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For Republicans, the turning point is here

The Senate Republicans have certainly taught former President Trump a lesson, but will our democracy survive it?

The nation knows he is guilty. And now his guilt is their guilt.

They are like the white juries in the South who acquitted lynchers, murderers, and Klansmen for a century and more. White supremacists defending their own.

And though Trump did not, as he bragged he could, “shoot somebody on 5th Avenue” and not lose a vote, he did get a police officer, who was defending that sad lot of Senators, beaten to death with a fire extinguisher.

The turning point is here.

They will have to pay for what they’ve done, since Trump will not pay for what he’s done.

The opposite of unity is not disunity, but impunity. If the nation is to survive, accountability has to be established.

And it is beyond clear that only one political party has anything like the integrity, intelligence, humility, and sense of responsibility to actually serve the nation’s interests.

Scott Ainslie

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Originally published in The Commons issue #600 (Wednesday, February 17, 2021). This story appeared on page C3.

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