Party Before Country

Rusty Bowers- Speaker of the Arizona House

This week America has had the chance to watch the January 6 Select Committee public hearings investigating the insurrection at the capital and the efforts of dyed blond Don and his cronies attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 Presidential election.

High ranking conservative Republicans from Georgia and Arizona testified as to how Trump and his henchman Giuliani pressured election officials to break the law, find votes, replace legitimate Biden electors with false Trump electors etc.

Tales of threats against themselves and their families from neo-fascist Trump supporters were revealed.  Accusations of child molestation and pedophilia.  Death threats.

In the face of it all, these high-minded individuals stood firm.  They would not break their oaths.  They would not yield.   They would not break the law.

Yadayadayada.

“Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona state House of Representatives, on Tuesday detailed his efforts to thwart former President Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election in stirring testimony to the select committee.”

Bowers told the committee that Trump and his lawyers failed to produce any evidence of fraud, and that they asked him to ignore the law and overturn the election anyway. He became emotional, at times, as he described the barrage of violent threats he and his family have faced since.”

Bowers read from a journal entry he wrote in December 2020, in which he completely dismissed the then-president’s efforts to undermine democracy: “I do not want to be a winner by cheating,” he wrote. “I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to.”

A profile in courage.  Makes any lib want to congratulate him.  Hold him up as an example of true American ideals.

Sorry, but no.

Hours later, Bowers said he would vote for Trump again.

“If he is the nominee, if he was up against Biden, I’d vote for him again,” Bowers told The Associated Press. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the county. In my view it was great.   Bowers was among a small group of Republican elected officials who broke with Trump and refused to go along with the plot to overturn the 2020 election. Now, he is the latest among them to suggest that he would still support Trump in a future contest, even as the former president and his Republican allies intensify their efforts to undermine American democracy.

Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who tried to convince Trump that his fraud claims were baseless, said in March that he would support his old boss if Trump were the 2024 Republican nominee.

“I certainly have made it clear I don’t think he should be our nominee, and I’m going to support somebody else for the nomination,” Barr said on the “Today” show.

But, he added, “because I believe that the greatest threat to the country is the progressive agenda being pushed by the Democratic Party, it’s inconceivable to me that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee.”

Sheesh.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused Trump’s infamous request to “find” the votes necessary to overturn his state’s election results, did not rule out another vote for Trump in an interview with HuffPost.  “I don’t even think he’s announced he’s running yet,” Raffensperger, who testified alongside Bowers on Tuesday, “So let’s circle back and talk about that in the future.”

So don’t be fooled folks.  These guys, bullied by Trump, harassed by his Brown Shirts, called pedophiles, whose families were threatened would consider voting for him again to stave off the threat of the radical left.

They deserve what they get.

“Meanwhile it should be abundantly clear that our antiquated Constitution, written over two centuries ago by white men to govern a small, slave-dependent republic huddled along the Eastern Seaboard, does not meet the needs of the sprawling, multiethnic, and complicated country that we have become.”

For anyone who doubts this proposition, consider the following facts. In two out of the last six presidential elections, a candidate became president even though he lost the popular vote. Virtually all of the money and attention in presidential elections are devoted to a tiny number of swing states that determine the outcome. The Constitution vests in state legislatures the power to appoint presidential electors whether or not they are chosen by a popular majority—a power that Donald Trump tried to take advantage of in 2020 and may well take advantage of in 2024.

Additionally, nine individuals, appointed for life and responsible to no one, regularly make crucial and unreviewable decisions about matters such as the structure of health care in the United States, the nature of marriage, the right of women to reproductive justice, and the powers of the federal government and the states. All the justices on the Supreme Court insist that they are neutral and apolitical public servants who do no more than follow “the law” as it is written. Yet they are nominated by a process drenched in raw partisanship, and their votes regularly align with the partisan views of the people who appoint them. Republican presidents have appointed 15 of the last 22 justices to the Supreme Court, even though they won the popular vote in only five of the last 15 elections. The last Democrat to serve as chief justice was Fred Vinson, whose brief and largely undistinguished career ended almost 70 years ago.

Huge popular majorities favor measures including more effective gun regulation, limitations on campaign spending, and reductions to the cost of prescription drugs, yet because of the political structures that the framers imposed on us, we are unable to accomplish those objectives.

Today the Court by the usual vote of 6 – 3 struck down a New York law which basically said you need a good reason to carry a concealed gun in public, such reason to  be evaluated and  approved by law enforcement.

The Court is stacked with political hacks, starting with Clarence Thomas (who wrote the decision) and his insurrectionist wife.

The justices are thought to be brilliant jurists who work extraordinarily hard. They are wise women and men who take the long view and are above the petty squabbling that engulfs the rest of the government. They are apolitical public servants who lead monastic existences devoted solely to the rule of law. Their independence guarantees that they are answerable to no political party or faction, but solely to their conscience and to the US Constitution.

Total nonsense, down to the robes and the temple in which they are house.

The Court of course ruled New York (and half a dozen other states) were taking away the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens.

Of course everyone is law abiding.  Until they are not.

I no longer recognize my country.  Unless change comes to America I see a century of capitalism, Christian fascism and war.

I won’t be here to see it.

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Party Before Country

  1. vcroman101 says:

    I can’t help but feel sick and outraged by the illegal actions of the former administration. I can’t imagine how there cannot be a follow-up by the justice department to hold them all accountable. If that doesn’t happen it will send a terrible message that a hostile takeover of the government is plausible and will be more likely to happen in the future. The Senate rule change by McTurtle to only require a simple majority instead of 60 votes to approve a supreme court justice to a lifetime appointment by one highly radicalized party further contributes to and end of our democracy. Our worst enemies in history could not have asked for more.

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  2. I do not understand these people. I told my husband (who did not live to see Jan. 6, 2021) years ago that the Republican Party was becoming a fascist party. I hate to think what will happen if they truly gain control of this country.

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  3. Reblogged this on silverapplequeen and commented:
    I, too, no longer recognize my country.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. beetleypete says:

    I think there are many of us living in countries facing a Far-Right neo-Fascist revival that no longer recognise the countries we live in. Like you, I won’t live to see the outcome of that bleak future.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Don Ostertag says:

    Like you, I don’t recognize this country anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

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