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“… Who are the enablers?” Businesses who wanted lower taxes, less regulation, and access to power have enabled the soon-to-be ex-president.

2021-01-07

Who has been enabling the president’s actions and the wide swath of damage he has wreaked upon the government– not to mention the damage to the country?

Who are the people who, actively, or passively, helped the president get to the position he has been in for the last four years, and especially yesterday? Before we answer that question, let’s review what happened yesterday.

What Happened Yesterday? A riot.

The soon-to-be ex-president has been promoting a “wild” rally in the capital for weeks. He has been saying the election was “rigged” for months– well before mail-in ballots were even solicited. He lied to everyone about the role the Vice President could play in front of Congress yesterday– and called him a coward when Mr. Pence gave a written statement that he couldn’t and wouldn’t play that role.

When the crowd assembled– many people, possibly hundreds of thousands– he gave a speech just before Congress was to meet to ceremonially confirm the decision of the Electoral College. In that speech, he repeated the same lies he has been telling for months.

Instead of his promised “facts” about alleged fraud and illegal voting, he rehashed a litany of debunked conspiracy theories and wrong statistics. He repeated the canard that the election must have been stolen because so many Republicans thought it was stolen– ignoring the fact that he was the one who had been telling them all along that it would be stolen.

He told the crowd that, if Vice President Pence had the courage, he could simply invalidate the results of the Electoral College unilaterally. He said that the Congress was getting ready to complete the process of “stealing” the election from him and had to be stopped.

He told them to march down Pennsylvania Avenue and make sure that the Congress didn’t certify the votes of the Electoral College. He told them to be “strong”; he said that his own Vice President (who had wisely and publicly concluded that he had no power to abrogate the Electoral College’s conclusion) was “weak” and a traitor to his cause.

So the crowd walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Building and entered it, as easily as you please. The police were unprepared for the pressure of the crowd– they were undermanned and underequipped, almost by design. They were so undermanned that they would not have been able to stop them without shooting, which they were loath to do because many had friends in the crowd (and there were no Black or Brown people to shoot at.)

It took six hours for the Capitol police, reinforced by hastily called-up FBI SWAT teams, city police, officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), and several other agencies, to clear the Capitol. They were so undermanned that they couldn’t arrest anyone because they didn’t have enough officers to keep arrestees under control (at least that’s what they said.)

Who done it? (who made it possible?)

So who is responsible for the behavior of the President of the United States? Who has enabled his five-year reign of lies? Who allowed him to incite a riot? (Seriously, all the elements of the offense are there; it only takes a courageous prosecutor to assemble them and present the facts to a jury.)

It was business leaders who contributed money to all of the Republican PACs that enabled him to pay for all his publicity and his thinly disguised bribes. It was business leaders who paid for the mailers soliciting more money from individual Republican voter/donors. It was business leaders who decided that televising his rallies in full was good for TV’s bottom line. It was business leaders who wanted what he had to offer: a plan tailored to suit the interests of every billionaire and would-be billionaire– tax cuts for the rich and corporations, fewer pesky business regulations, conservative business-favoring judges, and hollowing out government agencies meant to keep business honest.

Here’s a quote from Andrew Ross Sorkin, a business reporter for the New York Times, in an article on January 7, 2021, about who is responsible for the money that has supported the soon-to-be former president for the last five years:

Yet in this moment when our democracy is under siege, important questions must be asked about business leaders who enabled Mr. [redacted] and, in turn, share some degree of responsibility for the disgraceful acts that took place in Washington yesterday.

And there were many enablers — educated, smart, articulate, often wealthy people who were willing to ignore Mr. Trump’s threat to democracy in the name of economic growth, lower taxes, lighter regulations, or simply access and proximity to power.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/business/dealbook/capitol-mob-enablers.html

These business people who held the purse strings and made the decisions are responsible for the mess we are in now. They made it possible for the man who will not be named to ride down the golden escalator and speak to a crowd who was paid (reportedly $50 a head) to listen to his seditious lies as he launched his candidacy for president.

These are the people who most need to be held accountable, and are least likely to suffer in the slightest from the deadly riots yesterday in our capital. One woman was shot dead by police while trying to break into an interior room in the Capitol Building– she should have known better; she was a combat veteran who should have been at home with her husband no matter how much she disagreed with the politics of Joe Biden. Three other people died in “medical emergencies”, meaning they may have suffered fatal heart attacks from the chaos and excitement yesterday.

Stephen Schwarzman, head of Blackstone, is one enabler.

All of these people’s blood is on the hands of the soon-to-be ex-president and his enablers– and they know who they are. Many of them are already furiously trying to cover their tracks.

Here’s a quote from Stephen Schwarzman, the 73-year-old cofounder and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a ” private equity alternative investment management firm” (Google). Mr. Schwarzman was one of the soon-to-be ex-president’s “most ardent backers and confidants on Wall Street” (New York Times). This statement was quoted from the above article in the Times:

The insurrection that followed the president’s remarks today is an affront to the democratic values we hold dear as Americans. I am shocked and horrified by this mob’s attempt to undermine our constitution.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/business/dealbook/capitol-mob-enablers.html

I think he would have better said, “I am shocked, shocked to find that there is gambling going on in there.”

