There are a number of nasty people in the U.S. Senate today, people who willfully obstruct the people’s business, people who are racist, homophobic, misogynists … but one stands out among the crowd, especially for his behaviour over the past 3 months.
Until recently, I had not heard of Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin except in passing. And then came the 2020 election, followed by the Big Lie, followed by the attack on Congress and the Capitol on January 6th as Congress was certifying the election results, and suddenly Ron Johnson got his name in lights. Mr. Johnson perpetuated the Big Lie, that the former guy had actually won the election and it had been stolen from him. Mr. Johnson was one of the many Republicans who voted to overturn the election, to throw out our votes … our voices. Ron Johnson says he wasn’t afraid that day, when Nazis and white supremacists … terrorists … broke into the Capitol, destroying public property, chanting “Kill Mike Pence”, injuring more than 140 police officers and killing more than one person. Ron Johnson said he wasn’t afraid because …
“I knew those are people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.”
They were destroying property, breaking windows, pooping on the floor, killing people! They would never break the law??? Their very presence there was in violation of the law, and what they did once they got in was not just illegal, but seditious, treasonous, and their intent was to overturn this country’s government and install a dictator. But Ron Johnson thinks these … these heathens … are “good people”. But, it should be noted that Johnson further qualified his remark by saying he would have been concerned if the invaders had been Black. Get that man out of Congress!!!
So, now that Ron Johnson has shown his proverbial ass, I decided to look back at his past … people don’t just turn into goats overnight, so I was fairly certain he’s been one for a long time. I was right.
Johnson is everything that is wrong in the Republican Party. First elected to the Senate in 2010 with no prior experience in government, and no relevant education, having only a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He was a businessman, CEO of a plastics company. He objected to the stimulus plan of 2009 under the Obama administration, yet he applied for stimulus money for an education council he led. Yeah, scratch your head over that one!
He is not overly popular … in 2010 he won with 52% of the vote, and only 50.2% in 2016. He is up for re-election next year … PLEASE, people of Wisconsin, vote this asshole OUT!
He is a climate science denier, having called scientists who attribute global warming to manmade causes “crazy,” saying the theory is “lunacy,” and attributed climate change to causes other than human activity. Hmmmm … I didn’t see any science degrees or experience listed on his CV.
He is a strong advocate of gun rights (but you already figured that, didn’t you?) and has co-sponsored a bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloging the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns. In April 2013, Johnson was one of 12 Republican senators to sign a letter threatening to filibuster any newly introduced gun control legislation. That month, Johnson joined 45 other senators in defeating the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have required background checks on all sales of guns, including between individuals. Sure … just let anybody and everybody have as many guns as they wish and do with them as they will, right?
Healthcare? Hah! He was one of only 8 senators to vote against the $1,200 stimulus checks last year. He is against the Affordable Care Act, has voted to repeal it, and when John McCain famously turned his thumb down on the effort to repeal ACA, Johnson basically blamed it on McCain’s brain tumour and said he wasn’t in his right mind.
And then there were the conspiracy theories he spread about the FBI and Trump–Ukraine scandal, promoted false claims of fraud in the 2020 election, suggested that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was at fault for the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. And I could go on, but in the interest of time and sanity, I won’t.
Suffice it to say that Ron Johnson is one of the faces of the new Republican Party – a man without intellect and without conscience. Let us hope that in November 2022, the people of Wisconsin use their intellect and conscience to get this goat out of the United States Senate.