Confusing Can with Should

The drama surrounding the conspiracy-theory warped questioning of the election results is a clear example of confusing what one can do with what one should do.

Donald Trump's Latest Reality Show: The 2020 Election | The Nation

The President can contest the election results.

The President can tweet such nonsense as,

Donald J. Trump
“Other than politics, how do you lose a case where large numbers of voters, far more than you need to flip Pennsylvania, are disenfranchised? Vote Observers thrown out of counting rooms. People going to vote finding out they have already voted through a fake ballot – go home!”

This claim about election fraud is disputed

@realDonaldTrump Twitter Feed

The President can fan the flames of angry dissent with falsehoods, misinformation, and unsubstantiated claims.

The President can spend the last few moments of his Presidency chipping away at the very foundation of Democracy for no other apparent reason than a narcissistic refusal to accept the decision of the American people.

If the President does have evidence of widespread fraud that altered the results of the election, he should present it to the American people and the courts.

But he won’t because he can’t.

If the President has the best interest of the American people at heart, if he wants to ensure the greatness of America, he should begin the transition process to ensure a smooth and efficient transfer of power.

But he won’t because he can’t.

The President doesn’t fundamentally understand the difference between what he can do and what he should do and thus he cannot understand why the American people said enough.

The President can do many things and I have little doubt he will try to do much in these waning moments of this most troubling of our Presidential administrations. I dare say there are few things he won’t try to satisfy his bruised ego.

None of these things will be things he should do, they will be done just because he could. We will spend the next few months, or perhaps years, trying to undo all the things he shouldn’t have done, but did.


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