So what was the ‘Stop the Steal’ attack on Congress all about?
Does this mean Mike Pence can live, after all?
“The American people just spoke, and they just changed administrations. … Americans are “smart enough to pick a new administration if they don’t like the old one, and they just did.”
— Bruce Castor, former President Trump’s lead impeachment trial attorney 02-09-21
A First Amendment right to foment insurrection?
A President has rights but also responsibilities. The First Amendment prohibits government from suppressing speech but a President IS the government. He takes an oath to uphold the Constitution, not subvert it. “In their defense brief,” observes Jonah Goldberg, “Trump’s lawyers claim that his remarks egging on the crowd on Jan. 6 are protected under the First Amendment. They’re probably right. But so what?”
The president of a corporation has every freedom to go on TV to declare that his company’s products are defective. But the board of his company could — and would — fire him according to whatever procedure they liked. If the head of the Smithsonian invited a mob to protest outside the Air and Space Museum and the mob ransacked the place because of lies he told them, the regents wouldn’t await a legal verdict before firing him. …
Impeachment is about self-government, not criminal behavior. Yes, crimes can be impeachable, but as James Madison explained, impeachable acts don’t have to be criminal.
House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin quoted the sainted Justice Antonin Scalia: “You can’t ride with the cops and root for the robbers.”
About that Time magazine story
People seized upon the story to continue to perpetuate outrage over a stolen election and claiming this was the proof. If you read the story, they didn’t really steal the election. They strategized and they outmaneuvered Republicans. That’s not theft, that’s incompetence on the Republican side. There’s no theft or fraud, there’s just nothing more than crafty campaigning. …
They raised lots of outside money to go educate voters on how to vote absentee. [but] You had Donald Trump telling everyone that the Democrats were going to steal it through absentee balloting and to not go vote absentee. In states like Georgia, where typically Republicans have an absentee voting advantage, the Democrats crushed it somewhere around four to one.
• Antifa didn’t storm the Capitol — We are reminded of Virgil Sollozzo’s words to Michael Corleone: “You give me too much credit, kid. I ain’t that smart.” All that Trump swag?
• Real Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump — Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, an ally of the former President, said Wednesday “it would be harder” for him to support Donald Trump for reelection in 2024 “given what’s happened.”
• Mitch McConnell won’t whip votes for Trump, undecided on his own vote for conviction, National Review reports. The day after the insurrection, the Republican leader said from the floor: “The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals, who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. They tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government [the legislative] that they did not like.”
• 6 January 2021 — Will be another of those dates that live in infamy, alongside 9/11 and 7 December 1941.
• The Ukraine impeachment cheapened the process. That one was a farce — Ukraine should investigate the Bidens! But it diminished this impeachment. The boy crying wolf might finally have seen a wolf.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The Republican party cannot claim the moral high ground, cannot continue its pro-freedom agenda and the good work of the last four years — indeed, cannot survive — without repudiating the unconstitutional insurrection Trump fomented up to and on 6 January 2021. Mike Pence, it is time to speak out forcefully, for the sake of our party. Tommy Thompson? Anyone?