Donald Trump today reportedly acknowledged that Joe Biden is the president-elect. It was the same day that wealthy donors said they would withhold funding for the Republican senators in the Georgia runoffs, and the House of Representatives asked to meet the Trump appointed head of the Government Services Administration (GSA) to find out why she did not recognize Biden as President-elect. Trump pushed his refusal to accept reality and hobble the Biden administration until adults threatened intervention about his distortion of reality. The question to be confronted now is how the Republicans will handle their responsibilities going forward. Will any effort to discover truth concerning the Trump administration be supported by Republicans? It is doubtful. They are complicit in every theft, undermining of America’s alliances, corrupt dealing, and idiotic policy committed during the Trump presidency. He could not have done so much damage to the United States without support from Mitch McConnell and his allies. Lying has worked to maintain Republican power because so many Americans refuse to hold them accountable (they are seen as the party of the current socio-economic hierarchy), but lying is the enemy of our republic. Anytime lies prop up a system there is something seriously wrong and bad for society going on. We need at least two political parties organized around facts and truth. Make sure that you push your representatives in Congress to investigate allegations of corruption during the Trump years, or expect more of the same to come.
We are experiencing the unthinkable. A president is actively working to overthrow the will of the people as expressed in an election with several Republican officials supporting him. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called the Republican Georgia Secretary of State to push using his power to throw Democratic votes away. Trump is soliciting state legislators to overthrow their elections and appoint electors to pick him and not Biden who won. Trump has been referred to as the poster boy for White privilege because he has gotten away with so much criminality and corruption. The world is watching at a story that is not about one man, it is about a nation at war with itself. Is our republic important enough to the majority of Americans to be maintained in the face of Trump’s assault, or is white supremacy more valued? We have failed many tests in the last five years; allowing Trump to emerge as a politician based on the racist Birther lie, not scrutinizing his finances, electing him despite numerous red flags, etc. Americans rose up to stop the madness in the election of 2020; leading to another period of anxiety as we watch Republicans fail to care about decency or the republic. The outcome is not clear, but this cannot go on forever, so think of ways to empower people who represent your values and respect our votes.