We can’t let Trump be America’s final chapter | Opinion

[*This piece has been updated]

By William H. Schneider

President Donald Trump’s ascendancy plus the Republican Party’s moral and intellectual bankruptcy has set the stage for America’s final plunge into chaos, violence, and utter devastation of our “Great American Experiment.”

It’s a given (as it is with virtually all autocrats) that regardless of 2020 election results, Trump won’t leave office willingly. He’ll probably lose the popular vote as he did in 2016, this time by a bigger margin, but an electoral college victory can only be guaranteed by lying and cheating, with infusion of lots of dark money, and even more Russian meddling than during the 2016 campaign.

Other foreign powers will also attempt to interfere, as they observe how this administration pretends it isn’t happening (although the Mueller Report provides overwhelming evidence to the contrary). This will send millions of enraged citizens nationwide to the streets in protest, causing Trump quickly to declare martial law.

On the other hand, if he should lose the electoral college vote, he won’t concede. There will be no peaceful transition of power. Trump will pronounce the election invalid and declare martial law when the country’s betrayed citizens explode. Bottom line; either in this scenario or the one described in the previous paragraph, the last pieces of establishing a dictatorship will fall into place. Goal achieved.

At such a point, America’s fate will be left to the CIA or the American military, as one of the few American institutions remaining to confront him — and to protect us.*

In the event that Trump declares martial law, senior U.S. military officers will have to decide whether or not to defy an unlawful order given by a corrupt and illegitimate president to fire on American civilians. They, too, have the means and their Constitutional oath to back them up.

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Whatever the case, the America that emerges from either of these scenarios will not be recognizable and will put us in a “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” environment that we cannot begin to imagine, and where no one’s survival is assured.

The ultimate irony of all this is that even though Trump may effectively be wrested from office and his ugly, dishonest rhetoric muted, the consequences of the efforts required to do so will guarantee destruction of the Democratic Republic we’ve maintained for 243 years.

That’s what the “Birther King” has been working on since his descent down the “royal escalator” in 2015.

William H. Schneider writes from Mechanicsburg, Pa.


  1. With all due respect, it’s an embarrassment for a news organization to print this. I realize it’s Opinion, but it’s so over the top inflammatory, with absolutely no evidence that any of this will happen, that it borders on journalistic malpractice to publish it. I had high hopes that PCS was going to be a more serious news organization, and it many ways it is, but this is truly disturbing.

    • It represents the reader’s opinion – it does not, in any way, represent the opinion of this news organization.
      You are, of course, free to disagree. And if you would care to write a rebuttal, we would certainly welcome it.

      • All due respect John, it doesn’t deserve rebuttal, it deserves to have not been published. It’s one thing to state an opinion, even vigorously so, but this is nothing less than an incitement to violence. I’m not upset at its being published, not that that matters anyhow, but more saddened and disappointed.

        “They have the means and the motive to bring about Trump’s demise.”

        That’s appalling, opinion or not.

  2. Note: The National Popular Vote bill is 73% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    It requires enacting states with 270 electoral votes to award their electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.

    • Wouldn’t it be easier, attained sooner, accomplish the same goal, and avoid the likely Constitutional questions, to just have each of the states who signed the Compact (it’s not a bill), award their electoral votes proportionally? For instance, in 2016 PA, HRC would’ve received 9 and DT 11. Or maybe it was closer and 10/10. The Compact seems to have peaked.

      • There are good reasons why no state awards their electors proportionally.

        Electors are people. They each have one vote. The result would be a very inexact whole number proportional system.

        Every voter in every state would not be politically relevant or equal in presidential elections.

        It would sharply increases the odds of no candidate getting the majority of electoral votes needed, leading to the selection of the president by the U.S. House of Representatives, regardless of the popular vote anywhere.

        It would not accurately reflect the nationwide popular vote;

        It would reduce the influence of any state, if not all states adopted.

        It would not improve upon the current situation in which four out of five states and four out of five voters in the United States are ignored by presidential campaigns, but instead, would create a very small set of states in which only one electoral vote is in play (while making most states politically irrelevant),

        It would not make every vote equal.

        It would not guarantee the Presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes in the country.

        The National Popular Vote bill is the way to make every person’s vote equal and matter to their candidate because it guarantees the majority of Electoral College votes to the candidate who gets the most votes among all 50 states and DC.

  3. […] On our Commentary Page, Executive Coach John Dame says the Legislature put employers in a bind with the feds by legalizing medical marijuana (and will make it even more complicated if they throw recreational cannabis into the mix) and really need to do something about that. Contributor William H. Schneider, of Cumberland County, fears what will happen if Donald Trump loses in 2020 and won’t go away. […]

  4. Democrats are globalists set on the destruction of America and a one world dictatorship using communism. To succeed they must disarm Americans and replace the hard working, patriotic, middle class with welfare parasite invaders that will vote democrat.


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