When members of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to meet with them, they probably should have known he wouldn’t comply with their request. The Republican responded to their perfectly legitimate request with a four page letter detailing his quibbles with the committee, including a statement that the request “ violates fundamental constitutional principles .”
When did congressional hearings become unconstitutional? It must have been after Republicans brought in then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a 12-hour investigation into the 2012 bombings in Benghazi, Libya.
Jordan is just one of countless members of the GOP who will meet the facts with absurdity without a second thought. There’s Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who tweeted an anti-Semitic trope claiming “high-end liberals who control the media” think Jan. 6 is another 9/11, despite the fact that the day of the Capitol Riot, he also condemned the attackers .
We can’t forget Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who touted the perfect solution to the pandemic: God. “Why do we assume that the body’s natural immune system isn’t the wonder it is?” He asked on a conservative radio show earlier this month. “Why do we think we can create something better than God in terms of fighting disease? »
Because of statements like these, we know that political discourse has entered full force into the theater of the absurd. There is no more “truth” because we can no longer trust one of our two major parties to remain anchored to reality. Instead, we have a GOP that never hesitates to lie, engages in wild conspiracy theories, and makes even the biggest hypocrites look like saints.
Where does that leave Democrats who are still preoccupied with the standards that dictated government?
It’s time for Democrats to stop mourning the death of “standards” and move on to the acceptance phase – the standards are dead and you can’t reach someone who isn’t bound by reality.
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Consider Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). The pair of right-wing conservatives, like the rest of the GOP, skipped due process to commemorate the Jan. 6 uprising and held their own event. Both were accused of having more involvement in the attack, so they used the mantle of the federal government to claim that the same federal government orchestrated the riot.
“We are here to expose the truth and ask key questions about the extent to which the federal government has been involved,” Gaetz said at a press conference. “January 6 was not an insurrection… [but] there may very well have been a ‘fedsurrection’.
The conspiracy theory is that Ray Epps, a man seen in footage from that day, was secretly an FBI informant who fooled trump supporters to ransack the Capitol.
It’s a wild theory. Not only was the Trump administration still in charge of the federal government at the time, but what would even be the use of coaching Trump supporters? Yet, since logic and common sense aren’t necessary for the GOP, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) jumped on the bandwagon. He was asking forgiveness for accidentally tell the truth about january 6th , and it was the perfect way to humble himself even more.
In an effort to inject some common sense into the discourse, the House committee investigating the insurrection issue a statement saying Epps cooperated with law enforcement and was in no way an informant.
Did this statement make Cruz and Greene back from their crazy speculations? Of course not. Greene, who was stripped of her committee duties last year and launched Twitter earlier this month for his lies about COVID-19, has been living in an alternate reality for years. Why stop now?
“It’s time for Democrats to stop mourning the death of ‘standards’ and move on to the acceptance stage – the standards are dead and you can’t reach someone who isn’t bound by reality .”
While Republicans openly plotted to install a Republican president in 2024 by limiting voting, Democrats have slowly pushed back. This week, President Joe Biden gave a speech on filibuster and suffrage that compared Republicans trying to restrict suffrage to 1960s segregationists. followed the January 6 attack to plan how to make a success of the next presidential election, the comparison seems almost too moderate.
Nevertheless, the Republicans came out with guns. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the speech “ non-presidential “ and said Biden’s efforts to end the filibuster were “inconsistent, incorrect and below his desk.”
Inconsistent and incorrect? Sounds like someone else we all know. But, naturally, there are no statements from McConnell about other presidents who issued inconsistent rants daily.
However, the current problem is best summed up not by the GOP’s response to Biden’s voting rights speech, but by that of the Democrats.
On Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Biden had gone “ a bit too far “ in his rhetoric. The GOP is the party that was prepared to default on the debt ceiling and usher in unprecedented economic turmoil to stick it with the liberals. Republicans have yet to meet with a Democratic policy proposal they will not be compared to a genocide , but Biden went too far.
The Biden Administration poll numbers are lagging , and there are already rumors of a tough midterm election for the Democratic Party. Part of the reason is that the Democratic base feels let down by the people they elected. Instead of fighting fire with fire, Democratic politicians seem intent on letting the GOP set the rules. Why should the party that believes in nothing beyond owning the libs and serving its donors set the parameters for politics and society?
Some of Biden’s biggest political plans have been hampered by the idea that a president just can’t do that. It cannot cancel student loans. He cannot encourage Congress to pass a massive voting rights bill. It cannot require workers to be vaccinated against a deadly disease.
Well, neither can a president inspire thousands of his supporters to invade the US Capitol to nullify an election. And even…
If the truth is how Cruz or Greene feel on any given day, it becomes asymmetric warfare to operate with a fixed set of rules. The GOP has proven time and time again that it will fabricate outright lies about anything from an attempted coup to a deadly virus. It’s time to embrace the one rule: there is none.