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  • Writer's pictureGregory N. Austin

The Warning of Retribution

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

Newt Gingrich was one of the many sources of the politics of hate, innuendo, dis-information and revenge. He promised, when the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, there would be payback and extreme measures would be forthcoming against the Democratic Party.

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After the Revolutionary War with a victory of the colonists over King George III and the best military force in the world at that time, no retribution was sought by our Founding Fathers. In fact, most of the Americans that remained loyal to King George III were free to leave the country if they so desired.


When the North defeated the South in the Civil War, there were few mass reprisals or taking of spoils while freeing the slaves. (The freeing of slaves was an active pursuit of many civilized nations in the 19th century.)


In 1945 after victories over Japan and Germany, the U.S. did not seek to do anything but assist these two countries in the ways of democracy. The Allies held trials of war criminals but for only a handful of men in each country.


The Afghanistan conflict was a disorderly withdrawal after 20 years, but 10 times less disastrous than that of the withdrawal from Vietnam in 1974.


Americans as a historical fact do not seek reprisals, spoils, pillaging, or mass killings at the end of the conflict. They have more angels than devils after warfare. Just ask Germany and Japan who are now two of our greatest allies, after we introduced them to representative government. Now imagine what we see and hear domestically from the Republican Party, and their peculiar defense of the many tribulations of ex-President Donald Trump. Newt Gingrich was one of the many sources of the politics of hate, innuendo, dis-information and revenge. He promised, when the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, there would be payback and extreme measures would be forthcoming against the Democratic Party. And just what was the problem with the Democratic Party? Was it their desire for accountability and adherence to the rule of law? How about the defense of the U.S. Constitution. Were they out of line in trying to do their oversight duty? Absolutely not. The F.B.I., the D.O.J., the House and the Senate were all engaged in their duty as outlined in that very constitution. Were they flawless in their oversight duties? You betchya! Despite this, the John Durham Report, looking for dishonesty by the opposition Democratic Party, found none, despite the bending of truth found in his report. Even so, the House Republicans took it upon themselves to censure Adam Schiff, simply for following his oversight duties. The motivation behind the censure? Just rank politics following up on the threats of retribution against the Democrats for simply doing their duty.


After the Vice Presidential certification of the Electoral College, 140 Republican Congressmen refused to certify the outcome of the election. Was any proof presented that the election was improper? Zero is the answer. It can be argued that those that voted no without substantiating evidence were simply following and not leading their constituents. They played the role of nullification of the truth despite zero evidence to support their groundless claims. This is a dangerous rejection of the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution and the peaceful passing of the outcome of a Presidential election.


We are facing a country where so many of the voting public are disgruntled losers that they attempt to continue the reign of the person who was actually defeated. This seemed to be a result of the Big Lie. I can’t believe that a single Founding Father (those 55 men Philadelphia in 1787) would ever expect such a weird outcome of a valid election cycle. Now the cult of one personality who rejects truth daily and wears the badge of a victim—a victim of an alleged witch hunt, is allowed to continue the fabrications. It seems pure baloney to me. But upwards of perhaps 30 million Americans accept the Big Lie while embracing cult like admiration for Donald Trump. We must accept accountability and rule of law on behalf of our children and grandchildren. It makes no sense to accept the Big Lie for anything but a major league falsehood. Virtually every other Presidential election was accepted in the political arena. The strange outcome outlined in 1860 was over a slave issue, not an alleged unfair election.


We must resolve as a nation to stop the dis-information and division and try to embrace proven outcomes. We must pivot to the very example and genius of our Founding Fathers who created the rule of law, via one of the greatest documents ever written, the U.S. Constitution. We will all be safe if we allow that Political Bible to continue to guide us. This great governmental experiment should not die by Flim Flam.


We simply cannot afford to lose that genius fabric that has bound us together for so many years. Let us remain true to our history. And may God bless the United States of America.



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