Is “Infamy” To Become The New Normal?

Throughout history there are certain dates that stand alone, that in the retelling need no year for clarity.  December 7th, September 11th, and now January 6th … when we hear those dates, we automatically remember who, what, why, when, and where.  These three stand-alone dates all represent days when the United States was brutally attacked:  Pearl Harbour, World Trade Center/Pentagon, and the Capitol/Congress.  The first two differ from the third only in that Pearl Harbour and the World Trade Center were attacked by other nations or groups outside the U.S., while the attack on January 6th came from within, rather like having your son or daughter viciously burn your own house down with you in it.  In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7th to be “a day that will live in infamy.”  The same can and must be said about January 6th 2021.

So often we hear, “Well, whaddabout _____________?”, or “But both sides do it!”  And sometimes, to some extent depending on circumstances, that is true.  It’s call ‘moral equivalence’.  But there is not and cannot be any moral equivalency for what was done before, during, and after January 6th in an attempt to overthrow an election, overthrow a duly elected government, and destroy people’s lives.  This one, my friends, falls entirely on the shoulders of the Republican Party and their unofficial leader, one Donald Trump.  Kevin McCarthy said just this month …

“I think everybody in the country bears responsibility [for the January 6th attempted coup].

No, Mr. McCarthy … YOU, and Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and most every other Republican in and out of Congress bear the full weight of this one.

Not only did Donald Trump, as we now know, incite the riot at the Capitol on January 6th, but was also plotting numerous other illegal and unconstitutional tactics to overturn the election and overthrow our voices, our justly elected president Joe Biden.  Democrats did NOT do this, Independents did NOT do this – it was done by and at the behest of Republicans.

But as if that weren’t bad enough … the average John Doe Republican voter caught the spirit of the moment and set out to destroy … property, the nation, innocent lives, and more.  If you watched the four people who testified in yesterday’s televised hearing, you had to be moved.  All four told heartbreaking stories about receiving threats of violence, not only against themselves but their families as well.  You will have seen Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying that until very recently Trump supporters would drive around his neighborhood and falsely announce that he was a “pedophile” and a corrupt politician. He recounted an argument between a neighbor and a man with a pistol, and also talked about the reactions of his family …

“At the same time, on some of these, we had a daughter who was gravely ill who was upset by what was happening outside and my wife, that is a valiant person, very strong, quiet, very strong woman. So, it was disturbing.”

He fought the tears that we could see in his eyes.  What he didn’t mention was that his daughter died of her illness shortly thereafter.  My own eyes were suddenly in need of a tissue, as well.

The last testimony of the day was from Shaye Moss, a young woman who had been an election worker for some ten years prior to the 2020 election.  Ms. Moss was falsely accused, along with her mother, of carrying out a fake ballot scheme and Rudy Giuliani started the ball rolling when he called them professional vote scammers, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and forced them into hiding for a period of several weeks.  Both Ms. Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, spoke at the hearing yesterday and told of the ways in which they have been tormented and threatened.

“This turned my life upside down. I no longer give out my business card. I don’t transfer calls. I — I don’t want anyone knowing my name. I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the grocery store at all. I haven’t been anywhere at all. I gained about 60 pounds, I don’t do nothing anymore, I second-guess everything I do.  It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way. All because of lies for me doing my job, same thing I’ve been doing forever.”

And her mother, Ruby, said …

“There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere. Do you know how it feels to have the President of the United States to target you? The President of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not to target one. But he targeted me, Lady Rudy, a small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen who stand up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic.”

This, folks, is what everyday Republicans are doing – to their own!!!  The first three to testify, Rusty Bowers, Brad Raffensperger, and Gabe Sterling were all Republicans!  The elected officials on the Republican side of the aisle keep the populace riled with hate-spewing rhetoric, but it is the average everyday white Republican who is allowing themselves to be manipulated into this horrific behaviour aimed at the very heart and spirit of the nation.  And in the past 24 hours, since yesterday’s televised hearing, there has been an increase in threats of violence against the members of the committee, leading to a security detail being assigned to each member.

For the record, in case any Republicans, or any others who still believe the Big Lie and are enamoured of Donald Trump:

DONALD TRUMP LOST THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!

Get over it and try to make something of your lives instead of living your life vicariously through your wishful dreams.

I hurt … I literally hurt for what this nation has become.  It’s like when Smokey the Bear used to say, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires” … only WE THE PEOPLE can turn this around.  And if we don’t, if we fail, then our children and grandchildren will pay the hefty price.  I leave it to your imagination to figure out what that price will be.

22 thoughts on “Is “Infamy” To Become The New Normal?

  1. If someone of the moderate stance threw down their newspaper, or at the TV and said:
    ‘Enough. It’s time we formed a Minute Man Militia again, this time to stop the Right-Wing threat from within,’ I would not be surprised.
    This MAGA bunch are not just pushing the envelope they are trying to ‘heave-ho’ the entire box!

