I tried to do something humorous for this morning’s post, for my last several posts have been either rants or introspective critiques and I thought it was time to ‘lighten up’. However, try as I might, it just didn’t work. But I had no trouble whatsoever finding my inner snarky self … that is, apparently, the real me!
The late Senator John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, has been ‘censured’ by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Republican Committee. Why? Because of her support for “leftist causes” like gay marriage, larger government and “others that run counter to Republican values.” And also because she “failed” to support conservative candidates and has “supported globalist policies and candidates,” including Democrats such as President-elect Joe Biden.
Incredible, is it not? I wasn’t quite sure what, in a case like this where the person being ‘censured’ holds no political office, what it even means to be censured. Turns out, it means pretty much nothing. According to Wikipedia …
“Censure is a formal, and public, group condemnation of an individual, often a group member, whose actions run counter to the group’s acceptable standards for individual behavior. … Like a reprimand, a censure does not remove a member from their office so they retain their title, stature, and power to vote.”
In response to the censure, Ms. McCain said on Twitter “I am a proud lifelong Republican and will continue to support candidates who put country over party and stand for the rule of law.” Like her husband, Ms. McCain is a person of character … much more so than the buffoons who decided to censure her. This is yet another example of the bigotry that has become the foundation of the Republican Party in the 21st century.
More times than I can count in the past few days, I have heard the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol on Wednesday referred to as “patriots”. Hearing this is like hearing fingernails running across a chalkboard … it sets my teeth on edge.
NOBODY who harms others and attempts to undermine or overthrow their own government can possibly be called a patriot. Period. A patriot is somebody who cares enough about their country to defend it against enemies, not someone who blatantly attempts to destroy their country from within!
John McCain was a patriot, President Barack Obama is a patriot, Senator Bobby Kennedy was a patriot, as were Martin Luther King and the late Representative John Lewis. These thugs …
… are not patriots, they are homegrown, domestic terrorists. They are racists and homophobes. They are fools, idiots and buffoons. They are ignorant rednecks … but they are the furthest thing from a ‘patriot’.
Rather than defend their country, what they did, and what they are still planning to do, is to take away the will of the majority of people in this nation and impose their own brand of anarchy based on bigotry, based on racism and hatred. No, folks, these are insurgents, they are domestic terrorists, every bit as dangerous as members of al Qaeda, and even less intelligent. Do not make them heroes … call them what they are … the enemies of the United States.
Idiocy has a price …
In January 2019, Senator Josh Hawley, then 39 years old, took his seat in Congress for the first time as the Senator from Missouri. It was likely the first and last time. Hawley wanted to be the maverick, the one who gave voice to Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was somehow ‘stolen’ from him, was ‘rigged’, and so Hawley made great show of announcing that he would object to the electoral votes last Wednesday when Congress met to formally certify the electoral votes that declared Joe Biden the next president of the United States.
Yep, ol’ Josh was pretty proud of his sycophancy, pleased to be standing up for the voice of the electoral loser, thought he might even overturn the voice of the people. And when terrorists gathered outside the Capitol building on Wednesday morning, Josh wasn’t concerned, in fact he waved and smiled, even gave them what I’ve come to think of as the Trumpian equivalent of the Nazi salute …
And then the shit hit the fan. Those terrorists Josh thought he was bonding with stormed the Capitol building, disrupted the proceedings, caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, and left 5 people dead. And Hawley became an overnight pariah. Former Republican Senator John Danforth, Hawley’s political mentor and a fellow Yale Law School graduate, stated that supporting Hawley in his Senate bid and his prior state attorney general role was the “worst mistake I ever made in my life”.
David Humphreys, who with his mother and sister donated more than $6 million to Hawley’s campaigns, called for Hawley to be censured, having “revealed himself as a political opportunist willing to subvert the Constitution and the ideals of the nation he swore to uphold.” Hawley has since faced bipartisan calls for his resignation, to which he has responded that he “will never apologize”. But in all likelihood, his political career is as dead as the fish we had for dinner last night.
Apparently ol’ Josh had written a book … “The Tyranny of Big Tech” … that was scheduled to be published in June by Simon & Schuster. That has since been canceled, according to Simon & Schuster …
“We did not come to this decision lightly. As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat.”
Fortunately for him, Hawley’s net worth is estimated at $1.1 million, so he won’t have to worry about finding a job as a dishwasher or truck driver anytime soon.