Of late, the Republican Party, aka GOP, have done most everything in their power to make a mockery of this nation, of the democratic underpinnings in our very foundation, and of the U.S. Constitution. They have tested the limits of lunacy and it almost seems as if their entire goal is to prove that nothing really matters, that people don’t matter, the environment doesn’t matter, our very lives matter little to them. Now, it’s easy to brush off their lies, their conspiracy theories as being beneath our dignity to even discuss. And in one sense that’s true, but in another sense … their constituents listen to them, hang on their every word, believe them, and in far too many cases, such as January 6th of this year, act upon their words. This means that yes, we must pay attention, we must be prepared to tell the truth, to counter their ignorance. I have a few recent examples to share with you …
Last month, before Mitch McConnell and his band of senatorial thugs killed any hope for a congressional investigation into the lead-up and events of January 6th, the uneducated Margie Greene posted her argument against such an investigation on her social media accounts.
“They’re only going to use the January 6 Commission to tear down Trump’s legacy, tear down and smear him if he runs for president again in 2024. And it will be used to demoralize Trump supporters and people that loved attending rallies and loved the MAGA movement and love America First policies, and it will be used to demoralize them and paint them as if they’re horrible people that entered the Capitol — breached the Capitol on January 6.”
Excuse me, Margie, but they are horrible people, else they would not have hung a noose outside the Capitol, would not have busted windows, pooped on the walls and floors, destroyed property, chanted ‘Hang Mike Pence’, and killed a Capitol policeman while injuring 140 others. If this isn’t the definition of ‘horrible people’ then I don’t know what is.
Climate change is no laughing matter … with every passing day, the hope for a continuation of human life beyond the end of this century grows dimmer. Scientists are working diligently to find ways in which we can slow or reverse the damage that has been done by people in industrialized nations. They have some, but not all of the answers. Enter U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert who claims to have the only answer we need.
Mr. Gohmert attended a House Natural Resources Committee hearing a week ago where he posed the following to Jennifer Eberlien, an associate deputy chief of the Forest Service …
“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM, you want very much to work on the issue of climate change. I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activity. And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate.”
A lot of people found Gohmert’s remarks humorous … I did not. They show a profound ignorance that should have disqualified him from holding a seat in the House of Representatives long ago. He is an attorney and a former judge who has held a seat in the U.S. House, representing Texas, since 2005. Listening to him, I would have guessed he had but a sixth-grade education. Like Ms. Greene, he has made a mockery of a very serious issue. And also like Ms. Greene, Gohmert is a follower of the conspiracy theory group QAnon.
And then there is the first-term U.S. House Representative from Georgia, Andrew Clyde, who along with Gohmert, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that having to pass through a metal detector each day like his 434 colleagues do, largely without complaint, is a violation of … something. His civil rights, perhaps?
“Unconstitutional!” “Authoritarian conduct!” “An active ongoing attack on our democracy!”
Oh for Pete’s sake! Grow up, Andy … grow a pair!
Although he has been in Congress for only six months, Mr. Clyde has already been fined some $15,000 for refusing to cooperate with Capitol Police’s efforts to ensure the safety of every member of Congress. If he is such a crybaby that he cannot man up and walk through a metal detector without having a meltdown, he surely does NOT belong in the United States House of Representatives any more than his two aforementioned colleagues do! Mr. Clyde is a former gun shop owner back in Georgia who wears a tie clip in the shape of an automatic weapon. Nice … real professional.
This might all be humorous if it weren’t truly a threat to our way of life, to the government we rely on in so many ways. Is this, then, the face of the new Republican Party? I still shake my head in amazement to remember that GOP once stood for Grand Old Party. No more can they claim that title, for they have sold us downriver a thousand times over in the past decade. These three examples are but a small sampling of the sheer ignorance that now dominates the GOP, the mockery they are making of our lives.