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Well, Republicans, was it worth it?

Protests and riots are happening everywhere. With the breakin at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta, and targeting of news crews with pepper bullets, we are seeing an increase in attacks on the press. But the media is still not quite getting it. In the Washington post this morning, there is a piece about Trump threatening to call out the military to restore order but former military and defense experts don’t think he would do it.

Really?

On what basis did they come to that conclusion? Was it because Trump removed one of his flagged tweets yesterday? Please.

We are unraveling. Six months ago, if I had said this is where we were headed under Trump, I would have faced a barrage of scorn and ridicule. This country will never break down, they’d say. You’re suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Um, actually, I think I did have this conversation. I think I replied that some countries have to learn the hard way. We are now that country.

But it didn’t have to be this way. We knew last fall and on into January that Trump was out of control and dangerous. Adam Schiff pleaded with Republicans back in January to take this seriously.

“How much harm can he do in the next several months? A LOT.”

All we had to do to protect ourselves as a country was remove him from office so that he didn’t pose a danger to US.

But Republicans thought this was all a big political game where winning was everything. They couldn’t look beyond that. They couldn’t see the effect of a virus. They couldn’t see how it would compound the danger.

We did. For that we were made to look like we were exaggerating to overturn an election. In retrospect, it would have been a mercy to us all if we had been able to overturn that election. But all we wanted to do is remove a dangerous person from office. It wasn’t a coup. It was an intervention.

And so, Republicans, elected and base voters, verily I say unto you, it didn’t have to be this bad. This is on you now. Our country is reaching a tipping point. It is time to make that walk from the Capitol to the White House and remove him. If you want, you can even start your own impeachment procedure. We don’t have a problem with that.

But make it quick before Atlanta burns again.

7 Responses

  1. Mr Trump is getting his White Supremacist supporters to try and start a Civil War so he can proclaim himself Mr Dictator .

    • Who would be more likely to throw an explosive device into CNN headquarters? Left wing protestors or the white nationalists who worship a man who calls out CNN as the worst example of the “enemy of the people” Media?

  2. Are we also blaming Trump for the Police Officer’s 18 prior complaints? Is Trump to blame for the loss of manufacturing and the replacement of American workers with foreign workers that has been going on for the past couple of decades? Are we blaming Trump for the workers who had to train their own replacements or lose their severance pay?

    • Let’s keep the focus on the here and now and deal with the future after the election.
      For what it’s worth there is a lot of blame to go around in both parties that lead to the structural problems that we now need to fix.
      But yeah, I blame Trump for being the match to a lot of dry tinder. And if you are trying to distract from the fact that he is fanning the flames right now, then you should know that no one is buying that shit anymore.

  3. Republicans are loving this. Civil unrest almost always leads to “strongmen” asserting dictatorial powers. The Nazis burnt the Reichstag just to give themselves more of an excuse to install fascism. There is no doubt in my mind that a good portion of these people rioting and burning are outside agitators, maybe in the employ of the Russians and Republicans, who are now pretty much the same thing. I saw a Black man, I think formerly high up in the police ranks in New York, yesterday say that there are always some outside forces, professional agitators, he called them, who do this; even while he was decrying the horrible actions of the Minneapolis police officers.

    If the country burns, fascism reigns. And it is very hard to undo fascism, not when the fascists have all the guns. I did not watch TV last night, too depressing; but I am sure that many of these people burning things are doing it to foment the civil war which they have been lusting for. There are unfortunately many ways for Republicans to win elections, even when all the truth is against them. This is one of them. I well remember the late ’60’s, and the election of 1972. After the arrest of Chauvin, there was no rationale for Black people to keep burning things, even if they felt that the charges were not high enough. The people doing this have another motive. And all those Senate Republicans, 52 of them, who voted against Trump’s conviction, did so by and large because they like the America that he has provided for them,and want more of it. A government of perpetual martial law would not bother them, if they got their billions, and could go around making impassioned speeches about the Left, and how they are trying to bring anarchy, and how only they and their brave leader Trump can avert it.

    • Who are we white Americans to tell black Americans, our victims for four centuries, what are “rational” forms of resistance, and what are not?

      Please calm down.

      https://electoral-vote.com/

      • IBW, I am perfectly calm. I have a perfect right to say that burning and looting is not a good thing. in LA last night a restaurant was burned down that had been among other things helping to feed unemployed restaurant workers. Now it is gone, likely not to return. I do not think that aggrieved Black people did this, but no one knows who did. I do think that the far right is very involved in this, but whoever did do it committed a crime–unless we want to have a criminal system which apportions guilt based on the ethnicity history of the perpetrator and victim.

        A year or so ago, a sick and twisted individual went into a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed a number of elderly Jewish people for no other reason than that he hated Jewish people. if Jewish people burned buildings and looted, would you say that no one had any right to condemn them, after 3000 or more years of persecution, torture and slaughter? After the fall of the Nazis, did people say that Jewish people have the right to kill 10 million or so Germans? No.

        My ancestors came to this country in around 1906, some from Russia and some from Austria. They were always Democrats. They obviously did not own slaves, they did not support slavery, they did not support Lester Maddox or Bull Connor. They didn’t have their foot on anybody. They supported Adlai Stevenson and JFK and Edmund G. Brown. Are you saying that they, along with every White American inherited the responsibility for slavery? Did they all inherit the responsibility for killing Native Americans, and thus if that group rose up and started burning down people’s houses, no White person could object?

        In 1992, I was an attorney in a law firm near Culver City. We were aware of the Rodney King verdict that day, and the outcry. I kept doing work that afternoon, until I got up to look outside my office, and everyone was gone. I could see fires outside. I got in my car, and tried to get onto the freeway, to drive home to the SFV. I was lucky to get on, and I was not at all sure I was going to, because there were fires everywhere, cars being burned. This was okay, because Black people were outraged at a verdict in a court in Simi Valley? A man named Reginald Denny was pulled out of his truck in an area not far from my office, and beaten to a a pulp by a young Black man, who ultimately got 5 years or so in prison for what was really attempted murder. Slavery did not rationalize those fires and looting. There is nothing I can do about this, but if Trump runs on a law and order platform and wins, then we will see how much value all of this has been. Massive protests and denunciations for the obscene killing of George Floyd are warranted and necessary. But this does not give an imprimatur to people to resort to violence against other people and properties all over the country. Again, I think that the far right white supremacists are instigating much of this, but it has to stop.

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