I’m writing this on the day after our supposed national leader presided over, aided, and abetted the worst violent attack on the seat of our government in more than 150 years. I’m hoping that at least some of the things that I am recommending will have come to pass over the weekend.
I looked up the following.
Treason: “The CRIME of attacking a state authority to which one owes allegiance. This includes [among other things] attempting to overthrow its government.”
Sedition: “Overt conduct, such as speech and organisation that tends toward rebellion against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent toward, or rebellion against established authority. It may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws.”
It is my fervent belief that Donald J. Trump, as president of the United States of America, is guilty of both. His failure to acknowledge the legal results of, and continual declarations of fraud in the 2020 election is an attempt to overthrow the legally elected government for his own aggrandizement. This is treason.
The conduct of Trump, over 100 members of the House of Representatives, including our own Andy Harris, and about a dozen members of the Senate fits the sedition definition quite nicely since the whole group has put forth false narratives about the “fraudulent " nature of the 2020 election sewing discontent among those who seem to be unable to separate fact from fiction when it comes from Trump and his minions. Trump’s speech on Wednesday morning, where he directed those, whom he called to assemble near the White House, to march on the Capitol building and “take back our country.” This is inciting to riot, a seditious act.
The members of Congress who also fed their constituents a litany of lies about the legality of the election and stoked the fires of discontent, many to try to preserve their standing with that portion of the electorate and stay in office, share in the wrongdoing and should also be held accountable. Harris continues to spew forth the misinformation even after the attack on the Capitol.
The Justice Department should immediately begin sedition proceedings against Trump and all of those who signed on to the lawsuit in Texas and/or indicated that they would vote to disenfranchise the voters of several states in order to keep Trump as president.
Vice President Pence should immediately invoke the provisions of the 25th amendment while there are still cabinet members left to vote on it. The House and Senate should begin immediate impeachment action against Trump and remove him from office, as he should have been after the Ukrainian fiasco.
I’m not sure of the procedure, if there even is one, for the recall of members of Congress. I’m pretty sure that some sort of petition would be necessary, but after that I haven’t a clue. These people, who are supposed to work for the benefit of their constituents, have done each and every one of us a great disservice by their blind adherence to the cult of Trump. It’s like he’s another Jim Jones who led his cult followers to Guyana and then then gave them poisoned Kool-Aid. Now it’s time for them to pay the piper.
Many who are, or maybe by now were, supporters of this disgraced and disgraceful president wouldn’t believe those of us who figured out early in the campaigning in 2015 that he was ill-equipped for the position. Many, like me, figured out that what he wanted was the position and title and all of the goodies that went with it and continually fed his over sized ego, but he didn’t really want the job of actually being the president. Like the inept captain of a ship, he was able to make some progress on the voyage as long as there were calm seas, but when there were squalls and some rough seas he was totally at a loss as to what to do and now our ship of state is left foundering because of his ineptitude.
I use the ship analogy because I once read that our government is like an aircraft carrier in mid-ocean, in that you may change the captain, but it still takes 8 miles to turn the sucker round. Let’s hope that our new and more competent captain has some tugs handy to get our ship moving in the right direction quickly.
Bill Kennedy writes every other Monday from Taneytown. You may contact him at email@example.com.