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Thinking Differently

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I overheard a snippet of the impeachment trial yesterday and an analyst’s opinion afterward. Were any minds being swayed? The general opinion was, no. It didn’t sound like the second day added much to the impression clearly accomplished on the first. Then the radio host referenced the Democrats would finish presenting their case by the end of the day.

The Democrats’ case. Why is it their case?

There was an insurrection against our government fomented by the outgoing President. Why isn’t the prosecution supported by all legislators, regardless of political party? He threatened his Republican Vice President’s life! Why wasn’t the entirety of the GOP incensed by this?

The trial should have no party component. Imagine that. Just Senators holding the President accountable for his actions to instigate the riot and his inaction to mitigate the situation as it was raging at its worst. Where was the law and order President when his supporters were beating police with flag poles? He ultimately told the rioters he loved them.

The events of January 6 at the US Capital should obliterate any distinction between the two political parties.

I regret that the prosecution felt the need to bludgeon us so repeatedly with the evidence. One time through with the chronology of the facts would have been plenty. Saying the same things over and over again does not make a point more convincing. If entrenched politicians won’t waver from a partisan position, save us all some time and just vote on the articles of impeachment.

Get it over with and let’s move on to the next priority that deserves congressional attention.

Imagine a dream of politicians debating issues without constraints of political party affiliation. ‘Us versus us’, instead of ‘us versus them.’ What if we were all in this together instead of one half automatically opposing whatever the other half suggests?

Imagine a world of unicorns and rainbows. It would be just as productive.

An exercise of thinking different can be interesting, but the amount of change it will produce is hard to measure. My gut tells me real change is unlikely.

My heart tells me to keep thinking differently, regardless.

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Written by johnwhays

February 12, 2021 at 7:00 am

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  1. Re: Get it over with and let’s move on to the next priority that deserves congressional attention. Don’t see it that way: if a coup is sanctioned as the right of the President, America is less than a banana republic in the world’s eyes. Democracy in the US will be completely debunked… making for the rise of totalitarian regimes around the world. This act can’t go unpunished… Anyone who votes against impeachment doesn’t believe in the democratic system but rather ‘might makes right’. This is a critical moment in time! Consider what you are moving on to.. a point of no return, if you get this wrong.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    February 12, 2021 at 11:13 am

    • Thank you, Ian. Your perspective helps broaden my own. I certainly desire strongly that this act NOT go unpunished, but am prone to feeling helpless in the face of so many sycophants who for years have done nothing but enable the despicable words and actions of the former President. I grow weary of the repetitive (and sadly, futile thus far) attempts to sway them into rising above the level of being stooges to the grifter and take away the power they pretend to have by ending the whole thing as quickly as possible.
      I neglected to consider the appearances that might offer like-minded regimes throughout the world. I still hold some hope that criminal charges may yet come from states or other entities that involve courts much less partisan than the divided Senate.

      johnwhays

      February 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      • It is clear that Trump was/is much like Nero, except that this time it was the US Capital Building and what it is supposed to represent. Anyway, the whole world will be watch the count tomorrow.

        Ian Rowcliffe

        February 12, 2021 at 7:49 pm


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