An old friend posited on a Facebook post that I should be up in arms regarding the current situation at the US-Mexico border under new President Biden’s leadership.
Before I address anything to do with President Biden’s leadership, I believe it is important to highlight, again, the fundamental crisis of our nation – which is not the border or immigration situation.
That crisis is the attack on our nation on January 6th and the failure of the Republican Party to acknowledge that fact, to address their role and the role of the former President and many others in the event and the events leading up to this attack. And an acknowledgement by the supposed “law and order” party that all culpable parties, whether attackers or conspirators, need to be brought to justice.
They appear to act as if the events leading up to and culminated on January 6th never happened, that the former President, and many members of his party and right wing media, bear no responsibility for the events of that day.
That the former President wasn’t engaged in a deliberate attempt to steal an election he lost badly.
It appears to me that nothing could be further from the truth.
But all should be calling for a thorough and public accounting of the facts – I don’t see that happening and that’s a crisis.
Many on the right are attempting to move on; to treat the former guy as just another former President, to sharply criticize the current President who is clearly having to grapple with a host of crisis left by the deeply failed leadership and tragic incompetence of the former President and Administration- and generally doing an excellent job in my view.
People are wanting to engage in in a business as usual comparison between the current and former President.
As if the former President is not under a deep and dark cloud of suspicion regarding the possible criminality of many of his actions over the last four years and particularly in relation to the events after Election Day through the events of January 6th.
There is no equivalency to even ponder. On one side is a man who demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt he:
⁃ disabused a large percentage of his nation’s people, and many people of the world, in fact.
⁃ held no respect for the truth
⁃ held no respect for democracy and democratic processes and norms
⁃ Used whatever means he felt, moral or immoral, legal or illegal, democratic or undemocratic, to achieve aims that he felt benefited himself the most (e.g. his corruption of the emollients clause); regardless of the negative impact on the nation
On the other side is a man who, although a flawed human like all of us, has demonstrated the opposite of all these characteristics and is clearly focused on his job as a public servant.
Policies can be debated, disagreements discussed, compromises made between people of goodwill and good character. In the current President we have a leader of goodwill. Nothing can be done with a man who lacks good character and all sense of decency – a man like that deserves only to be pitched onto the ash heap of history.
Thankfully 81 million Americans recognized and acted on this imperative.
May all necessary investigations proceed apace and let the chips fall where they may regarding January 6th. May the Republican Party come to terms with their culpability and purge those among their ranks who failed their oath so dramatically post Election.
Then we can discuss policies and performance – not before this reckoning has even begun.