Closure?

Probably.

And yet I feel unsettled that 43 Republican Senators voted to acquit.

I’ve listened to McConnell’s speech three times and there is much to admire in it but the reason for voting to acquit still rings a little hollow.

It’s the analysis of this statement that causes me heartache:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

McConnell says that the phrase “shall be removed from Office for, and Conviction of, …” In an odd twist, McConnell says that because the phrase is there and the former President is not in office at the time of conviction, the Senate cannot remove him from office, ergo, he cannot be found guilty of the Articles of Impeachment. This is convoluted thinking in my view. It kind of says that because the impeachment cannot be carried out, the former President cannot be found guilty. Whereas, I look at it and say whether or not the sentence can be carried out is not a reason to find a President not guilty of the charges.

Obviously, the section was intended to prevent a situation where the President is convicted of a crime and put in shackles and no one wants a prison President wielding power, making laws, and recieving a salary while in prison.I get that.

But isn’t the trial separate from the sentence?

Trump Acquitted Again

Everyone predicted that former President Trump would be acquitted for the second time and he was. On a vote of 57 for impeachment and 43 against impeachment, the 2/3 majority was unmet so the President was acquitted.

The case from the House was excellent and demonstrated the truth of things: Donald Trump ginned up his base before the election and after the election. It was shown that former President Trump invited the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, QAnon, and a huge portion of simple MAGA supporters to “Stop The Steal” on January 6th. They also showed that former President Trump gave the cue for the disruption of the Electoral College ballot count and that the MAGA supporters created the chaos at the Capitol while the fringe extremists invaded the Capitol in search of Democrats, RINOs, and the VP of the United States of America to harm them. And that the President took no measures for two hours to halt the violence. He was too enthralled at what he had wrought.

Mitch McConnell , current Minority Leader of the Senate, agreed that the House managers proved the facts of their case.

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that there was no question that former President Donald Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for provoking the January 6 US Capitol insurrection despite the Senate voting to acquit Trump for inciting the riot.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mcconnell-no-question-trump-is-responsible-for-provoking-riot/vi-BB1dEyet

However, as in all political battles, it’s all about giving people an excuse not to do the right thing. In this case, many of the Republicans believed that one cannot hold a trial for an impeached President who is no longer in office. This is, of course, an excuse not to do the right thing. Many Republicans used that excuse to vote against impeachment. We don’t know how many. We don’t even know if that is the excuse McConnell told himself.

And yet, the queue is now set for former President Trump to go to the Supreme Court and argue that articles of impeachment should be stricken from his record. He will say that he was found not guilty and there should not have been a trial at all.

No matter how you slice and dice this though, the video and audio evidence of President Trump’s malfeasance is on record for the world to see.

So too, is the evidence that the Republican leadership will go to extraordinary lengths to support Donald Trump. As I’ve said before, the Republican Party is no longer the Conservative Party of Gerald Ford or of George Bush I and II.

It is now a red meat party that attacks and lies and distorts the truth. Welcome to the Republican Party- New and Improved.

Participatory Democracy

Well, you are about to see the conclusion of six weeks of effort to impeach a President.

What did you do to participate in YOUR democracy? If you did nothing, then it’s not your democracy, is it?

If you read the memes and watched the news, you did the same thing that every person in the world did. You became an informed and silent citizen whose opinion was never counted…whose voice was never heard.

This is a participatory democracy. You get what you put into it. If you put nothing in, then you get whatever comes out from other people’s participation.

Perhaps you will remember four years from now that the Democrats exaggerate everything and the Republicans do nothing. Doesn’t matter whether its a pandemic or a budget or voter ID or whatever. If you don’t participate, you get the dregs of every democracy in the world: the worst candidates, the worst policies for people, the worst outcomes, and the worst legislatures, judges, and executives.

Every policy and every law and every outcome is because someone with a voice speaks for it or against it. When your voice is not heard, nobody cares about you. Why should they if you don’t speak up in a participatory democracy?

You can write your Congressman, you can send letters to the editor. You can inform others. You can comment on this blog. You can go to Washington. You can march in the street. Heck, you can even storm the Capitol.

I hope you choose to participate in the future. If you want a world for your children, and your grandchildren, that keeps them safe and allows them to succeed, you need to do something about it.

Participate. With Respect. With Honor. With American principles in mind.

Lend your voice. Be gracious when you lose. Be grateful when you win. This is the best American most of us can ever be.

oooh, my personal conspiracy theory!

After reading hundreds of conspiracy theories over the years, I finally have one of my own! Yaaaaay!

So let me begin by saying this is totally made-up except for the missing Washington Times article. That part is true, or was true when I wrote my post.

