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Republican lockdown cowards
I believe that one of the reasons that six Republicans didn’t wear masks during the January 6 riot congress lockdown is that they calculated that it could spare them harm. Not from the virus, but from the insurrectionists.
In the Civil War, during battles where one side was being decimated down to the last person, it was reported that some on the losing side of the fight removed the uniforms from the bodies of their dead opponents in order to disguise themselves and escape their impending doom.
What we saw during the lockdown of members of Congress may not be much different. The six Republicans who refused to wear masks during the lockdown, ostensibly to maintain their past mask-denier political identity, put others at risk to their own benefit.
Imagine what would have happened if the room had been breached by rioters bent on retribution. Those wearing the Trump uniform would be much more likely to be spared bodily harm than those Democrats and staff who had masks on. I don’t believe that this is wild speculation. It was all about them and not about anyone else. These cowards have no place in administering our democratic institutions.
Phillip T. Robinson
Enabler of Domestic Terror and Corruption
I’m sorry to say, our current state representativeDaire Rendon, who represents a gerrymandered district in which she did not have to campaign for reelection has supported the Trump challenge to the legitimacy of the recent election. Trump lost by over 7 million votes and by the same electoral vote count that he won by 4 years ago. She has supported his lies that he actually won the election which is totally false. There was no justification for the lies. The Trump lawyers filed over 60 lawsuits, which were thrown out of state and federal courts all over the countryincluding the Supreme Court because they had zero basis in fact. Even republican secretaries of state were criticized because they refused to cheat their state voters from their legitimate right to vote by not certifying their cast ballot to help Trump win.
State Rep Daire Rendon has supported this shameful fraudulent challenge that resulted in the attempted coup in Washington DC by a mob encouraged by the president and his enablers. It was a disgusting display of authoritarian rule more common in a banana republic and demonstrated a challenge to our democracy that many of our ancestors died to protect.
She defends this abuse of power and threats to our democracy. At the same time she signed on to a partisan effort to impeach our Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Governor Whitmer, whose life was and is threatened by white supremacists and their followerswho tried to take over the Michigan State Capital. Many in this mob also when to D.C. and participated in the attack on the Capital. Governor Whitmer has stood up for public health by putting human life before convenience during the worst public health crisis in our history. Trump handed the pandemic off to the governors of the states so he wouldn’t be held responsible for the deaths and economic effects of the pandemic. Fortunately, most people have seen through this incompetence and self-serving abrogation of his duty as president.
Daire Rendon has devalued democracy and has promoted authoritarianism in the country at the same time she fawns over the rights of people not to wear a mask that may save lives. How’s that for a person who did not have to campaign or provide voters with a platform for her election in her gerrymandered district. Resignation should be her next step. We need real leadership.
One of the puzzling and disturbing realities about today’s culture and associated politics is the degree that some self-interest groups (gimme more guns, evangelicals, so-called conservatives, pseudo-patriots, ‘America first’ nationalists) have tried to monopolize religious, law enforcement, military and patriotic symbols by their smothering embrace of cops, bibles, flags and veterans. Their in-your-face attitudes blatantly claim ownership and imply that they now own these iconic symbols in an exclusionary manner.
Fox ‘News’ programs play this up constantly by their ‘heartfelt’ little stories about heroic cops, individuals characterized as being discriminated against (anti-gay bakers) and faux cases of ‘freedom suppression’ (the Texas hairdresser violating Covid restrictions)–victimology politics to be blunt. They floss these nuggets as positive, atta boy, feel good messages for a stressed out society ‘being ruined by socialist spoilsports.’ …. Flag hugging, cops can do no wrong, white lives matter more, American was founded as a Christian nation, unions suck, Nancy Pelosi eats human babies in Hilary’s back yard. Donald Trump has done more for black people than Abraham Lincoln. If the president was wrong he was only joking and much more…
There is irony in these scenarios, in that the embrace is almost always hypocritical in the extreme. Freedom is defined as the freedom to abuse others in defense or one’s own prejudices, and to justify dangerous public health behaviors in the service of self-interest.
One of the principal promoters of these aberrations from a genuinely free and just society is the Fox ‘News’ network. It was originated, and is still run by, an Australian tabloid sleaze-monger named Rupert Murdock, who owns tacky newspapers and media outlets throughout the English-speaking world. He publishes sensational, bogus and scurrilous material meant to stoke banal behavior, derived from deceitful misrepresentations. His early and continuing hallmarks in some of these markets employ enticing cleavage shot photos of women to attract the attention of working class yokels. Fox is probably best characterized as news porn, and it makes a lot of money.
Trump is a social media sniper and skips direct, earnest contact with the public and the press. He tries to limit his exposure to fire-free zones like Fox ‘News’, at least in the past, while discrediting any and all challenges to his supremacy of knowledge and truth. He bullies and disparages reporters and newspapers if they don’t mollify him. Another favorite venue for him is while striding to a noisy Marine helicopter where he can make a quick exit or pretend it is too noisy to understand or reply to a reporter’s question. This contrived press ‘opportunity’ is pathetically staged to create confusion, tension and distraction and obfuscate issues by quippy responses to serious queries. He snipes like a coward from his Twitter account, which has now been abolished for his abusive disinformation and sedition-framed agenda.
The entire social media landscape is an enormous threat to our republic. It facilitates the agenda of nihilistic forces, dictatorial governments and political mischief-makers worldwide. They occupy a space that escapes the reasonable monitoring and regulation of society’s lawmakers. They have a hall pass, so far, to decide how evil misinformation (propaganda) can be used, unfettered, to control public perceptions of everything from public health emergencies to foreign threats. They are reckless, overall, and are strengthening their hold on their media empires and their lucrative monetization by aggressive monopolistic efforts, lobbying and favor currying. We are naïve about how profound their influence and immunity is, and the destructive consequences they portend for our aspiring democratic society. They have the real potential of destroying our democracy and democratic aspirations globally. Be warned!