It’s been a minute since we’ve seen bloviating Republican elected officials droning on about the rule of law, hasn’t it? That’s not a coincidence, because the Republican Party has definitely moved on from that now-quaint notion.
I’ve yet to see anyone else alarmed by an admission by Congresswoman and insurrectionist Marjorie Taylor Greene in a profile in The New York Times Magazine last month.
What should have been the focus of the piece was mentioned in the second paragraph and then never again. Speaking of would-be House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and a Biden impeachment, Greene said:
My style would be a lot more aggressive, of course. For him, I think the evidence needs to be there [emphasis added]. But I think people underestimate him, in thinking he wouldn’t do it.
Ponder that admission for a moment. Greene has just revealed that she doesn’t need evidence of a crime to convict someone she hates. Think Nazi Germany. Stalin Era Soviet Union. Viktor Orban’s Hungary. Putin’s Russia.
Greene, naturally, filed articles of impeachment on the day after Joe Biden took office, before he’d had a chance to do anything resembling treason or high crimes or misdemeanors. So evidence clearly isn’t important to her. As with the Stalinist show trials, the important thing was to arrest, publicly flog, and jail your enemies — regardless of whether they’ve actually broken any laws.
This is the exact opposite of the rule of law, but it’s the future that the MAGA wing of the Republican Party envisions for America: a land where the chosen can do whatever they like without repercussions, and the “others” — African Americans, Asians, Jews, Latinos, LGBTQ+, and Democrats — can be arrested for any or no reason.
Welcome to the New America.