At The Hill Monica Crowley quotes a statement from former insider whistle-blower Richard Higgins that I think is worthy of consideration:
Higgins says the consequences of failing to eliminate the internal threat are dire. “First, the emerging two-tiered justice system” — one protective of the elite, the other for everyone else — “will ensure that these abuses happen again.
“Second, faith in government will collapse among Trump supporters. Having been betrayed by the politicians they elected, a demographic large enough to elect a president will become completely disenfranchised.
“History will understand that the Republican Party served as the defeat mechanism of the American experiment in that they got elected on issues that they never intended to address.”
He characterizes this moment as “pivotal, but we may not fully understand the significance of current events for decades.”
Given the public confirmation of his initial warning, he offers a fresh one: “We are fighting for this country’s future as well as her past. I warned senior [officials] on the national security transition that we were storming Omaha Beach on Jan. 20, 2017. They didn’t listen, and they didn’t survive the first wave. We still have to take that beach. The very same principles are at stake.”
Americans have voted for change for the last ten years and they’ve been frustrated at every turn. Developments make it clear that the leadership of both political parties, the media, and the civil bureaucracy simply cannot be trusted.
You may castigate the results of this frustration as a violation of norms but it merely shows that our system is functioning as designed. The only thing that is not working is that too many voters are still complacent. I suspect that will change.