With Independence Day on Sunday, I thought it might be instructive to consider what my ancestors Jacob and Conrad Brumbaugh - both of whom fought in the War of Independence- might think of our current situation and the Trump- GOP sedition, treason.
I ought to pause here to applaud Janice's notable efforts in finding the connections to Jacob Jockel and Conrad as well as intervening generations. This was while doing extensive research at Ancestry.com.It was Janice's fine efforts which first turned up Eliza Ann Brumbaugh, my paternal great grandmother, with her marriage certificate dated Nov. 20, 1881- marriage to my great grandfather Phillip Adam Stahl. From there, and getting hold of the book, 'The Genealogy of the Brumbaughs', she could track back four generations to Jacob 'Jockel' Brumbaugh, and younger brothers Conrad, George, and Johann. It was Jacob and Conrad who fought in the Pennsylvania Militia during the American Revolution.
However, there is no doubt at all that neither Jacob or Conrad - if confronted by today's appalling events and the treachery of one major political party- would wonder why the War of Independence had been fought at all. That is, how - given so much liberty and a thriving nascent Republic - it then appeared to have been so easily sacrificed to an unruly mob at the behest of an odious criminal and grifter named Donald Trump. And a traitor who'd been in conspiracy with a hostile foreign power which clearly helped put him into office in the first place. More mind boggling to them would be how an entire political party could morph into a collective bunch of traitors and seditionists.
This is exactly what the Trump -incited traitors, terrorists did on January 6th , motivated by passions and foul lies spewed by Trump and his GOP allies about having an election "stolen". This when he was beaten fair and square in one of the safest and most effectively run elections ever. What would appall and outrage my ancestors even more is how the Republican party has congealed around this lying traitor to become a cancer on the nation - an antidemocratic malignancy. Instead of bidding him 'hasta la vista' the sorry Republicans have rallied around the imp to form a destructive personality cult. Worse, they've aimed their Big Lie at further destroying the voting franchise under a tide of bogus claims and half-cocked conspiracy ideations.