Are you ready? Ok, here goes:

I wrote before about the three-hour December 28th (?) meeting in the White House with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and unnamed Republicans in which plans were made for the coming vote and rally on January 6th. I told you that the article that appeared in the Washington Weekly edition, mysteriously, cannot be found in the e-versions available on line.

https://reasonablecitizen.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/wh-plan-to-overthrow-election-foiled-by-trump-supporters/

So now this mysterious disappearance from The Washington Times has got me thinking there was more to the covert plan.

Here’s my conspiracy theory for your amusement or amazement, which ever, what ever.

The President summoned some key Republican zealots into the WH to ostensibly talk about challenging the Electoral College count by VP Pence. Once they started talking, it was clear the President wanted to talk about the rally being held on January 5th for MAGA supporters. He asked who the speakers were and made some suggestions about using Rudy Giuliani and Alex Jones to fire up the crowd.

Then the conversation turned to speculation and it isn’t clear who made the suggestion but it became a kind of joke if the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and/or the Boogaloo Bois might capture a Democrat or two and shame them on national TV. The President liked the idea and his minions began to spread the story among the followers that the President supported the idea of putting Pelosi or Schumer in handcuffs and show his base what should happen to all Democrats.

And it became obvious that if the Capitol Police were thinned out and there was a sufficient amount of delay, that a small cadre of Trumpian patriots might be able to make this happen.

And so the plan was hatched to motivate MAGA followers to storm the Capitol so a handful of patriots could hide among the crowd and then shame a few Democrats or a couple of RINOs on national TV.

That’s my personal conspiracy theory. Don’t steal it. There is nothing factual about it except for the missing Washington Times e-article written by Dave Boyer.

I have often said that you can’t make this stuff up… now I’ve learned that you actually can make this stuff up.

(sarcasm alert) But those darn Democrats have exploded the whole thing into some nefarious insurrection and then people were actually killed and, well, what was once a lark has now become something darker and more sinister.

I’m thinking I should turn this into one of those alternate Universe/portal stories where an alernate history happened. Might be good for a TV movie …or maybe a series!

Sigh…well..,making things up is fun but reality is better. I’m going back to watching the trial now. Oh, my! Who’s the idiot lawyer talking about Due Process when the impeachment hearing isn’t a criminal trial? What a maroon! Doesn’t he know that when Sen. Mitch McConnell says there will be no witness testimony that Due Process is broken into a thousand pieces?

You can’t make this stuff up! Lawyers are such idiots.

“It’s all about the Base…”

Here are my early take-a-ways on impeachment proceedings:

I watched a little of the trial at lunch and the Republicans are following the same strategies they always do:

1) Can we show that Democrats are hypocrites? Say one thing and do another? If so, then people in glass houses should not throw stones and no one should listen to the Democrats.

2) Can we show that Democrats do the same as us? Then our Republican Strategy is “What about-ism?”  “Why didn’t Democrats do this to their people? If they didn’t, then this is just political theater.”

3) “We will just deny, deny, deny that Republicans did this and that Democrats cheated and made this up.”

Those are the three approaches the Republicans use and they are very good at it.  It gins up their base and undermines any argument that Democrats believe in equality for Republicans.

The Democrats’ strategy is:

1) The Appalled Offense: make it sound worse than it really was and express a sense of how appalled everyone is.

2) Craft a long litany of Republican behaviors to show this has been going on a long time and nobody held Republicans accountable until now.

3) Craft a story of approaching doom if nothing is done to curb the Republican problem in front of everyone’s nose.

The Dems are just as good by getting their base to shake their heads and cluck their tongue about Republican behavior that will never, ever be held accountable.

Did you see anything that I missed?

Applying the same standards

Tongue-in-cheek:

If people have the ability to simply declare the gender they identify with, shouldn’t that same standard of self-declaration be applied to former Presidents?

If Donald Trump identifies himself as having won the election, shouldn’t the Democrats label him as such? In this way, the impeachment AND the trial are required by the Constitution and, if convicted, Trump can be removed from office by ordinary means.

If Trump is not convicted, then the Republican Party has to tell him the truth that he really isn’t President anymore.

This is a very appealing idea.

Do Actions Have Consequences Anymore?

That is the question that will soon be asked in the Senate.

Will loyalty to the Party trump everything else?

The evidence is clear that former President Trump slow-boiled the frog over the previous years and months that Republican frogs are now dead to all reason and all good judgement and they have given their life, their manhood, their womanhood, their loyalty, and their common sense to former President Trump. They are dead now and they never saw it coming.

He boiled them over four years.

Now he is selling Boiled-Frog KoolAid in the local grocery store.