Letter: Bring Trump before the Hague

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To the editor:

Now is the time for all good . . ." men and women. Now is the time. The time is now. There is not a moment to lose. The recent White House move against the Supreme Court ruling on the proposed citizenship question in the 2020 census is yet another, and perhaps the most threatening, step toward a constitutional crisis in a 2 1/2-year march to a fully authoritarian presidency.

As citizens in a democracy, we are all responsible for those elected to office — even though it was a mere 77,000 votes that produced an Electoral College victory for the current occupant of the White House. Yes, we are all responsible — but only one individual is fully accountable.

The oft-quoted message once on the Oval Office desk has never been more clear. The Buck Stops Here! With great power comes even greater accountability. Accountability for thousands of lies told to the American people without shame or apology. Accountability for racist attacks against four American citizens recently elected to the House of Representatives. Accountability for unabashed obstruction of justice, as outlined in detail in the Mueller Report. Most of all, accountability for atrocities against children and adults at our southern border; examples of man's inhumanity to man rarely seen since our nation was wracked by slavery and the genocidal treatment of Native American tribes.

A Department of Justice memorandum tells us that a sitting president cannot be indicted. But there is an open door to the World Court in the Hague.

An experienced political figure and friend in a far west state once told me, "We have the best democracy money can buy." Now is the time to use some of that money in a great cause — to bring the man in the White House to full accountability before the entire world.

Marc Jaffe,

Williamstown

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