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The bitter truth:

“Today was a before-and-after moment in the life of the nation. One hundred [twenty-]six members of Congress broke faith with American democracy today. They did something the fascists, the Nazis, the Confederate Army was unable to do. … A majority of elected officials of one of the two major parties in a federal house broke faith with the idea that the people are sovereign, that we’re a government of the people, by the people, for the people. … [T]he competition in American politics is now between a democratic party, meaning a party that believes in democracy, versus an autocratic party. We’ve never seen that. … [W]e’re one election away from losing the country to people who no longer believe in democracy.”

(Schmidt, Steve, fmr. GOP strategist, John McCain presidential campaign manager; MSNBC’s The Last Word; 12/10/2020.)

A little milquetoast but still, the most we’ve gotten from a GOP senator:

“President Trump’s efforts to try to overturn the will of the people … is terribly dispiriting to people all over the globe. … [N]ow you’ve had every court say that President Trump does not have a case. You have the Electoral College that has voted. It’s very clear that President-elect Biden will become our next president. And it’s time to move on.”

(Romney, Mitt, R-Utah, U.S. senator; CBS’ This Morning; 12/15/2020.)

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Succinct and to the point:

“Let’s use the technical term for what’s going on here, and it’s batsh*t crazy.”

(Riggleman, Denver, R-Va., U.S. House representative; CNN’s The Lead; 10/15/2020.) (describing President Trump’s perpetuation of wild conspiracy theories to influence the election in three weeks)

They should have listened to Lindsey:

“My party has gone batsh*t crazy.”

(Graham, Lindsey, R-S.C., U.S. senator; celebratory dinner after Graham’s presidential primary exit; 2/26/2016.) (referring to the Republican Party’s imminent nomination of Donald Trump as their candidate for president)

Go Your Own Way

No better singer for disillusioned, traditional Republicans:

“I spent 29 years as a Republican, I’ve spent two and a half as an independent, and later this afternoon I will register as a member of the Democratic Party. Because in America today, it’s only the Democratic Party — which is the oldest political party in the world — that stands for the ideas and ideals of American liberty.”

(Schmidt, Steve, D [formerly R], fmr. GOP strategist, John McCain presidential campaign manager; Battleground [podcast hosted by Schmidt]; 12/14/2020.)

Go Southeast Michigan:

U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell

“I am withdrawing from my engagement and association with the Republican Party at both the national and state level. … I am [changing] my party affiliation to Independent. … It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote. … If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and ‘stop the steal’ rallies without speaking out for our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security said was ‘the most secure in American history,’ our nation will be damaged. … [W]ith the leadership of the Republican Party and our Republican Conference in the House actively participating in at least some of those efforts, I fear long-term harm to our democracy.”

(Mitchell, Paul, I[formerly R]-Mich., U.S. House representative; letter to Republican National Committee chair; 12/14/2020.)

Go West Michigan:

“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party.”

(Amash, Justin, I[formerly R]-Mich., U.S. House representative; “Justin Amash: Our Politics Is in a Partisan Death Spiral. That’s Why I’m Leaving the GOP.”; The Washington Post; 7/4/2019.) (after digesting President Trump’s malfeasance in the Mueller report)

Just a few of the others on the Trump-era list of former Republicans:

— David Jolly (I) — fmr. U.S. rep. (Fla.)
— George Conway (I) — Washington, D.C., attorney; spouse of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway; Lincoln Project co-founder
— George Will (I) — author; political commentator
— Gordon Humphrey (I) — fmr. U.S. senator (N.H.)
— Jennifer Horn (I) — fmr. Log Cabin Republicans board member; fmr. N.H. GOP chair
— Joe Scarborough (I) — political commentator; fmr. U.S. rep. (Fla.)
— Joe Walsh (I) — fmr. U.S. rep. (Ill.); fmr. presidential candidate; Bravery Project head
— Richard Painter (D) — fmr. chief White House ethics lawyer (George W. Bush)
— Stuart Stevens (I) — political consultant; Mitt Romney presidential campaign manager


Aretha Franklin

Disillusioned non-Trump Republicans do not make up a majority of the GOP. But they’re not nothin’.

There was a historically unprecedented number of luminaries from the president’s own party who supported the opposition candidate in November 2020, to stop the frightening, horrendous damage President Trump has done to our country. That’s why there were more than a half-dozen well-organized groups of distinguished Republicans, conservative thinkers, and former GOP legislators who supported aborting Trump’s campaign to cripple American democracy.

It doesn’t matter if some on the list were Never-Trumpers from 2016. It doesn’t matter if some were GOP moderates. It doesn’t matter if some were dead. What matters is that they were — hundreds of them — all from the president’s own party, and they all desperately wanted him out of office. Unprecedented.

Virtually all these Republicans were pro-life, anti-Roe-v.-Wade Christians who wanted more conservative federal and Supreme Court justices. They all disliked socialism. Virtually all of them held traditional conservative policy values — which I disagree with but still respect. But they also all knew that none of these things would matter if we allowed an aspiring autocrat a second term to continue tearing down the institutions and moral foundation of our country’s government, until there was nothing left to fight for.

“Help me, Rhonda, help me get ‘er out of my heart”

The Republican Party has split into two factions: 1) the majority, Trump-Republicans who will carry on Trumpism long after the leader is out of power; and 2) the minority, traditional Republicans who still uphold democratic principles, who still stand up for integrity and character, even under threat of tweet-attack.

