The American Abyss

A good read on what transpired – The American Abyss. I wish I had the ability to write like this.

The points: demagoguery, false claims of two stolen elections, advanced and repeated warnings that 2020 would be stolen, false claims he won, the incredible ease by which the populace was misled to believe him, the corruption of the Republicans to overthrow democracy and to deliberately promote the election fiction claimed by Trump for self-gain. And his lies; his incessant lying during his entire Presidency, culminating in the biggest, most dangerous lie of all.

Here are some quotes, as much as for me as any readers here:

Plato noted a particular risk for tyrants: that they would be surrounded in the end by yes-men and enablers. Aristotle worried that, in a democracy, a wealthy and talented demagogue could all too easily master the minds of the populace.

Yet other Republicans saw the situation differently: They might actually break the system and have power without democracy.

More than a hundred Republican representatives took the same position.

An elected institution that opposes elections is inviting its own overthrow. Members of Congress who sustained the president’s lie, despite the available and unambiguous evidence, betrayed their constitutional mission.

And what is the time delay these objections created was intentional to give more opportunity for a coup d’etat? Nobody knows (yet).

Now Trump could demand that senators and congressmen bow to his will. He could place personal responsibility upon Mike Pence, in charge of the formal proceedings, to pervert them.

Now Trump could demand that senators and congressmen bow to his will. He could place personal responsibility upon Mike Pence, in charge of the formal proceedings, to pervert them.

When we give up on truth, we concede power to those with the wealth and charisma to create spectacle in its place. Without agreement about some basic facts, citizens cannot form the civil society that would allow them to defend themselves. If we lose the institutions that produce facts that are pertinent to us, then we tend to wallow in attractive abstractions and fictions. Truth defends itself particularly poorly when there is not very much of it around, and the era of Trump — like the era of Vladimir Putin in Russia — is one of the decline of local news. Social media is no substitute: It supercharges the mental habits by which we seek emotional stimulation and comfort, which means losing the distinction between what feels true and what actually is true.

It was clear to me in October that Trump’s behavior presaged a coup, and I said so in print; this is not because the present repeats the past, but because the past enlightens the present.

Like historical fascist leaders, Trump has presented himself as the single source of truth. His use of the term “fake news” echoed the Nazi smear Lügenpresse (“lying press”); like the Nazis, he referred to reporters as “enemies of the people.”

Thanks to technological capacity and personal talent, Donald Trump lied at a pace perhaps unmatched by any other leader in history.

To believe in all of them was to accept the authority of a single man, because to believe in all of them was to disbelieve everything else. Once such personal authority was established, the president could treat everyone else as the liars; he even had the power to turn someone from a trusted adviser into a dishonest scoundrel with a single tweet.

In November 2020, reaching millions of lonely minds through social media, Trump told a lie that was dangerously ambitious: that he had won an election that in fact he had lost.

Trump could make some voters believe that he had won the 2020 election, but he was unable to bring institutions along with his big lie. And he could bring his supporters to Washington and send them on a rampage in the Capitol, but none appeared to have any very clear idea of how this was to work or what their presence would accomplish. It is hard to think of a comparable insurrectionary moment, when a building of great significance was seized, that involved so much milling around.

Definitely read the full article as this is much more worth quoting and understanding, it’s worth it.


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4 thoughts on “The American Abyss

  • January 11, 2021 at 7:44 am

    It pains me to say it, but I think the ideal of holding the inauguration ceremonies on the Capitol steps IS A REALLY BAD IDEA.

    “The mob Donald Trump sent to sack the Capitol on Jan. 6 intended to assassinate Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others, admissions by some of those captured, as well as photographs, videos, texts and tweets show.

    The attackers came with a gallows and noose, ready to seize Pence, Pelosi and other lawmakers, police and journalists, among others. “Murder the Media” was scratched on a door.

    Once the mob overwhelmed police and broke into the Capitol, pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood, sent this inflammatory tweet on the insurrectionist Parler site:

    “Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST.”

    • January 11, 2021 at 9:52 am

      I think the National Guard should be called out throughout the country right now. Put a stop to the stupid insurrection claims and “stolen election” bullshit. Every state should be ready for violence and disruptions right now. Send a strong message that “this shit ends”. Since this is actually up the State Governor’s, they can do this without additional authorization required from the feds.

      It’s painfully clear that today (Monday) the Republicans are STILL betraying America. They should have hauled Trump’s ass out of there LAST WEEK, immediately after the Capitol attack and charged him. The 25th Amendment should have been immediately invoked, but the cowardly traitorous Republicans are trying to “save the party” still. I would hazard a guess that even impeachment will fail for the same reasons.

      Trump is stupid, dangerous, delusional and certifiably crazy, as are many of his fans and followers. He should be frog-marched out of the White House and sitting in a jail cell right now.

  • January 11, 2021 at 7:56 am

    How maddening! It’ll morph into “I was just following orders from my CIC.”

    “Federal agents spent the weekend arresting people around the nation who were allegedly part of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday after President Donald Trump urged a crowd to “fight like hell” to overturn the election results. But many of those charged with crimes for their alleged roles in the riot can thus plausibly raise what is known as the “public authority” defense – arguing, essentially, that Trump gave them permission to do what they did.”

    • January 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

      We will have to wait and see how they handle this (both sides). If they blame Trump, and are allowed this defense, then this would be evidence that Trump IS guilty, and guilty enough that the 25th Amendment should be exercised. But none of this will happen quickly enough, so only the history books are going to care.

      My guess is they’ll ball this up badly in any case. I do not trust the process to do what needs to be done, because I’ve seen this failure many times before.

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