by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ February 11, 2021
What can be learned from Trump’s second impeachment has already been discovered. If it wasn’t before, it is clear that the US government is living on borrowed time because of structural failure.
Congress comprises two groups of people, one group who are vaguely concerned about the national decline in overall wellbeing and frightened at the extent of fascist criminality of the second group. That second group denies any decline in wellbeing and is committed to expanding authoritarian power as their only goal.
The second group's denial of any decline in national wellbeing requires rejection of objectivity and science. The acceptance of political power as the only goal makes criminal acts and terrorism legitimate. This leaves us with the vaguely concerned opposing the actively criminal or complicit. Those who are actively illegal are not vague about what they want.
The criminal group's lack of vagueness allows simple minds to passionately grasp their goals as those goals are presented as restoring power to those who feel they have lost in a non-existent, zero-sum game. The vaguely concerned are left holding the bag and exhausting themselves, attempting to restore public health's minimum standards and reduce the massive pandemic death toll.
While the presentation of overwhelming evidence of Trump’s openly stated criminal intent to destroy the democratic electoral process is historically useful, it is no longer relevant. That half the current government is impervious to proof of criminal acts proves they are complicit. That there are no political means of correcting this confirms the failure of the political system.
The growth of delusional thinking is not a new phenomenon. The extent of that delusional thinking is a much larger problem than the social psychosis of the Trumpists and the disintegrating Republican Party. The vaguely concerned Democratic politicians, even though struggling to hold objectivity and scientific fact as the basis for policy and decision, are prone to delusion about the enormous disaster we face.
This is seen in the effort invested in the impeachment process. That the case is hopeless with half the Senate complicit in Trump’s led sedition, the creation of an ironclad case was required by the delusion that the federal system is still, somehow, viable. It is not.
Secondary arguments that this was necessary for the historical record would have once been justified but no longer are in the digital era. In past times, the prompt marshaling of evidence and testimony was driven by the inevitable loss of that testimony to time. We live in a different age in which almost nothing is lost, misplaced perhaps, but not lost.
Presentation of the detailed evidence of months of seditious actions by Trump and his followers to the mass population is counterproductive because the people have seen it from the beginning. New security videos increase awareness of how violent and organized the “riot” was, but this only confirms that understanding as arrests and testimony have shown.
My point is that much, if not all, of the governmental process is aimed at a distant past without instantaneous visibility and internet memory. The shortness and concision of the case proving Trump’s sedition worked so well because of this and was a recognition that almost everything was already in the public memory.
The failure is structural because the US population has already passed judgment, as shown by a growing majority, over 56% in polling, that demands Trump's conviction. The vote of known complicit senators is completely unnecessary. For these senators to acquit when the population has made a judgment is a massive insult. The US Senate, if not the entire Congress and all political parties, no longer has any credibility, and that is now impossible to ignore.
While neofascist and irrational religionist groups' problems continue, Trump's specific situation will need to be dealt with by a major conviction in state or regional courts. With a criminal investigation of Trump’s blatant efforts to corrupt that state's 2020 election, Georgia begins that process. But that will further emphasize the failure of the federal political system.
Trump’s second impeachment could never hope to remove Trump from a very broken political system. It has, however, proven the full failure of that system. That is a big step in the radical political change that we need. Failed government systems are the tools of authoritarians and despots, which is now very clear in America.