It is rather ironic that I choose this photo today because tomorrow, January 6, 2021, the eyes of the citizens of the United States, and yes, the world, are going to be focused on this building, the Capital of the United States.
Tomorrow, 152 Republican members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate have indicated that they are going to attempt to overturn a presidential election by challenging the legally certified Electoral College votes of at least four states. Michael Pence, the Vice President of the United States, who will preside over this joint session of Congress, has indicated that he “welcomes” this effort. President Donald Trump has stated, via Twitter, the “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors.”
Wrap your head around that. Encouraged by the President and Vice President of the United States, over 150 Republicans in the House and Senate are going to support an effort to decertify legally certified Electoral College votes in order to change the outcome of a presidential election.
Again, wrap you head around that.
This is bovine scatology, unsupported by specific evidence and repeatedly rejected by courts at every level of the American judicial system as well as by the Attorney General of the United States, that is so deep that an earth mover will be needed to clear it away.
The Constitution does not grant Congress the power to arbitrarily decertify legally certified electoral votes. The action being taken by Republicans is unconstitutional, a power grab disguised as “letting the people’s voices be heard” because “there are so many questions.”
We are all to blame for this. Yes, Democrats, Republicans, the “media”, business leaders and Wall Street “fat cats,” academia, faith leaders, and we, the citizens of this country, are responsible for this mess. Nobody has a monopoly on virtue in this.
What is going to occur tomorrow is a direct result of our apathy, our unwillingness to give a rat’s behind about politics and the greater good, and our “leaders” taking advantage of that apathy and grievance to acquire personal political power at the expense of governing, and we, as citizens, turning a blind eye and not controlling the experiment of democracy by holding political leadership accountable for their inaction due to their moral and ethical corruption.
Because of that apathy and indifference, we now have “a least common denominator” system that rewards the players while neglecting those who are governed, the citizens of this great country.
America is in a very dark place, a very, very dark place indeed. Tomorrow is the day of reckoning. We as a nation are going to a place that we have never visited in modern times and I am frightened beyond words. Chances are that the effort to decertify will fail, but I fear the damage that results from this effort may be permanent and irreversible.
Folks, this country is in deep shit, and honestly, given the anger, hyperpartisanship, division and yes, hate, I don’t know if we can turn it around.
That being said, I also believe that it is always darkest before the dawn. Perhaps this is the wakeup call that our great country needs. We can only hope.
The late conservative political commentator Charles Krauthammer always talked about how politics is the most important thing that we do because EVERYTHING is impacted by politics and political life. Get the politics wrong, and bad things happen. He always used 20th century Germany as the prime example in support of his argument. We all know how that worked out.
Folks, we have gotten the politics wrong and the price for that could be the decline and demise of the America that we all love.
Tomorrow, our nation and political system will be severely tested. I have so much faith in the system that I believe that we will survive this. But at what cost? That’s what I worry about.
There is no turning back. We are staring into the political abyss and nothing is staring back. This is going to happen. Will this be, in the words of Winston Churchill, “our finest hour?” Or will it be, in the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “a date that will live in infamy.” We are going to find out soon.
The day of reckoning is here.