Jan. 6 House Committee’s Report: Political Persecution or Restoration of Justice?

Injustice destroys any union. If Trump goes to jail, the US will fall apart.
If not, it also will, but faster. Which do you personally prefer?

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On December 19, 2022 the Jan. 6 select House Committee voted “to refer former President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and potential prosecution for trying to overturn the 2020 election”. The Committee discovered evidences that Mr. Trump’s has obstructed an official proceeding, defrauded the federal government by making knowingly and willfully materially false statements, and incited the people to insurrection.

On December 22, the Committee’s final report has been released and the blame was put on "one man", former US President Donald Trump for inciting the riot. The Committee has also recommended to bar Mr. Trump from holding an office again.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), one of the House Jan. 6 select Committee members, addressed his fellow panel members: “Ours is not a system of justice where foot soldiers go to jail and the masterminds and ringleaders get a free pass”.
Well said, but it is more of a wish (or delusion) of Mr. Raskin and the fact that nothing has changed for Mr. Trump during 2 years only confirms that. A couple of hundred people have been convicted so far for the event of January 6, 2021, i.e. just foot soldiers, not a “ringleader” Mr.Trump. Some people died on that day and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that “the entire nation knows who is responsible for that day.
Mr. Trump feels well enough and is full of hope and new plans – he even has recently announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2024.

Mr. Trump called the Jan. 6 House Committee findings a “highly partisan” on his Truth Social platform and for some reason blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the security failures during January 6th event. It's understandable – Mr. Trump has to reply something.

The Republican Party is now doing it right – it points finger at anyone/anything to distract public attention. A “shadow committee” of the five House Republicans who were originally nominated to sit on the House Jan. 6 Committee released a counter-report about security failures ahead of the official Committee’s final report. Their report focuses on changes to Capitol Police intelligence protocols in the run-up to Jan. 6 and communications between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office and the House Sergeant at Arms.
Then, apparently, all that will be presented by the Republicans as political persecution and a "witch hunt", counting on the support of the pro-Trump people.

Now the moment of truth is coming - is the US really a country of law (as it is commonly believed) or is there a caste of untouchables (D. Trump, in particular), as it is rife in almost any democratic or authoritarian country.

Unfortunately, democratic procedure involves political consensus, not a search for truth and fair solution. Politicians usually make momentary tactical decisions, such as, for example, withdrawing from Paris Climate Agreement and then readmitting. All American politicians (both Democrats and Republicans) do not have a strategic vision of the country's development (although they were elected for that purpose), and constantly make short-sighted decisions that lead to problems later on.

Right now, the Democrats are doing their best to punish Mr. Trump because of their political intraparty interests, in particular (it seems they want to eliminate Mr. Trump from the 2024 presidential race), not just for the sake of truth and justice. The restoring of justice simply coincides with their partisan interests now. In January 2023, the majority in the House goes to the Republicans and the investigation of Mr. Trump's role in the Jan. 6 events will likely be slowed down as much as possible or stopped at all (I am not familiar with the judicial procedure).

The Republicans, of course, will somehow explain all that to Americans, although the point is the same - all politicians make decisions based on their narrow vision of political expediency, despite they always declare an urge towards truth and justice. Thus the democracy in the US is formal and impotent. The two-party system with strict contradictions between the parties brings the stagnation, when neither good nor bad decisions can be implemented because a half of the country sabotages any actions of another side based on its partisan interests.

It is noteworthy that Americans once again get a political struggle instead of truth and justice for their taxes. What is valuable here, however, is that the Jan. 6 House Committee’s final report (even though it is advisory in nature) is already out, and now the Republican majority in the House and Dept. of Justice will have to do something about it.

Equality of citizens (including members of the elites) before the law is the justice itself in any state. This is a very important component of every country's life. The injustice destroys any union - state, business or family. The process is similar to the rusting of a metal. What's left is a red, worthless rot.

The mechanism of justice/injustice in the human society (democratic or authoritarian) is very simple. If Mr. Trump can humiliate women, hide his tax declarations for years, evade paying taxes and even try to stage a coup d'état with impunity, then everyone can and will be doing that over time.

The interesting thing here is that it is not the attempt of coup d'état that is most dangerous to the viability of a state, but the unwillingness of citizens to pay taxes. Now the US elite only can afford to pay almost no taxes, so the people will stop paying taxes, too, because otherwise it is unfair.

No country can maintain its government, army, etc. without taxes. So if the justice in the US is not going to be restored now (as it has to be done in the case with Mr. Trump) and maintained properly in the future, the federal government will go bankrupt sooner or later. They will simply have no money to pay off pensions to pensioners, salaries to civil servants and the country will divide into several more viable (and, hopefully, more fair) parts.

