The Party of Trump versus the rule of law

I’ll admit, I was not particularly surprised, but nonetheless disappointed that not a single House Republican voted along with Democrats on the impeachment inquiry yesterday.  This was not a vote to impeach, just a vote for the open process the Republicans have been clamoring for in glaringly obvious bad faith.  And, yet, now they are all-in on the absurd idea that the process has been hopelessly corrupted (enough with the totally mis-using fruit from the poisoned tree) from the closed door process where Republicans were fully represented, that they will not even support this open inquiry despite the mounds and mounds of damning evidence.

I guess we’re not supposed to believe Vindman because his testimony was behind closed doors?  Seriously… is there even the pretense of a good faith, logical argument here?

Anyway, Paul Campos has had it and let’s loose.  His “crypto-facism” language is a bit much for me, but I think his larger points are spot-on:

The failure to get a single Republican vote for a House inquiry thus illustrates the extent to which the Republican party is now a creature of Donald Trump’s cult of personality, which is to say completely. [emphases mine]

This is why the kind of “good people on both sides” mewling that keeps getting emitted by the likes of Joe Biden and (sadly) Barack Obama is certainly wrong on the merits, and probably wrong from a purely pragmatic standpoint.

There aren’t good people on both sides. There are people supporting a (for now) crypto-fascist takeover of the American government, and people opposing it. The former people aren’t good people, even if they love their children and their dogs and baseball and apple pie. They’re fascists and fascism-enablers.

It’s incredible — this is a rhetorical turn of phrase: it really isn’t — that almost exactly three years into this nightmare, and almost exactly one year to the day from what may turn out to be the last halfway-free election in the history of this particular political system, we still have so much respectability politics, and reactionary centrism, and elite denial, and general failure to grasp the actual situation.

The House vote this morning merely underlines that we are in a struggle between one party that, with all its many flaws, is still committed to liberal democracy and the rule of law, and another that has definitively rejected both.

Exactly on that last point.  We are so past ordinary partisan politics.  If you believe that human life should be protected at birth, that rich people should pay way less taxes, that we should have fewer environmental regulations, etc., but that we should live in a democracy based on the rule of law, you should be supporting Democrats.  Seriously.  Right now, we really and truly only have one “rule of law” party, and when it comes to politics in a free democracy, rule of law is absolutely a sine qua non.  Once this grossly corrupted edition of the Republican Party is defeated, please return to supporting the opposite political party from me if you believe in all the things I mentioned above, but for now, rule of law has to come first or we don’t even have a genuine democracy with which to disagree over these things.

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