One of the seditionists who stormed the US Capitol building.

The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them

One of the seditionists who stormed the US Capitol building.

Several hundred Trump seditionists stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021 in response to Donald J. Trump’s call to deny President-elect Joe Biden his rightful job as President of the United States.

by Moe White –

They were egged on, encouraged, and incited by Trump himself, who told them as they gathered near the White House, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” He then called on them to march to the Capitol building.

His sons Don, Jr. and Eric, and Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Madison Cawthorn of NC (three days after taking his seat) joined Trump in calling for rebellion against the United States government. Don, Jr. warned Congress, “We’re coming for you,” and Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat” before sending the rebels off to invade the People’s House.

Speaking of these traitors, former Senator Claire McCaskill called them “domestic terrorists.”

I call them Republicans

Within Congress itself, Republican Senators Josh Hawley (who beat McCaskill in 2018) and Ted Cruz (TX), and GOP Congressmen Louis Gohmert (TX), Matt Gaetz (FL), Steve Scalise (LA), and a number of others also called for, in effect, a new Civil War against our elected democracy.

This behavior is not new; it is simply the most recent, obvious, and intense manifestation of a movement that has been at work for decades. Year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation, the Republican Party has promoted and celebrated men (and a few women) who have undermined democracy, suppressed voter access, reimposed Jim Crow and other forms of White supremacy, and sought ways to achieve permanent, unaccountable, self-serving power.

They have celebrated those who devise the “best” (i.e., most cynical) ways to divide the country through “wedge issues,” negative “talking points,” scapegoating, and flat-out, continuous lies. For fifty years they have lied about “welfare queens driving Cadillacs,” “those people,” and a variety of derogatory terms for non-white, non-evangelical, GLBTQ, female, Black, Red, and Brown citizens—N-, F-, C-, S-, and other hyphen-words—terms that they use with impunity but that may not be printed in this family newspaper.

We must learn from history

Long before the Nixon-Reagan era, America-firsters of the 1920s (think Henry Ford), the pro-fascists of the 1930s (Charles Lindbergh), the John Birchers of the 1950s (Joseph McCarthy), the Radicals of the 1960s (Barry Goldwater)—all these Republican “icons” and their supporters preferred the power of fascism and autocracy over the messy blessing of democracy.

And even they were only part of a long, unbroken line of Americans who scorned democracy, undermined human rights, wrought murder and mayhem, and have done their best to harm others rather than help them. Every one of them—and many, many more—has earned the designation “fascist,” and every one is a traitor to the Constitution. Benedict Arnold, Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Huey Long, Joseph McCarthy, Roy Cohn (McCarthy’s disciple and Trump’s tutor), Orval Faubus, Lester Maddox, Strom Thurmond, Richard Nixon, Jesse Helms, Lee Atwater, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Mitch McConnell—and above (or beneath them) all, Donald Trump.

The last four named still wield power or influence; they have long wielded it for their own aggrandizement and against the best interests of the United States. It is up to the rest of us, as people of good will, as patriots who love our nation—what it stands for, has been, should be, and might become again—to stand against them. We must all work together for democracy, for one nation, and against any and every purveyor of lies and bias and hate.

It will not be easy

A century ago Mark Twain pointed out that “A lie will travel around the world while the truth is getting its shoes laced.”

Recognizing that truth, Republicans quickly mastered the art of The Big Lie, as developed by Joseph Stalin, perfected by Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn, and brazenly wielded by Cohn’s protégé, Donald Trump. No sane person would take those four men at their word. Anyone who does, anyone who remains loyal to Trump today, deserves to be lumped in with them.

Yet now, with unctuous sanctimony and shameless hypocrisy, Republican officials proclaim their devotion to democracy and the democratic process. They call Mitch McConnell’s sniveling retreat “the words of a statesman”—a statesman who has singlehandedly done a thousand times more to destroy the institution of the US Senate than the rioters did on January 6. Sen. Ken Buck (R-CO) begs President-elect Biden to tell Speaker Pelosi not to impeach Trump, calling it a “partisan effort” that “would be a further distraction … as unnecessary as it is inflammatory.” He and the six colleagues who co-signed apparently don’t consider the invasion of the Capitol either partisan or inflammatory.

If any “patriotic” members of the Republican party are afflicted with actual integrity—some (more generous than I) assign a modicum to Mitt Romney, Brad Raffensperger, Gabriel Sterling, and Liz Cheney—they will expel every member who has supported Trump in these past few months. Alternatively, they can allow those traitors to remain in a Trump “republican” faction while forming a new, restructured Conservative Federalist party of their own.

A progressive majority, conservative minority, and a cult

When the GOP splits, the thugs can properly evolve into the Trumpthuglican Cult, and we patriots—left, right, and moderate Democratic patriots and a few Conservatives—can, and should, strip them of their right to vote forever. That is the appropriate consequence of their support of sedition and insurrection against the Constitution, the government, and WE THE PEOPLE of the United States of America.


NOTE: The views and opinions expressed here, as well as assertions of facts, are those of the author. They do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of The Urban News.

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