Those will be unions of states with close proximity and similar vision, which will start everything again according to their Constitutions.

There is a way to prevent the country from bankruptcy without restoring and maintaining the justice. The federals can borrow more and/or print more money and use it to pay pensions and salaries, although this simply increases the national debt and current inflation. This, in turn, depreciates money more, impoverishes the people more, deepens the conflict between elite and people and leads to the subsequent collapse of the country, too, but later.

Actually, this scenario has already been working in the US during last 15-20 years. The government is actively incurring debts, and the Fed is actively depreciating the national currency by injecting trillions of unbacked dollars into the economy. This brings the country toward degradation and collapse under the leadership of both (!) major parties.

Thus, if Mr. Trump doesn’t go to jail the country will collapse due to injustice and ignorance of the Republicans, and if he does, the US will also collapse, but later, because the Democrats do not know either where to go and what to do with the problems.

The elite in every country does not create anything, but only distributes what is created by the people. The elite in every country is sure that it will always be like that and the people will always support it, so it is possible to tighten the screws all the time.
No, the people find different ways out of this situation. Compressed energy can create or destroy. People move to other countries because of injustice and hopelessness which is called "brain and hand drain", and if it is impossible - they withdraw into themselves, turn into drunkards, drug addicts or commit suicide.
Sometimes they can make a revolution to restore the justice and redistribute the wealth in the country, which can fall apart during the process.

In fact, the future collapse of the US is not a problem at all, since each state has already functioning infrastructure at local level - legislative, executive and judicial authorities. Almost the only disadvantage I can see here is that many Americans will regret the loss of their great country for many years, just like many Russians still regret the collapse of the USSR. Many people who have brought down their country ask each other the questions "how could that happen" and "who is to blame”.
Of course, they find the culprits, not noticing that they themselves are to blame.

Yes, all Soviet people (elite and people) are to blame for the collapse of the USSR. The elite (CPSU) lied, abused its position and trust of the Soviet people, grew rich, depreciated and wasted country’s money. The people did not notice that, despite they felt something was wrong in the country and kept voting for the communists without a choice. The conflict and distance between poor majority and rich minority increased, the people became poorer, the war in Afghanistan has worsened everything and nobody liked that. In addition, the USSR was highly ethnically heterogeneous country, the Soviet republics began to demand independence, sprawl out and tore the country apart. Lithuania was the first Soviet republic, which passed the “Act of the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania” in March 1990. The USSR ceased to exist in December 1991.

Who is to blame for the future collapse of the US? Russians? Chinese? Immigrants? Coronavirus? Inflation?
All Americans are to blame because the US elite (DP and RP) lie, abuse their position and trust of the American people, grow rich, depreciate and waste country’s money. American people do not notice that, despite they feel something is wrong in the country and keep voting for one of the two US main parties without seeing that their choice is limited to just those two parties.

A recent Gallup Institute study shows that Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the US is at its lowest point since 2011. In particular, around 19% of American adults named the dissatisfaction with government as the nation’s top problem in 2022. Next on the list were cost of living or inflation (16%) and the economy in general (12%).
The nation seems to be beginning to see that the government is not doing its job right, although 19% of the people is certainly not enough for complete understanding.

The things Mr. Trump has done during his presidency without being punished confirm my long-held belief that everyone is formally equal before the law in the US, but some are more equal than others. This is the injustice that everyone sees, and because of which, in particular, the US is degenerating as a nation. Mr. Trump should be put on trial because he deliberately wanted to stage a coup d'état in his favor in the country and used all the power of the president of the United States to do so. That would be fair.

Mr. Trump is creating a parallel reality with his constant lies just like Mr. Putin has been creating his virtual reality for the Russians during past 15-20 years.
Because of Mr. Putin's lies (or, rather, his "specific vision"), Russians have committed a crime - they unleashed a bloody war in Ukraine and would pay for that by cruel civil war on their own territory. Mr. Putin will change his appearance and flee with his trillion or whatever dollars (my subjective assessment) to Venezuela, for example, but Russia will break into pieces. Nations like any entity can sometimes go mad.

The moment of truth is coming for the US. I’m very much interested to see if the country will find the strength to give Mr. Trump his due. And I wonder if he has already started receiving a pension as a former president of the United States of America.

P.S. Dear Reader! I am very much interested in your opinion on the subject of this article. Please, write a comment or ask a question if you want to clarify something.
Igor Chykalov
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