I have been thinking quite a lot about John Lennon lately, especially since the world is in such disarray. Of course, the world has always been in disarray, well before the earliest recorded history, but with wars in Ukraine, Gaza, and probably soon in Yemen, and anywhere else that the U.S. has a heavy footprint, and with Republicans once again showing their cowardice, one particular song that Lennon wrote comes to mind: Clean Up Time. The song is about staying grounded, no matter what else is going on around you. One verse, in particular, comes to mind: “The queen is in the counting-house, counting out the money, the king is in the kitchen making bread and honey. No friends and yet no enemies, absolutely free, No rats aboard the magic ship of perfect harmony.”
Well, the rats, in the form of Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Um…is that even surprising?) and nearly 200 party members have thrown their weight behind Donald Trump’s fight against an insurrectionist ballot ban, according to court records and Raw Story.
And the three flying monkeys I mentioned above — earlier criticized Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, which is exactly what they should have done. Now, however, they have hopped on board with 180 GOP lawmakers who have been named in an amicus brief that was sent to the Supreme Court, where the Justices will consider Colorado’s decision to remove Trump for the party’s presidential nomination from the state’s 2024 presidential ballot.
The Republicans, who are defying reality here — are now claiming that Trump couldn’t have been an insurrectionist because he told the mob to protest peacefully, and when they didn’t, he told them to go home.
Yeah, right. It took him hours and hours to do that, even after people begged him to call off the dogs. But that’s not how these Republican nudnick suddenly see this, now, even though many criticized him early on.
“It is hard to imagine an actual insurrectionist quickly asking for peace and encouraging disbandment,” per the brief.
All of us know by now that Trump told his followers to “fight like hell” or they might lose their country. We know he ignored pleas from his daughter Ivanka and his advisors to calm the mob and call for peace as he watched the attack unfold on television. And we know he enjoyed watching the tragedy unfold because Reuters tells us so. So does Business Insider, and countless other news outlets.
And in the days after the attack, McConnell excoriated Trump in a speech before the Senate, calling him “morally responsible” for the attack.
But now he’s among the 42 senators and 138 House representatives, who are now arguing, just as many Trump supporters have, that a U.S. President isn’t an officer, and that only Congress can rule on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. Oh, and that Colorado’s Supreme Court interpreted the words “engaged in” too broadly. Republicans are even going so far as to compare Colorado’s Supreme Court, to George Orwell’s “1984.”
Funny how they don’t see the irony in this, considering that Trump, with whom they have again found favor, is more “1984” than anything the Colorado Supreme Court could ever rule on. In their brief, it almost looks like they are quoting directly from Orwell’s novel.
“enterprising state officials, in other words, may conclude that ‘peace means war,'” the Republicans wrote.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments on this case on February 8. The court’s ruling will decide whether Trump’s name can appear on the presidential ballot in Colorado and Maine, which also bounced his name from the ballot, ruling he was ineligible to run.
I’m not hopeful about this, with so many conservative justices like Clarence Thomas (isn’t it time for him to retire?), Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and of course, Brett Kavanaugh. Maybe pigs really will fly, but I’m not optimistic.
And of course, Trump is no magic ship. He’s riddled with shipworms and bilgewater.
I’ve included Lennon’s Clean-Up Time below.