Blog 2423 – 06.13.2022
Monday The Thirteen and A Broken Vow
This morning The House Committee Investigating the January 6, 2021 Insurrection will present further evidence of what they believe are crimes worthy of prosecution committed by those high in government. One of the most damning pieces of evidence to come to light thus far is that several elected officials who participated in this failed attempt to block the peaceful transfer of political power sought Presidential pardons for their part in the planning and execution of these unlawful activities.
I am reminded of Jack Nicholson’s line in the movie A Few Good Men, “The truth, you can’t handle the truth.” Some in politics and one particular cable news channel do not believe the people of the United States can handle the truth. We shall see.
Many comparisons have been made between these proceedings and the Watergate investigations of almost fifty years ago. The American people (especially those in the middle of the North America) did not want to believe their President had lied to them, but the evidence was overwhelming that he had and eventually rather than be impeached and prosecuted President Richard Nixon resigned the office of President leaving his appointed unelected Vice President, Gerald Ford, to clean up the mess. Because of Watergate the Congress enacted laws to limit the power of the President. Beginning with George W. Bush’s Presidency those limits were removed and by the time Donald Trump took office he further challenged the limits by failing to put his business in a blind trust, accepting gifts from foreign powers, and doing pretty much anything he wanted without restraint resulting in being the first President to ever be impeached twice, dodging conviction only because of the Republican majority in the Senate failed to hold him responsible for crimes against the nation and misuse of his office.
A federal law passed at the conclusion of the Civil War prohibits anyone convicted of participating in an insurrection against this country from ever being permitted to hold federal office again. Because of that law the oath of office was changed to include a solemn declaration “to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” It was because fealty to his oath of office that Vice President Mike Pence refused to participate in the then President’s scheme to prevent the lawful transfer of power, specifically the counting of the legitimate and certified Electoral votes from November 2020 election on January 6, 2021. The above quote is actually the oath military service personnel take:
The crowd who breached the Capital security forces were chanting, “Hang Mike Pence.” And the then President was quoted as saying, “Maybe they have the right idea, he deserves it.”
Some people even after all Donald Trump has said and done to weaken democracy in this country and around the world still believe he deserves to be allowed to run and to be re-elected President of the United States. Some of us believe the evidence points not to him wearing again the pin striped suit of a President but the striped sunshine tan of a federal prisoner for crimes against a nation and its Constitution, that he swore an oath to preserve, protect, and defend.
Will Donald Trump get what he deserves? We shall see. I have long believed that we get the government we deserve.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Author’s Note: Josh Groban’s lovely ballad has an entirely different meaning than the Broken Vow the above blog touches on.