The Republican Party lives in a fairy-tale world, one where reality has no place. They don’t want to hear those realities that might awaken their sleeping consciences and make it uncomfortable for them to proceed with their platform of obstruction and lies.
The most recent example came yesterday when the 50 Republican senators voted against even discussing the For the People Act that would have ensured the right to vote for every eligible person in the U.S. They wouldn’t even discuss it! Why? Because they might hear some valid reasons that this bill is the best thing for the people of the United States. The bill is extremely popular among voters, even those in the Republican Party, but no no non nunca nyet! What We the People need and want has zero relevance to the Republicans in Congress. The fewer people vote, the more likely the Republicans can hold onto, or even increase, their power in Congress, thus their power to rule with an iron fist.
But this wasn’t the first time the Republican Party has interfered with our rights …
Last month, the Republican Party blocked the formation of a January 6th commission to investigate the events and what led up to the attack on Congress on January 6th of this year. Wouldn’t you think they would want to know who the key players are, who put their lives and the very foundation of our government in danger? But no, they do not want to be confronted with the evidence. Why? Because the truth will implicate some of them and will prick the conscience of others, making them look differently at their colleagues, perhaps even making them question the lack of values in their party. Right, Kevin McCarthy?
Going back a few months further to February, the former guy was impeached by the House of Representatives a second time, this time for his role in inciting the attacks of January 6th. When the Senate held a trial to determine if he should be convicted (typically, this trial would also determine whether to remove him from office, but as he had already been voted out, that was a moot point), the then-Republican-dominated Senate refused to allow the impeachment lawyers to call witnesses! They refused to even hear the evidence – and yes, there was plenty of it – against the former guy because … then they might have to dust off those sleeping consciences and for once in their time in office, actually do the right thing.
Where does all this leave us? The Republicans have a chokehold on Congress … nothing, I repeat NOTHING that helps shore up the democratic foundations of this nation and hold people accountable for their actions will be allowed. Nothing that helps secure our constitutional rights, such as the right to vote and participate in our government, will be allowed. Nothing that helps those in our nation who are struggling and need help will be allowed.
Last week, China raided the offices and froze the accounts of Hong Kong’s popular pro-freedom newspaper, Apple Daily. They also arrested five of the paper’s top editors and warned the citizens of Hong Kong not to repost articles from the paper. Today, with no choice left, the paper announced that it is closing. I strongly suspect that the Republicans in the United States Congress look at China’s hold over Hong Kong and drool, for they lust after just such power and control.
Today in the United States, we still have a free press, and because we do, the events of January 6th are being investigated and eventually we will have the answers as to who participated in the planning of the attack. Because we do still have a free press, we are almost immediately informed when the Republicans in the Senate do something unconscionable like refuse to even discuss a bill to fortify our voting rights. And because we have a free press, those who would like to turn this into a nation that is ruled rather than governed must watch what they say and do. Yes, we still have a free press … today. But don’t … DO NOT take it for granted, because given enough power in certain places, it could be taken away someday — perhaps sooner than you think.
It is up to We the People to vote next year to remove the poison that is infecting our lawmaking body, the U.S. Congress. Yes, we need two viable parties that can come to the table to discuss issues and compromise such that we end up with laws that, while not perfect, are in the best interest of the nation. However, the Republican Party is no longer a viable party, but rather a party attempting to seize control for purposes that will not benefit us. The Republican Party has become dictatorial in nature and that is NOT in the best interest of anyone, except perhaps a few very wealthy people.