GOP on Trial

There is an impeachment trial in the Senate. A trial which seeks to prevent Mr Trump from ever holding office again.

A man demanded total loyalty from the GOP. Total loyalty from Mike Pence. And Mike Pence was the main target of the Trump mob.

Let’s be clear. Mr Trump spent months planning and setting the stage to overthrow the government. He knew he could not win a fair election. And unlike 2016, this time the US government was ready for the Russian shenanigans. He had no chance . He knew it.

So, on January 6 he incited the mob he had called to DC to “Stop the Steal”. There was only one way Mr Trump could stay in power. Decapitate the Congress, disrupt the counting of the votes and declare martial law. He would declare that he would stay in power “for the good of the country”.

That was the plan. And he tried to implement it.

So, this trial is a done deal. Trump is guilty. And he will be found not guilty. Again. Of course.

This is not really a trial of Donald Trump, however. It is the GOP that is on trial. It is the GOP that will vote . It is the GOP that will be judged.

The GOP has reached the end of the road. They have a choice. Vote for democracy or vote for fascism. The choice is clear. The GOP will embrace democracy or fascism. What will they decide?

Is there any longer any doubt?

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  1. Dear Joseph,

    Sadly, 2021 is nearly half gone and the GOP is still on trial and has fared no better and perhaps worse.

    One of the bullying behaviours of Trump (and other similar rulers) is demanding loyalty, attention and/or contribution from victims and allies alike.

    Before Biden was elected, instead of “Flattening the Curve”, the USA under Trump was “Steepening the Curve”, so much so that the MAGA tagline “Make America Great Again” should have been changed to MASA: “Make America Sick Again”!

    2020, the Year of the Rat, has brought us not the plague (black death) but Covid-19. And 2020 also brought out the worst of divisive politics and demagogic incitement across many places and regions in the world. What a day it was to unfold with sedition, insurrection and coup d’état on the 6th of January 2021!

    It is very plain that the USA has been plagued by ignorance, dogma, falsity, blind faith, spiritual stagnation and epistemological impasse . . . . .

    In any case, we can agree that the ongoing chaos inflicted by the Trump presidency finally culminated in the infamous riot in the Capitol. You and I can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters to glory on Earth and the promised land! It is often futile to reason with such misguided folks. Perhaps only when the country truly becomes autocratic or fascist will they wake up, but then it will be too late.

    Needless to say, due to misinformation and disinformation, 2020 had been a difficult year, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. It was all quite surreal, perhaps in some ways more bizarre than ghosts and the paranormal (not that I believe in such things). One could say that we live in interesting times indeed, but often for the wrong reasons. I have had to coin a new term: Viral Falsity.

    It is going to be a very tall order for the Biden presidency (or any presidency for that matter) to turn things around. It would have been much easier if some Republican senators had been far more honest and incorruptible, for they have been very greedy, uninspired, cowardly and lack criminal, moral and political accountabilities. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still. Even a global pandemic still cannot unite folks in the USA and wake them up. Perhaps it will take an even bigger crisis to do so, such as a series of dire climate change disasters.

    Whilst some of us may take some comfort in our living somewhere else, there is the danger that oppressive politics may spread elsewhere or be mirrored by other corrupt politicians outside their origins. Democracy is not a given. It can be quite fragile, can fail rather badly, and often is approximately as good and benevolent (or bad and malevolent) as the members who practise, control and/or legislate it. We all need to do our parts in contributing to the smooth and equitable functioning of a civil country and democratic society. I have done mine in highlighting many of the most fundamental causes through my writings, and I hope that you will find more answers and solutions to these thorny issues in my latest and recently expanded post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“.

    I am very keen and curious to know what you think or make of it regarding the increasingly pressing issues that many of us are facing, worsened all the more by mental pitfalls (or even mental health), social media, digital globalization, populism, illiberal democracy, and other behavioural and sociopolitical factors.

    This post of mine now contains twelve sections (plus a meticulously annotated gallery), all of which are instantly accessible from a navigational menu.

    Please kindly inform me if or when you think that I should include or incorporate some piece(s) of information, findings, statistics, critique and/or analysis into certain section(s) of the said post.

    Happy mid-May to you!

    May you find the rest of 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy or tickle your emotional delight!

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    • WOW. Thanks for the thoughtful post.I like your idea of: Viral Falsity. It is a virus and , like covid, many refuse to wear the mask or take the vaccine. I will check out your blog . We certainly live in strange and interesting times.

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      • Thank you for your reply, Joseph. I look forward to reading your feedback submitted to the comment section of my post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“.

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  2. I read the other day that in a few states that have reported such statistics, 140,000 Republicans have left the party.

    One of my frequent commenters would disagree with your conclusion, which I certainly agree with and stated in my own way in my response to him. This may be our last exchange.

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    • Dear Joseph and Annie,

      I concur with you, and we can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters to glory on Earth and the promised land! Indeed, Trumpism has presented a very tempting template for those who intend to participate in the (re)production of misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, ochlocracy, oligarchy, kleptocracy, kakistocracy and narcissistic leadership.

      It is going to be a very tall order for the Biden presidency (or any presidency for that matter) to turn things around. It would have been much easier if some Republican senators had been far more honest and incorruptible, for they have been very greedy, uninspired, cowardly and lack criminal, moral and political accountabilities. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still. Even a global pandemic still cannot unite folks in the USA and wake them up. Perhaps it will take an even bigger crisis to do so, such as a series of climate change disasters.

      I have been featuring an exemplar of a politician, statesman and chancellor so upright and unflinching in their integrity and honesty that if any of those senators had even just a fraction of his goodness and decency to perform their duties and to go against the Trump administration and supporters of Trump, the USA would not have sunk to such an intractable, dangerous and protracted quagmire. The upright character of this particular politician, statesman and chancellor has been immortalized in a poem, which is featured and explained in my post entitled “Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass”, which you are very welcome to read and comment on. The post is available at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/strong-wind-knows-tough-grass/

      This politician, statesman and chancellor had been fired six times and rehired six times, and still he persisted in his upright approach and upstanding ideal. He even surrendered and dedicated his own lands, real estates and military power! If only many more people in the financial, business and political spheres can learn from the upright character featured in the said post. This historical figure is the personification of enduring loyalty, integrity, bravery and forthrightness achieved with benevolence and righteousness, but without favouritism and transgression.

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  3. Guy Gravenson

    Nonsense. This is not an either-or proposition, Democracy (Democrats)/
    Fascism (Republicans). This is an opportunity for an electric third rail. Anyone out there willing to get on the Independent Train to victory?

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    • Since they have only 2 possible votes, guilty or acquittal, what would be the third option? How would you vote on impeachment?

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      • Guy Gravenson

        Ever hear of a hung jury, Joe? I am suggesting 100% of the Senate agree to not render a verdict … in return for permanent banning of Trump ever again running for federal office of any kind.

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      • There can be no such thing as a “hung jury” in an impeachment. It takes 67 votes to convict. If only 66 vote to convict, he is not considered guilty. As I said, the Senators must take a stand for or against. For democracy or opposed to democracy. In this particular trial there is no place to hide. Banning Trump from ever running again is exactly what a guilty verdict does.

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  4. whungerford

    Mike Pence may still be interested in running in 2024, but which party would support him?

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