This month has been terrifying. It began with the United States Supreme Court rejected a plea from the Trump administration, the State of Texas, eighteen other Republican States, and 126 Republican members of Congress to overturn the votes in three key states to President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The fact that so many members of our government and bona fide American States were asking the court to invalidate a democratically held election is deeply alarming.
Anyone who cares about living in a free country should be concerned, and yet, approximately seventy million people aren’t just okay with the Republican-led assault on our democratically held elections, they’re complicit in it and willing to sign off on it.
You Say Lawsuit, I Say Attempted Takeover of Government
It was just the latest in a series of lawsuits, at the time, lawsuits that were designed to undo the election that saw Biden win the presidency, resulting in a one-term presidency for Donald Trump.
Things ramped up as the electoral college, the final say in who becomes president, finally drove the nail in Trump’s presidential coffin by formally nominating Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
Much of the nation breathed a big sigh of relief, but it wasn’t without a hitch. The Republican and broader conservative coalition’s response to Biden’s victory was, in some circles, to resort to violence.
In Michigan, the legislative offices needed to be closed down to the public after credible threats of violence were made. An armed white terrorist organization plotted to kidnap the governor of Michigan before putting her on trial in a mock trial and executing her. The FBI thankfully thwarted this plan.
In the lawsuit brought about by 126 Republican members of Congress and on behalf of several Republican-led states, there were also a few states that didn’t exist, states put forth by conservatives claiming to be separatist and secessionist movements in the nonexistent “states” of “New California” and “New Nevada.”
Republican Sore Loser-ism
Setting aside for a second the absolute batshit crazy, bizarre fact that non-existent states, New California and New Nevada, have each filed amicus briefs in the Texas lawsuits claiming to be separatist movements directly affected by the U.S. election — an election that they believe was stolen — in the last week, the many on the right-wing have bought the stolen election narrative hook, line, and sinker.
Nothing says you’re a sore loser like losing an election then filling a lawsuit claiming to live in a state that doesn’t exist (and that your state is being persecuted), all so you can overturn an election that you think was stolen, all while having zero evidence that supports your theory. The sore-loser-ism is palatable in America right now.
Just look at Josh Hawley…
Walmart & Democracy vs Josh Hawley
Cut to a few weeks later and, yesterday, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley says he’ll delay the confirmation of Biden to the Presidency, breathing new life into old, baseless conspiracy theories, and fanning the flames of a disgruntled Republican base who believe falsely that the election was stolen from them.
“At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections,” Hawley said, today. He added, “But Congress has so far failed to act.” Hawley might also be aiming to position himself as a Trump replacement for a 2024 presidential run, himself, though this is speculation that political commentators have been floating today.
What we do know is that the undemocratic rhetoric is ramping up again and it’s terrifying for everyone. Even Walmart criticized Hawley on Twitter, calling him a #soreloser after he said he’d challenge the election results and try to inch us closer to the grand, dark abyss of autocracy.
Hawley fired back by saying that Walmart should apologize for what he calls using slave labor” and “the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business.”
Great job, Josh, just attack one of the biggest businesses in your constituency, that’ll go over like a led zeppelin.
Meanwhile, Josh Hawley is against raising the minimum wage federally and voted against it in the very state he represents, Missouri. And now he feels entitled to criticize Walmart for paying what he calls pathetic wages? Oh, hypocrisy!
In my book, Walmart just follows the law, but Josh Hawley, he writes it. It should be obvious who’s to blame more than whom in this scenario, or, at the very least, who’s the most guiltless.
The Fight Continues
Most of us are just waiting. We’re waiting What do we do with a Republican Party that has large signed off on an attempt to overturn a democratic election, even going so far as to threaten to harm the electors responsible for upholding our democracy?
What do we do with the conservative, often-white-nationalist and national misogynist terrorist organizations who have members who actively plan to kidnap and execute state officials who have done no more than the jobs they were elected to do?
What do we do about the 70% of Trump voters who believe the election was “stolen” and that our government is a farce? What do we do about the vast and incomprehensible media machine that’s fueling the narratives that this conspiratorial majority of the Republican believe?
While it may be tempting to feel like we’re inches away from victory, especially if the Democrats take the Senate with two victories in Georgia, the battle to save our Republic has only just begun. Because the one question we haven’t answered is why.
Why would seventy million people support these efforts? Why can they not see the danger in the strains of illiberalism and catering to a President — and a Party — that disregard the very tenets our Republic was founded on?
Why have they stood by him unflinchingly throughout his term his locking children into internment camps? Why have they stood by him through his assault on LGBTQ rights, they stood by him through his assault on the environment, and all the laws and every single institutional norm that we’ve ever had?
And still even more pressing is the question of why Trump has pulled more voters to his side in 2020 than in 2016. Why did Trump pull more people of color than he did in 2016, and Biden’s presidency was only saved by white male voters?
Something is clearly wrong.
We have a lot of conversing to do. We have to shock our culture into a massive change, the kind of change that revitalizes the American spirit and makes us fall in love with the idea of democracy again, otherwise, divided we fall.