The party of Lincoln worshipped the rule of law. The party of Trump will dismantle it.

In a solemn courtroom, on January 6, President Ronald Reagan’s Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced yet another defendant to prison. appointee, expressed his dissatisfaction For the lack of respect for the law shown by many of the rebels:

“Courts are used to defendants refusing to admit they’ve done anything wrong. But in my 37 years as a judge, I’ve never seen such pointless justifications for criminal behavior become mainstream. I can’t remember a time when I was.”

At that time, Judge Lamberth issued It was a strong rebuke to those who tried to rewrite history on that fateful day. He claimed that he had acted in an ‘orderly manner’, just like tourists, and that he had become a martyr. He convicted the defendants on January 6th as ‘political prisoners’ or, incredibly, ‘hostages’. ”

He called the conduct “insane” and warned: “The court is concerned that such destructive and misguided statements may pose further danger to our country.”

Lamberth’s broadside was aimed directly at Donald Trump and the Republican leadership. President Trump said there was “love” in the hearts of the January 6 rioters.

Congressman Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) I helped barricade the door. To keep the rioters out of the House chamber on January 6th, the people who broke into the Capitol that day wereRegular tourist visit

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) described the despicability shown by the United States. Several House Republicans refuse to indict Donald Trump Because they feared for their safety during the second impeachment.Cheney Note: “This tells us where we are as a country: Members of Congress can’t or feel like they can’t vote because of their own safety.”

The current Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), claims that the House is at the mercy of Donald Trump by refusing to introduce a compromise immigration bill in the House.Dead on arrival

Sen. Thom Tillis, RN.C., the Senate’s lead negotiator, told the truth about President Trump’s refusal to take the bill to a vote. . I’m here to convey good, solid policy. ”

Never before has Donald Trump dominated a major political party as much as he has the Republican Party.

franklin d roosevelt failed in court in 1938 His goal was to expel from Congress the rebellious Southern Dixiecrats who opposed his New Deal reforms.

Another powerful president, Ronald Reagan, faced resistance from liberals and moderate Republicans, with frustrated conservatives exclaiming:Let’s let Reagan be Reagan.

But Donald Trump is leading his party in much the same way that his predecessors did. President Trump took aim at his only remaining rival in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, threatening Nikki Haley. saying: “I don’t get too angry. I’ll get revenge.”

With the Jan. 6 amendment, Republicans are seeking to award the presidential nomination to a candidate who was indicted in 2016. He faces 91 felonies in four different jurisdictions.the Republican Party has abandoned its founding principle of respect for the law.

In 1837, 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln said: noteworthy speech In Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln worried about the turmoil that was already dividing the country and whether his generation would be able to preserve the republic. In his speech, Lincoln declared Respect for the law is “ political religion of the people. ”

“Old and young, rich and poor, the seriously ill and homosexual, of all genders, languages, colors and conditions, let us continually offer sacrifices to that altar,” he said.

Respect for the law became the political religion of Lincoln’s Republican Party.Political scientist Harvey Mansfield once summarized Key differences between Republicans and Democrats: “Republicans support the rule of law; Democrats support rule of the people,” and “Democrats support rule of the people, believing that control should come first.” ”, and expertise is subordinate to that will. Republicans, on the other hand, believe in doing things properly or legally. ”

It was the Republican insistence on following procedure and respecting the rule of law that guided their arguments during the infamous war. Bush vs. Gore And that was Al Gore. concede an electioncalled on his disappointed supporters to accept the Supreme Court’s decision, saying: “Without a doubt, I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, but I accept it.”

So Gore proposed: unconditional support To President-elect George W. Bush: “I will do everything possible to unite the American people to realize the great vision defined by the Declaration of Independence and affirmed and defended by the Constitution.” intend to.”

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution form the American compact that binds our people together. The aspirations contained in this Declaration, combined with the respect for the rule of law required by the Constitution, created the political religion that Abraham Lincoln desired.

But this adherence to religious principles has been overturned by the Republican Party and its boss, Donald Trump. Still furious about his loss to Joe Biden; President Trump wrote in 2022: “A massive fraud of this type and magnitude warrants the termination of all rules, regulations, and provisions, including those provided for in the Constitution.”

Lincoln’s speech in Springfield warned“As a nation of free people, we must survive through all times or die by suicide.”

Donald Trump’s breaking of the deal with the United States, and his party’s willingness to go along with it, will undoubtedly be the death knell for the republic.

John Kenneth White is a professor of political science at The Catholic University of America. His upcoming book is titled “Grand Old Unraveling: The Republican Party, Donald Trump, and the Rise of Authoritarianism.” He can be reached at his

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