I’m glad we kept this guy.
It’s hard to write about yesterday’s events over my overwhelming disgust. What can one say? The clownishness and absurdity of yesterday’s desecration doesn’t diminish its horror.
I think the comparison to Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch is apt; and remember no one took him seriously in 1923.
Hitler drew important practical lessons from the failed putsch. First, he understood that the Nazi movement could not destroy the Republic by direct assault without support from the Army and police.
It sure sounds like the police were less than completely hostile to the MAGA occupation of the seat of democracy. But no matter, the call was coming from inside the House: There are 147 Republicans in Congress who voted to overturn the election. If there were more of them, the coup would have succeeded. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is making un-subtle support of a coup his political calling card, his ticket to the White House in 2024.
The right wing has freaked out at any Democratic victory for as long as I can remember — certainly since 1992, where Clinton’s victory was regarded by the right (and its media enablers) as a usurpation, not an ordinary transfer of power. There is a sizable chunk of America that no longer believes in any kind of democracy — the rules of the game, the sense of fairness and justice that we all live by. You can say it’s as old as the Republic; you can say it’s only 55 years old (since the Voting Rights Act). You could also say that the Supreme Court itself, certainly its Chief Justice, doesn’t believe in democracy.
In thinking of Trump’s many Republican enablers … I’m reminded also of our neighbors to the north, who in their wisdom saw fit to return Susan Collins to the Senate. In the moment that will define her well beyond the six long years of her new term, Collins had said that Trump had “learned his lesson” in being impeached. To Maine voters: I’m sure Senator Collins is a “known quantity”; but like stale bread, it should be changed out from time to time. I hope you outgrow your blithe parochialism. It hurt the country yesterday.
I never would have imagined that Mitt Romney would be an example of courage. It is a recent development. And yet here he stands. He has been harassed on planes by Trump supporters. It actually requires more courage for Romney to take his position in Utah, than for Markey to make his stand in Massachusetts. (That is not at all to slight Markey — only to note that at least he is in agreement with his constituents.)
The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset, is by telling them the truth!
A Republic, if you can keep it.