I read about the letter that House Republicans sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi this weekend asking her to drop – “in the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution” – her efforts to impeach President Trump for a second time.
I nearly choked on my coffee.
Fidelity to our Constitution? Call me crazy but inciting and supporting thousands of armed people wearing tactical gear who storm the Capitol while both chambers of Congress are in session seems like a pretty good reason to impeach a president. Certainly better than impeaching one because he lied about receiving a … you know what. (I still can’t say it.)
And spirit of healing? Are you kidding me? Where was this spirit of healing thing after the BLM protests? Or after Barack Obama was elected? Or after Benghazi? Or after this year’s election results?
Members of the Grand Old Party (quaint nickname, right? Like it’s a party full of benign old guys who hand out candy to children at parades) can always find a reason to act fast when it suits them. But try to impeach a guy after thousands of domestic terrorists break into the Capitol?
“Whoa, slow down, let’s not be rash! What’s your hurry! Where’s your spirit of healing?”
Some Republicans – and even some Democrats – said Trump, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions during what CNN is calling “The Trump Insurrection” because that might “inflame” domestic terrorists even more.
That’s a great precedent. “Your honor, I recommend we drop all charges against my client, the triple ax-murderer, because prosecuting him might inflame other would-be ax murderers. And we don’t want that, right?”
It’s absurd. Five people died. And it could have been many more. This was not just a random mob that just wanted to be heard. This was at best an incompetent coup. They wanted blood.
They, charmingly, hung a noose outside the Capitol.
They chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”
They beat a policeman to death with a fire extinguisher.
They nearly crushed another to death.
They had mace, clubs, guns, bombs and, most tellingly of all, zip-ties. What do you suppose the zip-ties were for? To gently restrain lawmakers while Weird Viking Helmet Bear Pelt Guy quietly presented a list of grievances in iambic pentameter? I don’t think so, bub.
I suspect that were it not for the Capitol police and other law enforcement personnel, we could have seen a true horror show broadcast over internet.
So, spirit of healing? It’s a little bit late for that. Trump did what he did because he is who he is.
Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are.”
We should have heeded those words four years ago.