Even after home-grown radicals stormed the US Capital, with increasing evidence this may have been an organized assault, Republican lawmakers voted against impeachment. How can this be? Have they no patriotism?
Well, for most, I would think it was very easy. Oh, not like Jim Jordon or Matt Gaetz easy, they sold their souls to Satan long ago. No, it was easy because they didn’t have to vote for impeachment.
A Democratic majority meant an impeachment was guaranteed. Liz Chenney and nine other far more principled GOPs voting for impeachment was just icing on the cake. Together, they made the impeachment a bi-partisan vote and took all the pressure off. Free of voting their consciences, they could now do what they do best, worry about themselves.
To be sure they’ve many fears from getting re-elected to personal safety from the same extreme right-wing militia nutbars that stormed the Capital. What they don’t have to fear is their place in history. Jordon, Gaetz, Mo Brooks, a few others, they’ll likely not be well-respected by future historians, but what about that guy from district blah-blah of the great State of Middle America?
Who? What’s his name? I think he’s bald.
A quick Google search brings up all the Republicans who voted for the impeachment. Those who voted against, so many pages in you stop searching.
By voting for impeachment Liz Chenney brought great cover for the GOP. The vote will forever be known as a bi-partisan vote. When future debates are held, it will be referred to as a bi-partisan vote. So, why not take the safest course and vote the party line no matter what?
Cowardice. Selfishness. Greed.
Speaking of which, what about Mitch McConnell?
Much has been made of his denial to open the Senate for an early impeachment trial. Again, why would he? So close to the end of Trump’s presidency, why besmirch the GOP’s reputation even further by having them impeach their own Republican president?
But there may be an even more Machiavellian consideration. It has been reported that McConnell is furious with Trump. He barely tolerated him before but saw him as a necessary evil to get what he wanted, but after the storming of the Capital and the lack of contrition from Trump since, he now hates him and wants him out of the party permanently. The senate, however, is still a Republican majority. Assuming all the Democrats will vote to convict, there still needs to be 17 GOP senators to vote the same way.
Nowhere near a guarantee.
Waiting for Biden, Harris, and a Democratic majority might help tilt that scale. McConnell could even vote to convict himself. A win win.
Again, Cowardice. Selfishness. Greed.
Speculation on Trump’s future after January 20th is rampant. A second run at the presidency or his own ultra-right wing television channel have been floated, all funded by a grift Super PAC.
But what if Trump’s endgame is something grander, on a scale even the Republicans couldn’t comprehend or believe possible. What if Trump intends to create a third party? Since the election he has espoused his vote count, so often he has come to believe his own rhetoric.
Seventy-five million votes.
Note enough for re-election, but certainly enough to brag about…if it were accurate. Any statistician will tell you the numbers can be skewed to satisfy whatever agenda needs promoting. Votes are no different. Not every vote was for TRUMP. No doubt some were for the Republican Party as a whole. Others were against Democrats no matter what, or in extreme cases, against socialism/communism.
Adversely, not every Biden vote was for Biden, but then Biden is not the issue. He won and that is undisputable.
Even Trump sees the writing on the wall. But Trump is, if nothing else, an opportunist. He sees a chance to make a buck, he will go for it. He whores his name out to buildings and business ventures with equal immorality. What he does with his reputation is his business, both ethically and financially. No one knows that better than Trump himself, and considering most of his ventures, it isn’t beyond fantasy that he might try one more grand scheme to solidify his name in history. A wall seen from space can be torn down, but a political party… well, can be easily forgotten.
But to narcissistic megalomaniac like Trump won’t see that. He will always only see the bright lights of fame, everyone else be damned.
There was an interview with a doctor on CNN. I watched more than listened because I was doing other stuff at the time, but the headline was something along the lines of a Jewish doctor dealing with patients with Nazis tattoos. That got me thinking about the laws passed regarding refusing gays service based on religious belief. You know, Judaism is a religion, and there are a lot of Jewish doctors out there. Not a giant leap needed.
Doug Ford had a good start at the beginning of the pandemic. In lockstep with the federal government he shut down Ontario, touting that he listened to the doctors and the science. But… it appears that might not have been entirely true. With a number of doctors to choose from, he chose his own version of Dr. Atlas. Not someone who only told him what he wanted to hear, but someone he could cherry pick the information he wanted. So, in the late summer, when just about every medical professional screamed for him to take stronger measures, he gave his daily briefing and gave his “Come on, folks” speech in earnest only too happy to blame the people than blame himself.
Ford set a plate of cookies on the table then got mad at us because we sneaked a cookie. When we didn’t get caught or sufficiently punished we snuck another and another until it was too late. Now Ontario’s business heart is hamstringed during the Christmas buying season. Realistically, the shutdown couldn’t have been prevented, but, if proper measures had been taken earlier, if Ford had actually listened to the doctors, if he had actually followed the science, a major lockdown might have been delayed long enough. Who knows, it might not have occurred at all.
The problem is Ford is torn between provincial politics and federal politics. He was all buddy-buddy with Trudeau until Erin O’Toole took over CPC leadership. O’Toole is from Ontario and when he took up the Conservative reins Ford seemed to have forgotten how the federal Conservatives treated him. He saw a reboot of the blue wave, followed the other Conservative premiers and pulled away from Trudeau, throwing darts with one hand while taking money with the other. Then, O’Toole was outmaneuvered—twice. Ford shuffled his feet and returned his “Come on, folks” reprimand, but all too late. He divided his base with mixed messages. He’s got businesses openly protesting his lockdowns and his own people protesting on his front lawn.
