One of the finest opening lines in movie history is “As long back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” It was said by the late Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, a member of the Lucchese criminal family before turning into an FBI informant, and it began the famous movie “Goodfellas.” The film is a biographical account of Hill that first romanticises the early years of a powerful person’s life before tracing a path to how a life of lawlessness typically ends. Today’s real-life America is romanticising lawlessness. People who once took pleasure in their straightforward sense of right and wrong are confused by the subtleties of this process. A purifying resetting of that comprehension
In the not-too-distant past, a subpoena had unwavering meaning and authority. If one was issued by any American entity with authority to issue one, the citizen who received it appeared in front of that entity. “Subpoena” is an old word with old meaning, from Middle English back to Latin translating to “under penalty.” The Trump years have turned what once was an inarguable writ to appear into the beginning of an exhaustive and litigious episode of resistance.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is the most recent character in lawlessness. And of course, why not, Lindsey Graham? He is only the former chairman of the Judiciary Committee of what once was considered the most deliberative body in the world. Now, he is refusing to comply with a subpoena issued in Georgia, with which he is obviously required to comply. And why? Did Graham break a law, or is he just unwilling to honestly answer questions about someone else who likely did? Either way, this lawlessness is being tolerated by the public for some sad reason.
Graham went a step further in his lawlessness recently, by saying it once, and doubling down on it a second time on Fox News with this: “If there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information … there will be riots in the streets.” Yes, that’s a US senator talking on national television. He’s suggesting violence is a rational response to a prosecution that appears likely. It’s a threat.
Imagine for a moment that top secret documents that any American was not authorized to possess were found in their home. Imagine that when they were discovered, multiple federal authorities formally requested that random American return them. Imagine this regular Joe only gave some of them back, and had his lawyers lie about the completeness of the compliance. And then finally, imagine the authorities discovered that he and his legal team lied about it in what appears to be an attempt to continue to illegally possess the documents.
- Political anarchy must cease immediately
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