Why?

Utah Senator Mitt Romney believes Donald Trump, “would win the (2024) nomination if he runs .  .  .  in a landslide.”

Republicans friends, please explain why you support this man who orchestrated a treasonous, armed insurrection against the very Constitution and Government he swore to “preserve, protect and defend!”  An attack that drove Congress into hiding, killed Airforce Veteran and Capitol Police Office Brian Sicknik and caused death and serious injury for others.

Had President Donald J. Trump taken early, aggressive leadership against COVID – 19, at last tens-of-thousands of lives would have been saved and millions would not have suffered.

This man has absolutely no sense of responsibility, ethics, or morals!  He is a mean, delusional, lying, Narcissistic sixth-grade Bully!

What am I missing?

Profiles In Character

January 5, 2021, Representative Jamie Raskin buried his twenty-five year-old son, Tommy.  The following day, President Donald Trump ordered his Mindless Minions to attack our Capitol Building and Congress.  Enraged by their Leader’s rhetoric, the homicidal mob battered Capitol Police, surged under the Rotunda and down corridors, invaded and pillaged Senators’ and Representatives’, offices.  As Police and Security barricaded House Chamber doors, others rushed Legislators, staff and visitors to safety.  Thus sequestered, Representative Raskin experienced a parent’s alarm for the safety of daughter Tabatha and son-in-law Hank whom he had, ironically, invited to witness Congressional certification of the States’ Electoral Votes.

One month later, Representative Raskin lead a House Impeachment Managers’ post-doctoral seminar prosecuting President Donald J. Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”  After raising a fist in support of Trump’s mob, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sat in the House gallery, feet up, scorning this masterful presentation.

Josh Hawley’s attitude and action reflect a deep, troubling schism within today’s Republican Party.  Donald J. Trump gives voice a faction’s feelings of contempt for Congress, the Constitution, indeed, our Government itself!  The President’s aborted attempt to stop certification of the States’ Electoral Votes puts his seditious intent beyond doubt. 

Perhaps a majority of rank-and-file Republicans favor Trump’s seditionist sentiment, if not his tactics.  Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Kevin McCarthy represent less militant Senators and Representatives supporting their President.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s scurrilous words and act merit special attention.  Cruz labeled Trump’s second impeachment “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”  Given that Trump’s rhetoric triggered the January 6 assault, would Senator Cruz tell the widow and children of Air Force Veteran and Capitol Police Office Brian Sicknik’s their suffering and sacrifice signify nothing?  Would he tell the dozen other dead, maimed or injured and loved ones their pain and grief are insignificant?

A poster showing Representative Greene in dark glasses, holding an Assault weapon on three non-Caucasian, female Representatives, makes graphic Trump’s Minions’ sentiments.  Geene’s taunting a high school massacre survivor, calling Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other school shootings “fake,” groundless, mindless “Stop The Steal” claims, “Dark Web,” QAnon and “Deep State Conspiracies,” totin’ a pistol around the Capitol make her Cabal’s precepts explicit.

Thankfully, Hawley’s, Cruz’s and Greene’s contempt for our Constitution and Congress does not, represent the character of most Republican legislators today.  Amid the rock-‘em-sock-’em, drag-‘em-out-feet-first melee of Politics, Senators and  Representatives, Right and Left, show up day-to-day, wanting and working to do what they view as the right thing.

Take heart loyal Republican seamen.  The Pirates were beaten off.  Qualified Officers still chart the course.  Calling Trump’s behavior an “existential threat,” House Republican Conference Chair Liz Chaney entreats “Republicans to make clear we aren’t the party of white supremacy.”  Republican Mitt Romney twice voted to impeach Donald Trump.  Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele expresses grave concern for the hazards Trump and his Minions pose for the Party and Country.

Down on deck, able-bodied sailors pull the ropes, rig the sails and man the helm; steady as she goes.  The Lincoln Project Republicans publicized Donald J. Trump’s clear and present danger to America.  Husband of Senior Counselor to the President, Kellyanne, George Conway points to the insanity and danger in Trump’s mindless power politics.  Expressing often-vitriolic contempt for Donald, former Republican Representative and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough faces lawsuits and death threats.

