It is the type of story we wish our children never would need to learn about regarding the process of governing in this nation.
Or, should I say it is the type of story our children need to learn about when it comes to the abuse of power and how placing raw politics ahead of our national needs has a most corrosive outcome.
That is what happened today when Senate Republicans willfully and purposefully blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection of a pro-Donald Trump mob on our nation’s Capitol. Using the much-debated filibuster power the conservatives killed a measure that would have resulted in a full accounting regarding a riot that killed members of the police and injured more than 140 others in their ranks.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the lowest of roads, and the most un-American of positions when he whipped his caucus into line by telling them that supporting the measure would be terrible politics for the GOP ahead of the 2022 midterms.
The partisan needs of the Republican party had more sway than the attempt to undermine our national government, damage the Electoral college votes, and prevent them from being counted by Congress. In the most brazen and horrific attack on our own government by the people since Fort Sumter in 1861. Yet the GOP feels no need for a full investigation into the treasonous crimes.
If that fact does not rock you back into your chair nothing will.
The vote outcome was 54 to 35, but fell short of the 60 senators needed to move forward under the rules of the filibuster. Only six members of the Republican caucus had the higher needs of the nation in mind as they joined with all the Democratic members to support the measure. CP knows it is important to acknowledge their vote for the nation. As such thanks to Senators Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and Ben Sasse. Pat Toomey would have also cast an aye vote had he been present. That still, however, would have left the bill three Republicans votes away from going forward.
It is stunning to witness the cult personality of Trump that has taken over the Republican Party. That so many of his followers nationwide do not even understand what they have allowed happening to their party, and to themselves, is what the rest of us watch play out in real-time. The Senate vote to reject a full accounting of the attack on our national government, and the acceptance of that move by Republicans all over this nation, clearly demonstrates how far adrift from reason, logic. morals, and common sense they have traveled.
We can, and should differ over tax policy, infrastructure, college loan programs, and a long list of policy items. But when someone can not, and WILL NOT stand up for the nation when under attack ON LIVE TELEVISION then we place that person, or political party, in the yellow-belly un-American pile.
Historians will never forget this ugly moment when conservatives placed raw partisan politics over love of country.
And so it goes.