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Patriotism Spoils History (Goethe) Fasten seatbelts

It is manifestly clear that last Wednesday was seditious insurrection, a violent attack on our central body of democratic governance: the parliament, Congress withj the aim of destroying it. It was directly and unmistakablly encouraged, urged on by at least Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Rudi Giuliani, et al. They must not get away with this and set the norm for all future Presidents to do the same. Until now, there has been an ability to avoid culpability by those who have blocked, undermined, maligned, misused and support and crippled. Now however they have helped instigate or even plan the attack. No longer can we look away, no longer can their opposition be treated as political opposition in a two party democracy. That is a dead system as of Wednesday. Their self indictment is on video, the vandal acts are on video, the murder acts are on video.

Everyone needs to be crystal clear on this: it was the radical right who crossed the constitutional, the peaceable, the civil, the democratic Rubicon Wednesday January 6, 2021. That is not an interpretation, not a Ted Cruz dodge, not a Mitch McConnell stonewalling. It is a description of what everyone saw and can still see online.

If this stands, then this nation will fall.

So all on the democracy team here (not you Giuliani, not you Trump, not you the Senators and Representatives who lauded, even encouraged thle mob, not you mobsters, not you criminally negligent police and security forces in DC) it is time to settle this hash with all the legal, procedural, security and investigative force that the United States of America can bring to bear. It is time for the local democrats to organize to help extinguish this burning stream of insurrection. Reconciliation can come after tehj January 6 mob criminals have been punished and stability under law has been re-established..

Wednesday’s self styled “patriots” have started a process to spoil 244 years of US history. Now it is time for the heirs of 244 years of US history to exact the cost of treason, murder, riot, incitement etc from those self-styled, God-playing, costumed, selfie taking, ignorant, duped, and sadly superficially patriotic traitors.

No more Mr NIce Guy until that score has been settled once and for all Fasten your seatbelts..

Is self help action now the only option against trump?

The word was that mass murder by withholding vaccines was federal policy to deal with Corona. Policy or not, it is criminal. Remember Crimes Against Humanity for which mostr of the German official in the dock were hanged?

Trump is using the pardon power for pardons it neever envisioned: he is letting his loyal crew of criminals out to do it all over again, but scot free. Misuse of his office and violation of his oaths of office. Betrayal of ones own countrymen and collaboration in that from the all but puppet, empty shells of Republicans in the US Senate. Is that not called treason?Who in his or her right mind thinks that if President Obama did those things he would still be a free man? Or you, or me?

Now if anybody ever doubted that Trump used the Pandemic as a terror tool, you just cannot any more, even if you still are a Trumpionette: he will not sign the vastly overdue, hard fought, just and humane relief bill! What on earth can anyone call that but evil: the unwillingness or inabiloity to have empathy for another and act on it with no thought of return for oneselfl

Read M. Scott Peck, read Hannah Arendt, read the records of te trial in Nürnberg in 1945, the testimonies of extermination camp top officials, the testimony and questioning of Hermann Göring by Justice Robert Jackson.

And the Republicans in tne Senate, does their record show that we can count on their backbone and stand for what is morallly right” Hardly.

This will escalate. Mary Trump says so. Former Trump officials are worried about that. I worry about that. Why not? Inaction is that old, very definition of insanity: expecting different results from the same actions.

You are walking down a street and suddenly a man appears with a knife, held in attack posture. There is blood on the knife balde, on his hands, he has a scratchj of fingernails on his neck and ne looks mean.Your reaction is:

  1. Forget about it. It is probably some act.
  2. Grab someone weaker than you and shove him or her into this guy and try to run by
  3. Start screaming that the liberals have armned thugs here and if you have a gun start shjooting.
  4. Back up slowly towards you car, hoping to get away from this person and not use the pistol under the drivers seat.
  5. Run for the car, get the pistol and start shooting (wildly, frfightened people hit their targets, the ones right in front of them, at most 20% of your shots.
  6. Freeze in panic and fear.

I bet you were not thinking of your common law and Constitutional rights to protect yourself — just about how to act.
Wjhen threatened we fight, freeze or flee. Thinking comes later or has been done beforehand. Legally, last time I took weapons instruction, you must back up and try to avoid shooting, but if you cannot, you have or darned will ought to have the right of self defense and although we cannot kill unless it is unavoidable and proveable in a court, that includes lethal force.

When the threat arises, there is no time to consult your lawyer first. We need to have it all thought through first: legally, morally, etc. We cannot act like Donald and just go charging off. If we want to live civilly and under a rule of law, then we must use our instittutions to defang, declaw, deter and deny any more power to Donald. And as the danger is clear and present, action must also be clear and present.

