Perspective: We already live in a banana republic

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One thing admired by many in the United States is the rule of law. It is a principle ingrained in the culture that those who break the law pay for it. It’s so strong that Nixon only escaped impeachment by resigning. And remember: in the 21st century, Illinois sent two governors to prison.

That’s why the argument for defending former President Trump from prosecution – that it would turn this country into a banana republic – is ridiculous. I know this because in Guatemala, my native country, still called the banana republic, we have decided to adopt the rule of law. In the past 10 years, Guatemala has taken a president from office to prison, and an elder has been tried and sentenced. We may still be a banana republic, but at least we’ve worked to shed that reputation. We are not alone. Chile has brought a former dictator to justice; Peru and Honduras have arrested and tried corrupt leaders.

This is why nothing should prevent the arrest of President Trump. This country will not become a failed democracy if that happens. Rather the opposite. We have seen it in other countries: Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned when his corruption was exposed and England just ousted Boris Johnson.

These acts did not turn these countries into banana republics. Instead, they made them stronger. This is why refusing to prosecute a man responsible for an insurrection (among other things) shows that the United States is already a banana republic.

I’m Francisco Solares-Larrave and this is my point of view.

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