America divided: Do You Really Need It?

TRUMP IS ACQUITTED 57-43 OF INCITING MAGA RIOT: SEVEN REPUBLICANS TURN ON HIM BUT DEMS FALL SHORT OF 67 VOTES NEEDED TO CONVICT — AND AS HE HINTS AT ‘GLORIOUS’ COMEBACK McCONNELL ATTACKS ‘DISGRACEFUL DERELICTION’ AND SAYS HE COULD BE CHARGED.”

Dailymail online on February 14, 2021

A slap in the face for the constitution…So for him to get up there and make this indictment against the President and then say ‘but l can’t vote for it because it is after the fact’…. The fact that he established that it could not be delivered after the inauguration”.

NANCY PELOSI, Speaker, United States House of Representatives.

Unprecedented January 6 attack on the Capitol

The altercation simmered intensely as Nancy Pelosi, the aggrieved Speaker of the House of Representatives, raged against GOP senators. The Senators upturned the second impeachment bid of the Democratic-led Congress against former President Donald Trump.
In truth, Mitch McConnell, Senate minority leader, had admitted that “former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a dereliction of duty”. Still, he voted for his acquittal. He went further to say, “The mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name. The criminals were carrying his banners. Hanging his flags. And screamed their loyalty to him”. No doubt, the former Senate Majority Leader flagrantly exercised double standards in his reaction to the events of January 6, 2021. His sense of judgment in the circumstances underscored the underlying power of loyalty to partisan interests, even if that violated the American peoples’ moral sensibilities.

In polls taken a week before the trial votes, more than fifty-four per cent of Americans had convicted Trump in their hearts. About twenty per cent were neutral, and the remainder were against his conviction. But succumbing to party loyalty has been a weakness in American decision-taking for nearly two decades. Perhaps the last time Americans came together decisively on any issue was in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Preceding that was the overwhelming pressure on former President Nixon following the Watergate scandal. Nixon bowed to pressure and resigned to get a pardon from his successor, a condition for exempt from prosecution.

GOP senators’ excuse for not convicting Trump was that the incitement was an act committed after losing in the presidential elections. The Achilles heel of their submission remains that Trump was still substantive President at the time of provocation. McConnell went further to justify his vote against conviction on technical grounds hinged on another weak point: the trial came up after Trump’s successor was sworn into office.

Failed bid to prevent ratification

The Capitol, America’s legislative hub, was blatantly assaulted by a group that engaged in reprehensible acts to the American people’s dismay and the international community. The MAGA outfit, evidently Trump’s Avante Garde storm troopers, had conveyed a sense of mirage to a deluded super master during the presidential campaigns. The reality of the theatrical displays across the nation only dawned on his most avid supporters when the election results were announced. Donald Trump, the Republican candidate in the 2020 presidential elections, lost to Joe Biden, his Democratic Party opponent. The GOP candidate repeatedly rejected the results, claiming widespread fraud. By US constitutional procedures, election results from the 50 States were meant to be ratified on January 6, 2021, by the Electoral College. Following a series of litigation bids to force a cancellation of election results in critical States, Trump galvanized followers in the morning of January 6, inciting them to disrupt the ratification process.

Joe Biden
President Joe Biden

The dangerously armed faithful mob stormed the Capitol in tens of thousands. The assault, though failed to achieve the desired result, ended in a catalogue of woes: four dead, including one Capitol Police Officer and several wounded. A spate of suicides also followed its wake.
The assault is a development that posterity would consign to the annals of history as a common reversal of the American trajectory. It highlighted unnoticed cleavages hitherto in the American body politic. There have always been divisions in American society.

One baffling point remains the inability of observers to comprehend how a man who built a reputation for being an irascible leader but still achieves a measure of success in several spheres of governance turned around to rubbish his tenure even after losing a crucial election.
The Capitol scenario on January 6 couldn’t have been much different from the Bastille storm in eighteenth-century revolutionary France. The oddity of the two similar events is that the Bastille episode remains a landmark, celebrated annually for its fulfilment of the struggle for the emancipation of the oppressed and downtrodden majority in France. On the contrary, the MAGA assault was a direct affront on an age-old cherished and esteemed American established political institution.

Fall out of failed attack

To many American admirers, the Capitol has been revered as the symbol and epitome of freedom and democracy, offering hopes of assistance to the wretched of the earth, still languishing in bondage. The assault, if successful, would have devastated the American ethos. But thanks to the resolve of the men and women behind other formidable independent and ancillary institutions. They serve as bulwarks against such despicable plotted evil machinations. It saved the United States from the reputation of Trump’s “shit – hole” countries and banana republics.

However, despite their failure in this ill-fated insurrection, the American ultra-right activists- Proud Boys, MAGA, QAnon etc. – a panoply of deranged, unguided miscreants who armed themselves with equipment to hang the Vice President, and went on to smear the walls of the Capitol with faecal remains cannot be swept underneath the carpet.

Trump is undaunted

Donald Trump is the idol and hero of this new movement. He possesses the tact and savvy in the degree known to be the preserve, or so to put it, of rabble-rousing demagogues. Six weeks after Joe Biden’s inaugural, he deployed ten thousand National Guard troops around the Capitol in anticipation of another plot supposedly aimed at swearing-in Donald Trump as President by one faceless movement.

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Donald Trump

What that portends is that the long shadow of the former President would continue to haunt the Joe Biden administration until he throws in his bid for a comeback in the 2024 presidential election. The June 6 senate vote has already endorsed him to contest in the next presidential elections, or so it seems.
Watch out!! America.

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Wilson

My interest and love for blogging in the area of political and economic developments were cultivated during my days at Government College Ughelli. We had a set of very committed and dedicated teachers from the UK, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There were two American Peace Corps members along with a handful of Africans. In April 1970 we watched a documentary on John F Kennedy. That documentary inspired me greatly. The following day I visited the College library for more information. I went through a large stack of The Readers Digest. I also stumbled across another international journal, The English Listener. Upon graduation from college and while at the University of Ibadan, l read American Time Newsweek magazines regularly. My bias was for International Relations. This background has proved an invaluable asset to me in my years of teaching and contributing articles to media organizations as a freelance writer and encouraged me to set up a blog: https://gblobalinquest.com

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