Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Republican Attack On Democracy In The USA 2021

Welcome friends!

I thought I might take a day off and just do a little side post today to make my own personal historical record of the one hundred and forty-seven conservative and Republican politicians in the US Congress who voted in January 2012 to destroy American democracy by throwing out the Electoral College votes from certain US states in order to steal the recent presidential election at the Congressional level for the Republican candidate, Mr. Donald Trump. I’m sure the information is already recorded in a variety of places, but it seems too important an event to not make a record of my own of some kind. It will make me feel a little more comfortable knowing I’ve done what I can to ensure Americans never forget the events of January 6, 2021. A day that will live forever in infamy in the historical accounts of our great nation.

Just to review, the Electoral College votes these Republican politicians attempted to throw out had previously all been properly certified by state election authorities, after any audits and recounts they found necessary, according to well established legal procedures. The Republicans had previously filed multiple lawsuits alleging voting irregularities, none of which went anywhere in the US legal system because of a lack of evidence. The Republican politicians attempting to subvert democracy offered two official pretexts for their unprecedented attempt to substitute their own opinions, whims, feelings, preferences for the will of the American electorate. One pretext was the evidence-free allegations of voting irregularities. The other pretext was ostensibly popular outrage those same Republican politicians had laboriously manufactured over the preceding two months on the basis of the evidence-free allegations of voting irregularities. What made the history making attempt to undermine American democracy all the more notable was that it was accompanied by a well televised storming of the US Capitol Building by an angry and violent mob of Republicans, who had been egged on shortly before by president Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who exhorted the rabble to “fight like hell” and engage in a “trial by combat” in favor of their preferred candidate, Mr. Trump. The intent was clearly to use the attack by the violent mob on the US capital as either a means of directing attention away from the attempt to destroy American democracy in Congress or to serve the role of the burning of the Reichstag in the ascension of the fascist Nazi Party in early twentieth century Germany, in which the attack on an important government facility was offered up as evidence of popular unrest that supposedly only the suspension of democracy and installation of a fascist dictator could quell. The violent attack on the Capitol by the Republican mob resulted in the death of a member of the Capitol Police force, as well as some Republican attackers.

Although the entire Republican contingent in Congress had spent the previous four years in unanimous, lock-step support of everything president Trump said and did, excusing him even his impeachment for abuse of power, a number of them balked at this final and most conclusive stage of undermining American democracy. The actions of the entire Republican contingent in Congress in the years 2016 through 2020 led to and enabled the final assault on American democracy on January 6, 2021, but the cold feet of a number of them on the day of the outrage itself affords them a pass in this record. What I would like to record are that miserable subset who not only eagerly set the stage but enthusiastically plunged in the dagger in a vain attempt to conclusively kill democracy in our great nation.

Long live democracy in the USA!

The ringleaders of the Republican attempt to destroy democracy in the USA were as follows:

Senator Josh Hawley (Republican - Missouri)

Senator Ted Cruz (Republican - Texas)

There were joined in the Senate by the following six Senators:

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (Republican - Alabama)

Sen. Rick Scott (Republican - Florida)

Sen. Roger Marshall (Republican - Kansas)

Sen. John Kennedy (Republican - Louisiana)

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican - Mississippi)

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (Republican - Wyoming)

They were joined in the House of Representatives by the following one hundred and thirty-nine Representatives:

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (Republican - Alabama)

Rep. Mo Brooks (Republican - Alabama)

Rep. Jerry Carl (Republican - Alabama)

Rep. Barry Moore (Republican - Alabama)

Rep. Gary Palmer (Republican - Alabama)

Rep. Mike Rogers (Republican - Alabama)

Rep. Andy Biggs (Republican - Arizona)

Rep. Paul Gosar (Republican - Arizona)

Rep. Debbie Lesko (Republican - Arizona)

Rep. David Schweikert (Republican - Arizona)

Rep. Rick Crawford (Republican - Arkansas)

Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican - California)

Rep. Mike Garcia (Republican - California)

Rep. Darrell Issa (Republican - California)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Republican - California)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Republican - California)

Rep. Devin Nunes (Republican - California)

Rep. Jay Obernolte (Republican - California)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, (Republican - Colorado)

Rep. Doug Lamborn (Republican - Colorado)

Rep. Kat Cammack (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Byron Donalds (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Neal Dunn (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Scott Franklin (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Carlos Gimenez (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Brian Mast (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Bill Posey (Republican - Florida)

Rep. John Rutherford (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Greg Steube (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Daniel Webster (Republican - Florida)

Rep. Rick Allen (Republican - Georgia)

Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (Republican - Georgia)

Rep. Andrew Clyde (Republican - Georgia)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican - Georgia)

Rep. Jody Hice (Republican - Georgia)

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (Republican - Georgia)

Rep. Russ Fulcher (Republican - Idaho)

Rep. Mike Bost (Republican - Illinois)

Rep. Mary Miller (Republican - Illinois)

Rep. Jim Baird (Republican - Indiana)

Rep. Jim Banks (Republican - Indiana)

Reo. Greg Pence (Republican - Indiana)

Rep. Jackie Walorski (Republican - Indiana) 

Rep. Ron Estes (Republican - Kansas)

Rep. Jacob LaTurner Republican - Kansas)

Rep. Tracey Mann (Republican - Kansas)

Rep. Harold Rogers (Republican - Kentucky)

Rep. Garret Graves (Republican - Louisiana)

Rep. Clay Higgins (Republican - Louisiana)

Rep. Mike Johnson (Republican - Louisiana)

Rep. Steve Scalise (Republican - Louisiana)

Rep. Andy Harris ((Republican - Maryland) 

Rep. Jack Bergman (Republican - Michigan)

Rep. Lisa McClain (Republican - Michigan)

Rep. Tim Walberg  (Republican - Michigan)

Rep.  Michelle Fischbach (Republican - Minnesota)

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (Republican - Minnesota)

Rep. Michael Guest (Republican - Mississippi)

Rep. Trent Kelly (Republican - Mississippi)

Rep. Steven Palazzo (Republican - Mississippi) 

Rep. Sam Graves (Republican - Missouri)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (Republican - Missouri)

Rep. Billy Long (Republican - Missouri)

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Republican - Missouri)

Rep. Jason Smith (Republican - Missouri)

Rep. Matt Rosendale (Republican - Montana)

Rep. Dan Bishop (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. Ted Budd (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. Virginia Foxx (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. Richard Hudson (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. Gregory F. Murphy (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. David Rouzer (Republican - North Carolina)

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (Republican - New Jersey)

Rep. Yvette Herrell (Republican - New Mexico)

Rep. Chris Jacobs (Republican - New York)

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (Republican - New York) 

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik (Republican - New York)

Rep. Lee Zeldin (Republican - New York) 

Rep. Adrian Smith (Republican - Nebraska)

Rep. Steve Chabot (Republican - Ohio)

Rep. Warren Davidson (Republican - Ohio)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (Republican - Ohio)

Rep. Bill Johnson (Republican - Ohio)

Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican - Ohio)

Rep. Stephanie Bice (Republican - Oklahoma)

Rep. Tom Cole (Republican - Oklahoma)

Rep. Kevin Hern (Republican - Oklahoma)

Rep. Frank Lucas (Republican - Oklahoma)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Republican - Oklahoma)

Rep. Cliff Bentz (Republican - Oregon) 

Rep. John Joyce (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Fred Keller (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Mike Kelly (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Daniel Meuser (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Scott Perry (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Glenn Thompson (Republican - Pennsylvania)

Rep. Jeff Duncan (Republican - South Carolina)

Rep. Ralph Norman (Republican - South Carolina)

Rep. Tom Rice (Republican - South Carolina)

Rep. William Timmons (Republican - South Carolina)

Rep. Joe Wilson (Republican - South Carolina)

Rep. Tim Burchett (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. Mark E. Green (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. Diana Harshbarger (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. David Kustoff (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. John Rose (Republican - Tennessee)

Rep. Jodey Arrington (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Brian Babin (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Michael C. Burgess (Republican - Texas)

Rep.  John R. Carter (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Michael Cloud (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Pat Fallon (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Lance Gooden (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Ronny Jackson (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Troy Nehls (Republican - Texas)

Rep. August Pfluger (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Pete Sessions (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Beth Van Duyne (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Randy Weber (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Roger Williams (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Ron Wright (Republican - Texas)

Rep. Burgess Owens (Republican - Utah)

Rep. Chris Stewart (Republican - Utah)

Rep. Ben Cline (Republican - Virginia)

Rep. Bob Good (Republican - Virginia)

Rep. Morgan Griffith (Republican - Virginia)

Rep. Robert J. Wittman (Republican - Virginia)

Rep. Carol Miller (Republican - West Virginia)

Rep. Alexander X. Mooney (Republican - West Virginia)

Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (Republican - Wisconsin)

Rep. Tom Tiffany (Republican - Wisconsin)


The 147 Republicans Who Voted To Overturn Election Results. Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; and Lu, Denise. January 7, 2021. The New York Times.