A Holiday For Trump?

Closing Thought–03Feb21

My state has several state holidays…..like Robert E. Lee’s birthday….and we celebrate all federal holidays…..

A couple of GOP Congresspeople in Ohio are proposing a state holiday for Donald Trump….

Two Ohio legislators are calling for June 14 to be declared a state holiday honoring former President Trump.

State Reps. Jon Cross (R) and Reggie Stoltzfus (R) sent out a memo on Friday, obtained by several local outlets, looking for co-sponsors to their bill honoring the 45th commander in chief who “against great odds, accomplished many things that have led our nation to unparalleled prosperity.”

“Let’s show the 3,154,834 Ohio voters (a record and historic number of votes received for President in Ohio) who cast their ballot to re-elect Donald J. Trump that we as a legislature recognize the accomplishments of his administration and that the Ohio House believes it is imperative we set aside a day to celebrate one of the greatest presidents in American history,” they wrote in the memo.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/536792-two-gop-legislators-in-ohio-want-to-declare-annual-state-holiday

How successful will this attempt be?

Will Ohioans be forced to honor a despicable person that was president?

Any thoughts?

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A Summit For Democracy

President Biden has said that there is a need for a “Summit for Democracy”…….this is confusing to me because there are so many definitions for the term ‘democracy” that it would be interesting to see just who is invited or who attends…..

This would be a waste of time and energy IMO and the American Conservative agrees….

Joe Biden’s proposal to host a “summit for democracy” in his first year in office reflects some of the important flaws in the former vice president’s foreign policy worldview. This proposal takes for granted that the U.S. and other democracies are in some sense all on the same side in opposition to a vaguely-defined authoritarianism. It presupposes that the U.S. is the undisputed leader of the democratic side. It assumes that other nations of the world are craving the American “leadership” that has been lacking for the last four years. It substitutes a focus on regime type for a serious reappraisal of U.S. interests in the world. Finally, it focuses on authoritarian bogeymen in other states when we can see that the greatest threats to a healthy democracy are to be found at home.

Earlier this year, Biden described the summit as an effort “to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the free world.” This might not have seemed out of place 25 years ago when the U.S. was still held in high regard and talk of the “free world” didn’t sound like an outdated propaganda slogan. That’s no longer the case today. This is one area where Biden’s preference for throwback foreign policy ideas is particularly ill-suited to the world we live in.

The U.S. Shouldn’t Bother with a ‘Summit for Democracy’

Democracy is under attack from so many directions and all seem to use democracy as an excuse for the attacks…..

I say this because of the Trump years….and now that he is not the president the fight will get nastier…..and social media will lead the way for the attacks to continue…..

Most legacy media outlets sought to persuade voters to choose Joe Biden for president because “democracy is on the ballot” and once Trump was out of office, things would return to normal, we could all go back to “brunch.” However, this analysis overlooks the crucial realities of how we got here and, as Lau Tzu might suggest, where we have been and are heading. The “return to normal” rhetoric distracts from the reality of American democracy: it is in such an emaciated state that a more adept and sophisticated version of Trump could easily come to power. It was our infatuation with what passes for “normal” that brought about this historical moment. The Democracy Index rates the U.S. as a “flawed democracy,” which means that the elections are free and fair, basic civil liberties are respected, but there are underlying issues (e.g. the erosion of the free press and suppression of opposition political parties and viewpoints). Prior to Trump, scholars noted that the U.S. was an oligarchy, not a democratic republic. However, rudimentary corporate news media narratives concerning the so-called “coup” at the U.S. Capital January 6th leave out crucial realities that can easily lead audiences to glean that Donald Trump and his followers single handedly undermined the American democratic experiment. To be clear, Trump as a person and as a symbol has been responsible for the proliferation of dangerous and disgusting attitudes and behaviors in the U.S. However, we have been heading here for decades. To alter where we are heading, we need to confront certain realities that media narratives distract attention from on a ritual basis.

Ripe for Fascism: A Post-Coup d’Trump Autopsy of American Democracy

Will the people come to their senses and see the problems all this division is causing for the country?

Or will this situation continue until the democracy is destroyed and something sinister will emerge?

