“If the U.S. has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy…it is Mitch McConnell.”
Mitch McConnell has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is an equal partner of Trump in waging the Republican war against the Constitution, the rule of law, our basic moral and democratic values, and against common human decency. Plus, Mitch McConnell is a world-class coward.
McConnell’s supporting Trumps declaration of a phony national emergency takes the Founding Fathers’ role for Congress, especially its oversight of the executive Branch, and rips it shreds. No U.S. Senator—and most certainly, no Senate Majority Leader—has ever come remotely close to such an abnegation of the Senate’s intended role. Congressional Republicans, led by McConnell, have dealt a body blow to institutional integrity. There is not one iota of true conservatism in what they are doing.
In a separate post on this Blog, we reviewed Trump’s mirror imaging of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power in Germany:Trump’s National Emergency: Right Out of Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Playbook
Christopher R. Browning, an eminent historian of Nazi Germany, wrote an essay for The New York Review of Books which included a stinging reference to McConnell’s role in the mirror imaging of the Nazi takeover. The New York Times magazine summed it up:
After the Kavanaugh confirmation, Browning revisited the story of Paul von Hindenburg, the feckless German president of the Weimar era. In an effort to shore up his faltering conservative coalition, and contain the German left, Hindenburg allied with and installed as chancellor Adolf Hitler, a man he considered a lunatic but a manageable one.
“If the U.S. has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy” as von Hindenburg was to the Weimar Republic, Browning wrote, “it is Mitch McConnell. … Like Hitler’s conservative allies, McConnell and the Republicans have prided themselves on the early returns on their investment in Trump.”
It was the eternal pragmatist’s delusion: The assumption that politics ultimately belongs to them, and not to the demagogues and revolutionaries who so often pull them along in their wake.
Litmus Test for Congressional Republicans: Override Trump’s Veto
Does anybody who can tie their shoelace buy the idea that Mitch McConnell is some kind of hero for keeping Trump from torpedoing the agreement on on the spending bill that prevented another government shutdown? What McConnell and his fellow Republicans could have easily done weeks again would have been to pass a funding bill to keep the government running, send it to Trump, let him veto it—and then override his veto.
Congress can override a presidential vote within hours of the president’s signing it. Congressional Democrats are ready to go. All they need is a few Republicans to join them and, presto, the deed is done. Now, that would have been heroic.
Please, don’t send me reeling to my barth bag with this baloney about the cowardly weasel McConnell being a hero.
The names of McConnell and his Republican lackeys will live in infamy for far surpassing Joe McCarthy in doing grievous harm to our institutions and values. Their groveling abandonment of Congressional power to an incompetent fool will be their overriding legacy, the only thing they will be remembered for—except, maybe, the deficits they will create with their tax cuts for the rich.
This would be horrendous under any circumstance. To do so to serve a President whose declaration of a national emergency is based on a pack of bald-faced lies staggers the human mind. McConnell and his Republicans have betrayed the United States of America.