We the People Must Hold Congress Accountable for this Day of Infamy

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Americans will forever regard both Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001, as dates, to quote FDR, that “will live in infamy.” Today, however, we the people are faced with the reality of two new dates, dates when the voices of tyranny tried to take over our country.

The first of these, Jan. 21, 2010, is the root cause of the second date. That date, Jan. 6, 2021, now is also known as the day of the 1/6/21 Attack.

On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This controversial decision opened the floodgates for dark money political campaign financing, setting the stage for the legislative branch to shirk their responsibilities to their constituents in order to please their donors. This led to a culture of cowardice that prevented members of Congress from taking steps to avert the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

This was the day the world watched in horror as MAGA insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol. They were incited by the repeated “Big Lie” that the presidential election had been rigged against Trump. Numerous members of the 117th Congress were culpable in this insurrection, either through coordinating with the rioters or alternately, turning away in silence. Their fear of the cult of Trump was almost palpable, as lawmakers worried more about holding on to their jobs than doing their jobs. 

In the days following the attack, only three Republican lawmakers called for the removal of Trump from office. Then on Jan. 12 — six days later — the number of Republican Congress members condemning the acts of Jan. 6 doubled. What changed? Could it be the gravy train was drying up? Republicans’ corporate donors, realizing their bottom line could be threatened by outraged American consumers, had started to pull their donations from numerous legislative members.

Thanks to the diligent work of Elizabeth Meister we have created a spreadsheet showing the corporate donors behind those senators who steadfastly supported the incumbent’s undemocratic effort to overturn our free and fair election. We encourage you to contact these corporations to share your thoughts about the 1/6/21 Attack and pressure big money donors to support democracy, not autocracy.

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