|Public domain photo of U.S. Capitol by the National Park Service (not implying any endorsement)
What a relief to see Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress for failing to answer a constitutionally legal subpoena to testify and produce documents. It is very good to start with the easiest case. Bannon was not a member of the Executive Branch at the time of the insurrection of January 6 and the planning leading up to it. He is also, perhaps, the most disgusting of the former president's inner circle in his political philosophies and personal demeanor. I will spare you any photos of him here.
It is still baffling to me to see so many people caught up in the support for the former president. But then I don't get Covid-denial either. I do know people who voted for the last president who are not Covid-deniers, so they are not completely matching circles in a Venn diagram.
I know people who should know better with regard to their support for the former guy. How can so many otherwise good people be so blind to risk the destruction of constitutional government and even talk of civil war in their promotion of insurrection based on lies? Even if they didn't promote the insurrection, how could they even have voted for trump. We knew who he was.
Cutting down to the nub, I will lay it out here.
The world and the United States are changing. Well, change is a constant in life, but there is a new reality of the recognition that the power and culture of Northern European people will no longer dominate the world as they have for the past several hundred years.
In the United States, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant (or Catholic) Males will no longer be able to dominate our society and our politics. Some of them are afraid. They are afraid that if they are no longer in charge, the newly dominant brown people, some of strange religions or none at all, will treat the white people as badly as they dished it out for the last several hundred years.
Maybe that's why so many are disturbed about the teaching of race relations (including slavery) in public schools. Just a thought.
The last president is not a brilliant man. He did understand in his bones without having to philosophize much about it that his own grievances against the world touched a negative string of the worst devils in many American hearts. From his first glide down the golden escalator proclaiming his opposition to immigrants who were rapists, etc., he was recognized as the valiant leader in a battle to save the world from brown-skinned domination.
When he saw the protests in the wake of the horrific killing of George Floyd, he seized upon them. As a television personality he would have only seen or understood the televised views of the most violent ones, a very small percentage of the world-wide surge promoting racial justice. The former president was hoping that protests would become so violent that he could call out the Army and declare martial law, placing himself above constitutional government and law to rule with blood and horror.
When that opportunity failed and he lost the election, his recourse was to promote insurrection against the constitutional formalities to certify the electoral college votes with the hope of another opportunity for civil disorder and violence to declare martial law and remain in power.
The deep, existential fears promoted by the politics of racial survival will lead people to destroy the Constitution of We the People because they cannot accept that We the People include the brown ones.
This is the choice. Choose ye this day if you believe that constitutional government of a democratic republic will work for all the People of the United States or just your tribe.
Time for another scripture:
And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind and is justifiable before me. Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren [and sisters] of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land