October 7, 2021
McConnell, Graham, Manchin, Sinema, and now Garland again: a huge logjam engineered by He Who Shall Not Be Named. It is refreshing to hear Bernie blast the logjam, but if this goes on until Christmas, I shall start lighting candles to the Goddess of Cholesterol in hopes of a remedy. I hate what government is doing to my state of emotional equilibrium. Only these columns keep me focussed—I am so grateful to you for your perseverance and common sense, Robert.
It's time--past time--for us to lobby our senators and congressmen to speak out, forcefully, on the Justice Department's sloth in prosecuting the seditionists in accord with the seriousness of their crimes. Why aren't people like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and the irrepressible Mazie Hirono raising their voices? Yes, I know, there are immediate legislative demands. But January 6th was an attack on the basis for our system of government. Members of Congress should speak out!
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. American democracy's weak link is Merick Garland.
What are the ways We The People can contact and pressure the DOJ and specifically Merrick Garland to do their job and prosecute ALL who were involved with the January 6th insurrection? We should flood the appropriate DOJ Servants of the Constitution with telephone calls, emails and conventional post to demand their action! Perhaps they are not aware We The People are paying attention!!!
Thank you for your comments and level headed perspective. Your emails have become an integral and much appreciated part of my life.
I’ve had a lot of confidence that Merrick Garland is ethical and pursuing water-tight cases against leaders of the Jan 6 insurrection….could it be that someone/something is “staying his hand”? Perhaps timing is everything.
I agree with you about Merrick Garland and the DOJ. I fear that his silence is akin to that of Mueller. We expected so much of him and got almost nothing. Trump and all his co-conspirators should have been charged months ago. If you Garland allows an attempted coup to stand, then get out the popcorn because the next one is coming.
I'm working with one of the founders of the Center for Humane Technology. They are awesome. Thanks for the shout-out to them!
Minor correction to today’s otherwise excellent newsletter: In Georgia, I believe it is not the state Attorney General who is investigating Trump; it is the Fulton County District Attorney.
Sometimes, it seems to me, that prosecutors delay action to be certain they have a water tight case. The Orange Monster has a history of things sliding off him like teflon, so I have the greatest hope that Garland is being absolutely certain his teflon days are over, building a case that pulls in seamlessly all the cronies involved.
It is difficult to wait for justice. The often quoted "arc of moral justice . . . applies here as well as any concept I can imagine. I'll wait.
The end of our democracy IS in the balance.
I want to add that I am deeply concerned about what appears to be a lack of concern or understanding of the danger our nation is facing now. Robert, I know you do all you can to help us feel hopeful, but I am convinced that if the dems do not respond to this fifty alarm fire, if they do not pass voting rights, if they do not call out the insurrectionists and their leader, if they don’t start messaging so that everyday Americans understand what the dems v the right are doing, we are lost. Merrick Garland is a part of that equation. We are simply fighting a war with a “tsk tsk”.
Robert, two things today: I listened to Tristan, the founder of the Center for Humane Technology, on MSNBC several nights ago and I was blown away with his articulation of the issues and his clarity of ideas--he was easily the best commenter on the Facebook revelations that I heard. His take on things was, if not unique, then coming at them from somewhat different angles than most of us. Second, I have been aligned with your position on Garland all along, still am, but really do wonder what your thoughts on why he isn't taking the actions that most of us believe he should. He's not a stupid man--is he too bought into the Bidenesque-sentiment that bipartisanship requires us to not further poke the "bear" that is Trump and his allies for fear of more insurrection? Is he too hung up on legal questions that might be presented?
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Please let Jaime Harrison your thoughts on Dem messaging. Maybe you can find out why Dems aren't doing any. Maddening