Given the devastating impact of Donald J. Trump’s Presidency on America’s Democracy, the genesis of his Republican Party is curious indeed.   Wikipedia tells me, founded in 1854, the Republican Party espoused “Classical Liberalism .  .  .  (based in) civil liberties under the rule of law.” (My emphasis.)  Its initial focus was opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act which portended the expansion of chattel slavery in America.  The first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln.

So, after a century-and-half, what has happened to Honest Abe’s Grand Old Party?  Out of frustration and antipathy toward America’s Administrations’ and Congress’s seeming inability “to get along, get something done,” acting in diametric opposition to principles on which the Republican party was founded, a handful of mutineers whose ideology includes Bigotry, White Supremacy, Racial Prejudice, Neo-Nazism, Zelophobia, Homophobia, in a word Fear! attempted to commandeer the vessel.  What about?

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The retched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
    Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “New Colossus,”
    A plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.

Those who would, in Lincoln’s words, resurrect “The dogmas of the quiet past,” can never win!  It’s simple. The greatest of all irony: Change is the only constant!  Those who fight against the Coloring of America would hold back a rising tide.  Find a place on shore or drown.

Animal Farm

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, while Farmer and Mrs. Jones slept, prize-winning boar Old Major addresses the assembles animals.  “Comrades  .  .  .  nearly the whole of the produce of our labor is stolen from us by human beings.  There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems.  It is summed up in a single word—Man.  Man is the only real enemy we have.  Remove man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.”

Months later, serendipity triggered a barnyard insurrection with Farmer, Mrs. Jones and their hired men “in full flight down the cart-track that led to the main road, with the animals pursuing them in triumph.”

Soon the pigs taught themselves to read.  Inspired by, now deceased Old Major, informed by their newfound literacy, boars Snowball and Napoleon formulated and had scrawled on a barn wall:

“THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS”

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is and enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill an other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

Needless to say, over time the pigs violated most of the Commandments and the writing on the wall was reduced to:

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS

Like Orwell’s Animals, had Trump’s Minions’ January 6 insurrection succeeded, its impact on America’s Presidency, Congress and Constitution are impossible to know.  But, one action would summarize their belief: Amend our Declaration of Independence to, “all men are created equal, but some men are more equal than others.”

Biden and Trump

I hesitate to punch a man while he’s down, but, for the record, with under three weeks in office Joe Biden initiated a $1.9 trillion plan to ameliorate Americans’ physical, psychological and economic suffering from COVID 19.  More than Donald Trump did in one year. 

The Trump Experiment

Observing how nature appears to operate, scientists formulate and dream up experiments to test hypotheses.  Observing that milkmaids who contracted cowpox were immune to smallpox, Edward Jenner hypothesized that something in these women’s bodies blocked smallpox.  Experimenting, Jenner injecting material from cowpox ulcers into non-milkmaids and, essentially, scourges from smallpox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, cholera, polio and more were expunged from the human experience.   

Albert Einstien’s predicted that matter is unimaginable quanta of energy compressed in atomic nuclei.  To test Einstein’s hypothesis, physicists compressed a baseball size sphere of plutonium to a marble.  In a literal flash, the Nuclear Age was born.  Igniting explosive compounds inside cylinders, Dr. Robert Goddard tested Newton’s Third Law of Motion.  Decades later men walked on the Moon.  Today, Rovers transmit color, 3D, videos of Mars’s deserts and mountains. 

Like other natural scientists, Psychologists and Sociologists observe, hypothesize and experiment with human behavior.  Beginning in 1774, a collection of men I view as “social scientists” convened to hypothesize a new Democratic Government.  Codified in the Constitution of the Unted Sates of America, like any proposition theirs remains open to experiment.   

Eight and a half decides after the Nation’s birth, eleven Confederated States of America seceding from the Union and its first test occurred. April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Courthouse the Founding Fathers’ hypothesis was affirmed.    

The second and only other serious challenge to America’s government occurred when, failing to achieve reelection, President Donald J. Trump dreamt up an experiment to test the hypothesis.  On January 6, 2021 the President assembled and ordered a mob of four thousand to assault our United States Capitol Building and Congress.  While its specific objectives seem ill-defined, assassination of Nancy Pelozi and Vice President Mike Pence, disbanding Congress, suspending the Constitution and declaring Donald J. Trump President for Life seem apparent.   

