The crisis is here and now

We keep hearing that if Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, we’ll face a constitutional crisis.

Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it’s a constitutional crisis.

Or if Mueller comes up with substantial evidence that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia or of obstructing justice but the House doesn’t move to impeach him, we’ll have a constitutional crisis.

We have news for you. We’re already in a constitutional crisis. For a year and a half the president of the United States has been carrying out a systemic attack on the institutions of our democracy.

A constitutional crisis does not occur suddenly like a coup. It occurs gradually.

The current crisis began during the waning days of the 2016 campaign, when Trump refused to say whether he’d be bound by the election results if Hillary Clinton won.

It continued through March 4, 2017, when Trump claimed, without evidence, that Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the campaign.

It deepened in May 2017, when, by his own admission, Trump was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and then admitted to Russian officials that firing Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him “because of Russia,” according to a document summarizing the meeting.

A constitutional crisis becomes especially dangerous when a president of the United States tells the public it cannot trust the government of the United States.

Over the last few weeks, Trump has done just this.

First he accuses the FBI of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign “for political purposes.” Then he “demands” that the FBI investigate the spying.

Trump blames the entire Mueller investigation on a conspiratorial “deep state” intent on removing him from office. He uses pardons to demonstrate to those already being investigated that they shouldn’t cooperate because he can pardon them, too.

He claims he has the absolute right to pardon himself and can thereby immunize himself from any outcome.

The constitutional crisis worsens every time Trump berates judges who disagree with him, attacks intelligence agencies that won’t do his bidding, and calls journalists and news organizations that criticize him “enemies of the people.”

It intensifies when he uses the presidency as a personal fiefdom to enrich himself and his family; unilaterally breaks treaties and starts trade wars with long-standing allies.

The crux of America’s current constitutional crisis is this: Our system of government was designed to constrain power, but Trump doesn’t want to be constrained.

Our system was conceived as a means of promoting the public interest, but Trump wants to promote only his own interest.

Our system was organized to bind presidents to the Constitution, but Trump doesn’t want to be bound by anything.

The crisis will therefore worsen as long as Trump can get away with it. A megalomaniac unconstrained by countervailing power becomes only more maniacal. He will fill whatever political void exists with his unbridled ego.

The only legal way to constrain Trump is to vote for a Congress this November that will stand up to him. And then, in November 2020, vote him and his regime out of office.

If he refuses to accept the results of that election, as he threatened to do if he lost the 2016 election, he will have to be forcefully removed from office.

Friends, we are no longer trying to avert a constitutional crisis. We are living one. The question is how to stop it from destroying what’s left of our democracy.


Vangie Williams of King George County is the Democratic Party nominee for Virginia’s First Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives.  She will face incumbent Congressman Rob Wittman (Republican) in the November 6, 2018, general election.

Here is a link to Vangie’s website.

And a link to her Facebook page.

Rob Wittman has been in Congress since 2010, during which time his personal net worth has increased 15 times.  How many of us have seen our personal wealth increase X 15?

Vangie will listen to and work for the people of the First District, not for special interests.

Let’s go all in for Vangie!!

Upcoming meetings for June: Northumberland Democrats; Indivisible Northumberland

Northumberland Democrats will meet:
  • Thursday, June 21
  • 7:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • Bring a snack join us at 6:30
  • TOPIC:  Discussion of the three Democratic candidates for the First Congressional District nomination

Here is the website with information about why Wittman must go.

This is a link to a spreadsheet prepared by First Congressional District Democrats that compares our three candidates.

Indivisible Northumberland will meet:
  • Thursday, June 7
  • 6:30 PM, doors open at 6:00
  • Northumberland Public Library,7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville

The sole agenda item will be discussion of the candidates.

If you want to lobby for a particular candidate and be sure to speak,  we will post a signup sheet by the door.  We will set a timer and try to assure that all can participate.

Here is the website with information about why Wittman must go.

This is a link to a spreadsheet prepared by First Congressional District Democrats that compares our three candidates.




Next meeting: May 17

Our next meeting will be:

  • Thursday, May 17
  • 7:30 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • Bring a snack to share at 6:30

Joe Schlatter will speak about the growth of white supremacist and other hate groups.

Next meeting: April 19

The next meeting of the Northumberland Democratic Committee will be:

  • Thursday
  • April 19
  • 7:30 PM; bring a snack to share at 6:30
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville

This mainly will be a business meeting to include Finance Committee update, introduction of Badger Godwin as our new Treasurer, and the NAACP conducted by Dick Saxer.

Meet Tim Kaine — April 6

The Lancaster County Democratic Committee is sponsoring Dining With Dems featuring Senator Tim Kaine as the guest speaker.

  • Friday, April 6
  • 6:30 PM
  • Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club,
  • 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock VA
  • Music By Joe Oren
  • Cash bar

Dinner menu — your choice of:

Baked Dijon Salmon with lemon tarragon sauce; Mushroom Rice; Market Vegetables; Salad; Dessert

— or —

Grilled 7 oz Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper Whiskey Sauce; Roasted Garlic Potatoes; Market Vegetables; Salad; Dessert

$35 per person, includes tax and tip

For reservations, contact Lancaster County Democratic Committee at

If Trump fires Mueller, we will take to the streets!!!

Donald Trump is publicly considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible criminal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, as well as the efforts to conceal those activities.

It’s also possible that, rather than firing Mueller, Trump will obstruct Mueller’s investigation by issuing blanket pardons of key figures being investigated, firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (the person overseeing Mueller), or taking other actions to prevent the investigation from being conducted freely.

Any one of these actions would create a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump.

Our response in the hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.

That’s why we’re preparing to hold emergency “Nobody is Above the Law” rallies around the country, in the event they are needed.

If Trump fires Wittman, we on the Northern Neck will demonstrate at Rob Wittman’s Tappahannock office at 508 N. Church Lane, Tappahanock.

If Mueller is fired before 2pm, meet at Wittman’s Tappahannock office the same day at 5pm. If he is fired after 2 pm, meet the next day at Wittman’s office at 12 noon.

March For Our Lives — Kilmarnock — March 24

March For Our Lives in Kilmarnock
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC.
Show your support for their efforts and safety by marching in our own community.  
Plan to meet on Saturday, March 24 in the parking lot of Chesapeake Commons prior to the 10AM march (that’s the Peebles parking lot).  
Bring your chants and signs and be ready to march on the side walks of Main Street to the parking lot of Grace Episcopal Church. 

Pre-Event Sign Making Party
Plan to gather for a sign making party (around 5:15 PM) at the warehouse of 35 South Main Street ( in back of Pearl Boutique) on Sunday, March 18 after the LDC Forum.  Sign making materials will be provided.  

Let’s do our part in  demanding that their lives and safety of our children, our families,  our citizens,  become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

All are welcome.  Let our collective voices, the voices  of the March For Our Lives movement be heard. 

Democratic candidate forum, First Congressional District

The three candidates for the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s First Congressional District will be at a candidates’ forum:

  • Sunday, March 18
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Lancaster Community Library, 15 Town Center Circle, Kilmarnock VA

Each candidate will make a four-minute opening statement and a three-minute closing statement.  The candidates will be asked questions that have been submitted from throughout the First Congressional District; two minutes apiece for their answers.

The candidates will be available after the forum for one-on-one conversations.

Candidates are (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Edwin Santana, Stafford County

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  • John Suddarth, Hanover County

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  • Vangie Williams, King George County

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