Time for a Change — The Old Liberal

This is a brilliant bit of satire, and a well-deserved indictment of our sorry excuse for a United States Congress. A pathetic lot, indeed. Laugh through your grimace. Larry

Looks like the US Senate has finally agreed to throw aside partisan politics and solve some important issues. After years of mindless squabbling for partisan advantage, they have come together to deliver a victory to the American way of life. Hunger? Latest estimates claim that 17,000,000 American children go hungry every day. Nope. Gun violence? […]

Time for a Change — The Old Liberal

The RNC Could Use a Dictionary

“SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican National Committee censured two GOP lawmakers on Friday for participating on the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and assailed the panel for leading a “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse”…

“RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel denied that the “legitimate political discourse” wording in the censure was referring to the violent attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and said it had to do with other actions taken by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. But the resolution drew no such distinction.” (emphasis mine)

noun/ˈdisˌkôrs/written or spoken communication or debate.”the language of political discourse”

My jaw is still on the floor after reading the above last Friday. Just when I think nobody in the Republican Party can go any lower than has been gone, I am proven wrong yet again.

First of all, if you truly believe what happened on January 6, 2021 in our nation’s capital was “legitimate political discourse”, please raise your hand.

Come to think of it, make that a “Heil Hitler” salute. Same thing, in this instance.

The “two GOP lawmakers”, of course, are Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, the only Republicans who still remember what the United States Constitution means.

Now, for the benefit of you and the RNC, some definitions, courtesy of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

legitimate

 adjective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a: lawfully begotten specifically born in wedlock

b: having full filial rights and obligations by birth // a legitimate child

2a: being exactly as intended or presented neither spurious nor false // a legitimate grievance // a legitimate claim // a legitimate practitioner” … we are pretty good at separating legitimate pain from drug-seeking behavior. … “— Kenneth W. Fogelberg also being an actual example of something specified // a legitimate threat to national security

b: genuinely good, impressive, or capable of success // And if he can fix his start … he is a legitimate contender for gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.— Sean Ingle

3a: accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements // a legitimate government

b: ruling by or based on the strict principle of hereditary right // a legitimate king

4: conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards // a legitimate advertising expenditure // a legitimate inference also fair or reasonable VALID // She raised some legitimate concerns.

5: relating to plays acted by professional actors but not including revues, burlesque, or some forms of musical comedy // the legitimate theater

Now, if the RNC is trying to present the Jan 6 insurrection as “being exactly as intended or presented : neither spurious nor false”, “being an actual example of something specified”, “genuinely good”, “accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirement”, or “conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards”…

Uh-uh. Wrong. Not even close.

I will allow that it was actually “impressive”, for the utter audacity of it. And frighteningly, it was more “capable of success” than I care to acknowledge.

political

adjective

1a: of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government // b: of, relating to, or concerned with the making as distinguished from the administration of governmental policy

2: of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics

3: organized in governmental terms // political units

4: involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government or a political system // political prisoners

Okay, I’ll give them this one. Kind of. Some people were actually there for political reasons, I’m sure, but I also believe a lot of them showed up because it was an excuse to raise hell. It was an opportunity for violence, and the MAGA mob was clearly up for it, as evidenced by all the weaponry brandished proudly by its members.

Which brings us to definition 4, above.

discourse

 noun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1: verbal interchange of ideas especially CONVERSATION

2aformal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject

bconnected speech or writing

clinguistic unit (such as a conversation or a story) larger than a sentence

3: a mode of organizing knowledge, ideas, or experience that is rooted in language and its concrete contexts (such as history or institutions) // critical discourse

Anybody see any of that happen on Jan 6? I sure didn’t.

There was plenty of “verbal interchange”, but I’m pretty sure there weren’t many ideas. Mostly the vehement hostility from the insurrectionists, and the forceful, desperate orders to stand down from the authorities.

And obviously, “formal and orderly…expression of thought” was a concept nowhere within miles.

So, what the f*** was the RNC thinking, making such a ridiculous declaration?

I’ll tell you what they were thinking: We’d sure better not piss off all those rabid, unhinged MAGA voters out for blood. They’ll come for us next.

I’m convinced that fear is driving everything the Republicans in office are doing, and have done since the insurrection. Even if they think TFG and his voter base are wrong, no way they publicly acknowledge that.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself on matters of politics, but after seeing this farcical announcement from the RNC, I just have to call it out for the absurdity it is.

I would suggest one more word for these people to look up, assuming they ever go near a dictionary:

Reality.

The Most Chilling, Offensive Christmas Photo Ever

United States Representative Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, tweeted out this photo of his family all holding weapons and smiling, with the caption:

Merry Christmas! 🎄

p.s. Santa, please bring ammo. 🎁

God, there are so many places to go with this.

For starters, this is a man who aligns with the political party who crows about being pro-life. What about this picture says pro-life to anyone?

Secondly, Massie tweeted this just days after another horrific high school shooting incident in Michigan, which makes the picture even more disgusting due to the timing. It shows an utter lack of compassion for the shooting victims and their families, who must now face Christmas with unbearable grief. This tweet spits on their faces.

Then there’s just the unconscionable act of tying weapons to the season that celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace. Does Massie honestly believe Jesus would love this tweet? This photo of a U.S. Representative, his wife and kids, armed to the teeth, and asking Santa for ammo?

Does this guy really not see how many kinds of wrong this is?

I sincerely hope you do, at least.

As tempting as it would be to characterize the entire Republican Party, or the state of Kentucky, or white people with this picture, I won’t do that. This is one individual, and one tweet.

But it’s enough. Enough to offend me, to sicken me, to enrage me.

This is just wrong. There can be no other reasonable reaction.