Baby, It’s Covid Outside
All I Want For Christmas is A Mask
It’s Beginning to Covid A Lot Like Christmas
It’s The Most Vaccinated Time of the Year
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Trump
The Ventilator Song
I’ll Be (Staying) Home for Christmas
Vaccination Time is Here
Rockin’ Around the Ventilator Machine
Do They Know It’s a Pandemic?
Vaccinations Are Coming to Town
Run, Covid, Run
The Twelve Days of Quarantine
I confess I’ve never actually watched Fox News. It’s a channel for which I would have to pay extra. What I’ve seen I’ve seen through sound bites and segments uploaded onto the internet. Yesterday I drove a company vehicle with satellite radio and while I didn’t watch I did listen to FOX NEWS, CNN, and MSNBC for most of the day, but concentrated on FOX NEWS.
First take away, commercials run for almost as long as there is actual content.
Second takeaway, Fox News lacks any sense of human compassion.
Within an hour of listening, both CNN and MSNBC did pieces on the human toll of Covid-19 and the tragic personal losses people have suffered.
Fox not one all day. When they did talk about the pandemic it was usually how it was going to affect small business and how broad lockdowns were unconstitutional and wearing masks were not going to solve the problem so why bother.
In short, CNN, MSNBC and most other news networks report on the human toll of this pandemic. FOX NEWS, a reflection of those who watch often, only talks about the inconvenience it’s causing. They do not deny the virus exists, at least not anymore, but they don’t give its deadly potential any weight.
As far as the election goes, I suspect there is some dissention between the actual news people and opinion show hosts. Neil Cavuto gave what I thought was a fair conservative view of the election, as did John Roberts. They, and the people they interviewed, unanimously agreed that Joe Biden won the election and Trump and his Seal Team Sux lawyers (got that from Stephen Colbert) were doing more harm than good. They gave differing conservative reasons, but for the most part they agreed there was no fraud. I suspect these shows have low ratings because Fox viewers don’t want to hear that.
The opinion shows where just nonsense laden with bald-faced lying, misinformation, and just plain hate. The Five is a panel show that uses topics of the day to hurl vitriolic insults at anything left of fascism. One topic was a report that Biden was going to tax guns and ammunition. This sent all of them ballistic (pun intended). We need guns! How am I going to protect myself without my guns? I sincerely doubt any of these people live in neighbourhoods with high crime rates. The sad irony here is that while this segment was being broadcast there was a mass shooting in Milwaukee. It is to be noted that Geraldo Rivera was on the panel as the token ‘moderate’.
Another opinion show interviewed a kindergarten teacher who had been teaching kindergarteners way too long. Even the host kind of ushered her along when she realized the guest was a little loopy. Tucker Carlson, having burned himself the previous day by blasting Seal Team Sux conspiracy theories returned to an old hit: China created the virus.
The whole thing was exhausting. I got to a point I looked forward to the commercials. It was like that movie where the guy only ate McDonalds for a month and it literally affected his health.
Anyway, in the end I’m glad I did it. CNN and MSNBC might be left-leaning, and like FOX News, have their own agenda, but at least part of that agenda is humanity.
I’ve been trying to put into words how I feel about the last US election, its outcome, and what’s happening now. I started from one angle, stopped, began again from another angle, that fizzled. Just now, as I scan through articles debunking voter fraud and other articles of right-wing protests and I realize why I’ve been having so much trouble.
My opinion doesn’t matter.
No one’s opinion matters.
It never did if you don’t agree with it.
In today’s internet world my views carry as much weight as Dr. Fauci’s. The man is the most learned expert on infectious disease, but half the world, and I mean that in a literal sense, HALF OF THE WORLD won’t listen to him, doubt him, want more evidence, blah, blah, blah. It’s disheartening, but it’s the truth.
Minds are made up and have been made up long ago. Personally, I don’t believe in the undecided vote. Oh, they might be swayed, but swayed infers a decision has already been made, and it would take an extreme amount of persuasion. Look at right-wing America. Corruption. Blatant racism. Overt misogyny. Impeachment. Insulting every ally while cozying up to former enemies. Ignoring a pandemic. Stealing and caging children. What does it take for an undecided voter to step back and say, hmm, maybe Trump and his Republicans have gone too far?
Apparently more than what has happened in the last four years.
So, here we are.
How did America get here? Some claim systemic racism. Others claim a declining education system. More blame a failing economy.
All are right, but I’m going to go back to the Vietnam War. Much has been made of the war, the US involvement, and more importantly, the treatment of soldiers returning from the conflict. They didn’t get the hero’s welcome that the vets of World War II or Korea. They got insulted and even spat on.
That kind of thing sticks. That kind of thing breeds hatred and that hatred gets passed down from one generation to the next. I suspect a lot of these Trump supporters have had parents or grandparents who served in Vietnam. Their dislike for anything leaning left runs deep, and likely that view will not change.
But it might for our children. Look at the shit we are putting them through. School shootings. Climate change. A real estate market where you have to be a millionaire to buy a house. Covid. Those kinds of things stick. Those kinds of things breed change, and change is what we desperately need if the world is to survive.
I just hope we have enough time.