January Sixth Commission and Republicans

From a Google Image Search – CNN

The Republican Party is dead to me. If we want a conservative voice in America, which is not something I need, then conservatives who see how undemocratic the current Republican Party has become need to form that new party or join the Democrats. They need to do this now or we stand to lose our Republic and see our Constitution suspended.

One of the worst crimes of the current Republican Party is their constant attempts to use gaslighting and mind control to influence Americans. They have used their own media both on radio and tv, they have harnessed (just barely) an immoral charismatic old reprobate, and they believe that through the church they have friends in high places (God) who will preach from the pulpit telling parishioners who and what to vote for. 

Republicans use denial to drive rational Americans into fits of frustrated anger, and irrational Americans into mobs. It is the most egregious and dangerous use of power, something we would condemn in any other nation, but we cannot rid ourselves of these mind games used to hold onto power. Whenever sane people try to call these people out they are met with derision, or threats. 

It doesn’t matter how many times you have read George Orwell’s 1984 and wondered why people let somebody convince them that Big Brother was acting in their best interests, until they were under the total control of a dictator who invaded their lives right into their own living rooms. It doesn’t matter that we can see that technology now exists that works even better than spying through old tech like televisions. We find Siri and Alexis very helpful. I’m not saying these ladies are spying on us for any other purpose than ferreting out what we want or need to buy-for marketplace reasons. But a party that doesn’t mind brainwashing America is only one step away from spying on our daily lives for political reasons. Trump tried to do this several times when he asked for lists of everyone who opposed him on various issues, or in the census when he wanted to use the census to hunt down undocumented people living in America.

Brian Sicknick’s mother Gladys did something against her quiet and introverted nature; she went to Congress to try to talk the Republican members into voting for the January Sixth Commission. Evidence suggests that her son was not killed by those who attacked the Capitol, but the stress and length of the fight triggered biological weaknesses which killed him. He would most likely be alive and marrying his girlfriend, who also went along to talk to Congress, if not for the “battle” to install a president in the oval office who did not win. Republican members stood firm in their unwillingness to convene a commission even in the face of a personal plea from the mother of a Capital policeman who died defending their safety.

This feeling of hopeless anger I feel in my gut every time Republicans lie about actual events that we saw with our own eyes, the anger that makes me want to throw things at my tv, that makes me want to march and protest, that sends me to my keyboard to at least have my say, is a terrible sign that our democracy may not stand. Republicans like Rep. Andrew Craig, who tries to turn a Trump citizen army into normal tourists, mess with our minds. We carry the picture of the events of January 6 th in our brains and we know Republicans are lying. We carry the text of Trump’s speech to his peeps on that day in our heads and regardless of how the Republicans spin it, we have the evidence in our minds (just like we will carry the video of Derek Chauvin with his nonchalant murder of a man he was hired to serve, with his knee on George Floyd’s neck). 

So, when Sen. Ron Johnson gives Gladys Sicknick some bogus nonsense about his reasons for voting no on a commission to investigate the events of January 6 th, responsible for the death of her son, we see the depths of Republican willingness to deny reality, to change the headlines, to disrespect our senses, and to let us know that they believe they can lie to the American people with impunity, they can look the other way while unauthorized people recount our votes, they can devise ways to keep us from the polls, they can rule American forever if they just ignore every rule of common decency and sell their souls to a huckster because he seems to have sold his goods to almost half of our citizens. 

It’s embarrassing to be thought so little of that Republicans can twist the truth right in front of our very eyes and get away with it. What will we do, what will it take to convince these soulless men and women that we will not stand idly by and let our inaction be proof of our inertia or our willingness to let anything be done to us. One half of America has been turned into an instrument in the Republican war on reality, waged to maintain a power that will be anything but democratic. Just one little event, one plea from a mother that is refused with a lie; could that be that proverbial last straw. I doubt it, but the load is getting heavy. We all want to keep our government intact and defeat our foes through laws and reason. Whatever people want to say about Joe Biden he may be our last hope for a return to reason and civility and democracy. Trump and Newt Gingrich are teaming up. That can’t be good. While we still can, use the vote in 2022 to get rid of Republicans in Congress.

No Government for Old Guys

rudy and trump big the hill

Are these two old New Yorkers for real? Do they want to make us feel stupid? Are they trying to turn a real payoff to a porn star into a caper movie? The possibly demented real estate developer who walks a fine line between what is legal and what is not, the talk of NYC for many years, is played by, you guessed it, Donald Trump. The ex-Governor and aging lawyer, with an opinion about everything and a platform that he should refrain from using; a man who sounds like a character from the Godfather, is being played by Rudy Giuliani.

These two old guys find themselves in the White House, in charge of America, no less. What could go wrong? You will see them on the media, almost never together, manipulating public opinion to hide the past of that real estate “mogul” turned President of America. What does he have to hide: his shyster finances and business dealings; his enormous taste for women who worked for Playboy owner, Hugh Hefner; his dealings in countries that are not exactly friends of America; his taste for Russian banks?

We hear the somewhat incoherent lawyer (is he senile or just pretending), who has not practiced law in years, muddying the waters. By the time he is done with us we won’t know if a crime has been committed or not and, poof, the entire situation will suddenly seem to disappear. They are a pair of street-wise New Yorkers straight out of the 1950’s with sad hair and portly figures and tough guy New York accents who think they have a plan to fool America, to dazzle us with fast patter and a jaw-dropping mix of lies, half-truths, misinformation, truths, and lies again. They have pretty good timing for two old coots, one saying something, and the other denying it and vice versa. Moviegoers will be shaking their heads to see if their brains are still in their skulls.

The real estate developer, now the American President, leaves his crony to deal with the improbable details of the porn star payoff. He is suddenly involved with killing an important anti-nuke deal that no one wants him to kill and helping a possible merger of a divided nation that should probably not happen. He knows how to look too busy and too important to deal with his off-the-wall lawyer. There are plots within plots. But the ex-Governor may have to be fired and the plot will thicken still more. Is this really a comedy? Some of it may have once seemed like it was important, but our stars are very good at convincing us that these legal matters hardly matter in the grand scheme of things.

We should not even worry about the spy story line where the President may have had help getting elected from a man, played by Putin in Russia, who would like to see the end of American democracy and would like to see Russian world hegemony. We will be told that there are no spies. Russia did not hack the American election. The wild verbosity of the ex-Governor/lawyer may be able to help his old buddy with this problem too. If the two wily old men can discredit the Justice Department, the media, the intelligence services, and the special prosecutor all will be well. It sounds like a tall order but these two are excellent at the art of distraction and razzle-dazzle. We are all spellbound or horrified, hard to tell which. How will this all end? Is this still a comedy?

NYT’s video on Giuliani and Trump – 5/9/2018