I keep telling myself if we can just make it through one more election cycle it will finally be over. The rush to take down the democracy that so many of us have cherished will finally be safe from those that want to install an American Taliban. Once the rightwingnutjobs are stymied again in their attempt to install an autocracy with Mullahs advising an empty headed narcissist, we can concentrate our efforts on building up, not tearing down. If we can just rally the troops one more time and reject those that want to take away all of those things that make America exceptional, make it through just one more election cycle, it will be behind us. And then I wake up. The Republican National Convention through their spokesperson Skeletor, I mean Rick Scott, has produced the platform for Making America Great Again, Again. I have to clarify here because the Repubs are not exactly endorsing the plan, yet. Unlike 2016 and 2020 when the Republican Party platform was “whatever psycho-babble comes out of the Donald’s mouth”, this time they’re trying a different tack. They are using Rick Scott to trial balloon an actual platform for the 2022 – 2024 elections. It’s Rick Scott’s job to workshop new approaches to ending democracy in the U.S. and help destabilize the world for autocrats everywhere. In the “Endorse This Plan” section, also known as the “ask” the plan outlines how life will end on this planet if the Repubs don’t get their way. Fortunately, we all know how Republicans lie.
For example, take justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Comey. In their Senate confirmations they swore up and down that Roe v. Wade was established law. Kavanaugh assured the Senators that were willing to ask the question that there was no need to worry about him, Roe v. Wade was “settled as precedent”. What changed? In a document recently leaked stating the majority opinion that Roe v. Wade was wrongly settled, rwnj Catholic Justice Alito reached back to the 17th century to find a reason to deny women control of their own bodies. Searching for justification from people that burned women as witches is a bit of reach, in my opinion.
There’s also some interesting skullduggery going on about the source of the leak. There are reports that the Wall Street Journal had the draft before anyone else knew about it. Conspiracy minded people speculate that the leak might have traveled home with America’s Number One Tom and spread to the WSJ from Tom’s wife. Repub to Repub, who cares, except the leak cements the court into going forward with the plan to throw out the 9th and 14th amendments. No need to worry about the calamitous effect that will be wreaked on potentially millions of families, let’s concentrate instead on the source of the leak. It’s one thing to draft opinions that mimic the cruelty of pulling the wings off of flies, and another to be publicly exposed as a sadist.
Lying Ted Cruz is quick to get his two cents in. Genetically unable to grow a beard, Lyin’ Ted has taken out his frustrations by declaring that the peaceful protesters outside of Alito’s house are worse than the mobs of Jan. 6th. In a perfect example of how the Left completely controls the media, I can find no pictures or films of the protesters outside of Alito’s house fighting with police, breaking windows, or breaching entry into Alito’s house. Imagine having the power to suppress that kind of news and then being outed by the bastion of truth and compassion, Lyin’ Ted.
I have a post-it that hangs above my desk that declares that Republicans have had the same message since 1932. Number ten on the list is: “Big government bad. Small government good. No government better. Bribable government best of all.” Watching Republicans all over the country at every level of government say the quiet part out loud threatens all of us who love democracy with the numbing effect of their lies. We can’t forget that the Prevaricator in Chief is driving the Republican bus and is scant qualified to drive a bus, even if it is a short one.
Vote at every election at every level like your life depends on it. It does.