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Roisin Ni Fiachra

(2,574 posts)
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 08:27 AM Jan 2021

The Atlantic: Worse Than Treason

“We are what we pretend to be,” Kurt Vonnegut wrote in the opening of his 1962 novel, Mother Night, “and so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” Republicans in Congress are pretending to be seditionists—and so they have become, in fact, seditionists.

Forget all the whispered denials and the off-the-record expressions of concern in private; ignore the knowing smirks on camera from GOP officials who are desperately trying to indicate that they’re in on the joke. Brush aside the caviling of the anti-anti-Trump writers who would rather talk about that time in 2017 when some Democrats objected to the Electoral College vote (and were gaveled down by Joe Biden himself).

This is sedition, plain and simple. No amount of playacting and rationalizing can change the fact that the majority of the Republican Party and its apologists are advocating for the overthrow of an American election and the continued rule of a sociopathic autocrat.
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The sedition caucus is worse than a treasonous conspiracy. At least real traitors believe in something. These people instead believe only in their own fortunes and thus will change flags and loyalties as circumstances require. They will always become what they pretend to be, and so they cannot—and must not—be trusted ever again with political power.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/what-republicans-are-doing-worse-treason/617538/
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The Atlantic: Worse Than Treason (Original Post) Roisin Ni Fiachra Jan 2021 OP
Kicking. tavernier Jan 2021 #1
This message was self-deleted by its author Democracy2020 Jan 2021 #2
Alas, calling MY senators wouldn't do much good, all things considered Glorfindel Jan 2021 #7
You poor thing... And I hope the people come through for you! Karadeniz Jan 2021 #8
Yeah, right. volstork Jan 2021 #11
Def worse than treason. Treason surrounds a specific person & event(s). This is systemic poisoning. bucolic_frolic Jan 2021 #3
I am convinced this is right on. triron Jan 2021 #18
K&R Blue Owl Jan 2021 #4
KICK orangecrush Jan 2021 #5
K&R 2naSalit Jan 2021 #6
This is a clear and present danger. Botany Jan 2021 #9
K&R! SheltieLover Jan 2021 #10
K & R. 58Sunliner Jan 2021 #12
Must Read malaise Jan 2021 #13
Well done! zentrum Jan 2021 #14
Holy Rabbit Hole, Batman! Tommymac Jan 2021 #15
How do we govern with seditionists? BarbD Jan 2021 #16
Sedition? Is the Atlantic calling for Trump and supporting members NCjack Jan 2021 #17
"The Sedition Caucus"! I love it! n/t SpankMe Jan 2021 #19
It's like in that horror movie when the cops call you and tell you they've traced the menacing phone badboy67 Jan 2021 #20
knr 1000 times triron Jan 2021 #21
Just sent Cruz a strong email. Lot of good it will do. Helps my state of mind. northoftheborder Jan 2021 #22
I don't fully accept the opening thesis. BobTheSubgenius Jan 2021 #23
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Jan 2021 #24

Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Glorfindel

(9,756 posts)
7. Alas, calling MY senators wouldn't do much good, all things considered
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 10:18 AM
Jan 2021

They're Loeffler and Perdue. But that will change with tomorrow's election!

bucolic_frolic

(43,659 posts)
3. Def worse than treason. Treason surrounds a specific person & event(s). This is systemic poisoning.
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 09:37 AM
Jan 2021

We need detox of decades long administration.

Tommymac

(7,263 posts)
15. Holy Rabbit Hole, Batman!
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 11:01 AM
Jan 2021

This is Happening in The United States of America for crying out loud.

In my 6 decades on this Earth, this happens in OTHER Countries.

Not here.



BarbD

(1,195 posts)
16. How do we govern with seditionists?
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:16 PM
Jan 2021

If we are lucky enough to win the Georgia Senate elections, McConnell will refuse to accept the results.

In effect, this is a war for civility. A Civil War?

NCjack

(10,279 posts)
17. Sedition? Is the Atlantic calling for Trump and supporting members
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 12:55 PM
Jan 2021

of congress who are trying to steal another term for him to resign? I can't find it in the article.

badboy67

(460 posts)
20. It's like in that horror movie when the cops call you and tell you they've traced the menacing phone
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:56 PM
Jan 2021

calls from the psychopathic killer, and that the calls are coming from inside your own home!

BobTheSubgenius

(11,590 posts)
23. I don't fully accept the opening thesis.
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 08:54 PM
Jan 2021

At least, not as it applies to this situation. These people *pretend* to be caretakers of the nation and its business, and they are not even close to that.

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