First, I would like to start by saying I hope all my Florida friends are safe as Hurricane Elsa made landfall in Florida just a few hours ago. Keep safe and well, my friends.
I took a day-and-a-half off from my blog, from the news, just mostly read and played games with the family, in order to try to clear my head from the past several years when it seems that I have been on a non-stop rant about one thing or another. I came back to ye olde blog with renewed energy … well, I had it for Jolly Monday on Tuesday, at least. And then I read of the gun deaths over the holiday weekend and that pretty much shot any degree of tranquility I had managed to achieve. And then today, I see this tweet from a U.S. Representative from my own state, a Republican and an asshole, Jim Jordan:
“Democrats made the Fourth of July controversial. Republicans just love America.”
Not wishing to be thrown back in Twitter jail just yet, I tempered my response …
“HA HA HA HA HA … You are soooo funny, Mr. Jordan! No, you don’t love the country, you don’t even give a royal f*ck about the people here. You just love money, guns, and power. I hope you are voted OUT!!!!”
A bit of background for some who may not be as familiar with Mr. Jordan …
He has been in the U.S. Congress since 2007, and is a founding member of the unconscionably conservative House Freedom Caucus. He was a close buddy of the former guy, which should tell you all you need to know, and the former guy awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a private ceremony just days before leaving office in January. On what grounds, or for what heroic deed the medal was awarded escapes me, for Jordan … is not a good person. The only reason I can figure is that Jordan was one of eight House lawmakers who were part of Trump’s defense team in his Senate impeachment trial last year. Perhaps in Trump’s mind, that qualifies Jordan … in my mind, it just makes him an even bigger jerk than he was before.
But let’s go back a bit in Mr. Jordan’s history. From 1987 until 1995, Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach with Ohio State University’s wrestling program. During that time, Dr. Richard Strauss was the team physician. Turns out that Dr. Strauss was sexually abusing the boys on the team, and … wait for it … Jim Jordan was well aware of it!
Ohio State opened an independent investigation in 2018 … thirteen years after Dr. Strauss had died by his own hand. During the course of the investigation, at least eight wrestlers/students came forward and said that they had complained to Jordan, but he did nothing. One of the students, Dunyasha Yetts, said in testimony …
“For God’s sake, Strauss’s locker was right next to Jordan’s and Jordan even said he’d kill him if he tried anything with him!”
None of the students accused Jordan of committing sexual assault, however four former wrestlers named him as a defendant in a lawsuit against the university. Jordan refused to cooperate with investigations into Strauss. He described his accusers as “pawns in a political plot” and said he did not even hear any locker room talk about Strauss or sexual abuse at OSU. In response to Jordan’s denials, one of the students, Mike DiSabato said, “I considered Jim Jordan a friend. But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”
Take it all for what it’s worth, but to me … where there is so much smoke, there is a fire, and eight students claiming they told Jordan of the abuse at the hands of the doctor constitutes a great deal of smoke!
And then … he went to Washington. A step up from being a wrestling coach, being responsible for making the laws that directly affect some 330 million people, and indirectly affect the entire globe. One of his first moves was to use the Freedom Caucus to shove then-Speaker of the House John Boehner out of his position. Another was to bring the equally corrupt and ignoble Warren Davidson into the House. Thus far, in my book, Jordan is batting 0. He is not “for the people”, he is for lining his own pockets, for increasing his own power, and will support anything that plays into those two goals.
Jordan is also a consummate liar, for in 2018 when asked by Anderson Cooper if he had ever heard the former guy tell a lie, he replied …
“I have not … nothing comes to mind. I don’t know that Trump has ever said something wrong that he needs to apologize for.”
He was one of the 139 representatives who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Congress, and to this day claims that the election was “stolen”. He is against environmental regulations and against women’s rights. I could go on and on, but really … need I say more?
Jordan does not represent my district, but I hope the people in his district have the good sense to give him the boot in the mid-term elections next year. Meanwhile, I will be working tirelessly to try to convince the people of my own district to give Warren Davidson that same boot! We do not need right-wing radicals who completely disregard the will of the people sitting in Congress taking up space, time, and money!