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Trump Indictment: Another Indicator of Government Tyranny

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by Robert L. Maginnis

The indictment of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, by the Manhattan district attorney (DA) is evidence of the weaponization of our legal system, which is blatant government tyranny and what our founders tried to prevent.  Unfortunately, this incident is just the latest example of government tyranny that could destroy this country.

On March 30, 2023, the Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, a lackey of billionaire progressive George Soros and a well-known anti-Trump partisan, announced the indictment of Mr. Trump allegedly for misreporting a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels just prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Former Vice President Mike Pence told CNN “I think the unprecedented indictment of a former president of the United States on a campaign finance issue is an outrage.”  He continued, “It appears to millions of Americans to be nothing more than a political prosecution that is driven by a prosecutor who literally ran for office on a pledge to indict the former president.”[1]

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) agrees.  He said in a twitter post that the indictment of Trump was evidence of “the weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda [which] turns the rule of law on its head.  It is un-American.”[2]

A host of other political figures came to President Trump’s defense as well.  Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy tweeted “The politically motivated indictment of the 45th president of the United States marks a dark moment in American history.  It will undermine public trust in our electoral system and justice system.  It is un-American for the ruling [Democratic] party to use police power to arrest its political rivals.”[3]

Mr. Trump defended himself by blasting the indictment as “political persecution and election interference at the highest level in history.”  No doubt, Mr. Trump is growing weary of the left’s attacks on him, which he said are a “witch-hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again Movement.”  Then he enumerated some of the many high-profile political attacks on him over the past few years: “Russia, Russia, Russia; the Mueller hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; impeachment hoax 1; impeachment hoax 2; the illegal and unconstitutional Mar-a-Lago [classified document] raid; and now this [the New York DA’s indictment].”[4]

Predictably, many Trump-hating Democrats celebrated the indictment.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), the 2020 impeachment leader in Trump’s U.S. Senate trial, described the case as something a democracy must do. “The indictment of a former president is unprecedented.  But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged,” Schiff argued.[5]

Likely, according to some legal scholars, the case against Trump should for a variety of reasons be quickly dismissed.  Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz predicted the Trump indictment will be tossed from court.  The Harvard Law School emeritus professor said a judge would likely dismiss the case on statute of limitations grounds. [6]

Even the far-left flagship Politico newspaper admitted: “Sometimes even Donald Trump has a point.  This time, it’s his claim that he has been singled out by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for conduct that would probably not have been charged as a crime against anyone else.”   That publication admits the law in question requires robust evidence that the charged person was singled out for an improper reason and “similarly situated people have not been criminally charged for similar conduct.”[7]

Also of significance, the indictment came despite the Justice Department’s decision not to persecute Mr. Trump on the applicable federal law.  Further, the Federal Election Commission declined to pursue the case as well.[8]

The broader issue at play for the country is this case gives the appearance of the weaponization of the law to attack a political opponent.  That is a very serious precedent and until recent years such behaviors were only seen among foreign tyrants, not here in the United States, where the rule of law has prevailed, but no longer.

Nearly 2,400 years ago, Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle developed important concepts about the roles of government and politics.  They warned that tyranny occurs when a ruler enjoys absolute power to advance his own interests.  That’s precisely what some Democratic Party leaders in the White House, Congress and across many major American cities like New York City are doing today.

In fact, the growing list of Democratic Party elites who trash the rule of law so to abuse the power of government to advance their radical agenda is quite alarming.  Who can forget the many attacks on Mr. Trump by Democrats outlined above, which were mostly crass examples of the abuse of government power?  More recently, we’ve seen the Biden administration send the Federal Bureau of Investigation after parents which it labeled domestic terrorists for objecting to government schools pushing critical race theory and sexualization curricula on their children.  Our Democrat “leaders” incarcerated for years many January 6, 2021 Capitol protesters without due process.  Meanwhile, they turned a blind eye to radicals attacking pro-life centers after the leaked Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, while those same officials virtually ignored Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA radicals who destroyed large swaths of American cities in 2020, and much more.



Abuse by the politically powerful is exactly what America’s Founders anticipated thanks to the teaching of Plato and Aristotle and as a result tried to prevent in the United States.  They brought to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the view that no person should be “above the law,” a concept that meant more than the connection between the rule of law and the legitimacy of government.  Robert Moye, wrote for Sigma: Journal of Political and International Studies in 1991, to explain that our founders “envisioned the legal processes of any legitimate political system as limited by the rule of law ideal,” which included due process, trial by jury, and the concept “nulla poena sin lege” – Latin for the principle that one can be punished for doing something that is not prohibited by law.[9]

At the convention the Founders attempted to institutionalize this notion in our constitution “because rule of law entailed more than mere obedience to formal, procedural norms… [because] they were convinced that it would serve as the most useful form of protection against the abuse of power by arbitrary government.”[10]

Arguably, they anticipated political tyrants would try to weaponize the justice system.  Clearly, in recent years, elite Democratic Party leaders saw their radical public policies failing – open border, promotion of transexual views, economic, climate change, criminal justice –  so they turned to the exercise of raw muscle – harnessing the power of government like a police state – to force their agenda on the population.

History is soberly replete with lessons from other nations and times when similarly positioned “leaders” weaponized their justice system as a means to gain control over objecting citizens.  Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong weaponized the rule of law during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76) to kill tens of millions of disagreeing Chinese citizens.  Much the same type of abuse of the legal system gave tyrants like Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Russia’s Joseph Stalin license to destroy their political opponents as well.

What Democrats like President Biden and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg are doing today against Mr. Trump and disagreeing parents isn’t that different from what Mao, Hitler and Stalin did in their times.  Today, American power brokers abuse the rule of law by harnessing the arm of government to silence their political opposition. That action should frighten us all because if that abuse goes unchecked for too long the end result could mean the loss of liberty, ruined lives and the end of this once great nation.


[1] Bart Jansen, “Trump indictment: Amid seedy but simple allegations, critics decry case as politically motivated,” USA Today, April 1, 2023,


[2] Jackson Richman, “DeSantis Denounces Trump Indictment, Says Florida ‘Will Not Assist in an Extradition Request,’” The Epoch Times, March 30, 2023,


[3] Ibid.


[4] Ibid.

[5] Steven Nelson, “Democrats giddy at Trump indictment, but legal experts warn case is weak,” The New York Post, March 30, 2023


[6] Chris Enloe, “Alan Dershowitz explains why judge may quickly toss out Trump indictment: ‘Foolish, foolish decision,’” The Blaze, March 31, 2023,


[7] Robert Spencer, “Politico Admits Case Against Trump Is Weak, Watches Our Republic Circle the Drain, Says ‘So What?,’” PJ Media, March 31, 2023


[8] Enlow, Op Cit.


[9] Robert Moye, “Founding a Republic of Laws: The Rule of Law Ideal in Early American Constitutional Theory,” Sigma: Journal of Political and International Studies: Vol. 9 , Article 6, 1991,


[10] Ibid.

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