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Those that incite violence should face some form of retribution.
Phillip Chin | 1/8/21
To Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Tommy Tuberville, Rick Scott, Roger Marshall, John Kennedy, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Cynthia Lummis, and your more than a hundred collaborators in the House: You have directly aided and abetted an insurrection against the United States of America. One or more of your colleagues could have been easily killed. No matter how you rationalize your actions, you are directly responsible and should be ashamed of yourselves.
Whether motivated by greed or cowardice, your failings are a testament to the moral character that should be required of our elected officials. Many of you believe that the party of Donald Trump would lead to a lasting majority for the Republican party, and perhaps was the only choice for power. You are terrified that anything but full-throated support for Trump will dampen your political ambitions and greed for more power. Perhaps you are right, but that does not make your actions moral.
Your belated apologies and vague statements of disappointment towards the storming of the Capitol only safeguard you from blame from the most gullible and heretical of your supporters. We can draw a direct line between your enabling of Donald Trump and his emboldened, successful attempt to incite violence.
To Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell: Over the past four years, you have engaged in a symbiotic relationship with a monster. Together, you thrived and grew, etching your names into the judicial history of America and accumulating power. For three years, it was a happy marriage — the stock market, corporate tax cuts, and nominations — but then the house of cards came fluttering down. A freak circumstance turned catastrophe through willful incompetence and callous indifference will result in at least 359,000 dead. You supervised the rapid deterioration of democracy.
Your behavior today suggested that even you have a line and although you took a welcome stand against obstructing the certification of the Electoral College, that does not absolve you of the blame. For several months, you indulged in Trump’s fantasy of victory as failed lawsuits, repudiations from Republican officials, and numerous recounts mounted. After many successes, you made one last bet that a little more Trump time would pay big electoral dividends. Instead, you enraged millions of Americans through the lie that Democrats stole the 2020 Presidential election and that any Republican who did not agree was complicit.
The most idealistic of people who enter politics wish to make a tangible positive impact on the lives of Americans. The most cynical seek to gain power and recognition. I imagine that nearly all wish to leave behind a lasting legacy of success behind, however defined. To the infamous 147 who voted to overturn the election, even after the Capitol was breached, and to the thousands more who have stood loyally by the president, the central “success” of your career in public service will be the damage you have dealt to the American promise of democracy.
The various condemnations after the fact should not fool the American people. Someone who trains a dog to attack children and then loses control of him at a birthday party cannot absolve himself through harsh words of disappointment and proclamations that “this is not me.” The resignations are meaningless and amount to an extra two weeks in Hawaii, as many were slated to lose their jobs with Biden’s inauguration. In fact, those that justified their continued complicity by claiming they were “the adults in the room” are needed now more than ever — if only to hide the big red nuclear button well.
Your conduct and actions leading up to this moment are a part of your legacy, perhaps the central aspect of your legacy, and as such, what your children and grandchildren should remember you by. Currently, Josh Hawley’s Wikipedia page is the only one with a central mention of his attempt to overturn the election and, accidentally or not, inciting violence — America, we can do better.