Something I posted on FB. It’s a reply to someone who commented on a post I made in response to Jan 6, 2021.
This isn’t a censorship issue. This isn’t a policy disagreement issue. This isn’t a partisan issue. This isn’t even an issue in the traditional sense of the word.
This is a matter of the very meaning of self-governance in a federated system of government. Is America even America if the executive–with lies, double-talk, dog-whistles, and more–spends four years conning a portion of the electorate into rejecting the results (or even the possibility) of a legitimate election if he doesn’t win?
And he didn’t win. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you in an effort to take your political power away from you and others. And the election was legitimate. And anyone who tells you otherwise is looking to steal your vote.
America is only America if we keep the promise of self-governance. We choose through elections. Trump has, since at least the summer of 2020, been indicating that he would reject any result that didn’t favor him. This is not how people voting works.
Then, at the eleventh hour of the electoral process, he held a rally denying the result that was, at that moment, being confirmed.
And then he sent a mob to attack Congress. And they killed a police office whose job is to protect your representatives. They used an American flag to kill Brian D. Sicknick.
The insurrectionists have to be held to legally accountable. And they will be.
Also: the executive has to be held accountable for the attack on the legislative branch. The tool for the legislative branch to hole the executive branch accountable is impeachment. It’s in the Constitution.
Impeaching a president for leading a movement that violently attacks the legislative branch is not a denial of American Freedom. And supporting that sort of effort is not patriotic, it is un-American and it is anti-American.
So that’s what I think.