The Republican Party is claiming that the events of January 6th were merely “legitimate political discourse.” Naturally, I disagree … strongly disagree. But it isn’t enough for me to say I disagree … if I have a point, I must prove my point. First, let us dissect that phrase with a few short definitions …
Legitimate: accepted by the law as rightful
Political: relating to the government or the public affairs of a country; relating to the ideas or strategies of a particular party or group in politics
Discourse: written or spoken communication or debate
The first word alone, ‘legitimate,’ is enough to render this entire phrase as applied to January 6th 2021 wrong. On that day, in the U.S. Capitol, a violent mob entered the building unlawfully and then proceeded to destroy taxpayer’s property, to steal taxpayer’s property, to threaten a lynching, and to murder police officers who were attempting to restore order. NONE of that is legal or rightful!!!
I’ll give the Republicans that second word, ‘political.’ The violent insurrection was indeed political for it was an attempt, encouraged and plotted by the former guy and his minions, to overthrow an election and thus to overthrow the government of the United States. However, if this is what politics has come to, then I say it’s time for the two political parties to be disbanded and rebuilt from the ground up by people of conscience.
If ‘discourse’ is written or spoken communication, then I fail to see how the events of January 6th qualifies. The guttural grunts and screamed threats of the perpetrators can in no way be considered discourse. 90% of the people who stormed the Capitol on that day couldn’t string a coherent sentence together if their lives depended on it.
Ronna McDaniel is the chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), so while I don’t know who drafted the actual document to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, Ms. McDaniel bears responsibility, though there can be no doubt that a majority of the RNC supported the move. She is the niece of Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, although obviously she did not inherit his basic decency.
McDaniel is complicit in the Big Lie, the claim that the election was not fair and honest and that there was so much “voter fraud” that Trump actually would have otherwise won. C’mon, folks … think on this one for a minute. In 2016, Trump LOST the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton, but the machinations of the Electoral College allowed him to move into the White House anyway. Did Ms. Clinton throw a juvenile temper tantrum and claim she had really won, that there was voter fraud involved? No, she did not. In fact, she called Mr. Trump to congratulate him in the wee hours that Wednesday morning. THAT, my friends, is the proper way for a legitimate politician to behave. And in 2020, Trump lost by nearly 8 million votes. C’mon, folks, that would have to be one heck of a lot of voter fraud that simply didn’t happen.
To this day, Trump has neither conceded that he lost the 2020 election, nor has he congratulated President Biden. Instead, he has done everything in his power to denigrate not only the President, but the very presidency itself and to prove to the public that he is not a man in any sense of the word, but a whiny, vicious toddler in an ugly man’s body.
Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger deserve a merit badge for courage, for having the cojones to stand for what is right, to uphold their oaths to the Constitution and to We the People, and for being basically honest people rather than slavishly dribbling over the former guy at every chance. They know what might have become of this nation had Trump and his minions succeeded in their coup 13 months ago and they want more for this nation, they do not wish to allow one ‘man’ to destroy a nation, to burn the Constitution. And they understand, far better than most Republicans, that brutal murder, destruction of property, and theft do NOT qualify as legitimate discourse in any way, shape, or form.
If we allow the GOP to continue telling this blatant lie about the events of January 6th, if we don’t call them on the carpet for their lies, then we will be complicit in what happens after the 2024 election. Currently, voters in the state of North Carolina have filed a legal challenge to disqualify Representative Madison Cawthorn from running for a second term based on his role in the attempted coup. The lawsuit contends that Cawthorn’s comments in the speech shortly preceding the insurrection violate the 14th Amendment, which states in part that no person “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.”
If used properly, the 14th Amendment could and should be used to block others such as Josh Hawley, Lauren Boebert, Margie Greene, Mo Brooks, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and yes, Donald Trump from ever running for public office again! These people all played a role in the events of that day and frankly, they have no conscience, no business making decisions that affect our lives! Let them pump gas or sell sandwiches for a living for they DO NOT belong in our government!!!
I end where I began … there was nothing … not a single thing … that was legitimate about the attempt to take over our government and throw our votes out the window. Ask Officer Michael Fanone or any one of the officers who valiantly tried to protect the Capitol and Congress that day how ‘legitimate’ it seemed. It was a violent, bloody coup attempt and no amount of whitewashing can change that fact. It’s time we hold people accountable instead of pandering to them and re-arranging the dictionary to try to appease them.