Lost in the constant news about Trump’s latest gaffe, insult, or nightmarish idea is a very serious issue that is, in my opinion, not receiving any attention: What happens to the government after he becomes president?

Suppose that Trump really is as awful as it appears. Suppose that he really is the kind of guy who’d get pissed about a bad taco and announce the invasion of Mexico by tweet, or  who’d purge government of his predecessor’s employees, investigate or arrest citizens because they don’t report their neighbors, or who would toss out decades of foreign policy and destroy NATO, or is the Manchurian Candidate for Russia?

Men and women of good conscience, both civilian employee and military, will be confronted with the choice of obeying unlawful, unethical orders, or alternatively, committing mutiny against an elected president.

This is not just a hypothetical. This discussion is already happening. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid just Wednesday said:

“How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” Reid said in an interview with the Huffington Post Wednesday afternoon. “Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information.”

“This guy, he’s part of a foreign power,” Reid continued. “We knew he liked Putin before this, but this is quite ridiculous.”

The fact that our government would be in that position, should be very sobering to us all. Because if Trump becomes president, then there will be men and women who will have to choose between their conscience or following the orders of the President of the United States.

If they follow an unlawful order, carry out something so evil that historians will be writing about it for a thousand years, then they are choosing to corrupt themselves. They are choosing to become part of the problem, and they will be irrevocably, personally harmed. They will carry that stain with them for the rest of their days.

Conversely, if they choose to refuse an order from their president, then they harm the Republic, because they set a horrid precedent that it is okay to disobey the President of the United States. We establish mutiny as an accepted practice in government.

How can we ask any civil servant to make that choice? Both are evils unto themselves. But to ask thousands of civilian government employees, or millions of our troops to either obey or mutiny is also evil.

Stopping Trump doesn’t just mean stopping his brand of fascist evil, it means saving the souls of millions of Americans who would have to confront him, and it means saving the Republic from the very real and lasting damage to the authority of the President of the United States.

Trump Must Not Be President.

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