Down with these calls on Biden to pardon Trump so that fooled tea-party followers, greedy lying Republican Party members, bigoted Christian fundamentalists, and White supremacists can feel good about themselves again and be hopeful about a future influence of those wicked ideas!
Of course, we see such pleas accompanied by euphemisms as intentions “to mount further acts of political violence,” for kidnapping and murder of lawmakers, and by the swamp mentality that the common violent fool should pay, but their leader, hero, and chief instigator should get a pass?
“When they go low, we go high” is a mistake. When they go low, you expose them and lock them up.
But what about the good things Trump did? Well, to put it bluntly, Hitler wanted to give every ‘German family’ their own car, loved dogs, and rejected national shame. Should we not forget to praise him for that?
But condemning Hitler would estrange all those ordinary Germans who believed in a strong Germany and who happened to dislike the Jews.
As post-Nazi Germany learned and teaches, dignity can only emerge from rejecting an evil past, not from ‘reconciling’ with it. Hope has to come from calling a spade a spade, owning up what was and went wrong, not from saying that everyone had the best of intentions and deserves to be treated the same. Unity can only come from rallying around worthy causes, not from equalizing lying and bigotry with being honest and democratic.
Trump’s rule was a hoax, supportive of almost all bigotry, theft of the poor and grand support for the super-wealthy, and grossly negligent in security, both on public health during a pandemic, on environmental safety, and in disrupting international diplomacy to keep tyrants in check.
To pardon Trump is pretending that he was like any previous US president, that the shift to Biden is just an ordinary GOP-Democrats transition, that we should forget and forgive his wide abuse of power, incompetence, and cover-ups, as if they did not endanger millions or even the very survival of human life on the planet, as if we won’t need to beat back for decades-to-come the disasters he grew in lawlessness, homegrown terrorism, poverty, international terrorism and war, ecological disaster, etc.
Let’s not forget that he can’t even be impeached or prosecuted for the worst things he did: Sow racism, sow doubt about political and journalistic honesty, ignore and deny early warnings by China’s leader about the true nature of the upcoming pandemic costing about 1 million USers their lives.
Turning over a new leaf and forgiveness are nice. Yet, you don’t begin to do that by pardoning and whitewashing the most powerful abusive crook.
Good-willing Trump voters can be won over by giving them universal healthcare, good-paying jobs, protection against the pandemic, pride in the role the US plays internationally, etc. Pardoning Trump is not needed.
I mean, what will be next? Not replacing Marjorie Taylor Greene because otherwise her followers would believe the Rothschilds did it?
Besides, betchya Trump already has two Get Out of Jail Free cards up his sleeve, one signed by him for if push’d come to shove, and if that won’t work (after litigation up to the Supreme Court), one by his VP Pence.
And every self-serving liar and faker who claims that Trump should be forgiven should be tarred and feathered and chased out of town.
Truth matters. Let everyone have their own opinions, but not ‘facts.’
Media who publish these rouge ideas in the name of being balanced in coverage are rather endangering democracy by giving credence to a whole system of lies and are showing their lack of wisdom or even spinelessness.
Media blackout to the bigots and liars! Stop the collusion! Lock them up!
You don’t dialogue with thieves, fascists. You disempowered them, stupid.