Having won a slim majority of nine seats out of 435 in the US House, Republicans had plans to elect Republican Kevin McCarthy to the powerful post of Speaker of the House.
That would launch their agenda: attacking abortion rights, increasing our already bloated military budget, lowering taxes on the rich, cutting social programs, and probably kissing Vladimir Putin on the mouth for being such a good boy.
Or at least that was McCarthy’s plan. Until his party’s most radical deputies blocked him, failing to give him votes and forcing him to meet their demands in arrangements agreed behind closed doors to give him victory.
As these arrangements slowly surface, many say it weakens McCarthy’s position, while for the rest of us it’s troubling to discover what trades he’s negotiated concerning our future — or no future.
One openly made concession was that any congressman can now open a vote to remove McCarthy from the House presidency. This means that, in order to maintain his precarious position, he must submit to the whims of party members.
Abraham Lincoln said, “You can’t please all the people all the time.” One of Kevin’s most extreme blackmailers, Marjorie Taylor Greene, once said: “An unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists has conspired to promote immigration and miscegenation, with the intentional purpose of reproducing and multiplying to the exclusion of us in our own land”.
The two quotations seem to say the same thing, but in a different way: that some –like the insane— can hardly be brought to accept any rational consensus. Especially if they live on a different planet or if they just maybe believe that a secret organization made up of people from another planet has taken over our government and is using laser beams launched from outer space to start the wildfires in California. Sadly, the part about space laser beams is no joke – it’s one of Marjorie’s tweets.
In 2021, the aforementioned Marjorie Taylor Greene was barred from all House committees for her Twitter posts of anti-Semitic content and loaded with conspiracy theories, in addition to liking posts that proposed the execution of Democratic leaders. I wonder if she would have reacted to the Kennedy assassination with a “kkkk” or commented on the attack on Pearl Harbor with a wink emoji.
McCarthy has just added her to the powerful oversight and homeland security committees. Ironically, putting our internal security in jeopardy, in an act that looks like a terrible failure of enforcement.
Two other concessions include, on the oversight and natural resources committees, Representatives Lauren Boebert —a defender of QAnon, who believes that a group of satanic Democrats, pedophiles and cannibals is at war with the savior Donald Trump— and Paul Gosar, who posted a video anime that shows him killing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ironically, the oversight committee, with conspiracy theorists, is tasked with conspiring to prosecute Joe Biden on various charges, that is, of course, after it has established whether or not the Earth is flat.
Those are four of the most troubling deals to date, and they are exacerbated by the news that Republican candidate Solomon Peña has been arrested, accused of paying for a series of recent shootings at the homes of Democratic lawmakers. Which begs the logical question: which committee should he be put on?
Many—many of the voices in my head—are saying that this is the logical conclusion to the hijacking of the GOP by sensationalist extremists who spew noxious verbiage to get themselves elected, and that the party has paralyzed itself into thinking it could control the monsters that are now running loose around.
While others say: “An unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists conspired to promote immigration and miscegenation, with the intentional purpose of reproducing and multiplying to the exclusion of us in our own land”.
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