As Saint Patrick’s Day approaches, I realize that for the past few weeks or months I’ve been trying to suppress a very uncomfortable question. For some of us, 2003 was not that long ago. It was May of 2003 when the U.S. Department of State designated the “Real Irish Republican Army” as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization”. This was a controversial and polarizing move among my Irish-American friends and colleagues.
Here’s my uncomfortable question: What happens when the evidence shows that today’s GOP is similarly a terrorist organization?
I’m not just being hyperbolic here, I’m dead serious. It seems to me that we are facing a very real constitutional crisis.
The cited 2003 declaration of the RIRA meant that, among other things, it was illegal to give financial contributions to the RIRA. Is it even possible to similarly make contributions the GOP illegal?
I think there’s at least a fifty percent likelihood that our intelligence community — NSA, CIA, FBI, etc — has known for some time that are deep and disturbing connections between money from Russian organized crime and a multitude of GOP officials and organizations. During the first impeachment investigation, Adam Schiff revealed information about previously undisclosed conversations between Mr. Nunes and various figures involved in the Ukraine coverup. For the two years prior to the first impeachment (until Mr. Barr squashed essentially ALL legitimate DoJ investigations), there were several ongoing investigations tying Dmitri Firtash, Igor Fruman, Lev Parnas, and Rudy Giuliani to various GOP persons and organizations. There were similar things playing out during the investigation and prosecution of Maria Butina, a Russian operative who had penetrated the NRA. That investigation strongly suggested a growing network of ties between Russian interests and GOP campaign operations — there are strong indications that the NRA was essentially a money-laundering operation that allowed Russian money to be funneled to GOP candidates and campaigns. What did the Russians expect (or demand) in exchange for those contributions?
Something is very very wrong about the picture of today’s GOP that we see unfolding. There are too many aspects of its behavior that just don’t add up.
If our intelligence community had evidence that the GOP itself has become a (domestic) terrorist organization, would that evidence be brought forward? If so, how? In what venue? Surely anything like this would end up before the Supreme Court.
Three sitting justices of the Supreme Court were put on the bench by this GOP. There is a very strong likelihood that the Attorney General bringing these actions will be none other than Merrick Garland — blocked from the bench by the same GOP. Would these three recuse themselves? Would Mr. Garland recuse himself?
As evidence connecting GOP persons and organizations to ongoing violent insurrection continues to emerge, it is becoming increasingly clear that the GOP is a domestic terrorist organization.
In 2003, the “Real Irish Republican Army” was designated a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” by the State Department. If the evidence supports it, is it even possible to designate today’s GOP as a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”? What agency would make and announce such a designation? What would the consequences be?