I have spent most of my night thinking about what has transpired in the Republican Party and I awoke to the thought the group has drifted into some mental space I find hard to define, given my knowledge of history and politics. Here is what the party leaders did:
There are a lot of ways to describe what happened in Washington on Jan. 6, but “legitimate political discourse” stretches the definition too many ways to count here. Let’s just call it a riot and let’s just blame Donald Trump for inciting his followers and lets just conclude the Republicans have slipped way off course in their bid to push the argument that Trump actually won the 2020 election.
By any measure but his own, he did not.
And everything that flowed from his decision to contest the election as a loud brute instead of as a defeated Republican makes him and the Republican Party look even worse.
What does this mean?
First, it means the party has an important decision to make in the wake of its recasting of a riot of violent Trump backers in Washington as political discourse. What that means, of course, is that all riots that have politics at their base are also political discourse and no one can be prosecuted for them, no matter the circumstances.
And that is just crazy.
The Republicans have been waving their arms and shouting about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations or the protests in the wake of police shootings of African Americans. They just yielded the moral high ground, if they ever stood on one, to people who would take their cause to the streets.
It’s not much of a stretch to imagine a revival of the Ku Klux Klan and a big march of Washington, except this time with AR-15s and a host of other weapons. Would the Republican Party label that as “legitimate political discourse”? What about another Synagogue attack or visit to a church down south by someone with a rifle who has a statement to make.
Is that “legitimate political discourse”?
No, and you all know it is not.
It’s time to call these people to task. Get ready to vote and vote in vast numbers. We don’t need these kinds of people anywhere near the levers of power.