It’s laudable that prominent Republicans such as Steve Schmidt and Richard Painter were willing not only to leave the GOP but join the Democratic Party out of sheer principle. Most other non-Trump Republicans, however, don’t see that as a realistic option. But many of those also don’t see themselves kissing and making up with Trump Republicans.

It appears there is only one option: for the minority to form a third party supporting the conservative principles of Ronald Reagan, George Will, and John McCain but denouncing the autocratic characteristics of Trumpism and the GOP’s even pre-Trump gravitation toward self-dealing and mendacity.

“The Republican Party is an organized conspiracy for the purposes of maintaining power for self-interest and the self-interest of its donor class. There is no fidelity to the American ideal.”

(Schmidt, Steve, fmr. GOP strategist, John McCain presidential campaign manager; MSNBC’s Deadline White House; 12/9/2020.)

Now we just need that new party name for the good Republicans. Whigs? Torys? Reform Party? Reborn Party?

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

“When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window, and I’ll be gone

“You’re the reason I’m a-traveling on
But don’t think twice, it’s all right”

(Dylan, Bob; “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”; The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan [LP album]; 1963.)


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COVID-19 Deaths

02/06/2020 — U.S.: 1 | World: 620
12/17/2020 — U.S.: 307,512  |  World: 1,651,891
Conservatively estimated Trump malfeasance deaths: 153,756 (50% of total U.S. deaths)*

The United States accounts for 4.2% of Earth’s population, 19% of world COVID-19 deaths.*

“ELECTION: 17 State GOP AGs, 126 U.S. House GOP Members Have Signed Onto TX AG’s Election Lawsuit to Throw out 6 Battleground States’ Results; Trump Anxiously Awaiting Naughty-Nice List” (12/10/2020)
“FBI Subpoenaed Texas Attorney General’s Office in Criminal Probe” (12/10/2020)
“PANDEMIC: FDA Advisory Panel Votes to Approve Pfizer Vaccine” (12/10/2020)
“PANDEMIC: 2nd Day of 3,000+ Deaths; Death Total Surpasses WWII Combat Death Total” (12/10/2020)
“ELECTION: SCOTUS Rejects Texas Election-Fraud Lawsuit; Trump Loses His ‘The Big One’” (12/10/2020)
“Manhattan DA Case Against Alleged Trump Tax, Campaign Finance Crimes Heating Up” (12/11/2020)
“PANDEMIC: Trump Threatens FDA to Approve Vaccine, as They Already Are About To” (12/11/2020)
“PANDEMIC: FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine Friday, Begins Shipping Today, Saturday” (12/12/2020)
“ELECTION: Electoral College Officially Elects Joe Biden 306-232, No ‘Faithless Electors’” (12/14/2020)
“AG Barr Resigns (or Maybe Pushed out); Term Marked by Several Milestones of Career DOJ Protest Resignations in Response to Barr’s Numerous Trump-Biased Actions During Tenure” (12/14/2020)
“PANDEMIC: U.S. Total Death Count Passes 300,000” (12/14/2020)
“PANDEMIC: 1st Vaccine Administered, Many Observers Shed Tears of Happiness” (12/14/2020)
“PANDEMIC: New 1-Day U.S. Case Record” (12/14/2020)
“ELECTION: Putin Congratulates Biden Victory; Mitch McConnell 1st Acknowledges” (12/14/2020)
“Trump Fraudulently Fundraising off Ga. Senate Races, 75% to Trump, 0% to Candidates” (12/15/2020)
“PANDEMIC: Currently, All-Time High Number of U.S. Hospitalizations” (12/15/2020)
“Russia Hacked U.S. Treasury in Recent Mos., While U.S. Was Watching Election” (12/15/2020)
“IMPEACHMENT: ICIG Document Details IG Criminal Referral of Trump (Ukraine) to DOJ” (12/15/2020)
“Steve Schmidt, Prominent Former Republican, Political Strategist, John McCain Presidential Campaign Manager, Joins Democratic Party Stating It’s the ‘only pro-democracy party’” (12/15/2020)
“PANDEMIC: New 1-Day Records for Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths: 3,600+” (12/16/2020)
“PANDEMIC: Emails: Top HHS Scientist Pushed Herd Immunity: ‘We want them infected’” (12/16/2020)
“ECONOMY: $900B Relief Bill Imminent; Small but Better Than Nothing” (12/16/2020)
“PANDEMIC: U.S. Has 4.2% of World Population, 19% of World COVID-19 Deaths” (12/17/2020)
“PANDEMIC: U.S./World: 17.0M/74.4M Cases; 307.5K/1.7M Deaths; 8:15 a.m. ET” (12/17/2020)


*(Redlener, Irwin, MD, Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness director; MSNBC’s Deadline: White House; 10/1/2020.) (Gupta, Vin, MD, MPA, MSc, University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation professor, global health policy expert; “Dr. Vin Gupta: 70% of Lives Could Have Been Saved if Trump Acted on COVID-19 Earlier”; MSNBC.com; 9/23/2020.) (Glanz, James & Robertson, Campbell; “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, [Columbia University] Data Show”; The New York Times; 5/20/2020.) (as conservatively extrapolated from COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University; 11/12/2020.)


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