In the last installment of my seemingly never-ending rants, I mentioned that it is inevitable that whoever is in charge will overstep, mistake their narrow victory for a mandate and do or propose simply, monumentally dumb stuff.
Liberals will want free beer, and conservatives will only want beer for a select few. And at this point I'd like to express my surprising sympathy for Kevin McCarthy, the new, and for now, Speaker of the House. Having been a news director in radio and TV, I have inherited newsrooms in disarray with backbiting and gossip undermining the news product. His problem is greater, and management is no easier at the national level than at a newsroom in Muleshoe, Texas, if there actually is one.
And that brings us to the latest from his chief flying monkey, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of the great state of Georgia. Now, I like Georgia, though Atlanta has far too many "Peachtree Streets" for my taste. How the hell do you find your way around?
But overall, we must remember this is the home of the completely admirable former President James Earl Carter, who is now living out his final days in a modest home in the small town of Plains. Having talked with his former National Security Director about the nitty gritty details of making the Camp David Accords happen, I know for a fact that Carter has received far too little credit for the one truly lasting Middle East peace accord that has stood the test of time. Too many critics mistake his friendly demeanor for his inner grit.
Anyway, the same state that elected him, elected Marj, and as I outlined last week, she has taken partisanship to Defcon 1. In a tweet this week, this twit has proposed what she is calling a "national divorce, " otherwise known as secession. I discussed this in an earlier bit of scribbling wherein I pointed out that the Supreme Court has weighed in on this, and did it right after the "recent unpleasantness" in the 1860's.
In other words, or actually, in her exact words, the red states and blue states need to separate. Two nations, politically homogeneous where never is heard a discouraging word, well, about Trump, anyway. Here's how she put it...
"We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government.
Everyone I talk to says this.
From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the Democrat’s traitorous America Last policies, we are done."
Ah, the old "everyone I talk to" dodge used by folks who simply don't get out much. And Marj, being the dimmest bulb in the congressional chandelier, went even further, should her Red/Blue wonderland of OZ be a fleeting chimera.
“Well, I think that, you know, red states could choose, how they allow people to vote in their states,” Greene said.
“What I think would be something that some red states could propose is, well, okay, if Democrat voters choose to flee these blue states where they cannot tolerate the living conditions, they don’t want their children taught these horrible things and they really change their mind on the types of policies that they support.
Well, once they move to a red state, guess what? Maybe you don’t get to vote for five years,” Greene concluded.
You can live there, you can work there, but you don’t get to bring your values that you basically created in the blue states you came from by voting for Democrat leaders and Democrat policies.”
Oh, and in the red states, any gay teacher should be fired. All these views were expressed on the Charlie Kirk Show, a radio show on the Salem religious network, hosted by 30-year-old Charlie Kirk, who founded the group Turning Point USA when he was 18, an age where most of us make our most rational life decisions. In his case, it paid off as he boarded the Trump train with a ticket to the end of the line, pro-Putin, racist, election and covid denier, he checks all the boxes. So, of course, secession is on the list.
Now, add to this, the charming and lovely Lauren Bohbert, the most surprising thing to come out of Colorado since The Shining, and her call for President Biden's death, which I mentioned last week.
I think the problem here is these guys all feel compelled to post some loony crap on a weekly basis so no one forgets they are batshit crazy. Never let a news cycle go by without some blather to appease the mouth breathers.
So, as I sit here chronicling this, it occurs to me. Why? These folks, along with Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Gym Jordan, Mike Lee, and yes, Ron DeSantis, regurgitate this absolute twaddle and for some reason known only to the almighty, there are people who lap it up. Maybe that's the reason they write about it.
Don't get me wrong here. If Pete Buttafucco, or however you spell it, makes one more apology for being late on some transportation issue, I will put a bullet in my Jeep out of revenge.
And it's been two years, for crying out loud, and time for Kamala Harris to get serious about the job she was elected to. The border is admittedly a real problem, and we haven't tamed inflation. All reasons to be riled.
But I ask my conservative friends, are any of them proposing a flaming bag of guano like this and leaving it on America's collective front porch? We have voted for idealogues and would-be Mussolinis before, but this crowd? Really? I know many common sense, conservative folks who value fiscal probity and wise foreign policy. My question is, with this crowd hogging the spotlight, where are they?
So, at the risk of repeating myself, repeating myself, I offer my reluctant sympathy for Kevin McCarthy, who, by the way, just gave Tucker Fricking Carlson 41,000 hours of January 6th security footage. I can see the edit now of the calm group of patriotic tourists simply registering their collective dismay at the election results. And he gave it to no one else.
So, hold on. On reconsideration of my earlier comment. I have no sympathy for McCarthy and trust he will spend many a sleepless night waiting for a Greene tweet to wake him up in a cold sweat.
Now, he is part of the Texas Outlaw Writers, and if this doesn't pan out, the outlaw part will still work as he will indeed resort to robbing banks.