Letters from the Editor

Planned obsolescence

On January 23, the Santa Fe New Mexican published a letter to the editor from Patrick Delaney, “So long, Windows 7.” Delaney bemoaned a reliable system he’d long used on his computer and for which Microsoft has decided no longer to provide support and security updates.

The same happened with Jill’s older Apple laptop: older, but still running well. Planned obsolescence.

Yes, we know the feeling. The Senate has decided it will no longer provide support and security for our operating system, American democracy. The same thing happened with the election of Donald Trump years ago. This may send millions of good votes to the trash heap. Sayonara, world respect.

We may never be the lamp again for those learning to be free. The door is shut.

Former President James Buchanan called the Senate “the greatest deliberative body in the world.” The Senate has decided to acquit Trump of all wrongdoing. After public oaths to work closely with Trump’s wishes in planning the trial, Senators swore to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws in judging his actions.

Trump, too, swore “to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

Later, upon trying to read the Constitution, Trump said, “It’s very hard to do because of the language here. It’s like a different language, right?” This shows his best ability to preserve, protect, and defend it. Is ignorance an excuse?

One defense in the Senate’s trial was that objections to executive wrongdoing are unConstitional: not guilty sui generis. Another defense was “no evidence.” Even though witnesses were suppressed and threatened in the House of Representatives and fully denied in the Senate: a reductio ad absurdum.

New Mexico’s Senators have called this a low point in our history. Planned obsolescence. Mark Twain said, “The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.” The conservative Senate has become quite different from America’s rebel founders who argued a radical right and duty.

Our new stuttering and slurring Emperor (not guilty via “executive privilege”) apparently regards the leader of the Chinese Communist Party as a model. “He’s now president for life,” our Emperor said. “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Democracy’s climate change: the whole world is watching.