Hypocrisy is rampant today.
Hypocrisy basically is pretense, when a person says they are for something but actually oppose it (or vice versa).
Hypocrisy squared occurs when a person is opposed to and for the same thing at the same time.
For example: Trump accused Biden of stealing the election (which Biden won by 8,000,000 votes) and sought, without any evidence at all, to use and abuse his Presidential power to reverse that election. Of course, Trump is the person who, in fact, was trying to steal the election – by accusing his opponent of doing so. He was vociferously, impeachably opposed to Biden stealing the election, and simultaneously, if secretly, all in on stealing it for himself. Hypocrisy squared.
The insurrection at the Capitol was fueled by a CRYPTOCRACY.
Courtesy of Wikipedia, CRYPTOCRACY is “a family of conspiracy theories based on the notion that real and actual political power resides not with publicly elected representatives but with private individuals who are exercising power behind the scenes, beyond the scrutiny of democratic institutions.”
The recent Senate trial revealed, but let slide by, the hypocrisy that enabled the cryptocracy that was happening right under their noses.
It is too late to start over.
But CRYPTOCRACY is what the framers were most concerned about in creating the impeachment mechanisms in the first place. That 43 Republican Senators failed to see it or chose to ignore it for their own political and personal sakes SHOULD BE a crime, but isn’t.
That leaves our criminal justice system as our last, best hope of forestalling a sequel. Both federal and state laws have been broken. Those crimes should be prosecuted to the fullest extent and with the maximum punishment.