutional crisis, because Donald Trump cannot be inaugurated on January 20 2017. A majority of the American people are continuing to speak up to reject his right to be inaugurated on the basis of a stolen and fraudulent election.
A constitutional crisis is a serious and rare event. Because nonviolent civil resistance is the best way we can make our voices heard during any crisis like this, we the people will continue to protest with extreme levels of commitment until our questions are answered. There is much confusion about the role of the electoral college in a constitutional crisis over a presidential election, and we request that representatives of the electoral college will explain what options are available. Until this occurs, massive nonviolent civil disobedience will increase in every part of the country.
I have been thinking hard about the words I am writing here. It feels personally strange to sit at my computer in New York City and write a blog post declaring that the United States of America, the only country I have ever known and a homeland I dearly love, is in the worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War. But this constitutional crisis is real, whether I declare it or not. The American people refuse to live in a fascist dictatorship because of a stolen election. We will not allow a President to destroy our freedom after committing blatant electoral fraud.
One reason i think I'm a good choice to make this declaration is that I am a known pacifist, and have published writings on the topic of pacifism for many years. There can be no suspicion that I am advocating civil war in America. That is an absolutely terrifying possibility.
Another reason I think I am a good choice to make this declaration has to do with these people:
Thes is my great grandfather Yitzhak Roth (who I never met) and my grandmother Clara Stein, who I knew well. Grandma Clara immigrated from L'vov in the Galicia region of Austria-Hungary to Brooklyn in 1912 with her sister Rose, my aunt. In the summer of 1942, Clara and Rose's entire family back in L'vov was murdered during the Nazi invasion of Russia. The Holocaust was always a part of my family's legacy.
I know what my Grandma Clara would say if she could see and hear Donald Trump. She would say, "Marc, that man shouldn't be President."
If Donald Trump were fairly elected, I would have to accept the tragic reality of an aspiring fascist dictator as President of the United States of America. But Trump was not fairly elected, for the important and shocking reasons listed above, and therefore we are in the worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War.
Donald Trump will not be inaugurated, unless he manages to clear himself of the charges listed above: that Rudy Giuliani colluded with FBI agents to sway the election, that his taxes reveal ties to Russia, and that he signaled frequently during his campaign that he will use presidential powers to overrun constitutional checks and balances. We the people demand an immediate investigation and immediate answers to our questions.
I pray that the words I write here will be shared in the spirit in which they are written: with love and care and hope that the great American people will come together to solve this problem quickly.