With the slim majority Republicans now holding sawy in the House of Representatives, the term misrepresentation takes on a wider meaning. The House is now fully under the control of a band of unprosecuted insurrectionists, whose demonstrated intent is the overthrow and destruction of the United States government.
That is a bold statement, but these loonies verify it for us daily with their rants, threats and focus on “passing” legislation that will never see the light of day.
One of them, Marjorie Taylor Greene, made herself appear even more idiotic than usual by stating that she would never sign a bill to raise the debt ceiling. She’s apparently unaware that Members of Congress do not sign bills. Civics 101 wasn’t on her school curriculum one can surmise.
There’s no reason to explore the depths of the flawed “thinking” processes of Kevin McCarthy, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and other insurrectionists in Congress. Nor is there any reason to explore further the sheer avalanche of information about the sordid history of George Santos, if that is his name.
What needs to be explored is why are these people still inflicting themselves on American governance and that question next leads to, “Where is the DOJ?”
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is slim—four seats. At least the six above are expressly disqualified for their posts by Section 3 of the 14 Amendment. There are others, since 147 members voted against certification of the 2020 election and helped set the stage for January 6th.
To say that we are at a crossroads as to whether we have a functioning government or not is an understatement. We are also at a crossroads as to whether we will have a functioning economy. The open intent of the current GOP tantrum is to hold the “social” programs of Medicare and Social Security for ransom in order to allow the same kind of increase of the debt limit that was done three times under Trump. It does not matter to these folks that Medicare and Social Security are not funds belonging to the government.
The usual rhetoric is involved. “Democrats are writing checks they can’t cash,” etc. Except these are checks written by a Republican administration that these folks would like to now bounce so it can be blamed on the current administration. Infantile, but predictable.
Fortunately, competent thinkers are involved in heavy action to bypass the problem the loonies are creating, but it can only go so far. In a nutshell, the future of the American economy is being held hostage. Hostage takers always think they are negotiating from a position of power (extortion), all the while law enforcement is looking for a way to take them down.
So the question again is: “Where the hell is the DOJ?”
A look back at another time when a blatant criminal was in a major public office, that of Vice President—I’m talking of course about Spiro Agnew—gives some suggestions about how to proceed.
Spiro Agnew was taking bribes, literally envelops of cash, in his physical office as VP under Nixon. Investigators at the FBI—who were coincidentally conservative Republicans—had the evidence. They also recognized the dilemma of the fact that Nixon was under impeachment and Agnew could become President unless they acted. Rachel Maddow’s podcast, Bag Man, tells that full story. Agnew was forced to resign from his office leading to the appointment of Gerald Ford who then became President when Nixon resigned.
FBI investigators confronted Agnew with the evidence against him and brought about this result. It would be silly to assume that similar bodies of evidence have not been gathered already for the very visible crimes of the insurrectionist squad in the house. In fact, accusations of “weaponizing the DOJ against Republicans” is an overt attempt to forestall just such an action against this group.
It would be an error in judgement of magnitude on the part of the Attorney General and Department of Justice to stay their hand in the face of this kind of criticism. It is not a coincidence that these insurrectionists are also white supremacists and the very reason for the existence of the Department of Justice is to act against their efforts to send this country back to the dictatorship of the rich and landed envisioned by the Confederacy.
The mission of the Department of Justice, from their own website, is “… to uphold the rule of law, to keep our country safe, and to protect civil rights.”
So, Merrick Garland, Jack Smith, US Attorneys of every district. When are you going to act?
Marty Kassowitz is co-founder of Factkeepers. As founder of Interest Factory and View360, he brings more than 30 years experience in effective online communications, social media management, and platform development to the site. He is a writer, designer, editor and long time observer of the ill-logic demonstrated by too many members of the species known as Mankind. After a long history of somewhat private commentary on a subject he totally hates: politics, Marty was encouraged to build this site and put up his own analyses as well as curate relevant content from other sources.