After hours of hand-to-hand combat, Capitol Police and other law-enforcement personnel repelled the insurrectionists (“Patriots” vandalizing the Capitol Building, defecating on floors, urinating on walls, murdering Military Veteran and Officer Brian Sicknik) and restored civility to America’s Seat of Government.  The early hours of January 7, Congress reconvened to fulfill its Constitutional mandate of certifying the States’ Electoral votes.  Again, the Founding Fathers’ hypothesis affirmed!  

Amid that earlier seditious test of the Union, President Abraham Lincoln eulogized those, like Capitol Police Officer Sicknik, who “gave the last full measure of devotion,” and implored that Americans “be here dedicated to the great task .  .  .  that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”   

Seditious Conspiracy

January 6, 2021 

§2384. Seditious conspiracy 

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. 

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808 July 24, 1956, ch. 678, §1, 70 Stat. 623 Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148 .) 

Questions? 

Madness

Right Wing Radicals trash our Capitol Building, threaten to murder Pelosi and Pence, and attempt to stop Congress’s certifying Electoral votes. Flying to Florida, Kevin McCarthy pays fealty to an insane man.  Pistol in her belt, an insane woman taunts a Parkland massacre survivor and stalks Congress. 

Has the Republican party descended into madness?  We have to believe the sane majority will step forward and reclaim Honest Abe’s Grand Old Party.  

The Swamp

Americans are angry and exasperated that Congressional Democrats and Republicans can’t agree to disagree, negotiate and get on with The People’s work.  Some describe our Government as a “Swamp.”  It has a name: Democracy!  As Donald Rumsfeld famously observed, Democracy is “messy.” 

Alternatives to America’s “Representative Democracy” are Autocracy, Oligarchy and One-Party rule, which Donald Trump, not so secretly, champions.  Not being messy, each holds an advantage over Democracy.  China’s government, for example, experiences none of the conflict and haggling we seen in Washington D.C.  The tradeoff, of course, under Autocracy, Oligarchy or One-Party Rule the huge majority of “The People” are subjected to the agendas and whims of a powerful handful who have schemed and maneuvered their way to the top.   

Human history hinges on a dynamic balance between folks happy with things as they are and those who are not: Conservatives and Liberals.  Since 1776 America has wrestled over whose beliefs and agendas will prevail.  In my opinion, despite its messiness continuing to slog through Democracy’s Swamp is humankind’s best hope.   

Afterthought: Change is the only constant.  In another metaphor, those who would keep things as they are must drown in the incoming tide.                     

The Deep State Conspiracy

Convinced a young black man he stole her cell phone, a young white woman attacked him.  Turns out, she left her phone in an Uber.  Convinced he won America’s 2020 Presidential election Donald Trump ordered his Minions to assault our Capitol building and stop Congress’s Constitutionally mandated certification of the states’ Electors votes. 

Perhaps arguably, the young woman’s accusation and assault were rooted in her assumption about black people.  As I understand, Donald Trump’s attack on American’s Democracy was rooted in his belief that a “Deep State” conspires to control America’s and the world’s resources and people. 

The cornerstone of our Criminal Justice System is “innocent until proven guilty!”  Proof demands evidence, witnesses, testimony, pictures, videos, fingerprints, documents.  Our young woman’s evidence constituted of nothing more than the young man’s skin color.  As I understand, our President’s “evidence” for a Deep State Conspiracy is codified in wholly groundless, unsubstantiated QAmon and other Social Media imagining.          

Roller Coaster of Bumper Car?

Karen tells me Nostradamus predicted mass starvation in 2021.  Regarding predictions, as with UFSs and Big Foot, my Sweetie’s and my beliefs differ.  Claims of predicting the future raise my Super Skeptic. 

It’s the eternal Determinism versus Free Will question.  Predicting the future demands all was decided at some “beginning”; I have no control.  Free Will argues—or hopes—that I do. 

Am I strapped in a Roller Coaster or driving a Bumper Car?  Am I careening down the tracks at the whim of some Cosmic Engineer and gravity?  Or, while continually blindsided and knocked about by showoff operators, can I go, steer and stop?  In the Determinist scenario, the ride was decided by Folks who designed the course.  In my Bumper Car I have some control, but no hint where I’ll be when the Operator cuts the power.