Senate Republicans, this is it. Before you go into this impeachment trial, know that it is not about you. It is not even about Donald Trump. It is not about either of your quest for eternal power.
It is about our nation, our democracy, the stuff all our kids learn about at school. It is about how voters decide what kind of America we wish to live in. Not courts, not secretaries of state, elected officials or angry mobs. It’s about us, we the people, your constituents whose votes you tried to invalidate two months ago.
You created the monster and let it loose: you let extremists try to take over our Capitol and our Electoral College. Only you can put Humpty Dumpty back together again and for that you need a collective spine.
To do so you cannot hide behind lies of stolen elections, unconstitutionality of this impeachment or figment-of-the-imagination first amendment claims. You must face the beast head on, tell our former president that neither he nor his extremist perpetrators are welcome in a democracy. He can’t primary all of you.
Then you have to apologize to the American people for misleading them for months pre-and post-election, and stop Republican-led state legislatures from imposing even more draconian impediments to cast one’s vote. Yes, you have to do this, because in order to be worthy of being a political party worth its ideals and a platform, you must have them first. Then believe in them, then and only then can you open your doors to new voters and say “look over here, this is what we stand for. Come join us!”
In the end, a perpetual minority cannot legitimately rule the majority. The sooner you get that into your head, the better. Face the beast you created lest a smarter, more devious version of it will crash our democracy next time. You were given a chance to convict a year ago and you passed. You pass now at your peril, because the voters are on to you and your tricks now, and the next election season we’ll be voting for who will really care for the American people and our democracy. Think about that before you vote on our behalf. Cheers, Dee