The newsletter hopes 2024 will not have Trump on the ballot.

Greetings for the morning. It's Saturday, December 30, 2023, and my name is Paul Thornton.   

We are grateful to all of our subscribers for reading, commenting, and doing whatever else you do to keep informed for another year.  

Let's review Opinion for the previous week.The name of Donald Trump has no business being on the ballot.   

That is made evident by the plain text of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits federal officials who have participated in rebellion from holding office again.   

The Supreme Court of Colorado concurs. There are several highly intelligent but conservative constitutional academics who concur.   

As does the secretary of state of Maine. This has nothing to do with politics; rather, it has to do with Trump's failure to meet the minimal requirements set forth by the Constitution to hold public office.  

However, I must admit that I was hesitant to express it for fear of coming across as ignorant or foolish.  

As an opinion writer, I try not to jump to the first thing that comes to mind and have formed the practice of putting common sense on hold for a little while in order to give room to a far more considered, less obvious opinion.  

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