Trump’s GOP or McConnell’s GOP? It depends on Conviction or not!

By Donald A. Collins | 22 January 2021
Church and State

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The headline news today is that the Senate will receive Trump’s impeachment document from the House of Representatives on Monday, January 25th, which will immediately initiate Trump’s trial, some days before McConnell had requested its start on February 11th. What effect this will have on the vote to convict is uncertain, but key to there being 17 Republican votes to add to the 50 Democratic votes will be whether or not McConnell votes to convict.

As you know, January 17th marked Martin Luther King’s birthday. In marking MLK’s day, we can pause to calibrate where we stand as a nation on the obviously unsolved issue of racism.

In my view, the majority of Americans have already decided that ethnicity should not destroy the world’s greatest democracy.

Sadly, the record shows that many GOP elected members of the US Congress have not come to that recognition. Yes, arguing about excess immigration as the reason for taking American jobs is a factor to resolve, but we have not used as another reason.

Those members who have not decided are likely playing to their constituents out of their own fear of not being reelected, or perhaps attacked by the extremist types who attacked our Capitol, or sadly their own personal racial prejudices.

They are entitled to their own opinions, but those opinions will not prevail as the majority in the upcoming trial of Donald Trump even if 67 total votes in the Senate for conviction cannot be achieved.

As noted above, Mitch McConnell is likely to be the key to Trump’s conviction, not because the long time Senate Minority Leader has come 180 degrees on his views of race but because he knows the key to resurrecting his party must begin with the conviction of Trump.

This view was buttressed by the 1/22 op ed by now US citizen the former Soviet chess champion, Garry Kasporov, in the Wall Street Journal which you can read here.

Trump’s life history has come to be so heinously disreputable and now capped with his role in fostering the January 6th Capitol assault. Senator McConnell is certainly not alone in either party in knowing that the time has come for action on the charge that Trump committed convictable offenses far too serious to be ignored if any GOP credibility is to be restored.

On 1/20 the Wall Street Journal writer Lindsay Wise and 2 other WSJ writers updated what they wrote, “On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Trump provoked the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 and spoke of moving the country forward.” You can read his views here.

Where stood those 140 Republican House members when the Trump’s House impeachment trial was being voted on? Voting for Trump’s acquittal of course.

Not all sitting Republican House members were so minded.

As Peggy Noonan’s January 14th WSJ column told us, “Liz Cheney’s was a moment of real stature. Addressing the issue of impeachment, the third-ranking member of the Republican leadership said, of the events of Jan. 6: “The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Noonan continues, “And so she would vote to impeach. Her remarks implicitly urged others in her party to do so, and the bluntness and power of what she said offered them cover: They could be tough too. But most couldn’t. They were stupid and cowardly.”

You can read her entire column here.

But Trump’s conviction would add powerful recognition about our recovery as a nation from the overt racism which has plagued us since the Civil War. Thus to begin to restore the balance to our two party system, the need for a Trump conviction looms large.

So regardless of motivation, I hope that McConnell will rise to the occasion and vote to convict. McConnell surely knows that a conviction vote will mark him in history with the vast majority of Americans as a hero. Moreover, his vote to convict would no doubt be influential in possibly encouraging conviction votes from the 16 other Republican Senators whose votes will be required to make conviction happen!

Trump said that if convicted he will start his own party, but as I have predicted, Trump’s political clout balloon is deflating daily and his attraction even to his most faithful fans will be less persuasive as time passes.

Read about his new party intentions here.

Perhaps his greatest conviction will come as he begins to resume his post Presidency life as his brand gets a negative branding which this piece in the Washington Post describes.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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