Listen now | And why the G.O.P. continues to slouch toward fascism
"By not divesting itself of the Big Lie.....the Republican Party is losing its last shred of moral authority to function as one of America’s two governing parties."
Actually, it lost that last shred a long time ago. Which brings us back to Trump himself, and what can be done about him. This peculiar individual bears some resemblance to Charles I of England, who believed he had a divine right to rule, unimpeded by democratic institutions such as the Parliament.
In the wake of the English civil war, which revealed a divided country, Charles was captured and brought before Parliament. The House of Lords was firmly against a trial, calling it unprecedented (it was). Eventually, Charles was convicted of treason. A salutary lesson had been learned.
Trump should also be held accountable for his clear crimes against democracy, and a trial would be the only way to do that. If convicted of treason, Trump should go to prison. A salutary lesson will have been learned, the country would settle down, and the Republican party would be able to remake itself.
The trial cannot be in a civil, or even a criminal court, because it would be practically impossible to find an unbiased jury. So it must be in the House of Representatives, just as it was for Charles I.
And it must be started quickly, or, with a Republican sweep in November, it may be too late to save democracy.
I disagree only with your last sentence. The Republican party isn't losing its last shred of moral authority. It has already lost it.
They’re not interested in maintaining a democracy. They want to create a christian nationalist authoritarian state.
The DOJ should charge all 2022 big lie stolen election candidates as co-seditious conspirators
The Republicans are intentionally surrendering any shred of perceived intelligence they have had in any recent past. Their mindless, foaming-at-the-mouth self-brainwashing is exactly WHY we MUST PROSECUTE & CONVICT these treasonous enemies of our democracy. They will not HEAR the truth until they FEEL the truth. We must save our democracy, & as much as possible, save them from themselves, by enacting the facts of the truths upon them. God help them. They have jumped off the cliff behind their manic pied piper.
You are right in your statements, Dr Reich. But that doesn't mean we should just roll over. ALEC, took years to patiently build up control of those smaller States. We need to build an organization to counterattack ALEC.
We have a few millionaires on our side too. And I am not convinced that 30 second expensive blurbs on TV to appeal to the non-thinking masses is the only way to win. We need to reach the 18 to 50 year olds. We need to show them overwhelmingly that the only way for them to have a future is to control the greed at the top. We need to find intelligent civic minded candidates for the Senate (especially to replace Manchin and Sinema. We also need an entertaining media to flip and report only the truth. Not the both sides crap
Make them PROVE the crap they say,in court,and it can't be "dog whistle"garbage,but on paper,and substanciated.We already know how many times they lost in court,and that state after state proved there was no wrongdoing.
I say sue these idiots into the Stone Age dragging them into court and making them prove what they are saying.Especially Trump.We all know it's b.s.,make them prove,on paper,that it isn't.
It'll be entertaining to watch how dumb these idiots will look.This is how this gets stopped.
Trying to convince the GQP that Trump is a criminal is like trying to convince Al Capone’s gang that he was a criminal. They already know it; that’s why they joined him.
I expect, aside from the bucket of possible persuadables (approximately 1/3 of the country), that the Select Committee’s principal audience is A.G. Garland. The committee, still only partially through its scheduled hearings, already has established, in my view, sufficient factual predication to hold the so-called command structure up to and including Trump criminally accountable.
I imagine no one would question that when top officials are being investigated for criminal activity, and maybe informed they’re a possible target, that tends to focus the mind. And the mind of the country needs to be focused on this, because however important other things are, we nearly are running out the clock on democracy itself. Hence, I say we all take heart from knowing that DOJ has demanded that the Select Committee promptly release all of its documentation to Main Justice and that the Select Committee, after some hesitation, I understand has agreed to comply.
The Republican Party no longer knows right from wrong and has with, its obsession of power, decayed and rotted the congress and the republic.
Astoundly breathtaking. We thought Orwell's "1984" would always be fiction.
Will it have to come to a Civil War? How will this nightmare end?
The Enemy within continues to support the Big Lie and the real fake news. There used to be guard rails against lies in the media. Nothing is being done about the misinformation that continues in the media, whether public or private.
“The Republican Party is no longer a political party, it’s a political freak show.”
— Peter Wehner
“If conservatives become convinced that they can not win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.”
— David Frum
“It occurred to me,” she told her colleagues then, “as I dug into the rules and watched what happened, that if the current Republican Party controls both Houses of Congress on Jan. 6, 2025, there’s no way if a Democrat is legitimately elected they will get certified as the president-elect.”
— Erica Newland, Protect Democracy
The term “ Big Lie Candidates”…is fitting…
This is terrifying.