My sons and I bat ideas back and forth as we discuss the current political scene. Some of you might be interested in this recent exchange.
To a son:
I read the two articles you sent me, and now I wish to make a rather lengthy response.
As for the New York Post editors, they say:
“Trump has become a prisoner of his own ego. He can’t admit his Tweeting and narcissism turned off millions. He won’t stop insisting that 2020 was “stolen” even though he’s offered no proof that it’s true. Respected officials like former Attorney General Bill Barr call his rants “nonsense.” This isn’t just about Liz Cheney. Mitch McConnell, Betsy DeVos, Mark Meadows — they all knew Trump was delusional. His own daughter and son-in-law testified it was bull. Trump’s response? He insults Barr, and dismisses Ivanka as “checked out.” He clings to more fantastical theories, such as Dinesh D’Souza’s debunked “2,000 Mules,” even as recounts in Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin confirm Trump lost.”
I suppose I’m delusional also. I realize that my access to information is limited, but I have seen enough to convince me that the election was stolen. It may have been stolen “fair and square’, but it was stolen. It would take many paragraphs for me to describe how it was stolen, but I refer you to Mollie Hemingway’s book Rigged for a good overview. Asfor 2,000 Mules, there have been many claims of debunking, but I have yet to see any solid disproof of the film’s thesis. I believe the movie to be quite convincing, and I doubt that Barr and others have taken the time to really examine the evidence.
I also believe that Trump felt certain that he had been cheated out of victory in November 2020, and he wanted to do anything he could to stop the swindle. Ultimately, there was no legal mechanism whereby he could stop the confirmation process. When he persisted in trying, he came into conflict with Pence and others. Finally, he was forced to give in.
The Post editors’ main thrust is their wish that someone other than Trump carry the Republican banner in 2024. I do not disagree with the editors on this point. I would prefer a more perfect candidate. Nevertheless, any substitute for Trump will need be as strong and tireless as he is in fighting the evil that is the modern Democrat Party. There aren’t many like that.
Could DeSantis be the man?
The second article was an opinion piece by Michael Fanone, a former Capitol Police officer who defended the Capitol during the Jan 6 riot.
There is nothing balanced in Fanone’s description of what happened. He makes it appear that he and his fellow officers were defending the Republic against a murderous mob of bloodthirsty savages intent on overthrowing the government. Based on his description, it seems somewhat miraculous that not a single officer died in the confrontation. However, several officers did die shortly thereafter, one perhaps due in part to injuries received in the melee, others by their own hand. Four rioters died, but only one was killed by police. Not a single person was charged with having used a firearm in the assault.
This was certainly no insurrection, and in no way was it comparable to the storming of the Bastille
I agree with Fanone that the attack on the Capitol was inexcusable. I disagree with his statement that “the country came close to losing its democracy.” Thousands of protesters entered the Capitol that day. It appears that only a few hundred of these people engaged in serious mayhem. Some of them were truly bad characters and carried hand weapons of various sorts, but evidently they carried no firearms. The entire business was over in a few hours, and the Congress resumed its work later that day.
If our democracy is that fragile, we are in real trouble.
I can understand Fanone’s anger. He and his fellow Capitol Police officers went through hell that day. All of it could have been avoided if Nancy Pelosi and the Washington D.C. mayor had accepted President Trump’s January 4 offer to make National Guard troops available to defend the Capitol.
Unfortunately, the January 6 Committee doesn’t wish to hear about that. Members of the Committee wish to hang Donald Trump, and they will only call upon witnesses who agree with them.
More recently, in response to explosive testimony by a former White House staffer in front of the Jan 6 Committee, a son sent me the following:
“I believe Cassidy Hutchinson is a totally credible witness. I would believe her far over anything Marjorie Taylor Green says. It was Green who deliberately started the rumors that there was Antifa and BLM and undercover FBI agents in the crowd of capitol Intruders.”
If true, Hutchinson’s testimony is very damaging to Trump. However, some of her more damaging accusations were based on hearsay, and it appears that secret service officers on duty with Trump that day are ready to contradict her. If so, this will bring other parts of her story into question. What a mess!
The committee itself was improperly constituted and is being badly run. We cannot depend upon it for fairness.
It troubles me that Trump is surrounded by so much controversy and incites such visceral hate among his opponents. Many of those who oppose him are beneath contempt, but some of them are honorable men and women who deserve our respect. They will never receive it from Trump. He responds viciously to anyone who attacks him.
I would prefer a leader who could calm the waters; but if Trump is the Republican nominee in 2024, he will get my vote. The Democrat Party is an absolute disaster, and the bureaucracy needs a thorough housecleaning. It will take a strong leader like Trump, or possibly DeSantis, to do the job.