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    • One thing they are really, really good at is finding and identifying weak spots among the ignorant, then using those weak spots to manipulate. So, basically they have a group of avid and loyal followers who will literally follow them off a steep cliff. That’s why you don’t see a lot of opposition among the populace within their party. I would love it if some of them woke up enough to do just as you’ve said, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  2. Jill, I am not logged in so this will be from Anonymous. Your post is excellent and passionate. Let me state the very obvious in a dispassionate way. Donald J. Trump and select allies should be held accountable for their seditious actions that led to an insurrection against a branch of government. That should include criminal charges and a trial. We cannot allow this action to ever happen again.

    This insurrection does not happen without Donald J. Trump. It is not due to Democrats and he is not just rough around the edges. His actions are traitorous and deceitful. He and his Republican allies perpetuated this ongoing Big Lie and people have died as a result. They have betrayed our country and their followers and the fact it is still going on his shameful. As Judge Luttig correctly pointed out, Donald J. Trump and his allies are a “clear and present danger to the United States.” And, as Michael Gerson correctly pointed out “the Republican Party is in decay.” It gives me no pleasure to state these claims. It disturbs and disgusts me. Keith

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    • Jill, thanks for making sure this got posted. I thought it had disappeared. Republicans are being told to ignore these hearings. But, some are watching as 60% of Americans think charges should be brought against Donald J. Trump for seditious actions. That number should be higher, but it gives a talking point to ask a question. Plus, I love these two quotes as they also are eye openers. Yet, my favorite quote remains from Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney and fixer when he said under oath, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” Why would he say that? And, why did Republicans discount it immediately?

      Keith

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      • My pleasure, Keith! I will always happily ‘rescue’ your comments!!! I apologize for being so late to respond, but I was overwhelmed with comments yesterday and couldn’t get to them all before going to bed around 3:30 a.m. Indeed, I am surprised that the number of people who believe Trump should be tried and convicted isn’t higher … I think there’s a mentality that the president is and shall remain even after leaving office, above the law. NOBODY, in my book, is above the law.

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    • Thank you so much, Keith! Sometimes I just have to ‘write from the heart’.

      In my view, if we fail to indict Trump and the others for their role in the insurrection, then it WILL happen again … not ‘might’, but ‘will’. Politicians must be shown that they are NOT ‘above the law’ and that there is a price to pay for violating their oaths, for breaking the law and going against the Constitution.

      Judge Luttig said what you and I have known for a long time, but his words carry far more weight than ours. The big question now, though, is … who will listen? Obviously not the members of the core GOP who have sworn an oath of fealty to Donald Trump. I don’t understand it. Never before has a former president held so much power within his party.

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  4. This is a time when every Republican who voted for Trump should be hanging their head in shame. More so those who are prepared to vote for him if he runs again. There is more than enough proof that Trump acted against Republicans and Democrats alike in his attempts to overturn the elections, no lie was too great. He must be punished along with all those who conspired to defraud the electors. and every effort must be made to allow all Democrat electors to vote. The rank and file Republican can suffer knowing the Democrats have won a huge majority in both houses, especially the Senate.

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    • I am 100% in agreement with you on that! I didn’t vote for him and I’m hanging my head in shame for what he did to this nation, what We the People allowed him to do. What stunned me is that Rusty Bowers, the man who testified in the January 6th hearing on Tuesday with tears in his eyes about what Trump had tried to force him to do, and the threats his family received at Trump’s urging, said in an interview that nonetheless, he would still vote for Trump if he runs against President Biden in 2024. My jaw dropped. How has Trump gotten such a stranglehold on the Republicans??? It is my fondest hope to see him severely punished, but more and more I wonder if that will ever happen? He seems to be shielded by some invisible armour. Sigh. Cwtch

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  6. Hello Jill. I love the post and even more the emotion you have that comes right from your heart. But it is worse than you wrote because Rusty Bowers now says if tRump runs for president again and he is running against Biden, Rusty Bowers will vote for tRump again! So many of these people got burned by tRump, hurt by tRump, but like a cult to its leader they run right back to support tRump to take the punishment from him all over again. They learn nothing. Hugs

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    • Wow…that sorta changes my mind about him…not that he’d vote Republican. That I understand, but trump, the most evil man to walk the earth in the present he would again vote for after all that was done to him! Wow just wow

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    • Thank you so much, Scottie! Yes, sometimes I just … write from the heart without really thinking, just let my fingers say convey what I feel. I did see somewhere that Bowers said that, but I need to check and see when, exactly, he said it and in what context, for after watching his very emotional testimony, I find it hard to believe that he would vote for the former guy yet again! What is it about Trump that commands such blind loyalty??? I just don’t understand it. Hugs

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  7. A good post, Jill, and I mean you no harm. But there are many historical dates, or events, that affected or changed history, and changed lives. I really wish you had made your statement read, “Throughout American history there are certain dates that stand alone, that in the retelling need no year for clarity.  December 7th, September 11th, and now January 6th … when we hear those dates, we automatically remember who, what, why, when, and where. ” Your blog is not read just by Americans, but by people all over the world.

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    • Oh, I well know there are many such historical dates, but I wasn’t trying to write a history book, only make a comparison to attacks on the U.S. in the past 100 years or so. I know that I have readers from all over the world, and I’m so grateful for that. But this particular post was about what is happening in the U.S., not in South Africa or Poland. LuL

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