We must have weighed and distinguished, then chosen right action, explicily resisting the wrong. Having assessed actions and chosen one with full understanding ot consequences., we must be willing to accept and commit to accepting those consequences. And finally we must act visibly and assertively. In short, we must act with and to restore what Donald seeks finally totally to bring down: our personal, civic and national integrity.

The final alarms bells are ringing loud for those who can hear such.

Donald Trump now wants to put us into more economic decline, into more burden of illness, into more chaos. He wants revenge because he believes his deluson that he actually won the election. Listen to him! He is stark raving mad and will act on that.

Any examples of what a lunatic like Donald will do if not stopped: yes. Adolf Hitler. He felt that the Germans had not been good enough to win the war and so they were neither good enough for him nor good enough to survive the war’s end. So he ordered Albert Speer essentially to leave the victors nothing on German soil.

How –be honest–is Trumps action different in principle from HItlers?

Albert Speer did not obey. Hitler caved in and committed suicide with Eva Braun.

Who will stop Trump finally? We have backed up to satisfy the law and morality sufficiently years ago. The Republican Party is essentially no more: even the Senators and some of the House Republicans are now vocal about the mistake called Trump.

General Henning von Treschkow, author of the Valkyrie Plot to kill Hitler, wrote this

The General was a man of integrity: when he learned of the plots failure, rather than let the Gestapo torture him into giving up other conspirators, he wrote a note and took his own lifel.

Is not self help against Trump, Trumpionettes, Trumpthugs etc now a right? Is it now almost a duty, especially in the shadow of the Republican failure to act to protect the nation?

If not, then we will have nothing more to lose, which will lead to action anyway but action that will have no integrity, not bolster the rule of law, embolden the Trumpionettes, anmdtear this country apart.

And that just makes the alarms ring loud.,We have this chance ,with ample supporting evidence, maybe the last such chance, to act before we all will be forced to take up our own arms. We do after all have a RIGHT to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We can use the Amendment to declaw and disarm Donale. I do not want to be part of violence where Congress is afraid to tread..Viiolence does not work well, and it would be much more civil, much more in support of our institutions, to force implementation of the 25th Amendment.

I suspect that if that Amendment is not invoked, some of the rest of us will decide that they have nothing left to lose. Angry men and women with nothing left to lose will trample rights, rationalism, our republuc under their stomping feet. It will almost ceertainly mean bloodshed and chaos — just what Donald wants anyway.

It is time to realize that there is nothing but loss now to get from Donald.

If moral worth and integrity are not the worthiest of causes, what are?

Are we willing to do the work to act with integrity?

Is it finally time to disempower him legally?

If not this, then what, and if not now then, when?

Amerika/America, du hast/you had….

We are nowhere near the end of the Trump-thumping we are taking.. We are not at the beginnig of the end, nor the end of the beginning.  We may be at the start of the beginning.  And that makes it all even more sad and urgent.  We have already lost so much; it is such a great shame.

Towards the end of his life, the great German poet, scientist, lawyer, statesman etc;, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) became very enchanted with the energy, robust freedom and lack of a haunting past in the young American Republic.  During those later years he wrote the following poem (here in English translation praising and expressing an important hope about us and  our republic:

(If you want to know more about who Goethe was, read my post “Who is this guy Go-ee’-thee (Goethe)?

Amerika du hast es besser

America, you have it better

Than our old continent.

You have no tumbledown castles

And no basalt deposits.

Your present is not disturbed deep down by

Useless remembrance and vain strife.

Use the present with good fortune!

And if your children write poetry,

May a kindly fate guard them from writing

Stories of knights, rascals, and specters.

 translation by Marilyn Barnett

One of DT’s first targets for negation remains our fragile, wilting ecosystem.  We must get it back under control —and fast—.  Before DT touched nature with his cold, dead hands, an annual reduction of atmospheric hydrocarbons by 2% would have saved us-but we were barely making that. Now after he has negated our environmental protection, the yearly target for a timespan 4 years shorter than in 2016 is 5%.  And we had been barely eking out a scrawny 2%…. If we fail now, there will not be a second chance, the resulting inhospitable, lethal climate will make this planet uninhabitable.

Let us remember the hopes and faith that so many had for us so many years ago.

But we can only get to the end of the beginning by accepting without filtering where we are today. That’s the first step.

To that end, today Goethe’s hopeful poem could only be written something like this:

Amerika, du hattest es besser…

America, you had it better

Than our old continent.

But you failed to save your forests and oceans, 

You permanently poisoned pristine waters.

Shame! your present is blighted by leaders of

Useless remembrance and vain strife.

You misused the present in bad faith!

And your children will never write verse,

Condemned by drudge lackeys and their bumbling boss, to

end with a whimper: 

as nature winds down in reverse..

Where indeed have all the flowers gone, long time passing? How much pain must good men endure, before they throw off this yoke?