It’s time for Democrats to accept that norms are dead

When members of the House Select Committee on January 6 asked rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) about meeting with them, they probably should have known he would not comply with their request. The Republican answered their completely legitimate question with one four-page letter with details of his quarrels with the committee, including a statement that the request “violates fundamental constitutional principles. “

When did congressional hearings become unconstitutional? That must have been it after Republicans brought in then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a 12-hour investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Jordan is just one of the countless members of the GOP who will face facts with absurdity without a second thought. There is Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Who tweeted an anti-Semitic troop claiming to “upscale liberals who control the media,” believing January 6 is another 9/11, despite the fact that that on the day of the Capitol riot, also him condemned the attackers.

We can not forget Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Who proclaimed the perfect solution to the pandemic: God. “Why do we assume that the body’s natural immune system is not the marvel it is?” he asked on a conservative radio program earlier this month. “Why do we think we can create something better than God in terms of fighting disease?”

Because of statements like these, we know that the political discourse has fully entered the absurd theater. There is no “truth” anymore because we can no longer trust one of our two major parties to stay grounded in reality. Instead, we have a GOP who never hesitates to lie, engages in wild conspiracy theories, and makes even the greatest hypocrites look like saints.

Where does this leave Democrats, who are still concerned about the norms that used to dictate the government?

It’s time for Democrats to stop mourning the death of “norms” and move on to the acceptance phase – norms are dead and you can not reach across the aisle to someone who is not bound by reality.

Reps.  Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) And Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Speak on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol.
Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) And Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Speak on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol.

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Consider reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) And Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). The pair of right-wing conservatives, like the rest of the GOP, skipped the official procedures to celebrate the January 6 uprising and held their own event. Both have been accused of being more involved in the attack, so they used the cloak of the federal government to claim that the very same federal government had orchestrated the riot.

“We are here to reveal the truth and ask important questions about the extent to which the federal government was involved,” said Gaetz at a press conference. “January 6 was not a riot … [but] there may well have been a ‘fedsurrection’. ”

The conspiracy theory is that Ray Epps, a man seen in footage from that day, was secretly an FBI informant who fooled Trump supporters to search the Capitol.

It’s a strange theory. Not only was the Trump administration still accountable to the federal government at the time, but what purpose would it serve at all to hit Trump supporters? But since logic and common sense are not necessary for the GOP, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) jumped on the bandwagon. He had been in the middle of begging for forgiveness accidentally tells the truth about January 6th, and this was the perfect way to further humiliate oneself.

In an attempt to inject some sense into the discourse, the House Committee was tasked with investigating the uprising. make a statement said that Epps had cooperated with law enforcement and was not an informant of any kind.

Did this statement cause Cruz and Greene to withdraw from their wild speculations? Of course not. Greene, who was deprived of his committee duties last year and started Twitter earlier this month for her lies about COVID-19, has been living in an alternative reality for years. Why stop now?

“It’s time for Democrats to stop mourning the death of ‘norms’ and move on to the acceptance phase – norms are dead and you can not reach across the aisle to someone who is not bound by reality.”

While Republicans have openly planned how to install a Republican president in 2024 by limiting the vote, Democrats have slowly pushed back. This week, President Joe Biden gave a speech on filibusters and voting rights, comparing Republicans who tried to curtail voting rights to segregationists in the 1960s. As the GOP spent the year after the January 6 attack planning how to succeed in the next presidential election, the comparison seems almost too tame.

Nevertheless, the Republicans came out with flaming weapons. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Called the speech “unpresidential and said Biden’s push to end the filibuster was “incoherent, incorrect, and under his office.”

Inconsistent and wrong? It sounds like someone else we all know. But there are, of course, no McConnell statements about other presidents publishing daily incoherent rants.

However, the current problem is best encapsulated not by the GOP’s response to Biden’s suffrage speech, but by the democratic one.

On Thursday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Said Biden went “a little too far in its rhetoric. The GOP is the party that was willing to default on the debt ceiling and initiate an unprecedented economic turmoil to keep it to the Liberals. Republicans have not yet approved a proposal for a democratic policy they will not compare with genocide, but Biden went too far.

Biden administration opinion polls lag, and there are already rumors of a tough midterm elections for the Democratic Party. Part of the reason is that the democratic base feels abandoned by the people it elected. Instead of fighting fire with fire, democratic politicians seem determined to let the GOP define the rules. Why should the party that believes in nothing but owning libs and serving its donors set the parameters of politics and society?

Some of Biden’s biggest political plans have been hampered by the idea that a president simply cannot do so. He can not terminate student loans. He can not encourage Congress to pass a massive bill on the right to vote. He can not order workers to be vaccinated against a deadly disease.

Well, a president can not inspire thousands of his supporters to cross the US capital to overthrow an election either. And still…

If the truth is what Cruz or Greene feel like on a given day, operating with a set of fixed rules becomes asymmetric warfare. The GOP has repeatedly proven that it will invent bald lies about everything from a coup attempt to a deadly virus. It’s time to embrace the only rule: there is none.

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