The proposed independent commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol is dead. The few Republicans of conscience who joined Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney in understanding what happened represent a feeble resistance to the cult leader who has taken over their party.
The Party of Trump is in near lock-step loyalty to their leader who was overwhelmingly voted out of office. That lock-step loyalty is looking more like goose-stepping with each passing day.
This isn’t hyperbole.
They either still believe his Big Lie, or refuse to disavow the Big Lie. As longs as they are under Trump’s control they are an authoritarian cult of personality. Nothing is more dangerous to a democratic republic than a party more loyal to its leader than to our people and Constitution.
Mitch McConnell earned the title "Grim Reaper of Democracy" before his conversion to the Trump Cult. His denial of a vote on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee was a betrayal of our Constitution. He and Trump packed a third of the Supreme Court, despite the majority of voters who rejected his party’s occupancy of the White House.
The radical Right does not want to govern. They want to rule.
Governing requires cooperation and a bi-partisan investigation of Trump’s January 6th insurrection. Mitch demanded his party shut it down, calling it a “personal favor”. 35 Republican Senators fell in line.
It’s no wonder they don’t want an
investigation of 1/6. Trump’s toadies and his drones in congress are guilty as
hell for organizing and inciting his coup. And make no mistake, the radical
Right coup is ongoing. We have not seen
the end of it.
Senate Republicans spent two years investigating Benghazi, but voted against investigating an attack on the Capitol. They would rather lie and blame BLM and antifa for the actions of their hate-filled radical cult. Hillary Clinton has shown more guts, integrity and patriotism than every insurrection-abetting Republican.
The Republican Party will be enemies of the republic as long as it believes the President can buy off porn stars, obstruct justice, and incite acts of insurrection without penalty.
The Trump Cult has become a criminal cartel. The “Stop the Steal March” was really Trump’s “March to Steal”. And of course, he lied about marching with them.
Congressional conspirators Louie Gohmert, Jim
Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Taylor Green, Paul Gosar, and Andy Biggs
are traitors who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Each of
them gave insurrectionists reconnaissance tours of the Capitol on January 5th.
We've yet to discover the extent of the coordinated planning to "fight like hell" and "take back our country" through "trial by combat" by Trump's inner circle of loyal toadies and henchmen.
The Party of Trump wants to "move on" from the January 6th, 2021 insurrection; preferring to go back to denying the November 3rd, 2020 election.
I have no doubt they would follow Hitler if he was here today. Trump is proof. They obediently and avidly support him after his insurrection, just as authoritarian Germans supported Hitler after his failed coup on November 8, 1923. Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch was inspired by Mussolini’s “march to steal” 1922 march on Rome that overthrew Italy’s elected government. Nazis, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and the rest of the American radical Right share a fanatic hatred for minorities, equality, voter rights, progressives, socialists, and leftists. They don't want to debate or run on policy. They would lose. Instead they want to destroy democracy.
And they wonder why they are seen as authoritarians.
If the election was corrupted by massive fraud and irregularities, why has not one Republican officeholder who objected to Biden’s victory objected to his own win? They were on the same ballot in the same election. How is it only Republicans are "fairly elected"?
The only answer is they are a party of radical white nationalists who oppose democracy itself. Too many Americans, especially minorities, voted in the last election, so the radical right is enacting new laws to assure that won’t ever happen again.
Suppressing democracy, especially minority voting rights, is essential to the authoritarian, white nationalist, fascist playbook.
We recall the pro-Trump Nazis chanting, “Jews will not replace us! YOU will not replace us!”, in Charlottesville during the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.
Republicans, white nationalists, and their radical right ilk have one great fear. Minorities. They are fearful of their white majority fading. They are indoctrinated to believe minorities will be corrupting “their country” by their decadence and impurity.
Damn right I’m comparing them to Nazis. This was Hitler’s first Big Lie about Jews.
The “Great Replacement” or “replacement theory” of European white nationalism is finding its home in American white nationalists and the radicalized Republican Party
Tucker Carlson promoted it. “I have less political power because they're importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that? The power that I have as an American guaranteed at birth is one man, one vote, and they're diluting it. No, they are not allowed to do that. Why are we putting up with this?"
Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor is worried about the “great replacement” too. He was appointed to West Point's Board of Visitors in the waning months of the Trump administration.
"The idea is that they have to bring in as many non-Europeans as possible in order to outnumber the numbers of Americans of European ancestry who live in the United States. That's what it's all about. And I don't think there's any point in questioning it. That is the policy. ... It is a deliberate policy to enact demographic change...We're also encouraging all these worst elements to come in and camp and effectively enjoy the fruits of citizenship without earning them and without ever having qualified for them," he said, "And I think some of you must have seen the thousands of pregnant women coming up from Latin America, so they can have their children here. And then the child immediately is declared an American citizen. And again, all of this is part of the grand plan. This is what Mr. Biden and his supporters want. They want another country. They don't want the United States."
