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Moscow Mitch thinks we don’t need to investigate the January sixth riot:

All Things Considered – House Passes Bill To Investigate Capitol Riot, But Its Fate In Senate Is Unclear – Updated May 19, 2021

This really doesn’t merit a lot of thought. I’m just going to cut and paste what I said here after the first impeachment started against Donald Trump:

I don’t know what the hurry is. Why do we have to have this all done by the end of the year? now? Why not investigate side by side with the police efforts to uncover the depths of crime involved in the attempted coup? Let’s be sure to get every single gory detail on the record for the Republican party to wear to the end of its days.

Republicans were happy to pretend nothing was worth worrying about for two five years while Trump stole the nation blind and Moscow Mitch shoehorned every judicial nominee he stole from Barack Obama through an otherwise catatonic Senate. Republicans were happy to talk about #Benghazi for three years. What’s the rush? I say we keep the impeachment hearings January 6th inquest going until November 3rd, 2020 November 8, 2022. I suggest they hold hearings on election day, even. Draw it out. Reveal the crimes of all of Trump’s yes-men as well as all of his 40 years of financial and real estate crimes. and his instigations to riot in the streets of Washington D.C. after telling black people they couldn’t riot in the same city streets six months earlier.

Paint it all in glorious technicolor detail, for all the world to see. The damage has been done already, anyway. No one will trust the United States again. Not for a generation. I have now given Moscow Mitch’s dismissal of the bill all the thought that it deserves.

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NBC NEWS – Ryan: ‘This is a slap in the face’ to U.S. police – May 19, 2021

One hundred and seventy-five Republicans voted against the January 6th investigation bill. Those seditionists (to use Stonekettle’s term for them) should never have been allowed to sit in congress. Anyone that wasn’t willing to state in advance that the election that put them there was a valid election should not have been seated. This action was permitted by the rules of the House and the Senate and should have been enforced:

If the election that put you here is in question then you shouldn’t be in a body that represents the people. Plain and simple. Congress chose to go this route instead, seating representatives that declared their intentions to muck up the works as much as possible. Now we have seditionists in Congress. I don’t see how this scenario is better than the outrage that would have been engendered when the 175 seditionists were not seated in the first place. This may be complex political maneuvering, but I don’t see how the Democratic strategy is going to win the next election for them.

…which is the only point that matters on this subject. Making sure the Republicans never see power again on the national level. They have made themselves the enemy of democracy. They should be declared a terrorist organization if they don’t change their tune.

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Coup D’Etat

the Republican party has become a machine for propagandists and televangelists and public liars to do the bidding of robber barons and racists. The people caught up in that mindset aren’t interested in evidence — they will deny any evidence that conflicts with what they want to believe.

And that means that the day that Trump leaves the White House, they will react badly. There will be threats of violence, there will be incidents — but whatever happens, the harder truth will be that the removal of Trump will not be a cure.

Trump was the symptom. The real disease is the Republican party and what it has become.

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Just like the time he twisted the arm of the Ukrainian government. Just like all the times it has been demonstrated that he pressures people to alter the truth so that he can be seen as a winner. Over and over and over again since he started trying to gain the office of President of the United States, not to mention the entire time he has been in business, Donald Trump has been shown to be more than happy to bully people into telling lies on his behalf.

This recording is no different than the dozens if not hundreds of other pieces of evidence of Trump’s strong-arm tactics to make the machinery of the government serve his personal interests and not the interests of the people of the United States. (full audio and transcript of the phone call)

Washington Post – Audio: Trump berates Ga. secretary of state, urges him to ‘find’ votes – January 3, 2021

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Coup d’etat. That is what this recording is evidence of. An attempted coup by the sitting President of the United States. The word we are looking for here is not coup, however, but traitor. Donald Trump is a traitor to this country and should be treated as such. He should have been treated as a traitor the moment that he attempted to make money off of running for office in 2016. Instead the Republicans of this country have fallen all over themselves to protect him and their perceived power through him. Those who side with him should all be called out as traitors as well. The evidence is undeniable now (has been undeniable to me for more than four years) To deny the evidence now, is treason. 

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On Saturday, the third of January, we learned that President Trump had pressured the Secretary of the State of Georgia to commit a felony and manufacture votes for him so that he would be declared the winner in that state.

When that failed he moved on to his next hair-brained scheme:

Trump reportedly planned to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a lawyer at the Justice Department, in an effort to apply pressure to Georgia politicians to overturn the results of the race there. Rosen had refused to back Trump’s disputed claims that voter fraud had cost him the election, drawing the president’s ire. 

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On Sunday the fourth of January, the 117th Congress was seated without much fanfare, including the 154 representatives and an even dozen Senators who had sworn to sabotage the November election results and force the country to accept a second term for the leader of their party, Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter that they made sounds that seemed like a reasonable argument about voter fraud, because they could not produce any evidence of voter fraud when required to produce it in a court of law. They had no evidence, but they would continue with their charade until the bitter end.

