What is actually occurring with American politics?

John G. Stewart

  • John G. Stewart has been active in nationwide Democratic politics considering that the 1960s. The previous Tennessee Valley Authority government and his wife, Nancy, live in Knoxville.

Can you name a time when it was more complicated to determine out what is taking place with American politics? As I’ve famous in advance of, I have been energetic in politics due to the fact the early 1960s and I know with certainty practically nothing arrives shut to what’s likely on these days.

Commence with the previous dude, or else recognized as Donald J. Trump, the previous president of the United States. Given that the dawn of the Republic in 1787, there has never been a president who refused to settle for the end result of a presidential election and thus willfully violate one of the most sacred features of American democracy, the tranquil transfer of political ability.

Not only has Trump failed to acknowledge the continuously verified final results of the 2020 contest with Joe Biden, he has for months sought to deny Biden’s legitimacy with the Trump fabrication that the election was by some means “stolen,” otherwise identified as the Large Lie. 

Then he actively fomented open insurrection against the U.S. Congress on Jan. 6 as it was carrying out its constitutional mandate to certify the Electoral University results. The insurrectionists’ assault on the U.S. Capitol brought on loss of lifetime and actual physical injury to dozens of defenders. 

Just in case this message of sedition was not adequately clear, 147 House Republicans — such as Tennessee’s Tim Burchett — and eight senators voted not to certify the officially regarded election outcomes only several hours just after the carnage had been halted.  

U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett, left, texts his wife from the House floor, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, while lawmakers prepare to put on gas masks as protesters enter the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Because that dreadful working day, the former president and several of his acolytes have been propagating the fantasy that other people have been accountable or that the crowd was really tranquil or that, in any function, we just have to have to go on.

Even more distressing is the abject failure of Trump’s allies in Congress to reject this epochal assault on the sanctity of totally free and good elections. In so performing, these Republican toadies have simply just walked absent from their constitutional obligation to counter excesses of government ability, which is at the heart of James Madison’s constitutional layout of separated legislative, govt and judicial electric power.   

Slice it any way you want — sugar-coat it from dawn to dusk — but this all provides up to energetic sedition towards the govt of the United States.