Are we as a Nation going up or down after January 6th? Not if McConnell and Others showed some backbone

By Donald A. Collins | 4 February 2021
Church and State

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Two face Kevin McCarthy flight to Mar Lago for his photo op on January 28 with disgraced ex-President Trump shows the January 6th attempt to overthrow Trump’s lost election is still okay with some Republican leaders. McCarthy’s failure to acknowledge the treasonous statements of freshman GA House member Marjorie Taylor Greene while seeking to bring down House Republican heroine Liz Cheney shows the dangerous level of fragility our democracy has reached.

The upcoming trial of Trump has much more importance than many seem to be giving it. To me it represents the opportunity which must be taken to convict a felon whose continuing legacy will be one of deception and corruption in his and his followers (Cruz and Hawley perfect examples).

As former Republican Senator Jeff Flake said in effect on CNN on 1/25 if what Trump did is not a convictable offense then what is?

It is time for the good people in our Congress on both sides of the aisle to make their mark on history as McConnell has suggested by voting their consciences.

The effect of not convicting Trump for a variety of political reasons will empower Trump and his most evil, misguided backers with power to keep persuading those voters who believed his lies and tried to change what was the cleanest National election in our history with a violent assault on our Capitol on the very day the votes of our electoral college votes were being formally accepted by Congress.

This is no time to waver
This is no time for excuses
This is no time for lack of backbone

As Flake also said (and I totally agree) Trump’s political influence will decline faster than people think.

I have been making this point as no legitimate business is going to want to risk alienating a majority of it customers with the stench of Trump’s reputation. Will companies such as Proctor and Gamble want their customers to know they gave campaign contributions to such scumbags?

More important will the Republican Party in the hands of Trump regain its footing?

My answer is I hope so because our 2 party system with all its flaws gives balance for legitimate dissent and respectful resolution.

Trump’s perfidy will continue to hasten his decline. My favorite sport golf has already acted decisively by canceling holding 2 major tournaments at Trump owned courses!

The backers of Trump are going to find it rapidly harder to win with the support from this congenital liar whose only aim is self aggrandizement!

Watch. His political fall whether he is convicted or not is going to be rapid and spectacular.

Biden if he can get COVID corralled and adequate emergency funding in motion will allow the huge resurgence of our economy to bring in a new era of prosperity.

But again clarity and courage by Republican conviction votes would do much to remove the shame of the tragically weak performance of the Republican Party during the Trump Administration.

These elected representatives need to look in the mirror and decide to go down in history as a toady or a person of principle.

The key Republican vote is McConnell. Even if there aren’t 17 Republican votes to convict Trump, the courage McConnell’s vote would project might make the undecided elected Republicans decide that the Trump game is over and it is time to restore the utterly disgraced GOP image.

The bottom line GOP flaw is the embrace of racism by the white nationalists who stormed our Capitol on January 6th. Those Republican voters who shared the view of Trump’s lie about election fraud who were NOT there better wake up and agree saving our fragile democracy is worth avoiding the anarchy ominous with a Trump dominated party.

Look at what Trump left us? COVID deaths are likely to reach 600,000 before being contained.

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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