On Tuesday the fifth of January, the runoffs for both Georgia senate seats were submitted to the polls and the resulting vote count sometime early Wednesday the sixth produced a result that handed both races to the Democrats, wresting control of the Senate from Mitch McConnell and his Republicans for the first time since 2007.

This was how the sixth of January, 2021, was prefaced. What happened that day will be reported by dozens of reliable news outlets and recorded by countless historians as the day that the United States was almost subjected to a coup by a sitting president. Almost, in that his plans to have the Capitol building torched and the 117th Congressed disrupted and dispersed by his mob of angry supporters failed to produce the results that he clearly desired and had agitated for since the Presidential election had been called for Joe Biden.

(having access to the Rachel Maddow Show, January 7, 2021 would be great. The show that I watched on the edge of my seat the day I wrote most of this. Too bad that MSNBC doesn’t allow the average American to access their archives for this kind of important historical content. What were the television news media saying the day after the insurrection? That can’t be verified. –ed.)

The Maryland Governor was prevented from sending SWAT teams to retake the Capitol for several hours. Why was this? Remember the Reichstag fire? We got lucky. That’s what happened on the sixth.

As long as Trump was riding high, conservative media were often happy to excuse the violence, too. But with Trump on his way out, seemingly cut loose by Republican elites and his own staff, would his one-time media allies excuse the insurrectionary mob that trashed the Capitol in the president’s name?

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I’m thinking that the pro-Trump states should be put under military rule just like the seditious states were kept out of civil society after they were reclaimed after the Civil War. They can gain re-entry into the good graces of the federal government in Washington after they admit that they are racists and xenophobes and that they will seek mental help en masse. I mean, we just witnessed an attempted coup yesterday. An attempted coup by White Nationalists. Who can say what else is in the works by these same insurrectionists over the coming two weeks?

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PBS – Congress reconvenes to count electoral votes after pro-Trump mob breaches U.S. Capitol – Jan 6, 2021

Watching that video feed was perhaps one of the most traumatic events of my life. I really had no idea if there would be a United States from one minute to the next. As Congress reconvened I was struck by the comments by Republican lawmakers who just a year previously had stood solidly behind the very same man who went on to send his mob to kill them all in his bid to keep the Office of the President in his hands. Kelly Loeffler has a soul. Who’d have thunk it? Mitt Romney has the biggest applause line so far. Alternate reality?

The coup attempt failed. The mob was driven out of the Capitol. The vote was certified and Joe Biden was finally ceremonially confirmed as the next President of the United States.

That feeling when you realize you’re being thrown out of government housing and you only have a week to pack.

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Good, fuckwad. It will be less awkward at the inauguration with you not being there. He’s just changing government housing, if we’re lucky. His new digs will have clothing that is the color of that crap he puts on his skin. Again, if we’re lucky

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I observed that no one including Hillary Clinton should attend the inauguration of Donald Trump, exactly four years previous to this point in time:

It is fitting that everyone except Donald Trump attend the inauguration of his replacement in the office that he so spectacularly failed to execute for four years.

Postscript

Title changed, date changed to the date of the actual coup attempt. This piece will remain. I am expanding it with more stuff written during the time period that I haven’t published elsewhere on the blog.

I essentially stopped writing anything of a political nature on the blog following the events of January 6th, 2021. It was too much. I couldn’t separate myself from the events, my former political leanings getting in the way of my being able to even process the gravity of the events that came to a head that day.

Fresh Air – The Possible End Of American Democracy As We Know It – December 9, 2021

HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly says “sedition hunters” have used videos, social media posts and facial recognition software to identify individuals who participated in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. He talks with Terry Gross about the FBI investigation, and the trials of the accused.

Fresh Air – The Sprawling Capitol Riot Investigation – December 23, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman says the Republican party is increasingly unwilling to accept defeat and, in fact, is “prepared to win by sacrificing the essential elements of democracy.” His new Atlantic article is ‘Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun.’

Some of these people will be going to jail.

#27 Treason

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If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

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Minimal Standards for President?

There is an argument to be made that, if the government is corrupt and, if the people think that an outsider is how to fix it, then forcing the candidates to conform to the status quo would be detrimental to getting the corruption righted. I won’t make that argument. I won’t make it because, frankly, I think it’s asinine that we let just anyone run for an office that clearly requires basic contact with reality, and that the current occupant of that high office fails at that basic test, contact with reality.

