by Alagi Yorro Jallow.
Fatoumatta: What happened in America may never happen again or may happen in 100 or 200 years, nobody, nothing, no object, no country has ever invaded the US Capitol since the British invasion and burning of the building in 1814.
United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accused United States forty-fifth President Donald Trump of inciting ..” an armed insurrection against America…”, adding that President Trump committed a ” Seditious Act” in her opinion by instigating and directing the angry mob which descended on the Capitol building.
Fatoumatta: When a President becomes a terrorist, he enlists his loyalists to occupy Congress – there were no bees to disrupt the extremists? A threat to democracy. When a President is a fundamentalist, the terms “free elections,” “defeat,” “concede,” and 60+ court rulings become alarmist. Last evening, nihilists invaded Capitol Hill, the US Senate seat, and the representatives’ house – their mission to overturn the November 3 presidential election results. A dent on a banana republic? When a President is a totemist of illusions of grandeur, the term “handing over power” becomes defeatist. Does this partly explain despot Donald Trump’s adventure horror ride to phantasmagoria? The schemist still believes he will be President beyond his sell-by-date: January 20, 2021.
President Donald Trump supporters, who breached the US Capital building on Wednesday, were accused of sedition. The United States center of power became a scene of outright chaos Wednesday as supporters made their way past barricades, broke in through windows, and sent representatives into hiding during a session of debate over election certification. The assault on the Capitol came shortly after a rally for the President, who continued to levy baseless claims that the elections were rigged and told the crowd they would ” never’ concede.”
On January 6, 2021, when supporters of President of the United States, Donald Trump, who refuses to concede his loss, storm the US Capitol disrupting the electoral vote count, believing they were upholding democracy when they were killing democracy and swallowed the bundle of lies spun by President Trump and his co-conspirators like Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Republican hawk South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who licked Donald Trump’s arse in his four-year presidency. Majority leader Mitch McConnell is finally getting off the fence and perhaps above all-. However, Wednesday, January 6, he decided to put the country above the wounded ego of an unhinged president by standing on the side of reason. He has said that he cannot overrule the American people or the courts, which have pronounced the presidential election outcome. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell said that it would permanently damage the Senate chamber and erode trust in the election.
Moreover, the political hawkish like Sen.Tom Cotton and Sen. Lindsey Graham deserting Donald Trump’s sinking ship. America, hawkish Republican Majority leader Senator Mitch Mcconnell becomes a statesman for the first time in his divisive political career. Stoically stands with Biden and the US constitution. He tells an attentive house he is going to vote to certify Biden. Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to Congress ahead of the joint session.”It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.” This last patriotic act of Mike Pence has potentially redeemed him before the American public. He devalued whatever lofty credentials he had in the past by electing to serve as Deputy to a fake billionaire, misogynist, racist, faux Christian, and tax evader. Well, every man who may have transgressed in the past always has one more chance to redeem himself. Most importantly, Pence refused to kowtow to the shenanigans of his principal, Donald Trump, who tried manipulating him to reject the votes. President Trump will now head to Mar-a-Lago, leaving Joe Biden to rebuild the ruins he will be leaving behind as his legacy.
Fatoumatta: A smart guy irony of the whole thing is that Ted Cruz’s position concerning Donald Trump’s craziness-right flank is now much weaker than it would have been if he had stood up to him in the first place. If he had defied Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, he would doubtless have met with admiration from some Democrats. However, he not only would have preserved a modicum of dignity and self-respect but might have intimidated at least some of his troops. Now, with one display of cowardice and weakness after another, Senator Cruz looks as intimidating as a bowl of mush; and that can only encourage those who wish to undermine him. A basic rule of politics (and life): It is terrible to be opposed and worse to be hated, but by far, the worst of all is to be despised. Nobody on the face of the planet right now looks more despicable than Ted Cruz, who emerges looking better: unprincipled, narcissistic, and borderline-sociopathic, sure–but not, at least, scared of his own shadow.
However, nobody has ever admired the cowardly weaklings like Senator. Josh Hawley from Missouri gathered around the bully, flattering his every whim and quaking in terror at his possible disapproval and always regarded by Trump, the bully with amused contempt. The notion that someone like Sen. Hawley could become Trump’s successor is, I think, completely to misunderstand the whole nature of Trump’s appeal. The truth is that Trump always had only one possible successor–Trump himself. He is the first and the last “Trumpist”: but, of course, far from the only Republican capable of the enormous damage to the country and the world. After all, Reagan did infinitely more.
Fatoumatta: It is most appropriate to revisit this speech entitled “Art, Truth, and Politics.” In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech – yes, the speech of someone who received a Nobel Prize, unlike a person whose name rhymes with rump – Harold Pinter centers on the lack of veracity used to justify the invasion of Iraq, castigating both the US and the UK for acting like a lapdog in order to maintain the “special relationship.” As an English Literature student, I adore Harold Pinter, but my adoration deepens at his willingness to engage in politics and seek to create meaningful change.
Sovereign people should not make Presidents as a demi-god. There are no special laws for the President. “No man is above the law, and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.” According to Theodore Roosevelt. Every citizen is equal before the law unless otherwise.
Americans take extraordinary pride in freedom of speech, association and individual liberty, ideologies, religions, and (mostly) the government is all fair game for criticism, thanks to the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states that Congress shall make no law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Sadly, America was once among these nations like the other Third World countries, just like the Gambia. On July 14, 1798, Founding Father who served as the second of the United States President John Adams signed into law the Sedition Act, effectively criminalizing the government’s criticism. While the law violates the First Amendment, the judicial review practice of the Supreme Court strikes down the Sedition Act Law as unconstitutional. One of the most egregious breaches of the United States Constitution in history when Congress passes the Sedition Act, endangering liberty in the fragile new nation. The law was the subject of enormous controversy in its day and its unpopularity. In opposition, Thomas Jefferson, the Founding father and the third President of the United States, and James Madison too served as the fourth President of the United States, resolved to declare the Sedition Act to violate the First and Tenth Amendments.
Fatoumatta: However, I do question whether “Trumpism,” in a sense required, has ever really existed. The Trump project was never based on a relatively coherent set of ideological principles like Reaganism or even Clintonism (though, of course, it had ideological connotations and effects, mainly as relating to white supremacy). Instead, it was based on the evil magic of Trump’s personality–which, of course, no one but him can possess. The politicians who tried to bind themselves most tightly to Trump have been, in a way, the *least* “Trumpist.” There are always those who admire the schoolyard bully, the kid whose swagger and truculence enables him to dominate (some) others.
Fatoumatta: Watching US Congress proceedings, and no one has banged the table that his Godfather is sacrificing him. No one has gone on Tiktok to twerk and tweet for her followers as Honorable Bintanding Dawuleng does. Just intellectual and mature submissions. Finally, the American Dictator agrees to peacefully hand over power after the US Congress certified his rival’s win. Political science experts should have asked his Ugandan counterpart President Yewoei Museveni to pledge to do the same before this month’s general election