There are seminal historical moments that indelibly etch themselves into our subconscious minds. Moments that are significant enough to warrant the question, “where were you when this happened”?
Historical events like the murders of John F Kennedy & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The moon landing. The death of Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. The September 11th attack on the World Trade Center.
Each event was significant enough to jog the memories of those who lived in those moments and take them back in time to exactly where they were when they unfolded.
I understand that some people may be distracted, or more to the point, disinterested, and may not find the forgone events meaningful or worthy of recollection the way I see them.
And so, I also understand that some may scoff at the notion that the United States Senate’s decision not to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is one such moment. Nevertheless, for those who have been paying attention, this isn’t very comforting.
It is a clear and unequivocal departure from what was once expected of the United States Senate. The senate has enjoyed a billing as the world’s greatest deliberative body, and the body which is supposed to keep the raucous house in check.
Some have even peddled the nonsense that the Senate was designed to keep Presidents in line; that’s out the window.
Those fallacies were never true; neither does the Senate live up to any of those billings.
By that vote not to call witnesses, the Republican-controlled senate exposed to a transfixed world, that everything that the United States pontificated about previously, regarding the rule of law, was all a load of crock.
No longer can America talk about spreading democracy around the globe. Those farcical premises doesn’t sell anymore. By its abdication of democratic principles in the open, the Senate sent a strong message to the rest of the word, that Trump’s crimes are acceptable. By that token, the goal-posts are forever moved for presidents, Republicans, and Democrats alike.
By that token, despots and degenerates have a free hand to engage in illegal acts without America lecturing them.
Maybe that’s not such a bad thing for world peace on the one hand, because the fraudulent narrative of spreading democracy has been discredited, it should be off the table.
Yet on the other, there is no longer a powerful voice to keep despots in check, if not for its moral authority, for its strength and might.
Understandably, Republicans feel that they have the right to stop a sitting Democratic president from filling a supreme court vacancy. Because, of course, that President would not replace Antonin Scalia, [a right-wing ideologue], with another right-wing ideologue; worse yet, that president is black.
[Moscow] Mitch McConnell has said that if a vacancy comes up, Trump has every right to replace that Justice, election year or not.
So as far as the Republicans are concerned, the rules do not apply to them.
They are also saying that a Republican president cannot be indicted, [regardless of his crimes], he cannot be impeached. His lawyer Allan Dershowitz even argues in the senate that Donald Trump can break the law to have himself elected, and there would be nothing wrong with that.
Literally, every one of the 51Republican senators, except Susan Collins and Mitt Romney, believed in that concept.
The average observer may be missing because the United States of America, under those events, has already crossed the Rubicon. There will be no going back.
From Moscow, to Constantinople, From Beijing to Baghdad, From Riyadh to Caracas, and capitals beyond, whatever moral high ground America thought it had has been bulldozed into a valley.
America is no different than a banana republic many in the Republican Party love to belittle.
For starters, the United States Senate’s arrogant branding as the World’s greatest deliberative body is now a lie, an incredible lie, and a farcical misnomer.
A body that would vote to suppress direct evidence that would shed light on whether truth is the endgame, can in no like manner ever claim validity, much less relevance.
Whether the United States Senate vote to remove Donald John Trump from office on Wednesday, February 5th, (which it most certainly won’t), is hardly the point.
Republican Senators, except for Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, voted en-masse to suppress critical evidence which would most certainly bolster Democratic House manager’s case against Trump, and make it more difficult for them to vote to acquit.
Rather than being confronted with the mountain of evidence, they turned off the pipe. How can this body ever again claim credibility?
The vote to come Wednesday to acquit Donald John Trump of the two charges laid against him by Democratic Hose managers will be academic.
It has been clear from the beginning that there would only be one outcome. That outcome being, that Donald Trump will be allowed to tear away at the democratic framework of the United States, because Republicans are willing to aid and abet his efforts.
We can lament that former Republicans wrapped themselves in the American flag and feigned loyalty, fealty, and patriotism to America.
What has become evident is that this is not the Republican Party of yesteryear.
Aiding Russia is now no big deal. Destroying America is now a‑okay as long as a Republican chief executive does it.
Many people argue that we are where we are because Republicans want to hold onto power, but that is not so.
Despite the cult-like stranglehold that Donald Trump has on the Republican Party, House and Senate Republicans had the opportunity to join House Democrats in sending Donald Trump packing. It would not be a Democrat replacing Trump as the 46th president; Mike Pence would.
Republicans had a golden opportunity to send a strong message, not just to Trump, but to future Presidents, that they would not be allowed to usurp the United States’ constitution.
They could have sent Donald Trump packing and still controlled the White House. They chose to empower the despotic Trump and shred the constitution.
Their failure to use this moment to stand up against Donald Trump and his criminal strongman tendencies indicates that their fealty to Trump has nothing to do with maintaining power.
Whether or not there is compromising information on many of these Republican politicians is anybody’s guess. However, there is a stronger motivation than hanging onto power or fear of his base, about 35% of the population.
The fact is that Donald Trump is a White Supremacist who stacks the courts with unqualified white supremacists, tells abusive, violent cops to abuse citizens, and spews hatred and disdain on people of color.
That is the fuel that drives the zealotry of Trump’s support. It is also what motivates Republicans to bow down in absolute submission to Donald Trump.
The Republican Party has long left (Mitt Romney).
Willard Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama and lost in 2012.
As bad as his party was then, it had not yet reached this stage. Mitt Romney is a Trout swimming in a pool filled with Piranhas. On the other hand, Susan Collins from Maine only voted alongside Romney to hear evidence because her polling numbers are in the tank.
When push comes to shove, neither Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, nor Lisa Murkowski cares about the constitution. Party comes before Country, and that’s the bottom line.