The Impeachment, Former President Donald Trump and The Republican Party

I just read that the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to convict former President Trump of impeachment. If the impeachment doesn’t have the votes, I hope they try censuring Trump and invoking the 14th Amendment to prevent Trump from running for office again.

Former President Trump just incited a mob to storm the Capitol building to try to overturn a free and fair election that Trump lost by 7 million votes. This isn’t something that you give Trump a free pass on.

One of the things that most bothers me is how the Republican Party has become a cult of Trump whose only governing philosophy is blind loyalty to Trump. The Republican Party is in the dangerous grips of a leader who will try to destroy any person who offers even the mildest criticisms of him.

At this moment, the Republican Party are in the grips of an extreme form of groupthink. Groupthink is a weakness in human nature and all groups and political persuasions are vulnerable to it if we’re not careful. Today the biggest problems of groupthink are found in the right wing. But the left wing can get caught up in groupthink too. In 2016, for instance, I had to leave a few facebook groups when I got into a few arguments with some Filipino leftists who were trying to defend Duterte’s extrajudicial killings. That same year, I had some bad experiences with some of the more rabid Bernie Sanders supporters.

You don’t have to give up your independent point of view if you join a political party. If you join the Democratic Party or the Republican Party or the Socialist Party or the Libertarian Party, it doesn’t mean that you have to agree 100% with that party. I am a liberal Democrat and I voted for Joe Biden. But I know that I’ll be agreeing with Biden some of the time and I’ll be disagreeing with Biden some of the time. That used to be normal for Democrats and Republicans. We don’t owe blind loyalty to any political leader or political party.

Many anti-Trump Republican Senators and Representatives like Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Justin Amash, Mark Sanford, Liz Cheney and Ben Sasse have said is that in private, their Republican colleagues are very critical of Trump and worry about how Trump attacks democratic norms. But these Republican colleagues are afraid of voicing their concerns in public for fear of losing the support of the Republican base and losing friends, families and possibly getting death threats.

Here is a video I saw a few weeks ago by CNN’s Brianna Keilar where she calls out Republicans for warning Americans about President Trump in 2016, then choosing to ignore his “uniquely troubling nature” and ultimately end up supporting Trump and keeping quiet at Trump’s more troubling actions as President.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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