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Thoughts on Events The Week of January 25

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on February 5, 2021

It’s too soon to become discouraged or give up, but the prospects of Congress making any bipartisan progress do not look promising. Any number of Republican politicians are clearly determined to keep their wagons tied, if not to Trump, then to Trump’s base.  So, Democrats may have to go it alone for a while longer.

It’s understandable – what politician wouldn’t want such a loyal and gullible base – but unwise. Voter behavior suggests that to hold that base requires alienating most other voters and the base is not big enough to win an election.

In the meanwhile, I intend to get my entertainment watching the Republican Party deal with itself. I anticipate a nasty, vicious bloodletting, likely resulting in a split, impotent party with one segment going the way of the Know Nothings and the other to where I’m not as certain. But it couldn’t happen to more deserving people.

Keep an eye on the Cheney/Green drama. It may give us some illumination as to where the party may go and how nasty may be the path to get there. Here’s my take on this early battle of the Republican Civil War.

Liz Cheney certainly did nothing illegal when she voted to impeach former President Trump, but for a member of the Republican leadership in the House, it is unusual, and doubtless offensive to “Trumpers.” As a member of that leadership, she is the Republicans’ issue to deal with. She’s an internal party matter.

The situation is slightly different for freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has made numerous ludicrous, vile, and offensive statements before and since entering the House.

Fortunately for Greene, and me and all of us, most of her language is protected by the First Amendment. As odious as she is, and she is, or how crazy, hers is still protected speech. If she wants to claim that wildfires in California are being started by laser beams from space paid for by Jewish bankers, she is free to do it.

However, the First Amendment’s protection of free speech does not extend to supporting insurrection or inciting violence.  Greene’s support of shooting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the head crosses that line. In my view, that’s not only unprotected speech, but actionable.

The U.S House is clucking like a hen house over what to do about Greene, but ultimately, the decision rests with the constituents in her dark red district in Georgia. They voted for her and they are welcome to her. Just don’t ask me to respect people who vote for such representation. I can’t do it.

Worst state: Some say I was premature in taking Arizona, my own personal state, off the worst state list because two House members supporting the events of January 6 – Paul Gosar, my own personal congressperson, and Andy Biggs – are from Arizona.

This is a valid point, but the fact is that most states, especially red states, but most states have similar such congresspersons. Arizona is hardly unique in this regard these days. That said, Gosar is a particularly odious example, rivaling Louis Gohmert in stupidity and crazy. (When I want to call someone stupid, I call them a Gohmert.)

I am taking this suggestion under consideration, however, but I’m going to wait to see what Arizona does with its voting laws. We have very enlightened ones, but there is pressure from the Republican majority state legislature to make it harder, not easier, to vote. If they succeed, I’ll put Arizona back on the list.

In the meantime, I’m keeping an eye on Georgia, which is currently trying the same kinds of dirty trick to suppress voters. If they succeed, I may have to add another state to the worthy worst state candidates.

While we wait, everyone gets a pass this week.

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