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Evil is the absence of empathy

In my work with the defendants (at the Nuremberg Trails 1945-1949) I was searching for the nature of evil and I now think I have come close to defining it. A lack of empathy. Its the one characteristic that connects all the defendants, a genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow men. Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.

Quotation: Captain G. M. Gilbert, the Army psychologist assigned to watching the defendants at the Nuremberg trials


Democratic Senate Majority Could Finish Trump

It seems pretty unlikely that the Democrats can get to 51 Senate votes, with all the red state seats they're defending this year and limited potential pickups (NV, AZ), but I think that taking the Senate majority could be what's necessary to finish Trump.

People always comment that impeachment isn't relevant because there would never be enough Republicans to get to the 67 votes needed to convict. But, I think it's actually 51 votes that matters, not 67.

If the Democrats can take control of the House, the House could vote to impeach. But, that doesn't really matter unless there are 51 Senators who then vote to hold an impeachment trial, that would be presided over by John Roberts. Both Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson had the House vote to impeach them, but both times the majority of the Senate voted NOT to hold a trial and it ended there.

If the Democrats had 51 votes in the Senate, Trump and the Republicans couldn't stop the trial from proceeding. They wouldn't be able to suppress evidence. The Democratic majority on the committees could bring everything forward in public hearings, unless the presiding judge (Roberts) ruled for some reason that lines of inquiry were inappropriate. The Republicans would be powerless to stop it. Trump would surely be called to testify.

After proceedings that could be wide ranging, at the Democrats' discretion, they would need to get 67 votes to remove Trump from office. But, if there were truly wide ranging public hearings, Trump could be so damaged that enough Republicans did vote to convict, or if not, their party could be shattered for the 2020 elections, for the type of wave that could really undo gerrymandering after the census.

Getting to a Senate majority in 2018 seems unlikely, but its consequences could be massive.

Fox News Trump/Korea Hypocrisy

This wouldn't be possible if their viewers had memory/cognitive functions greater than house plants

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