Sadly, I must report that the “hoax” pandemic has had a severe symptomatic impact on the United States Senate; it has affected a group of eight Republican senators. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley and Marco Rubio have come down with a very serious case of Trump Mandated Dissociative Amnesia. This form of psychogenic amnesia occurs when a person blocks out certain previous information or events and is therefore unable to remember important events/actions from his or her past.

In 2016, these senators refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia. As directed by then-Chairman Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee never considered the Garland nomination and simply allowed it to expire following a 293-day delay. In defense of the Senate’s failure to act, Mitch McConnell then stated that any appointment by a sitting president this close to a pending presidential election is “null and void.” Thus, the Garland nomination died a dishonorable death, leaving the Scalia seat vacant until Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation April 7, 2017.

Now these same fascist Trumpster minions have had an epiphany and claim that they do have the constitutional obligation to act with all deliberate speed to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Unlike in 2016, they are now committed to abide by this “pseudo-constitutional” timeline which McConnell had previously declared to be “null and void.”

Unfortunately, our nation has become impervious to these lies and falsehoods and this type of behavior is now, unapologetically, the new normal. Worse yet is the realization that this model of behavior is emanating from our nation’s leaders.

How could there possibly be such a drastic historic change in the United States such that what was once declared “null and void” in 2016 by McConnell is now the law of “his” land? How is it that such hypocritical actions by the Senate leaders could be tolerated and emboldened when the United States Senate was once the most highly regarded political institution in the world? Since when have we preferred an autocratic kakistocracy to the once cherished ideals of our Founding Fathers? I know exactly when — it was when we chose fascism over a government of the people, by the people, and for the people on Nov. 8, 2016.


Doug Miller


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