[For non-Casablanca fans, that’s what the police captain said when he was asked why he was shutting down Rick’s Saloon… then he was handed his evening’s winnings, which he had received as a slightly disguised bribe from Rick, and said, without evident surprise, “Oh, thank you.”]

(photo by Andrew Martin courtesy of pixabay.com)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 2021-01-16 7:23 PM

    Dear Conrad Theodore Seitz,

    I would like to express my condolence to you on the passing (in 2015) of your father Theodore Lee Seitz, a professor of psychology at MacMurray College in Jacksonville.

    You have indeed reported a great deal of American social issues and politics on your blog. I only managed to read all of your posts published in 2021. Most if not all people will readily agree that 2020 had been a difficult year, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. One could state that we live in interesting times indeed, but often for the wrong reasons.

    2020, the Year of the Rat, has brought us not the plague (black death) but Covid-19. And 2020 also brought out the worst of divisive politics and demagogic incitement. I wonder whether it could get even worse in 2021. What a day it was to unfold with sedition, insurrection and coup d’état on the 6th!

    Whilst some of us may take some comfort in our living somewhere else, there is the danger that oppressive politics may spread elsewhere or be mirrored by other corrupt politicians outside their origins.

    Speaking of who has been enabling Trump, as far as I know, the outgoing POTUS has managed to raise 250 million dollars so far in his fight to overturn the election results. Some discerning folks consider this to be a grift to raise money. That amount is still increasing.

    Democracy is not a given. It can be quite fragile, can fail rather badly, and often is approximately as good and benevolent (or bad and malevolent) as the members who practise, control and/or legislate it. We all need to do our parts in contributing to the smooth and equitable functioning of a civil country and democratic society. I have done mine in highlighting many of the most fundamental causes through my writings, and I hope that you will find more answers and solutions to these thorny issues in my latest and recently expanded post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” and published at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/misquotation-pandemic-and-disinformation-polemic-mind-pollution-by-viral-falsity/

    I would be delighted if you could kindly submit your comment to my said article, as I am very keen and curious to know what you think or make of it regarding the increasingly pressing issues that many of us are facing, worsen all the more by mental pitfalls (or even mental health), social media, digital globalization, populism, Trumpism, illiberal democracy, and other behavioural and sociopolitical factors.

    Please be informed that you might need to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

    In addition, since my blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus animations, it is highly recommended to read my posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to see and experience all of the refined and glorious details. Hence, it is prudent to refrain from viewing my blog in the WordPress Reader, which tends to ignore or strip away some styling and formatting components, and also fails to display animations, all of which are aplenty in my posts and pages, which will look very different and even improper or amiss in the WordPress Reader.

    I would like to wish you and your family a very happy New Year. May you find 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging!

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    • 2021-01-25 1:14 PM

      Thank you for your generous compliment. I’m sorry that I have been ill and unable to engage with my computer for the last few days. Worse, I had to install a new desktop last weekend, which required a lot of copying– although restarting turns out to be a lot easier with the cloud.
      At any rate, I will look at your blog post again with my desktop (the new one) and not on the wordpress website.
      I’ll refrain from going into your points here… elsewhere, instead.

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      • 2021-01-26 7:02 PM

        Dear Conrad,

        Thank you for making an effort to comment on an older post instead of the latest one.

        I would like to explain that my latest post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” has eleven sections, which can be accessed instantly from the aforementioned navigational menu at the top of the post. The major sections are as follows:

        Introduction : All the World’s a Stage of Misinformation
        Cognitive Biases : A Minefield of Mental Traps for the Unwary
        Infodemic : Media Landscape & Information Ecosystem Pollution
        Hype, Bias, Affect : Appeal to Emotion & Lazy Thinking
        Misquotation & Misinformation : A Gateway to Bad Conduct
        Social Media : Social Amplification & Cultural Tribalism
        Infographic : Escaping Confirmation Bias & Echo Chamber
        Social Fracture : Existential Crisis, Subjectivity & Acculturation
        Post-Truth : Weaponizing Falsity & Normalizing Duplicity
        Authentication : Quotation and Information Checklist
        Denouement : Democracy, Education, Legislation & Sustainablity

        As you can see, the post is academically written. Even though it is very long, the navigational menu presented at the top of the post can help you to jump to any of the eleven sections of the post instantly so that you can resume reading from the desired section of the post over multiple sessions in your own time. In addition, hovering your mouse cursor over stylized words will bring up tool tips showing additional information.

        Please take your time to peruse the post and take advantage of the navigational menu to facilitate your reading. Given your background and wisdom, I am very keen and curious to know what you think or make of the post, and thus look forward to your leaving a comment there in good time.

        Happy reading and may you have a lovely week!

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