Burn It Down

I first came across an opinion piece by one of my favourite columnists, Eugene Robinson, two weeks ago.  At that time, I considered posting it here, but decided against it, thinking it was a bit … much.  Today, however, in light of the destruction that was wrought yesterday by 43 men and women who shredded both their oaths of office and the U.S. Constitution, Robinson’s piece seems apropos of the moment.

This nation’s government can only function as it was intended if we have two distinct and separate political parties, but what we cannot have is one of those parties lacking a conscience, lacking honesty, lacking integrity.  The Republican party now has none of those attributes and can no longer be considered a legitimate party, can no longer be taken seriously by any who care about the fate of this nation and the 330 million people living here.


If the GOP is to rise from the ashes, it has to burn first

Eugene-RobinsonOpinion by 

Eugene Robinson

Columnist

Feb. 1, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. EST

Before a sane, responsible political party can rise like a phoenix from the ashes of today’s dangerously unhinged GOP, there must be ashes to rise from. The nation is going to have to destroy the Republican Party to save it.

Parties reform and rebuild themselves after suffering massive, scorched-earth defeats. Since Republicans decided to follow Donald Trump and Fox News into the dystopian hellscape of white supremacy, paranoid conspiracy theory and know-nothing rejection of science, they have lost control of both chambers of Congress and the White House. Yet it has become obvious that those defeats are not nearly enough.

You might think the violent and deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol — an unprecedented attack on our democracy, incited by Trump’s election-fraud Big Lie — would snap the GOP back into reality. Unbelievably, though, you would be wrong. 

If anything, the party is heading deeper into the wilderness. Look at how the two most powerful Republicans left in Washington behaved last week. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) made a pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago to bend the knee to Trump. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) voted to question whether Trump’s coming impeachment trial is even constitutional. 

What had looked like a flicker of sanity earlier, when McCarthy said Trump, among others, had some “responsibility” for the Capitol riot and McConnell said Trump “provoked” it, was nothing but a mirage. And anyone who expects there to be 17 Republican votes in the Senate to convict Trump, no matter how damning the evidence may be, will almost surely be disappointed. 

No one should have any doubt: The GOP bears no resemblance to the party of Abraham Lincoln. It is now the party of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who believes in the hallucinatory QAnon conspiracy theorywho has suggested that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is a child murderer and who thinks 2018’s California wildfires may have been ignited by a giant space-based laser somehow controlled by Jews. Also, high-speed rail is involved somehow.

Do mainstream Republicans such as McCarthy and McConnell believe such nonsense? No, but down by only 10 votes in the House and with a tied Senate, they do believe they are within striking range of regaining control of both the House and the Senate in next year’s midterm election, and they are choosing power — or its prospect — over principle.

For the sake of their party and the nation, those hopes must be utterly dashed. 

The 2022 midterms have to be more like 2002, during President George W. Bush’s first term, when his party gained seats in both the Senate and the House. That uncommon result was generally attributed to a groundswell of solidarity following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But the nation, right now, should be equally traumatized. In January, the United States lost more than 95,000 people to covid-19 — the equivalent of a 9/11’s worth of death every single day. Just weeks ago, we saw the Capitol sacked for the first time since 1814. And a majority of the Republican rank-and-file clings to the lie that the election was somehow stolen from Trump. 

GOP House members who had the integrity to vote for impeachment, such as Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Tom Rice of South Carolina, are under withering attack from their fellow Republicans. The warning to Republican senators is explicit: Vote to convict Trump — and, effectively, purge him from the party — at your own peril. 

The GOP won’t or can’t reform itself. So we must help the party by crushing it.

The fact that dozens of major corporations such as Walmart, Google and AT&T have announced they will not give campaign donations to Republicans who voted to decertify the elections results is a start. But we consumers need to demand that corporate America go further by insisting that trade associations follow suit — and that companies at least ask their executives to refrain from giving to GOP Super PACs, the dark-money realm where donations are not statutorily bound by tight limits. 

We saw how Georgia voters recoiled from Trumpism by ousting two Republican senators and electing two Democrats, one Black and one Jewish, in their place — and that was before the Capitol riot. The necessary ruin of the GOP is far from an impossible quest.

It was GOP voters in Georgia who gave us Greene, most accurately identified as (R-QAnon), and she should be made the face of the GOP. The choice is binary and stark: If you don’t believe in Jewish space lasers, you can’t vote for Republicans. And if you loved the old Republican Party, you can’t have it back until you smash today’s GOP to smithereens.

11 thoughts on “Burn It Down

  1. Trumpian. How the hell can Spelchek change Trumpian to the name of a tiny village in England.
    Hmmmm. Maybe they know something we don’t. The village of Trumpington has more value in the world than anything Trumpian. Yeah, that pretty much says it all. For once, Spelchek, I AGREE WITH YOU!!!!!

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  2. This post is not in the least radical, unless you are a Trumpelstiltorangeskinhead. Mr. Robinson (Here’s to you!) is only telling the truth (unless you are a MAGAt!) in which truth is Trumpington fantasy.

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  3. Jill, niece Mary forewarned us about her uncle will burn it all down not to lose. His five biographers told us four years ago that he would say a lost election was stolen from him. And, the seditious former president’s own words were consistently uttered months before the election saying the only way for him to lose is the election being stolen from him.

    While the vote to convict was short of the 2/3 needed, the seditious former president is not innocent. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul gave them their out to vote on the process being unconstitutional as a coward’s choice. McConnell’s words of condemnation following the vote to condemn the seditious former president were like the scene from “Inherent the Wind” when the populist attorney and former candidate read his speech as people left the court room. No one was listening. Keith

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    • Indeed, Mary’s predictions have proven to be spot on … she knew her uncle well, as did those biographers who worked with him way back when. He’s always been a dishonest, corrupt person and nothing has changed over the years. His oath of office meant exactly nothing to him.

      I was particularly disappointed in my own Senator Portman who, since he isn’t running again in 2022, had nothing to lose by voting his conscience. I tweeted my post to Portman and emailed it as well, telling him that I had now lost any bit of respect I ever had for him. Not that he’ll care, but I needed to say it.

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      • Jill, I agree with your disappointment in Rob Portman. I also was disappointed in Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Shelly Capito of West Virginia. I was happy about Richard Burr of NC, but expected to Thom Tillis to be weak-kneed and he was. Keith

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        • I simply don’t understand their thought processes, to the extent they can be said to have thought processes. What happens next … well, the blood is on their hands. I was pleased and surprised by Burr’s vote, and I expected nothing better from Tillis. You guys really should have voted him out last time! Sigh.

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          • Jill, Tillis only won because his opponent decided to have an affair in the middle of the campaign. He was a great candidate who had a tangible lead throughout. Tillis also won the first time because his opponent answered a question poorly about missing some committee meetings. So, he truly has lucked out twice. Keith

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