Unity or Justice?
The way forward cannot again compromise with hatred and bigots. From the very founding of this nation, our American history has been one of compromise with white supremacy and bigots. The long arc of our national history led us to what now must be a national reckoning.
“Hate is a contagious mental illness that requires qualified and substantive psychiatric treatment.” ~MomzillaNC
For more than half a century, the GOP used their power to undercut our democracy itself, becoming completely divergent from our constitutional democratic system. It has been calculated and systemic. Under a veneer of religiosity and patriotism, the party spent more than half a century trying to impose a Dominionist vision of a theocratic corporate feudal state where we are all required to just shut up and work until we die. Our constitutional democratic republic has been hijacked by the white fury of those intent on remaking the republic to suit their wrongheaded opinions, their sense of entitlement and superiority — all while claiming 1st Amendment protections of free speech.
Freedom of Speech was NEVER intended to protect lies.
The decades long anti-democracy agenda of white fury culminated in elected republicans violating their oaths of office and engaging in actual sedition by attempting to overturn a fair and free election their own party definitively proved was properly and constitutionally won by the Democrats — and helping to incite an armed insurrection in the siege of the Capitol on 06 January 2021.
Worse though — and let us be absolutely clear and never forget: White nationalist insurgents led their charge with prayer and in the name of the Prince of Peace — launching a violent assault on the Capitol bearing a cross AND the noose, and baying for the lynching of one of their own top conservative leaders, VPOTUS Pence.
After the POTUS gave his Trump Army their marching orders and they besieged the Capitol, republicans are now calling for unity and warning that impeaching Trump would further divide the country. They are actually claiming that justice for Trump is bad for the country, essentially demanding the Constitution and justice be thrown out to protect the president who incited war against his own nation — and would still be actively doing so if he had not been cut off from public forums.
To them I repeat my words from a previous blog:
“Until the GOP walks away from the base, there cannot — nay… MUST NOT — be any reconciliation. Should the world have reconciled with post WWII Nazis? Should the world reconcile with ISIS or al Qaeda? No. We cannot make room to reconcile with extremism and hate and bigotry. That demographic has never changed, will never change, refuses to change. Instead, they drag whatever party they inhabit into the pit with them, burrowing hell-bent-for-leather, head down for Hades.”
Our future generations will look back upon this history and ask what we did to resist this forced march toward oppression. We may have won the day for now. But our children and grandchildren will look to the siege of the seat of our democracy and seek an accounting of us. For their sake, we must stop candy-coating the evil ideologies of fascists, nazis, and white extremists advocating race war and genocide; these are people literally fighting to over throw democracy in America. There can be no middle ground. There will be no moral high ground in silence. This struggle defines for all Americans an unequivocal moral imperative as a nation: Either you stand for democracy against the terrorism of racist fascism, or… you stand with it and Trump.
Trump made the GOP over in his image. He orchestrated the domestic terrorism of the American right. And no, it is not an exaggeration to say that. Around 42% of the voters consider themselves conservatives and predominately vote republican, as much as around 138 million Americans. Over seventy four million Americans voted for Trump. Three out of four self-described conservatives STILL do not believe Biden fairly won the election. This is not some fringe group — it is mainstream conservatives, and seem to believe they are the only Americans who matter.
When what you believe is used to oppress and even endanger someone else, it is time and past time to examine just what it is you think you believe. In my estimation, what they did and continue trying to do is sedition, anti-democracy insurrection, and treason against America. We can and MUST choose unity AND justice. Nay… we cannot have real unity without substantive and unfettered justice. Justice and unity cannot and must not be mutually exclusive.