Why America Needs To Arrest Trump and How It Can Be Done

South Korea has arrested all of its living ex-Presidents. It’s possible



All four of Korea’s living ex-Presidents have been arrested and convicted. This is a good thing

In the spirit of kumbaya capitulation, Biden’s administration is unlikely to really prosecute Trump. This is a bad idea. Americans have seen years of obvious corruption, and they’re going to see him getting away with it. This sends a message. This changes your country. Either Trump is corrupt or America is. That’s what’s on the line.

Americans are unused to prosecuting Presidents, but it really can be done. South Korea does it all the time. Out of 12 Presidents total, four have been convicted, a full 33%. All four living ex-Presidents have been convicted. You can do this America. Just follow the true leader of the free world, the Republic of Korea.

The Korean Example

Two years ago, former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years for what would be a dull September in Trumpland. She and one dodgy associate funneled $72 million into foundations, among other things. They were both convicted and sent to jail.

Also in 2018, former President Lee Myung-bak was convicted for bribery and embezzlement. In 1996, Presidents Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo-hwan were convicted for bribery, coup’ing and deploying troops on civilians (sound familiar?). They, however, were pardoned. But even there, the message was sent. When they claimed they couldn’t pay the fines, people saw paintings and porcelain being hauled out of their houses.

You could say this shows that Korea is corrupt. I think it shows the opposite. Every nation is corrupt. Power corrupts, that’s what it says on the tin. If you’re not convicting 33% of your Presidents you’re doing it wrong.

In life you often get as much shit as you put up with. It’s the same with politics. If you put up with corrupt politicians you get more corrupt politicians. In fact, the same ones will keep coming back.

Korea has seen some crazy corruption, which continues to this day. But they also resist. And they keep resisting. This to me is the political lesson. Koreans…




Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.