Herr Goebbels would be so proud of his American protégés.
Fascism and racism have been close partners for a hundred years and counting, and now that the Republican Party is the party of Trump, it’s contagion has become toxic to the truth and to our democratic republic.
American neo-fascism needs more than the usual scapegoats and bigotry to seduce its indoctrinated cult. It needs to undermine and destroy democracy. Voting must be suppressed. Elections must be questioned, denied and overturned if the radical Right loses the vote count.
Trump lost the election, and so they staged a coup. It was so shocking and horrifying even some Republicans temporarily spoke the truth.
Trump’s fanatic boot-licker Kevin McCarthy was moved to proclaim the facts on January 13, 2021. "President Trump bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have IMMEDIATELY denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump to accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure President-elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term.”
McCarthy even suggested that Trump become the first president in more than a century to be censured.
But like every authoritarian follower, he soon fell in line.
On April 25th, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked McCarthy about Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-Wash.) claim that Trump had told McCarthy during the riot, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” McCarthy declined to confirm or deny it. Instead he suggest Trump had responded sufficiently to his pleas for action.
“I was the first person to contact him when the riots” were going on, McCarthy said. “He didn’t see it. [How] he ended the call was saying — telling me, he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this. And that’s what he did, he put a video out later.”
Yes, we remember Trump’s video, praising his thugs, telling them they were “special” and “loved”.
This is the glaring evidence that McCarthy has been completely radicalized.
But he isn’t the only one to abandon the facts and bend the knee to the first traitor president.
Senator Mitch McConnell understood what happened on 1-6-21:
“President Trump claims the election was stolen. The assertions range from specific local allegations, to constitutional arguments to sweeping conspiracy theories.
I supported the president’s right to use the legal system. Dozens of lawsuits received hearings in courtrooms all across our country. But over and over, courts rejected these claims...but my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegalities anywhere near the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election. Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence...If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power at any cost.”
The Grim Reaper’s somber sincerity didn’t last long. About two weeks actually. On January 19th McConnell said, “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”
But his tune soon changed to the authoritarian marching song.
FOX(R)’s Bret Baier asked what he would do if Trump was the nominee in 2024: "If the President was the party's nominee, would you support him?" McConnell replied, "The nominee of the party? Absolutely."
Loyalty to the Fuhrer. Trump uber alles.
Mitch needed to downplay the coup, and shut down any bi-partisan congressional efforts to investigate the insurrection.
“It’s not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could actually lay on top of existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday, announcing his opposition. “What is clear is that House Democrats have handled this proposal in partisan bad faith going right back to the beginning.”
You see how clear it is? It wasn’t “partisan bad faith” behind the coup at all. It’s the Democrats’ fault for wanting to investigate it.
On May 25th, McConnell whined Democrats “would like to continue to debate things that occurred in the past. They'd like to continue to litigate the former president into the future. We think the American people, going forward, and in the fall of '22, ought to focus on what this administration is doing to the country and what the clear choice is that we have made, to oppose most of these initiatives”.
Yes, initiatives like investigating who abetted Trump’s coup. Never mind what Trump’s coup is doing to our country, look at what the Biden Administration is doing to the country.
The radicalization is complete. Once the leaders in the party of Trump have obediently and cowardly submitted to their Fuhrer, the rest of America’s duped authoritarians would follow suit. The horrific reality is they number close to a third of the population. Most Republicans and Trump voters think he won. And those millions of duped, angry authoritarians remain ready to follow their leader's exhortation, "And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore!"
This is our republic's worst nightmare. The enemies are within, and are ready to destroy our democracy because their glorious leader refuses to admit he lost the election. The American people, the rule of law, and our Constitutional order must contend with brainwashing on a scale that rivals North Korea. The radical Right is indoctrinated top to bottom.
A fellow blogger has given us a revealing snapshot of how this “trickle down insurrection” has taken root among the cult followers.
Our old buddy Darrell, formerly T. Paine, wrote this at my blog on Jan 8, 2021: “Dave, Trump was wrong to give encouragement and a wink and a nod to the protestors and delaying any attempt to rein them back. He was complicit. Sadly this ego maniacal narcissist tarnished the myriad of good things he has done for our country with this latest escapade.”
This is what Darrell wrote on May 15, 2021: “Trump instigates a riot according to the left and the media, but then I repeat myself. (He didn’t.)”
And there you have it. Radicalization accomplished.