Is sedition a Republican policy now?

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The former president of the United States issued a new statement. He is now asking the federal government to:

  1. Declared him the winner of the 2020 election and named him president. or,

  2. Redo the 2020 election.

not quite. Here’s Donald J. Trump telling the truth yesterday:

I know what you’re thinking:

  • Who can declare him the rightful winner?

  • What is that process? What is the legal authority to control?

  • How do you rerun an election two years ago?

  • When will this election be held? Does “right now” mean tomorrow? next week? next month?

  • How will the nomination process work? Who will decide the voting rights of candidates? Would this procedure violate existing electoral laws? What would campaign finance limits look like?

Then there is the big question: Is this guy serious?

This question is more important than you might think. Let’s move down the decision tree:

If Trump is serious, then he is cognitively impaired. There is no way to accomplish the “remedies” he proposes.that idea someone It is absurd to simply “declare” him as the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. Who has this power? Not Congress. Not the Supreme Court. Not the president. There is no document that can be signed and ratified to achieve this.

So either Trump doesn’t have the basic intelligence to understand how the government and the U.S. Constitution work, or he suffers from some sort of mental decline that prevents him from doing basic deductive reasoning.

In either case, even the most ardent anti-Trump will be forced to admit that under no circumstances should he be president again.

On the other hand, if Trump is no Seriously – I mean, he doesn’t actually believe that any of these remedies are theoretically possible – then he’s advocating the overthrow of America’s legally elected government and rejecting the Constitution.

Perhaps this rejection is a manifestation of authoritarian aspirations. Maybe nihilism. Or maybe performance art.

But whatever the motivation, the result is the same. is incitement. So anyone who wants to throw in the towel with Trump on the “oh, he didn’t really mean it” prompt is signing up for sedition and rejecting the constitution.

That’s it. These are the only options.

This is completely in line with Trump’s Mean Tweets, where many of his supporters of self-identified good Republicans say that (a) they disagree with the crude, cruel, racist or inflammatory remarks Trump would sometimes make, But (b) they are forced to put these superficial things aside because they agree with Trump on policy.

You’ve heard this argument a thousand times. Here’s a version Ted Cruz made a few days ago:

“I don’t like everything he says and does, I like the policies . . .”

Well, now it’s incitement clearly one of the policies.

Many in the Republican Party accepted that fact: Cary Lake, Doug Mastriano, Ron Johnson. I haven’t counted my hands, but I would guess that the pro-insurgency caucus is about 40% partisan.

I understand this. It has some meaning. If you’re all for Trumpism, then you might as well stay sober.

I don’t see why people like Cruz and other anti-anti-Trumpers wouldn’t just have it.


Jonathan Rauch has a clear eye:

Viktor Orbán was the Prime Minister of Hungary twice. His current term began in 2010. He is not an iron-fisted tyrant; he has not led a military coup or appointed himself supreme leader. Instead, he walked what he called “illiberal democracy. He and his party, Fidesz, have combined populist rhetoric with machine politics to corrode from within by politicizing media regulation, buying or bankrupting independent media outlets, appointing judges who follow partisan lines, creating barriers for opposition parties, and more. Democracy in Hungary. Hungary did not go from democracy to dictatorship, but from democracy to democracy. Freedom House only rated it Partially free. International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Ratings Since FYD took power, various democratic indicators have declined.

MAGA sports have Serious study of Orban and Fidesz. Hungary is where America’s leading conservative media personality (sometimes referred to as a possible presidential contender) Tucker Carlson is on his show a week flattery broadcast.Orban is leader brought in by Conservative Political Action Conference Presenter in August.he tell the group It likes to hear the words: “We cannot fight successfully in a free way.” Trump himself has made his admiration for Orban clear, praising him”A strong leader, respected by all. “

You should read the full text.

It illustrates how anti-anti-Trump forces simultaneously insist:

  1. It is absurd to think that the Republicans want to impose the Hungarian model on American democracy. but also,

  2. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Hungarian model.

Once again, some parts of the Republican coalition have the courage of their convictions. There is no need to tick off all conservatives who have cut a clean slate with Orban. The list is long and prominent.

What I don’t understand is the conservatives who insist them Not interested in Orbanism, but refuses to acknowledge its dangers.

Why am I giving this part of the Republican/Conservative a thumbs up? Why should you care if they are dishonest or hypocritical?

Rauch’s Article Details How Republicans Are Destroying Our Democracy without breaking the law.

All the tools and bugs are there. They always have been. Because as lovely as the constitution is, there is no legal system that can limit illiberalism when enough of the population wants it. Under our current electoral system, this group doesn’t even need to have a majority.

The reason I keep pointing out these counters is because everyone should have their cards on the table. It is important that Americans understand what the real options are and where people stand.

It would be tragic if the American people looked at illiberalism for a long time and chose it openly.

However, it would be worse if people chose it by accident – because they were tricked into believing that the issue before them was not about the future of democracy, but just a stylistic unpleasantness. Some “despicable tweets”.



A nice article from the Wall Street Journal:

My mother, a 12-year-old widow who was a very private woman all her life, passed away in January at home with 800 friends.

Like my father, she entered the workforce as a high school English teacher, serving in a brutish district of New Haven, Connecticut, where she was once told by a student that Shakespeare’s Polonius was a criminal (“I told me The parole officer verifies, Miz Lloyd – he’s an accessory.”). Like my father, she loves books—teaching, reading, owning books. But in those days of $4,000 a year, neither she nor my father could have foreseen building a world-class collection of first editions, 800 volumes on the shelves of the family library, and she moved a hospital bed into her last a few days.

So this month watching my parents’ collection settle their possessions through an online auction has been a mixed blessing. One at a time, one every minute, each pinging on their computer, the steady disintegration of this literary family built over 50 years—orphans sent to new homes.

Books grow around us – we are the surviving children, five in one edition, I’m in the second. When my dad built his career as a TV writer, moaning shelves and cabinets that couldn’t be closed were a feature of every house we moved forward. His first job on television was writing monologues for Johnny Carson, which became the basis for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” and “Frazer.” A springboard for program writing. Along the way, the books were upgraded, and some people started wearing hazmat suits (well… did the standard “Sister Carrie” look up at the untouchable, plastic-decorated “Lolita”)? . . .

When my dad won his first Emmy in 1976, on “Chuckles Bites the Dust” on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, he was obsessed with not a Porsche but a “portrait of a young artist” (lot 161). He was nominated again the following year, but lost. Is that why he bought The Grapes of Wrath (Lot 273)?

Delivery seems to come every day, sometimes more than once. At least, that’s how I imagine the “postman always presses twice” (lot 13) to join the team. . . .

My parents’ library grew to about 3,000 volumes, with the rarest 800 volumes being a source of pride and enduring interest for most of their guests. If you eat at Siegfried and Roy’s, you’ll shake hands with a white tiger. If you eat at my parents’ house, you have the first edition of The Great Gatsby in your hands. The magic of that moment is what excites collectors of the first edition. Take that book with the glowing purple cover and you’re back in 1925, when it was published and changed the world. . . .

Books still matter to some people – those who might enjoy a moment from my mom’s last days, the days of the vigil, when a visitor asked family where Ross MacDonald’s book was at. On her bed, an index finger shoots out, like an archer, and points to shelf 4 of bookcase 7.

The auction ends and all books are adopted. My mind went back to the last time I wandered through my parents’ library before the house was sold – acres of empty shelves, a breathtaking sight. The books are gone, and the quiet library is quieter. But those books are noisy somewhere, on new shelves, in new hands, seeding new collections, on tight budgets, inspiring imaginations—living things, just as they are.

Read the full article.

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