“Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.”
Those are supposedly the last words of Beethoven. But of course, they could also apply to the farcical impeachment proceedings that just concluded. For you pessimists, they could also apply to our country’s existence as a functioning democracy.
Indeed, your social media feeds are likely clogged with rants from your friends that start with something like “It’s official. We’re living in a dictatorship.” As if this latest travesty made everything “official,” and as if your friends have the authority to decree this (it all sounds a little dictatorial to me).
Still, pundits are wrong to call the impeachment proceedings a circus. A circus is at least entertaining. This shit is just depressing.
We received fresh proof—although none was needed—that the Republican Party is a dead-eyed cult that has succumbed to a lunatic messiah. They will deny easily verified facts (e.g., where is Kansas City?) to avoid offending the mad emperor. They will feverishly applaud Matterhorn-sized lies spewed during the State of the Union Address. They will hem and haw and pretend to deliberate at great length—before falling into line and delivering exactly what the President wants. Hell, a sizeable contingent would be fine if Trump handed Alaska over to the Russians.
Consider that about 75 percent of the country wanted witnesses at this trial. Yet, about 96 percent of Republican senators said, “No, we don’t need them.”
Consider also that Republicans have employed dozens of different arguments justifying Trump’s behavior, virtually all of which are nonsense.
And consider that Trump’s lawyers presented a defense that consisted entirely of contradictory, alarming, and idiotic “legal gibberish merely designed to distract and confuse those who tuned into the trial.”
And still, the GOP remains undeterred. They stand by their corrupt, anger-fueled, imaginary-orchestra-conducting president. In the end, Republicans regret that they have but one country to sell out.
No, my friends, the comedy is not over.
But the joke is clearly on us.
Featured image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Dec. 10, 2019