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An Ultimatum For Greene

I recently wrote a post on a new Congresswoman from Georgia….who spends her time promoting conspiracies theories from QAnon…..she will be a throne in the side of the Congress for the next two years…..

For those that missed my post on this person……https://lobotero.com/2021/02/01/a-c-word-comes-to-congress/

Since the GOP seems to have NO intention to stop this person’s lunacy the Dems have stepped up…..

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he plans to have a “conversation” with GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—but that’s not enough for House Democrats, who want the Georgia lawmaker to be kicked off of committees because of her support for or endorsement of wild conspiracy theories. Politico reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has given McCarthy an ultimatum, saying Democrats will take action to remove Greene from her slots on the House Education Committee and House Budget Committee if Republicans don’t do it themselves within 72 hours. In social media posts before she was elected in November, Greene supported claims the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were staged. She also voiced support for QAnon and endorsed executing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose Florida district is near Parkland, was among a group of Democratic lawmakers who introduced a resolution to strip Greene of her committee assignments, NBC reports. Greene “cannot be entrusted to make education and budget policy” if she is going to deny the reality of school shootings, Schultz said. “The House has to be able to take actions to police its own membership.” Democrats are also discussing going through the House Rules Committee to remove Greene from the panels. Democrats say they don’t trust McCarthy to take action against Greene—especially not after she received a supportive phone call from Donald Trump over the weekend. In Monday tweets strongly reminiscent of the former president’s postings, Greene blamed “the DC Swamp and the Fake News Media” for the controversies.

Nice to see that Pelosi and the Dems have stepped up.

I never thought that this ‘person’ would back down from any criticism…..and she has not yet…..

He didn’t name her, but Mitch McConnell on Monday issued what is being described in multiple outlets as a “scathing” rebuke of controversial GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. And she then shot right back. The statements:

  • McConnell: “Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” said the Senate minority leader, per the Hill. “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
  • Greene: “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” Greene tweeted in response. “This is why we are losing our country.”
  • Context: In another statement, McConnell voiced support for House No. 3 Liz Cheney, who is facing a revolt from the right because she voted to impeach former President Trump, reports CNN. Taken together, the two statements “amounted to a rare step by the most powerful Republican in Washington to insert himself into an increasingly ugly intraparty feud,” per the New York Times.
  • Pressure on McCarthy: All of this raises pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is scheduled to meet with Taylor Greene this week. Democrats say if he doesn’t remove her from committees, they will force the issue in a rare move, but Taylor Greene says she has Trump’s full support after speaking with him this weekend. No matter what he does, McCarthy risks further dividing the House GOP conference, which the Hill notes is “already embroiled in a civil war on where to turn next in a post-Trump era.” McCarthy also will oversee a conference meeting Wednesday about Cheney. As of Monday night, it was unclear how he would proceed on either front, reports the Politico Playbook.

AS I thought the GOP has not done anything at all…..their latest meeting on this situation…..

House Republicans are under quite a bit of pressure to discipline Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her rhetoric around far-right conspiracy theories and false claims of election fraud, but they ended Tuesday by taking no action, Politico reports. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met privately with the freshman lawmaker for about an hour and a half Tuesday night, the AP reports, and he then called an emergency late-night meeting of the House GOP Steering Committee. But the meeting concluded with no decision made on what to do about Greene, including whether to strip her of her committee assignments or reassign her. (Democrats have threatened to move on that themselves if Republicans won’t.) “We are going to be working through some things,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said upon leaving the building.

The committee could meet again Wednesday, the same day the entire contingent of House Republicans are meeting to debate whether Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, should be booted from her leadership job. Meanwhile, the controversial Greene news continues to come in: In a previously unreported 2019 video, Greene mocks a survivor of the Parkland school shooting in Florida the year prior, NBC News reports. David Hogg, now 20, “is very trained. He’s like a dog. He’s completely trained,” Greene said in an interview with a Georgia gun group. She called Hogg, then a teenage gun safety advocate, an “idiot” who “only talks when he is scripted.” Hogg responded by saying Greene, who has made statements in the past suggesting the Parkland school shooting as well as the one at Sandy Hook were hoaxes, should be expelled from Congress.

Will be interesting to see just how far and what will be said with this move.

My question is….who has the balls to call her on her bullshit?

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