“Everything Trump Touches Dies” — Rick Wilson
And that includes Trump’s Republican Party. He is killing it with his own viral toxicity. He is even trying to kill America’s democratic republic and install himself as our Caesar, dictator for life.
With Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s anticipated objection to certify the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden in Congress on January 6, 2021, and the acquiescence of additional Republican Senators, the transmogrification of GOP to MAGA will be complete.
But there may be a silver lining to this cloud over democracy; there may yet be a cloud burst.
The joy of reading a book is found in getting lost in the author’s world, submersing yourself between the lines. Putting the book down in chapters not found in a synopsis and saying to yourself, “I never realized that!” Meditating on the turn of a phrase or a word used in a way defined in no dictionary.
To read is to think; to read deeply is to think deeply. Sometimes it even hurts, but it hurts so good.
I noticed in reading this seven-minute script that many of the sentences are fragments apropos our twitter-obsessed culture; Madonna yesterday, Eilish today…
Back in 1992 when I was young and naïve, instead of old and naïve, I wrote a long letter, when people actually wrote letters, to certain politicians calling for the Electoral College to be replaced by popular vote run-off. The goal was to promote more parties, more choices, better candidates. I actually received over a dozen replies (I have them all), a few were especially noteworthy:
DE Senator Joe Biden supported a run-off if no candidate received an EC majority. [S.J. Res. 312]
NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg supported the direct election of Pres and VP. [S.J. Res. 297]
Let’s let the Constitution clear this up, once and for all:
Amendment XIV [14th]
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion…