With the firing of FBI Director James Comey and subsequent Trumpian Twit storm, our democracy has become an endangered species, a situation reminiscent of the Nixon Watergate era only much, much worse.
On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States, after many long months of headlines exposing his culpability in the Watergate burglary and consequent cover-up. At the time of Nixon’s resignation, Democrats ruled both House and Senate and had already initiated impeachment proceedings.
CONGRESSIONAL PARTY MAKEUP IN 1974:
U.S. House: Democrats 291 Republicans 144
U.S. Senate: Democrats 61 Republicans 38 Independents 1 (1)
Such is certainly not the case in 2017. We, the People have chosen to deliver all three branches of our government into the hands of the Republicans:
CONGRESSIONAL PARTY MAKEUP IN 2017:
U.S. House: Democrats 194 Republicans 241
U.S. Senate: Democrats 46 Republicans 52 Independents 2 (2)
Given the partisan loyalty that has strangled our democracy for decades, a blind, deaf and dumb allegiance that overrides even national patriotism, I cannot imagine Speaker Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus initiating Trump’s impeachment proceedings in the House under any circumstances. Nor can I fathom any crime serious enough to propel Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to host Trump’s trial in the Senate.
In Teflon Don’s own words at a campaign rally:
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” (3)
Nor would he, I believe, lose the support of Republican Party loyalists in the House and Senate, even if he had shot Director Comey in the middle of the Oval Office.
We live in unprecedented times, in which our very way of life will be challenged and defeated unless the American voters wake up, get off their excuse-making asses and take a stand, as I have done all my life–Obama excepted–for the lessor of two evils.
I’ll give the Republicans one thing: they would vote for Beelzebub if he ran as a Republican. Whereas, the purist, puerile faction of Democratics and Independents who found Hillary Clinton’s email infractions so horrific that they could not bare to vote for her, should take heart in the Republican Totalitarianism they helped to create.
To be fair, some Republicans in both houses have expressed concern about the President’s recent antics, but their concern has not generated any action and will not with the spineless Paul Ryan and corrupt Mitch McConnell running the respective shows. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Richard Burr, (R-N.C.) and Barbara Comstock, (R-Va.) are among the small number of Republican senators questioning Comey’s termination. Even Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) in a Meet the Press interview regarding Trump’s interference in the Russian Connection investigation said:
“The President needs to back off here…” (4)
Graham also expressed a need for the next FBI Director to be someone from within the agency with no political allegiances. I am grateful to Graham for expressing that sentiment but I seriously doubt if Trump will heed his advice. Make no mistake: this administration means to bury the Russian Connection investigation at all costs.
Lately part of me really wants to turn off the TV, delete my news apps and immerse myself in gardening and fiction-writing for the next 18 months, without the stress of watching our democratic republic implode. In other words, to bury my head in the sand and wait until the 2018 Mid-terms when, I hope, all those indignant left-wing non-voters will trouble themselves to get out of bed and vote these jackals out of office. But I cannot, in good conscience, ignore the catastrophe that threatens my country. I will, therefore, continue to stay informed, to write letters to my representatives and to express my opinions in this scantily-read blog, even if absolutely no one is listening.
To anyone else who is considering burying their heads in the sand during our nation’s current crisis, think again! By the time you pull your head out of that hole, you may not recognize what America has become. The long-term effects of Trumpian policy have not yet hit Main Street America; by the time they do, it may be too late to reverse those effects.
- Uber-conservative Gorsuch on the Supreme Court supporting a 1789 world view;
- Unchecked pollution
- Capricious foreign policy decisions
- Banking de-regulation that will drive our economy over the cliff –again
- Tax cuts for the rich that never, ever trickle down
- The further demise of public education
- Privitization of Social Security and Medicare
- Triumph of U.S. Xenophobia
- Our elections forever tainted by unchecked foreign influence
Just to name a few…
This week, I watched a scathing Resistance diatribe, in which Keith Olbermann asked intelligence agencies across the globe to expose all the dirt they have on Trump so that our do-nothing Congress will have no choice but to “fire” POTUS. Olbermann, I believe, is a true American patriot who sees clearly the danger facing our country under Republican Totalitarianism. Hearing him, I felt rather proud of my blogs and of my many letters to government representatives on issues I care about.
When and if our democracy fails, I will at least be able to say, “I fought the good fight.”
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- Answers.com: http://www.answers.com/Q/What_party_controlled_Congress_during_President_Nixon
- Party Divisions of the House of Representatives: http://history.house.gov/Institution/Party-Divisions/Party-Divisions/
- Diamond, Jeremy; I Could Shoot Somebody and I Wouldn’t Lose Voters; CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/23/politics/donald-trump-shoot-somebody-support/index.html
- Todd, Chuck; Meet the Press; Interview with Lindsay Graham: Sunday, May 14, 2017.