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Our Changing U.S. Republic

Our changing U.S. republic is based not only on extreme partisanship but also on what we do as a country vs. what we say to others.

Democrats feel betrayed, Republicans exuberant — the way you might feel when your favorite team wins or loses the Super Bowl. For three years Republicans and Democrats have sparred over President Trump, ending in the expected acquittal of Donald J. Trump in the impeachment trial in the senate. It’s been almost exclusively partisan. And whether you like the new White House reality series or not, you can’t discount that it makes lots of headlines and keeps fans and opponents busy fighting with one another. Throughout the inquiry, the GOP has pushed back on the process.  It caused a deeper divide in the country as well. It has also been the first impeachment trial in our nations’ history without witnesses.  

Trump, however, has amassed power in a way never seen in America. Fueled by the unrelenting support of his base, regardless of what he does or says, they have handed him the power to tame the Republicans and essentially neuter both the House and Senate. But, that is old news. 

So after the celebrating, or lack of it, depending on which side your on, the question remains,  what’s next for our changing U.S. Republic?

The house investigated and gathered a rather compelling case that the President of the United States engaged in a quid pro quo for political gain. The president and his allies claimed “no quid pro quo.” In the end, many Republican Senators conceded he did.“I don’t need to hear any more evidence to decide that the president did what he’s charged with doing,” Lemar Alexander told NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Friday.” Proving the case, it seems, was an exercise in futility. The GOP SEnators in the majority voted to acquit nonetheless.    

Our Changing U.S. Republic

The real issue in the wake of this farce is not how it affects us, but the signal it sends around the world. This used to be the type of behavior we denounced committed by African dictators or authoritarian regimes. Now, a slice of Americans celebrates it.  

What we’ve just said to the world — for which the U.S.A. has always been a beacon of light run by the rule of law and counterweight to such regimes –, is if you lie, cheat, or steal to win, and have enough allies to help you escape accountability for it, it’s OK. 

With one swift vote, we’ve told every dictator and authoritarian that it’s OK to conduct business as usual: the United States no longer has the moral authority to push back. 

As allies have begun to drift away, international partnerships loosened, and the forthcoming ripple effect that is sure to follow, the Trump regime is going to be just where they’ve wanted to be. Alone. I guess their solace is at least Trump still has an adoring fan club.

It appears that we never seem to learn the prior mistakes taught to us by history. 

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