Blinded by white? | Tom Camfield

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YES, THANK GOODNESS! I wonder how things would have turned out if the Georgia vote had gone Republican Jan. 5 and we still had Mitch McConnell strutting around the halls of the U.S. Senate the …

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Blinded by white? | Tom Camfield

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YES, THANK GOODNESS! I wonder how things would have turned out if the Georgia vote had gone Republican Jan. 5 and we still had Mitch McConnell strutting around the halls of the U.S. Senate the afternoon of Jan. 21, deciding what should or shouldn’t be voted upon.

The election of two Democrats Jan. 5 was the final piece of reality that a mindless, murderous mob just could not handle in an orderly manner as it drove one large step too far in its attempted change to the very nature of our democracy. And in promoting deep into criminality the ugly self-image of one individual’s deranged, declining years, it earned the description of “domestic terrorism.”

We have Blacks to thank in large part for the resurgence of our Democracy — but also still illustrated as victims. They utilized the power of the vote not only to throw out Donald Trump Nov. 3 but also in a significant instance then defeated two of his well-to-do white supremacist followers in special Georgia runoff elections. Last Wednesday, Associated Press reported that AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 3,700 voters in Jan 5’s runoff contests, found that Black voters made up roughly 30% of the electorate — and almost all of them— 94 percent — backed Jon Ossoff (a 33-year-old Jew) and the Rev. Raphael Warnock (51-year-old Black Baptist minister). Democrats thus won control of the U.S. Senate by the slimmest of margins.

Senator Warnock noted: “The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton picked her youngest son to be a United States senator . . . Tonight we proved with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible.”

Then it occurred to me as I turned to read the 14th amendment (see following), things had gone pretty quietly on the law-enforcement side for the right-wing forces of Donald Trump. The armed white insurgents rampaged at will through the halls of Congress in session and the adjoining buildings, such as the guy from Arkansas who sat with his feet on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Most everyone seems to have been White. It was nothing like a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration. There were no Black guy sreadily at hand to throw down, bludgeon and handcuff — or to kneel forcibly upon the necks of.

But someone took this white guy’s picture.

Late last week, Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak noted, “They planned the riots openly on social media for weeks, bragging about how many guns they’re going to bring and the mayhem they’d set off. They came by the thousands, and outside the White House Trump rallied them to march on the Capitol on Wednesday, reassuring them that ‘after this we’re going to walk down there and I’ll be there with you.’ (which he wasn’t.) . . .

“And still, even though we all saw it coming, the headquarters of our government was literally invaded by loud, vaping fools in flannel surplus-store body armor, animal pelts and face paint. Police seemed powerless to stop it . . .”

I read with relief in the Washington Post: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told colleagues in a letter Friday that she has spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, about keeping an ‘unstable president’ from accessing the nuclear codes.” That takes care of my primary concern. I really don’t care what they do with Donald now.

So I’ll close here for the moment with a salute to our emergent coalition of Black, Asian, Hispanic, Islamic, Jewish, Native American, LGBTQ and miscellaneous whites — represented by the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1868, it granted equal citizenship to everyone born or naturalized in the United States — including former slaves — and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” To wit: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Dvorak also noted: “The mob that stormed and desecrated the Capitol Wednesday could not have existed in a country that hadn’t been radicalized by the likes of Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingram” of Fox News.

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Tom Camfield

With a 750-word limit on a weekly blog, I won’t try here to deal with daily detail of last week’s (and next’s) rioting and insurrection. Page after page after page of the mainstream media deal with the reality of murder and attempted murder—and law enforcement’s comparative lax attitude toward White compared to Black. As columnist David Brooks of The New York Times wrote Monday: “The rampage reminded us that if Black people had done this, the hallways would have been red with blood.”

Wednesday, January 13
Justin Hale

Tom, why aren't the organizers of the BLM riots being prosecuted for inciting rioting murder, and mayhem? Trump didn't tell anyone to riot, or do anything illegal, and yet here we are watching the House impeach him for speaking his mind.

Wednesday, January 13
Marge Samuelson

I guess you are waiting for him to shoot someone in Times Square? Trump has been impeached again by the House. Time for the Republican Senate to take action to remove him from office.

Wednesday, January 13
Justin Hale

The House's vote to impeach once more only proves one thing, that a sitting POTUS can be impeached for anything, thanks to House Democrats for making impeachment meaningless.

Wednesday, January 13
Tom Camfield.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about using the 25th Amendment to rid the country of an unworthy president. But how about this section of the 14th Amendment?

14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Section 3:

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

Wednesday, January 13
Marge Samuelson

Keep spreading you inane views. No one cares anymore. Trump will be gone for good then what rich, liar will you be spouting off about. Or will you disappear because you will finally accept that the emperor has no clothes. Not much of a brain either.

Wednesday, January 13
Justin Hale

Tom,

The 25th Amendment was a non-starter. The House impeached, no big surprise there, the Senate just might go along and convict, this is an opportunity to remove the Albatross from round their necks, can't say I would blame them.

Thursday, January 14
Tom Camfield

Next publication day for the Leader also is Inauguration Day for President-Elect Joe Biden, so I likely will pull a wait-and-see next time around. For the moment I’m interested also in the current news item on Yahoo headlined “Trump’s businesses were already in a ‘billion-dollar hole’ before the Capitol riot fallout.”

Friday, January 15