When Woodrow Wilson urged Congress to adopt the Sedition Act, he could not have imagined a case where the members of the party that opposed him would openly act against democracy itself.
Two Republican members of the House of Representatives tell CNN that they expect at least 140 of their GOP colleagues in the House to vote against counting the electoral votes on January 6 when Congress is expected to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
President Donald Trump's Republican allies have virtually zero chance of changing the result, only to delay by a few hours the inevitable affirmation of Biden as the Electoral College winner and the next president.
There have been no credible allegations of any issues with voting that would have impacted the election, as affirmed by dozens of judges, governors, election officials, the Electoral College, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Supreme Court. But Trump is determined to claim he didn't lose -- which he did, significantly -- and many GOP politicians either share his delusion or fear provoking his wrath -- even if that means voting to undermine democracy.
Both a House member and senator are required to mount an objection when Congress counts the votes. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said Wednesday he will object, which will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept the results of Biden's victory. Other senators -- including incoming ones -- could still join that effort, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately urged Republicans not to do.
Trump has been pushing for Congress to try to overturn the election result as his campaign's attempts to overturn the election through the courts have been repeatedly rejected.
So, we're prisoners of a thing Trump doesn't want to do, and that's accept the will of the American voters. Got it. And we're prisoners of an idea that a member of Congress can say or do whatever without fear of prosecution because we understand that there is a norm that says that an elected official in this country at the Federal level can engage in hyperbole and sedition and treason and you can't do a thing about it because fuck you, that's why.
What's really shocking is that we're going to go through with this Kabuki Theater on January 6 and there's going to be a lot of upheaval and scorn and madness and then Biden will be certified as the president elect because there's the law and then there's what Republicans want to believe and that's that.
Republicans in Congress belong in prison for acts of sedition if they follow through with their promise to try and subvert the will of the voters. The election happened. Trump lost. Biden won. Any other version of these events is a self-flagelating delusion of grandeur. All because of Trump and the horror of his presidency. Come on, you dumb shits. He isn't even going to remember who you are when he's done taking money from the voters in your district. Quit being as bad as the rubes you're already fooling.
This is, fundamentally, a stupid country that is full of people who are disengaged from active participation in responsible civic activities. Far too many Americans just yank that old voting lever for Republicans because they can't be bothered to pay attention to what's being done. If you go into your garden variety shithole where Republicans always win, you'll find misery, death, ruin and opioids along with heavy subsidies from the government and nary a chance in hell of someone solving real problems because it's easier to wave a bloody shirt around and act irresponsibly.
You might find a handful of people who get it but they're swamped by endless reams of extras from the set of Idiocracy who think Trump has done a swell job.
Well, here's to having some nice things in 2021 after Biden comes in and fixes all the broken shit. Cynicism is for the shitheads who forget how hard Clinton and Obama worked to put this country back together after Republican presidents fucked everything up. My hope is that the media will tell Biden's story a little better, but I'm prepared for eight years of Hunter Biden's laptop stories because I'm a realist after all and nobody seems to be getting any smarter.