The Orange Hate-Monkey (OHM) should be impeached and removed from office. more to the point, he should never have been allowed to run for that office in the first place. I’ve pointed this fact out since he first threw his hat in the ring, and discounted his chances of winning right up to the time when he co-opted the Republican convention. It was then that I started writing Authoritarianism vs. Humanism -Or- The Orange Hate-Monkey vs. A Village and I remain baffled as to how he got the convention to nominate him, and how he got the Electoral College to back him, except for one lone Texan who committed political suicide in refusing to vote for him.

There should be minimum standards set, and I thought that there was no way that a fakir like the OHM could get elected to the nation’s highest office. Those were my minimum standards, and three million votes should have underscored those standards. Without the complicity of the EC, those standards would have been met. Now that we have the worst possible government we could get, I’m beginning to think that more safeguards are necessary. I’m just not sure what those standards or safeguards should be.

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Personal Harm? #ImpeachTrump

Tell me: how your life has changed, for better or for worse, since Donald Trump became president. How has Trump’s administration affected you personally as opposed to society in general? Be specific and try to avoid hyperbole.

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Ah, the tell me where it hurts gambit.

Show me on this doll where donald Trump hurt you.

I’d like to take just a minute to explain how unnecessary this kind of detailing of the impacts of bad leadership truly is before I get into just how my life has changed for the worse since the OHM took office. The president is frequently given both credit and blame for things that are completely divorced from the actions that he takes, and yet the effects of a president’s actions or inaction can be felt by everyone in the world today, not just the residents of the United States of America. But the credit and/or blame as well as the actions have little to do with the outcomes themselves unless the authorizing legislation was crafted by the White House itself, and the President himself has a hand in making sure that the program in question is executed properly.

A case in point is the FEMA debacle of Katrina during the Bush II years, a failure of preparedness that Barack Obama avoided for his entire eight years in office having learned from W’s mistakes. Only to have the OHM return to the bad old days of political appointments to FEMA and the resulting catastrophe in Puerto Rico that continues to the time of this writing. W can be credited for learning from his mistake with hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, with the OHM steadfastly refusing to admit the reality of the massive death toll exacted on Puerto Rico because of his FEMA’s bungling of relief efforts and his general disdain for all brown-skinned people. These are examples of outcomes that can be laid directly at the feet of the occupant of the White House because FEMA management or lack of management is directly linked to White House control.

The OHM is quick to take credit for low unemployment numbers and continued economic growth, while carefully avoiding the subject of his predecessor’s actions and how those actions set up the rosy outcomes that he takes credit for now. Never is the fact that unemployment numbers are completely made up statistics that have almost no bearing on whether or not the average American can find work at any given time discussed. Never is the fact that growth statements are similarly jiggered admitted to, either. And it is the subject of the job numbers that brings me to how the OHM has made my life worse, directly. The Wife can’t find a job in this terrible job climate, and no amount of hype about how good the economy is on Wall Street will change this very simple fact. The Wife can’t maintain her health insurance because the OHM and his supporters in the Justice department and congress have derailed efforts to see universal healthcare coverage extended to all Americans. And without a job she has extremely limited ability to pay for her own healthcare. My wife is no different than millions of other Americans similarly affected by conservative rejection of universal health coverage here in the US. The most vivid display of the error in believing that life is a zero-sum game.

His crackdown on migrant workers entering the US has caused shortages in manpower throughout the food production industry, resulting in higher prices and scattered availability for some produce and meats in some areas. I can’t say for sure if the price spikes I’m seeing at the grocery checkout are the direct result of the OHM’s actions on immigration, but I dare anyone to try to explain how hand-picked vegetables can get picked without migrant labor to do the job. Migrant labor that is under the greatest pressure I’ve ever seen applied to the poor people who do the majority of that work.

Similarly, his grifting our trading partners, shaking them down for bribes before allowing them to do business in America, has a broad negative impact not only on the well-being of today’s Americans, but also damages the potentials for the next generation of Americans. How will an isolated America fare in the future? We’d better start trying to figure this out now, because it will take a generation or more to pass before our trading partners will be persuaded that we won’t turn on them again as the OHM has. His tariffs on steel and aluminum will be exacting a price on American pocket books long after we’ve removed the OHM from office.

His pandering to dictators like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping leave me with little doubt that he will be ass-kissing Kim Jong-un if that meeting ever actually happens. His debasing of America destroys the reputations of all Americans, making us all look like weak-willed individuals unwilling to stand up to international bullies like Putin. Since his family personally profits from these arrangements with dictators, he has no inclination to think of the greater good that might be achieved. If Kim Jong-un agrees to let him build a Trump tower in Pyongyang, I have no doubt that the OHM will find a way to let him keep his nuclear arsenal. He might even give him plans for American weapons in exchange for a sweetheart deal. Who’s to say what level of betrayal is beneath him if there is personal profit involved? I can’t imagine that he would balk at selling Ivanka into sex slavery if there was a buck to be made from it.