In less than a week, we will have a new president — a new administration as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris become president and vice president. Our nation will move forward.
Just over a week ago, we watched the end result of the politics of fear. We saw the natural progression of what happens when you paint the issues as being “us against them.” We saw what happens when you repeat a lie so much and so loudly that it warps people’s view of reality.
The riot last week at the Capitol is what trying to win at any cost looks like.
And the people the insurrectionists were fighting against? Their fellow Americans.
We have a system of checks and balances in this country: three co-equal branches of government to ensure no one person holds absolute authority. That was the vision of our Founding Fathers. That is what they enshrined in our Constitution.
And that is what we have seen working to safeguard We the People especially throughout the last election — a free and fair election with Biden the clear winner.
The states performed their role in conducting the elections and certifying the results. In the case of one contested state, Georgia, the results were counted three times.
Challenges have been made to the courts. The courts have followed the rule of law. As a result, those dozens of suits have failed.
The Electoral College performed its role.
Congress, ultimately certified those results in a vote that is ceremonial.
There was no hope that Congress would overturn the election results. Vice President Mike Pence said as much to President Donald Trump.
The only steal to stop was Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, efforts that resulted in violence in one of our democracy’s most sacred spaces — violence that resulted in deaths.
Trump lost. And he lied. He continued to lie in the response to the riot — the insurrection he and his high-ranking supporters fomented — at the Capitol.
“We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” Trump said in video from the Rose Garden, the same video in which he told rioters, “We love you. You’re very special.”
In a disgraceful display, it was widely reported that our own congressman Republican Andy Harris later got into a fracas in the U.S. House of Representatives with a Democratic member or members during the Electoral College certification proceedings following the riot.
One of the states not objected to was Maryland, the state in which Harris was returned for another two-year term in the same election that was allegedly rife with fraud.
So are we talking about widespread voter fraud or just trying to find a way to change the outcome of elections in a few key states? It sounds more like the latter to us.
As the House begins to move forward with a second impeachment against Trump, some are asking why bother when he is out of office in a week anyway? Why start the process when the U.S. Senate would not reconvene and even be able to start a trial until the day before Biden becomes president?
To impeach Trump and find him guilty this time could bar him from holding federal office — elected or appointed — ever again. That means no Trump 2024 campaign, no cabinet post, no ambassadorship.
We have a lot pieces to put back together after last week’s insurrection at the Capitol. We have a lot of work to do to beat the pandemic, to rebuild our economy, to address systemic issues in this country.
It’s time to move forward together.