Well, I had a number of snippets for this afternoon’s post, but by the time I finished the first snippet, I had a long enough post, so in the interest of not boring you to tears, I shall save the rest for tomorrow!
An update on “ice fishing => prostitution”
I’ll start with a brief update to my post of February 11th where I wrote about Hudson, Ohio Mayor Craig Shubert who had claimed that to allow ice fishing on Hudson Springs Lake would lead to prostitution! Well, it seems that Mayor Shubert lacks a sense of humility and humour, and after days of being mocked and hearing the jokes that were bound to ensue, the mayor turned in his resignation on Monday, saying …
“My attempt to inject a bit of dry humor to make a point about this, in the midst of a cold, snowy February, was grossly misunderstood.”
Au revoir Mr. Shubert … next time perhaps you will have learned to think before you speak.
Election 2022 – Madison Cawthorn
Madison Cawthorn has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for just over a year, since January 2021, but yet has managed to stir up a heck of a lot of trouble in such a short time. Cawthorn is only 26 years of age, the youngest to serve in Congress since Jed Johnson (1965-1967). A few examples …
- In 2017, Cawthorn posted an Instagram picture of his visit to Adolf Hitler’s vacation residence Eagle’s Nest, which he said had been on his “bucket list for a while”. In the post, he referred to Hitler as Führer.
- Cawthorn has been accused by at least four women of sexually aggressive behavior, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault.
- During his time in Congress, Cawthorn has been known for incendiary rhetoric and promulgating conspiracy theories. He had said he intended to use his position to be a messenger rather than a legislator, writing to his colleagues, “I have built my staff around comms rather than legislation.”
- In December 2020, at a Turning Point USA conference in Florida, Cawthorn said that he would try to contest the 2020 United States presidential election results when Congress counted the Electoral College votes in January, citing fraud, though there was no evidence that fraud affected the election results. He subsequently used conspiracy theories about fraud to run advertisements and raise money for himself. He called on the TPUSA event’s attendees to “lightly threaten” their representatives.
And the list goes on with incidents involving firearms, threats of violence, and conspiracy theories, but it is his role in the events of January 6th 2021 when he had been in office for only three days that have landed him in hot water. A number of groups in his home state of North Carolina are claiming that, under Amendment 14, Section 3, Cawthorn is ineligible for re-election in November. The clause states that …
“No person shall be a senator or representative in Congress … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Now, despite having studied ConLaw for a few semesters in college and grad school, I am not a Constitutional Law scholar, but it seems to me that the burden of proof, which is on those seeking to nullify Cawthorn’s candidacy in 2022, may be difficult. What, exactly, constitutes “engagement” in insurrection? Did Josh Hawley ‘engage’ when he threw a fist pump to the insurrectionists? Did Lauren Boebert engage when she when she and other Republican members of Congress met with the insurrectionists prior to January 6?
There can be no doubt that the attack on the Capitol on January 6th was insurrection, was an attempted coup, but what exactly was Mr. Cawthorn’s role? There must be solid proof in order to render him ineligible to serve in Congress and I’m not sure if that proof exists. Yes, he was obviously empathetic to the insurrectionists, but is that sufficient? I am told, however, that under North Carolina law, the burden is on Cawthorn to prove that he is not an insurrectionist. This could be an interesting case from a legal point of view.
At any rate, Mr. Cawthorn has filed a ‘legal challenge’ claiming that the North Carolina State Board of Elections has no authority to keep him off the ballot in the first place, and so the challenge against him should be dropped and the state law allowing for such challenges should be ruled unconstitutional. I strongly suspect that Mr. Cawthorn will be on the November ballot, but I hope for the sake of this nation that the voters in his North Carolina district have the good sense to vote en masse for his opponent.