What we learned from yesterday’s last 1/6 Select Committee hearing might just help heal our endangered democracy if we take the medicine of its’ lessons to heart.
We now know Trump was the architect and instigator of the seditious plot to overturn the 2020 election. He had a premeditated plan to falsely claim election fraud. His ‘victory speech’ was planned well in advance as he vowed never to concede even though Biden won the popular vote 81M to Trumps’ 74M and the Electoral College 306 to 232 — with 270 needed to win. Trump was told by his own most trusted advisors that there was no factual basis to declare victory. His false victory claim was intentional. His 61 appealed court cases all failed as they confirmed that he lost. Yet, Trump has still not conceded though we now know he told intimates that he knew he had lost–once saying to an aide–“Can you believe I lost to that guy?”
Remember in November!
There are other truths.
The Media is looking forward to a Trump candidacy and doing all it can to portray President Biden as a failure. Reports on inflation are being distorted. Good economic numbers are being pushed to page four, below the fold, to use an old newspaper reference. Corporate profits are ignored.
Herschel Walker is within the margin of error in becoming a US Senator while Mehmet Oz’s chances are also on the rise. Republicans have discovered the magic of Reality TV to win votes. Unlike Democrats, Republicans do not avoid those without a formal education, they complement them, flatter them, entertain them, and win their CONfidence, as any talented con man will do.
Did I mention Kari Lake?
Democrats love to criticize former president Ronald Reagan as a buffoon, a puppet of the rich and powerful who simply knew where to stand on the set and read his lines….and they were probably right….and Reagan served two terms followed by one term of his vice president.
Democrats now face an endless line of Reagan like candidates that have been tweaked to include a subtle dose of David Duke.
Trump is still the front runner for the Republicans in 2024 and his support will probably rise once he is indicted. His base loves a bad boy who will fight the system.
I fear a Trump win in 2024 even while we now know Trump was the architect and instigator of the seditious plot to overturn the 2020 election.
He has lost no support from his base. The media is on his side.
Here is another truth. The GOP panders to deplorable voters because there are so many deplorable voters and those deplorable voters are so vulnerable to fraud, lies, and propaganda.
Those deplorable voters are a minority of the population, and this is why the GOP so aggressively pursues ending representative democracy in order to impose its own minority rule.
If the Democrats also begin pandering to those deplorable voters, it will only hasten the end of representative democracy.
To the extent that “those without a formal education” are deplorable, the most effective way to neutralize the predatory exploitation of their ignorance is to make higher education more — rather than less — available to them.
Most working-class men and women do not share your cynical and dishonest characterization of Democratic Party attitudes towards higher education.
Well, I do not have a cynical and dishonest characterization of Democratic Party attitudes towards higher education, so that’s one objection to your comment.
These voters I speak of feel abandoned. They lack a college degree and are told that even though they preform jobs that are critical and essential to the economy of the USA, well, a $7.25 minimum is okay. Even in Massachusetts where it’s almost twice that at $14.25. I challenge any Democratic leader to show me where one can support ones self, much less a family on $14.25 an hour in the Commonwealth. It’s not the manufacturing jobs that left, it was union jobs that were driven out, replaced by jobs in software and medical that have wages artificially inflated and protected from standard market forces by government patents.
You look at the person doing an essential job, even if it’s just getting you a cheesesteak sandwich or changing the oil in your car and want him to be invisible, even though without him, everything stops. Your advice? Go to college and improve yourself…..with no thought to who will serve your sandwich or change your oil even if that person went to college and left that job.
Please don’t put words in my mouth.
This dead horse is beaten and bruised after years of your relentlessly false diatribes.
I said immediately after January 6 that there would be no more important legal question than proving that Trump knew he had lost.
Thank you, Fred, for summarizing the most germain legal issue so expertly clarified by this legally significant final hearing.
Trump even said he did not want anybody to know he lost. I actually don’t know why he’s so obsessed with being a “loser”. He is clearly not. He is one of only 45 men to ever be President of the United States, so by definition not a loser. Were Jimmy Carter and George HW Bush “losers” because they came up short on re-election bids? Even major party nominees who never became President – HRC, Romney, McCain, Kerry, Gore, Dole, etc. – were very successful and influential people, not losers. For that matter even those who mount credible campaigns and don’t even get nominated have been dealt a pretty good hand in life, not losing ones.