We’ve waited so long for today. We’ve waited for the worst President and administration in American history to be GONE. It’s almost anti-climactic.
As Kamala Harris took the oath to become our 49th Vice President, we sipped the bubbly and rejoiced. Fours years of lies, disfunction, destruction of institutions, violence, and ultimately sedition have taken their toll. Good riddance to the abomination that pretended to give a fuck. What an abject disaster.
We’re hopeful for the future but know it will not be easy. There’s a lot of work to do. A lot of wrongs to be righted. President Biden and Vice-President Harris have their work cut out for them. Such a huge mess to clean up.
At least there’s hope.
David Rothkopf says it more concisely and to the point than I can. Here’s a paraphrase from his writing:
The GOP is saying let’s not impeach the president because it would be divisive. We need to unify, they say.
Here are some things that the GOP apparently didn’t find divisive:
Launching an insurrection against the US Government
Seeking to disenfranchise 81 million Americans
Seeking to negate the votes of African Americans
Attacking the Capitol
Killing Capitol police officers
Inciting riots that claimed 5 lives
Participating in the largest act of domestic terrorism in US history
Hunting down Congresspeople in the halls of Congress
Supporting and defending white supremacists
Supporting and defending Neo-Nazis
Turning US federal force against peaceful protesters
Calling Mexicans rapists
Discriminating against Muslims
Breaking up families and putting children in cages
Ending protections for children born innocently in the US
Promoting economic policies that help only the rich in America and fostering the worst inequality in our country
Seeking to stigmatize those who sought to do the right thing to protect America from a deadly pandemic
Contributing to the spread of a disease that has killed hundreds of thousands — disproportionately people of color and the elderly
Seeking policies that deny COVID relief to states with Democratic leadership
Seeking to help only those close to the GOP leadership
Repeatedly attacking the credibility of the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies
Supporting and collaborating with foreign enemies
Lying tens of thousands of times to the American people
Calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up
Obstructing all judicial nominees from a Democratic president
Countless hours of expensive and POINTLESS Benghazi investigations
Pointless and expensive investigations and unfounded conspiracy theory mongering about Hillary Clinton’s emails
The list could go on…
There is one reason and one reason only why enablers of the president oppose seeking accountability for Trump’s seditious plot and the attempted coup against the government. They know they are culpable, they know that their leaders sought not just to divide the country but to tear its government down. They oppose impeachment and serious consequences for all involved because that would mean that many of their leaders would be stripped of their ability to serve in the US government (per 14th Amendment) and face potential serious criminal liability. They know that seeking justice and defending the country and its institutions and its principles puts them squarely in the cross-hairs. And so, they are desperately trying to deflect attention.
Don’t fall for it. Demand accountability.
That I even have to mention this is mind-boggling. Today Nancy Pelosi told her caucus that she has gotten assurances there are safeguards in place in the event President Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon.
Let’s hope these safeguards are better than the ones protecting the joint session of Congress, including the VP, on January 6, 2021.
I’ll direct this question to a certain family member: Are you still committed to using the term “protesters” to describe these people or are you ready to apply the appropriate terms: thugs, insurrectionists, terrorists, deplorables, seditionists….?