大侠行天下日记 我见我闻我思 01/12/2021
国会大厦上週三被川普煽动之群暴徒攻佔， 先后有六人不幸丧生， 随后国会眾议院立即发动有史以来对总统之第二次弹劾案，但是他的任期只剩下一星期， 由于民主共和两党之同仇敌忾， 川普行為之严重性， 他们正在研究如何让他今后无法再选公职， 包括二O二四年总统在内。
上週五， 推特宣布永久封禁了川普总统， 小川普说， 言论自由在美国已不復存在。 但是硏究第修正案的学者认為 ，该修正案禁止政府审查， 但并不适用於私营企业所做的决定， 截止目前為止 ，包括脸书谷歌在内都取消了川普的页面。
国务卿蓬佩奥在川普政府最后几天任内宣佈取消美台官员互动之限制， 他在一项声明中说 ，行政机关各部门应该认為国务院之前根据国务卿授权发布的对台关係之接触指南是无效的， 这项行动似乎為拜登政府设下了难题， 他同时宣布美国驻联合国大使即将访问台北， 蓬佩奥之行动必将引起中国大陆之激烈反应 ，海峡两岸关係必须再度陷入紧张。
环球日报之篇评论中说， 如果这是美国对台政策新起点的话， 这也将开啟台湾当局继续存在下去的倒计时。
Trump’s Final Days
President Trump incited a group of his supporters who violently stormed the Capitol. Congress once again will start to impeach him, even though this time, there are only a few days remaining in his term.
No president has ever been impeached twice or in his waning days in office.
While it may seem pointless to impeach a president just as he is about to leave office, yet if he were convicted, the Senate could vote to bar him from ever holding office again. History gives us little guidance on the question of whether a president can be impeached once he leaves office.
Today Twitter permanently banned President Trump’s account. Trump Jr. said on Twitter that, “Free speech no longer exists in America.”
Scholars indicated that the company’s decision may be unwise, but it is perfectly legal because the First Amendment doesn’t require any private forum to publish anyone’s speech.
In Washington, Secretary of State Pompeo said the U.S. government would relax its restriction on interactions between American officials and their counterparts in Taiwan as the Trump administration seeks to lock in a tougher line against the Chinese government in its final days. In the statement, Pompeo said, “Executive branch agencies should consider all contact guidelines regarding relations with Taiwan previously issued by the Department of State under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State to be null and void.”
Right after the announcement, one Chinese newspaper wrote, “If this is a new starting point of U.S. - Taiwan policy, it will also start the countdown of the survival of the Taiwan authority.”
No doubt, Pompeo’s action in the final days of the Trump administration will create tense relations in the Asian Pacific region.