Zola, not Lincoln by Xavier Jones

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
-Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865

“What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder, it’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end now.”
-Joe Biden, January 6, 2021

“Borders”? It merely “borders” on sedition? Fanatics descend upon the epicenter of the republic to impede the proceedings of democracy; to intimidate those with spines; to execute those who finally find religion in their peril; and it merely “borders” on sedition? A neo-Johnny Reb was able to get his flag into the halls of the government that shredded that rag on the tips of bloody bayonets, and yet this only “borders” on sedition?

Nay! This is sedition, and there is no reason to avoid the word. There will be no justification if justice is not swift. Likewise, we shall be as defenseless as our capital if justice is not delivered. We must be who the president and his lackeys have only pretended to be, the party of law and order. It is not only the president who must be yet again brought before the constitutional court, so must be any representative or senator who, in word or in deed, sought to usurp power from the vox populi, and void the will of “We the People.”

Yes, Lincoln was magnanimous in victory; we’ve seen Spielberg’s movie, we remember the ending, but this is different. These past four years have effectively been a civil war whose battlefields were elected offices, nominations for positions, the lawbooks, the street of our cities, etc. Justice at times prevailed, at times it was denied; some lives had been saved while others did die. This war is not over because one man will replace another. It is not over because despite the disasters and degradations, over seventy million people still say, “That’s my man,” and because of our ballots, he is now their martyr; and our democracy must survive them, the old and the young. In our country’s critical condition we do not have generations to heal. We must leave Lincoln in our history books because the second greatest act of treason in our history, the greatest and hopefully only mass sedition in our lifetimes, will not be a thing of the past that will require clemency. We are Americans, but since we have had a tendency to repeat, or rather rhyme other histories in the worst of ways, I would recommend we try on for size the zeal of Zola in our search for justice (or our “witch hunt” in the words of the traitors).

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I accuse select members of the U.S. Congress of committing a number of crimes during the impeachment process of 2019-2020; these crimes being similar to those denounced by Émile Zola in his crusade to prove the innocence of Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

I accuse select members of the U.S. Congress of obstruction of justice, for the deliberate sabotage of the aforementioned impeachment process which then authorized the sitting president to remain in the office consistently degraded by his conduct.

I accuse select members of the U.S. Congress of refusing to legitimize the results of the 2020 general election under the pretext of humoring the dictatorial fantasies of the acting President of the United States.

I accuse the President of the United States of using his prominence and office to repeatedly, without any merits, contest the results of the 2020 general election and interfere with the certification. 

I accuse the President of the United States of using his office to obstruct the transition of power and attempting to sabotage the execution of the eventual duties of the current president-elect.

I accuse the President of the United States of repeatedly refusing to commit to respecting the results of the general election except in the scenario of his victory, and likewise refusing to faithfully execute his duties to our democratic system of government.

I accuse the President of the United States of enabling and prolonging the menace to public safety of January 6 by refusing to allow the National Guard to aid local authorities in the restoration of public order.

I accuse select agents of the U.S. Capitol Police of betraying their duties to ensure the security of the people’s elected representatives and to protect the physical integrity of the houses of Congress by the act of, in some cases, removing physical barriers and allowing the congressional building to come under direct assault.

I accuse select citizens of the United States of participation in a public assembly whose nature degenerated into a state of lawlessness which thus rendered void its protection under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

I accuse select citizens of the United States of unlawful and unauthorized entry into the U.S. Capitol building with the nefarious intention to intimidate public servants and interfere in the constitutional duties being executed by the lawful representatives of the people of the United States.

I accuse select citizens of the United States of murder and conspiracy to commit murder as it pertains to the actions against a late agent of the U.S. Capitol Police in the former, and actions intended against the Vice President of the United States in the latter.

For all the misdeeds that justify these accusations, there can be no clemency. As of January 6, clemency on the part of any authorities would be synonymous with condoning these acts on all levels. Congress must deal with the president and its own members who have had a hand in these acts. The agents of the U.S. Capitol Police who knowingly collaborated with criminals must face the consequences decided upon by those who exercise jurisdiction over them. For the citizens involved in the attempted violation of the sovereignty of the people of the United States, the prosecutors attached to the judiciary of the Washington D.C. must act aggressively to ensure that no guilty persons evade the consequences of their actions and that the perpetrators receive the speedy and public trials due to them by the provisions of the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

There is no healing to be done, only the vigorous defense of democracy and the restitution of the republic.

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