I read this article about Trump leading the invasion of the Capital. What I was struck by was an episode at the beginning of the English Civil War were Charles I enters parliament with the intent of arresting MPs who are getting on his nerves. The actual objects of his wrath got news of the invasion and left, forcing Charles to observe "The birds have flown."
What struck me was that in both cases it's a current leader of the government deciding that violating the traditions of the government is somehow their right. To be fair to Charles, England wasn't the constitutional monarchy it would become and he was definitely a divine right king kind of person so he at least had that on his side. It still led to a civil war where people including Charles wound up dead.
Breaking with our peaceful change of government, or the traditions of governance no matter how regressive those traditions may be should not be taken lightly. We've had 6 years of "conservatives" throwing our traditions out because they didn't get their way, or they wanted to insert their own justices into the Supreme Court. I'm nervous about Democrats and liberals following suit, we've already had 6 years of chaos, how do we undo the damage caused by the GOP without further increasing the instability.
I don't have an answer, but maybe we take a play from Trumps play book and go for a Mulligan. Pretend his presidency didn't happen, remove Gorsuch, Kav, and Coney Baret because they were appointed by a non-traditional president and in violation of longstanding Senate traditions. Conservatives like to talk about that traditions and history, but only when it works to their advantage.
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