The impeachment trial was necessary despite what the history-impaired and racists think.
The US is not a superhero morality play comic. Superhero comics teach us there is one bad guy and one good guy, and victory can be won or lost in one impersonal battle to the sounds of The Scorpion’s “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” And if you did not win that battle it is because you didn’t have the right mixtures of superpowers, the force, and/or an unemotional detachment, in fact comic book logic dictates that if you knew you didn’t have all that stuff when you went in then you should not have even bothered to fight.
The struggle against intolerance, white nationalism, and brutal capitalism will not be won or lost in one court battle or one election or with the right combination of superpowers. It’s also never going to occur at a convenient time or place. The struggle is a continuous, emotionally filled discourse with ordinary humans.
The reason we take things to court, write about them, document them is to give the next generation a blueprint, but more importantly, to let them know that while some people were selfish, tired, and apathetic, others did care about the future, the world, and tried to do better. We don’t go to court because we want a ticker-tape superfriends parade. The impeachment trial was not just about Trump. It was to have on record that his behavior and the behavior of his enablers were unacceptable.
57 to 43, is not a win for the neo-confederate Republicans, nor is it a win for Trump.
Trump is not innocent. The Republicans are not innocent.
I will continue to be surprised at injustice, racism, and a disregard for decency.
White nationalism should never have space— rent-free in your head. I will never suffer the lewd behavior of white nationalists. I will never be so accepting of their vileness that I engage in silent submission.
Trump, Graham, McConnell, and 90% of the Republican Party are sadistic monsters, toadies, and willing, supine dogsbodies and wannabes.
I fully expected my representatives to try Trump for his January 6 treasonous activities. I couldn’t imagine a more craven obeisance than to just pretend as if January 6 was an ordinary day in the US. This was a reactionary move by white supremacists to attempt to bring the US back to the time when they lynched Mexicans without consequence, and hunted Black people with dogs, posing with their mangled corpses. Like a racist vampire story, Black people had to be inside before sundown or end up on the chain gang.
They wanted to move our already de facto racism and turn it back into de jure racism. Please trust me when I say de jure is much worse.
I took all that personally, and I will continue to take it personally.
For 156 years there has been the silent thump of a narrative that says the US country is broken and should be disposed of, I do not agree.
I know where that beat is coming from. It is not from the progressives it is from the whitest and rightest wings of US politics.
It is an anti-government thus anti-people political ideology that is largely driven by the purview of the South and its treasonous Confederate heritage. Their Siren Song is the Freedom of Princes, with the ability to act and nullify anyone who would hamper their actions, however murderous, ruthless, dishonest, exploitative, or treasonous. Those that embrace the ideas of the South have been very effective at getting large numbers of people to view this country through their interpretation. After losing the Civil War they began their Lost Cause lies. The lie that they were and are the chivalrous heroes keeping order and that the Union (what they call the United States, the place they live) is a bunch of barbarians trying to run our lives with too many rules and take away their property and guns.
Keep in mind that the South literally viewed their enslaved Africans as “their property” and still are currently upset about it.
While in Europe it is JUST about class in the United States, oppression is always about race, because Black people were property and part of the monetary system as literal items that were bought and sold in the action of US commerce.
The 43 Senators that voted not to impeach Trump are treasonous conspirators in the same vein as their Confederate forefathers. These are the same Senators that voted to give states the option to cut healthcare for the poor in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century. During the height of the pandemic in 2020, many of these same Senators voted to starve families by not extending food stamp benefits.
Yet, McConnell voted to acquit ex-President Trump on his second impeachment trial and helped to create the violent atmosphere that enabled the consequences of the January 6 attempted coup d’etat.
The right is filled with master manipulators.
They are not innocent. They are ruthless, cunning, selfish, and callous.
Trump was acquitted, but he is far from innocent.
The struggle continues.
Impeachment trial was necessary.
Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals