No more condemning tweets or press releases… conservatives must act now to remove Trump before the nation spirals to a place that is beyond redemption. There are no second chances. History shows we have one opportunity and a very small window of time to get this right.

By Andrew J. Pridgen

At one point, not too long ago, I believed the presidency was merely a figurehead position, close to what we see in CEOs of big corporations today. Someone to help shoulder the blame when things go wrong, to hold our hands in times of trouble and to share the joy when the nation should triumph. That, along with some photo ops with winning sports teams and lucky elementary school kids, was about it.

One man (or woman) couldn’t possibly change the course or set the tone for a nation of 320 million. Plus, in our democracy, there are other branches and bureaucracies upon bureaucracies to keep the ship floating and pointed in the right direction.

As it turns out, I was very, very wrong.

A president indeed does have the power to create and foster chaos, to divide a nation with words and devastate it through actions, to say the exact wrong thing at a time when a simple humane gesture is all that is required and to create fear and doubt not only at home but around the world.

A president who has no interest in representing the people he serves, who replaces empathy and tradition with self-preservation and financial gain for his immediate family, has no business being in office.

A president who has no natural curiosity, no intellect and no reason to listen and learn from others the intricacies of history and governance, has no use for pretending he is there to uphold our institutions and our norms.

A president with no experience in the giving of his time to public service, to community, to country, to charity—who only seemingly knows how to pilfer and destroy—has no ability to understand how to begin to fix the problems with which we are plagued. He knows only how to exploit them for his own benefit.

Donald J. Trump has made multiple gaffes on a daily basis and during his early tests he’s failed miserably and horrifically.

Blood has already been shed and lives have already been lost on his watch.

…And yet, if we allow this to continue, the events of his first 200 days in office will seem quaint by comparison to the real damage that will occur once power is consolidated and his battered ego can no longer take the outcries (and constant boos) of the people. There is no magic, there is no pivot, there will be no improvement. It will only get worse.

Trump, foremost, is a fragile man who only wants to be accepted, a 71-year-old child who was never embraced by his father.

When he is not adored, he lashes out.

The misery and strife of others has been the main aphrodisiac of his entire adult life. He refers to those who do not side with him, the vast majority in this country, as haters and enemies. His singular skill set is in the dark arts of deception and revenge.

To our lawmakers on the right, I appeal to you today and I do so behalf of my friends, my neighbors, my fellow Americans of all races, religions and political backgrounds. Please demand more of yourselves and set about the task to do everything humanly possible to remove him with swiftness and stoic resolve—to end this national time of uncertainty—before the massive scale of indiscriminate pain and suffering and loss begins.

Andrew J. Pridgen helps run sister site Death of the Press Box and is the author of the novella “Burgundy Upholstery Sky”. His first full-length novel will be released in late-2017.