If you happen to actually wish to admire the madness of what we’re witnessing proper now, simply play the choice situation in your head.
Had President Barack Obama misplaced to Mitt Romney in 2012 by over seven million votes, suffered a 306-232 Electoral school shellacking, but insisted he was the rightful winner, accusing the Republican Occasion of an enormous and fraudulent marketing campaign to undermine him, all whereas refusing to concede the election, you don’t really want to suppose too exhausting to grasp how this entire sorry episode in our nation’s historical past would have performed out.
If one thing so ridiculous and far-fetched ever occurred, Democrats wouldn’t have waited to take away him, they might have performed it themselves. They wouldn’t have waited for the Republican Occasion to cry and scream about it. He would have been banished from political life and by no means spoken of once more.
So regardless of the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling, wiping out this newest try by the GOP to subvert and destroy our nation, there’s actually one thing unspeakably horrible about this second. It’s unhealthy sufficient as it’s, but it surely’s truly getting worse, Supreme Courtroom rulings however.
By now many people have put their finger on what’s happening right here. Mainly, the Republican Occasion has proven its true colours. In a method, maybe, we should always thank Donald Trump for bringing this out within the chilly gentle, for all to see.
As Adam Serwer, writing for The Atlantic, cannily observes, the message that’s being despatched by the Republicans right here is that your vote was fraudulent if the individual you voted for wasn’t Donald Trump. And extra particularly, your vote was fraudulent in case you are not white.
To Trump’s strongest supporters, Biden’s win is a fraud as a result of his voters mustn’t rely to start with, and since the Democratic Occasion is just not a professional political establishment that ought to be allowed to wield energy even when they did.This is the reason the authoritarian treatments festering within the Trump fever swamps—martial law, the usurpation of state electors, Supreme Court fiat—are so overtly contemplated. As a result of the true will of the individuals is that Trump stay president, forcing that consequence, even within the face of defeat, is a success of democracy relatively than its betrayal.
The Republican base’s elementary perception, the one which Trump used to win them over within the first place, the one which ties the election conspiracy principle to birtherism and to Trump’s sneering assault on the Squad’s citizenship, is that Democratic victories don’t rely, as a result of Democratic voters usually are not actually American. It’s no accident that the Trump marketing campaign’s claims have centered virtually fully on jurisdictions with excessive Black populations.
To Republicans, solely white votes matter now. Are you questioning why you haven’t heard any accusations about voter fraud within the suburban counties surrounding Philadelphia, for instance, which helped Joe Biden win Pennsylvania? There are not any such accusations, as a result of these areas are predominantly white.
Again to our imagined situation: If Barack Obama had tried this, the Republican Occasion would lengthy since have lined up in unison, braying for his head on a platter. There can be no reticence in calling this precisely what it’s: treachery, treason, sedition of the best order.
Republicans wouldn’t be demanding hearings. From the highest of the GOP management down, they’d be demanding an inquisition. They’d be urging all of their constituents to flood the streets.
However again in our actual world, Democrats have been remarkably quiet about what is occurring. Maybe it’s an expectation that this can all blow over, as soon as the Electoral School votes on Monday. Maybe the pondering is, following the lead of Joe Biden, Democrats wish to undertaking an air of professionalism and functionality whereas the Republicans make fools of themselves. Maybe they’re inclined to simply let the media do the castigating for them. Maybe, as some have steered, they really feel as if their Republican counterparts are solely behaving this fashion as a result of they know their efforts will likely be unsuccessful.
I don’t perceive this pondering. It appears ridiculously naive, significantly beneath these occasions of unprecedented disaster, the place 1000’s of Individuals are dying in hospitals each single day.
The Republicans have embraced fascism. I don’t know what number of occasions it’s going to be essential to say this. I don’t know the way it may be mentioned extra clearly. There won’t be any cooperation with these individuals. They’ve offered their souls. Fascists are impervious to motive, disgrace or argument. The one factor they perceive is energy when it’s used towards them.
The Democratic Occasion represents the bulk—by a substantial margin—of the American voting public. As various as our coalition is, it’s in actual fact the bulk, and it must behave like a majority. We—not the Republicans—had been the tens of millions who marched within the streets of Washington, D.C. in 2017. We—not the Republicans—had been the tens of millions who marched in each main metropolis within the nation—and virtually each different place within the nation—in opposition to racism and police brutality. We—not the Republicans—had been those who flooded the polls in 2018, and once more in 2020, lastly throwing this abomination out of workplace.
A majority has energy, and it is aware of when to make use of it.
What the Republicans are doing has been, and is, insupportable. Any Republican—on the state degree, the federal degree, or in another capability—ought to be made to grasp that they’ve betrayed the nation. They should know that they are going to be considered and handled like individuals who have betrayed their nation—for the remainder of their political careers. They have to be made to grasp that they’ll face the implications of their 2020 treachery for the remainder of their lives.
Except and till that occurs, they’ll proceed to mock us, to disenfranchise us, realizing that we are going to sit again in worry, counting on our fragile “establishments” to guard us. After which they’ll attempt it once more.