Editor's Corner
Reflections
by Jonathan Gramling      
Sedition and Other Things
Jonathan Gramling
And then there is the commencement of the 2021 election season, which is witnessing a record number of candidates of color running on the
municipal and county levels. There are two Madison school board races and only two candidates who happen to be people of color. When is
the last time that ever happened? And with the record number of candidates, come more requests for me to be the treasurer of campaigns. I
ended up being treasurer for three. It could have been more.

And so I don’t know how this column is going to turn out because I’ve been doing a whole lot of doing and not a whole lot of thinking the
past two weeks.

I am happy that I write more about COVID-19 than I do about former President What’s His Name. COVID-19 has been a horrible pandemic
that has touched each and every one of our lives somehow, whether it has been family members, co-workers or long-time friends who were
sickened by COVID-19 or died. These have truly been sad times for all of us.

But I can deal with COVID-19 and work hard to stay positive and safe as I await the new normal — which I hope resembles the old normal
— on the other side. But what I don’t want to deal with is a seditious, narcissistic rich man who has experienced white privilege all of his life
moaning around exclaiming how an election was stolen from him, especially when he was the one in the process of trying to steal an election.

I can’t deal with a former president who has had every whim, large and small, fulfilled by a class of sniveling aides whose sense of patriotism
goes no further than their own narrow interests and it still isn’t enough.

I can’t deal with a former president whose sense of entitlement is so high and self-consuming that anything that doesn’t feed that sense of
entitlement is deemed to be a lie or against the interests of the United States.

I can’t deal with a former president who thinks that he is the state and the state is him. I thought these kinds of psychotic personalities were
relegated to history of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

I can’t deal with a former president who would cause a riot to happen and put the lives of elected officials at risk, provoking a deadly riot for
his own wounded ego’s sake, because he couldn’t come to terms with the fact that he lost.

I can’t deal with a former president who would hold foreign aid hostage so that the foreign government would invent political dirt on his
political opponents.

I can’t deal with a former president who allowed tens of thousands of people to die from a pandemic due to his own inaction and desire to get
re-elected. His one, miserable life was deemed more important than thousands of others.

And I can’t deal with all of the other things that a former president did that I have forgotten or put out of my mind because they were so
gruesome in their impact.

And it is because I can’t deal with the decrepit and loathsome actions of a former president that I think it is imperative that the U.S. Senate try
and convict this former president for treason and sedition and ban him from holding any other federal office, elected or appointed.

And I know that if we don’t keep this former president accountable, then it will be his loathsome and degenerate behavior that will become the
low bar standard for future presidents.
Without a conviction, then any president can incite an insurrection and then ask that bygones be bygones if he doesn’t succeed.

Without a conviction, it means that any president can use federal funds any way he deems fit regardless of what Congress designated the
funds to go to.

Without a conviction, any president can ignore requests of Congress for information so that they can perform their oversight duties, thereby
creating a blind Congress.

Without a conviction, in essence the U.S. Constitution doesn’t exist except on paper because any president will be able to treat the
Constitution like it is a list of suggestions that can readily be ignored.

Without a conviction, any president, Republican or Democrat or any other, will feel free to explore new avenues to thwart democracy and the
will of the majority of U.S. citizens.
Without a conviction, a minority-ruled government could be permanently implemented in the United States, a minority government that is
primarily white.

Without a conviction, the country that my father and millions of other Americans fought against totalitarianism during World War II will have
been for naught because believe me, there are others just like him where this former president came from.

The fight for our Constitution has just begun. I hope enough Republicans are woke to understand what is at stake. Our fight has just begun.
I’m not sure how this column is going to turn out. The end of January is always an intense time for me as the
King Holiday, Black History Month and Women’s History Month and issues in between end up being large
issues for us, relatively speaking.

But it is also a demanding time in the non-profit accounting world when the prior fiscal year needs to be
closed and the new fiscal year requires budgets and contracts. All of this was made more intense due to the
COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when small pots of money became available here and there and special
fundraising was conducted to meet the immediate material needs of the economically-challenged among us.
And then there were the SBA PPP loan applications and the loan forgiveness applications and the new round
of PPP loans that are becoming available. All of this requires some kind of financial computations and
reporting.