Because you will be forced into submission.
The “progressive” plan for Nuremberg Trials for over half the country…
Poor robert. he wants to punish those who made him irrelevant. Problem is, There’s just too many. https://t.co/QLMUAfmOIM
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) October 19, 2020
When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 17, 2020
I love the people responding to this tweet as if it’s a radical, undemocratic idea. https://t.co/39Bef6JMIy
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 18, 2020
Love how your response to negative replies is this as a defense of such a BS unAmerican proposition acting as if it wouldn’t lead to a fully & deadly fascist system throwing out our representative Constitutional republic which includes OUR inalienable rights designed against it.
— Maggie (@drillanwr) October 20, 2020
And comrade Reich is not the only one with such a “solution” for wrong-think and those pesky wrong-thinkers …
Democrats Haven’t Thought Through a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission,’ Have They?
Former secretary of labor Robert Reich garnered some attention this weekend for a tweet calling for a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to be established ‘when this nightmare is over’ — presumably he means after Trump is defeated in the upcoming election and when Joe Biden is president. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes made similar comments earlier this month.
This isn’t Reich being short-tempered or flying off the handle in a moment of passion; some on the left have been calling for this idea for years. In May 2018, Kevin Baker wrote an extremely lengthy cover piece in The New Republic calling for one after the Trump era, but at least he acknowledged that the election of a president who drove one side of the aisle crazy with outrage was not the traditional situation that required this kind of commission:
I don’t mean to claim that what has gone on here since the election of Donald Trump approaches what most of those other nations that used truth and reconciliation commissions have endured. The first such effort, initiated by President Raúl Alfonsín of Argentina in 1983 — one earlier attempt, in Bolivia in 1982, was shut down before it was completed and another one, in Uganda in 1974, was overseen by Idi Amin; I’m not counting either — was created to soothe the still-raw wounds of a military dictatorship and “Dirty War” that disappeared some 30,000 people. Since then, at least 42 other nations have tried similar means of getting past the past, and the crimes they have confronted have usually been even more horrific and wide-reaching: the genocides in Rwanda and East Timor; the reign of the white supremacist, apartheid regime in South Africa; Soviet-imposed communism in East Germany; the slaughters perpetrated in Haiti after the overthrow of Aristide, in the Yugoslavian civil wars, and by Mobutu, Kabila, and so many others in the Congo; the atrocities committed by U.S.-backed, enabled, and even encouraged regimes in Brazil, South Korea, Chile, El Salvador, Panama, Uruguay.
If the first point you have to concede is that this is nowhere near the sort of circumstance that requires a truth and reconciliation commission, then you don’t really need a truth and reconciliation commission.
I suspect many of those currently calling for an American Trump-era Truth and Reconciliation Commission know South Africa had an institution by that name, but don’t know many of the details. For starters, ‘reconciliation’ necessarily includes a widespread acceptance, however begrudging, of those believed to have committed significant wrongs, even violent crimes. South Africa’s TRC aimed for restorative justice, not retributive justice, which left quite a few victims of the system believing that some perpetrators escaped true accountability. South Africa’s commission ‘received 7,112 amnesty applications. Amnesty was granted in 849 cases and refused in 5,392 cases, while other applications were withdrawn.’ The U.S. Institute of Peace concluded that ‘few trials were actually held. Several high-level members of the former police were convicted for the attempted murder of Reverend Frank Chikane in 1989. The trial of former minister of defense Magnus Malan and nineteen others ended in acquittal.’ The commission called for reparations for victims of the Apartheid state, but only 21,000 people received the payments. South Africa’s TRC was called a ‘gold standard for how a divided society with a violent past might work through that past and move forward,’ and maybe it really did represent the best possible option in one of the worst possible situations. But that didn’t mean everyone went home satisfied.
In the ‘Trump Presidency Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ that Reich envisions, does Stephen Miller get prosecuted — crimes to be determined later — but a less-controversial cabinet member like Rick Perry gets a pass? Attorney General Barr would surely be a top target, too. Does Brett Kavanaugh become a target of the commission? Do administration members who criticized Trump after leaving their positions get a pass, or are they targets of investigation for enabling the president early on? Does Kayleigh McEnany make the cut, or did she sign on too late?
Is the Democratic Party’s agenda truly to see all of their opponents during this presidency locked up in jail, all in the name of upholding the law and protecting human rights?…
Proposals such as the one from Robert Reich add to public cynicism about bipartisan commissions, suggesting that they’re a fig leaf for one side’s vindictive agenda…
Read the whole thing. Any inkling of such a “commission” would be 180 degrees completely opposite of the Founding of our Republic. It is not anything even remotely “democratic” and our nation would not be some utopian “democracy.” It is pure insanity that every American had better nip-in-the-f***ing-bud and burn with fire. Do not be foolish to believe/think they would stop there. Books will be burnt. People will be “canceled” on many levels. Our freedoms and liberty will be completely gone. And never forget, those bad actors in our nation’s streets right now beating, bullying, intimidating, threatening, destroying will have a huge part in some sh*t like this proposal. Our own version of a Khmer Rouge, if you will. How do I presume/assume such? Because the people calling for a post-Trump Truth and Reconciliation Commission are “Progressive socialists/communists” who seek totalitarianism and have openly expressed their support and endorsement of those uncivilized street thugs burning our cities … including Joe Biden’s VP running mate, Kamala Harris, who has praised them and insists they continue after the election, and who will obviously be replacing old “antifa is an idea” Joe in a planned timely manner.
As Monica Showalter stated above, a purge will come, and it is already being directed and threatened. These filthy bastards have been training for their own version of “The Purge” since election night 2016.
MORE Orwellian changes in your lifestyle…
VIDEO: Trump slams Biden’s economic policies: ‘We will never let this country become a socialist nation’: ‘This is the most important election in the history of our country … people need to ‘get out and vote’ because what the Democrats want to do ‘is crazy.’
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) October 20, 2020
Thomas Maynard: Watch Ice Cube responding to backlash over Trump collaboration
Anthony Esolen: Powerful Interests Always Align Against the Independence of the Working Class: Promoting the trades, in an effort to alleviate poverty and crime, and to strengthen the working-class family, will require in us a real counterrevolution, a return to common sense and decency.
~~Many thanks to Maggie and The Universal Spectator for reprint permission.