26 April 2022

GQP where has integrity gone?

Last week, we were treated (if that is the word) to the spectacle of Congresswoman Margorie Taylor-Greene in sworn testimony repeatedly lying. I am not sure which is less believable: her claim not to recall her conversations with the well-known liars Donald J. Trump and Mark Meadows in the White House, or her claim that even though she joined calls for the MAGA Stop The Steal rally and publicly said that the country should not, "permit the peaceful transfer of power" she had no idea the MAGA bully bigots would riot and is not herself an insurrectionist. In a group with Meadows, Trump, and DiSantis, she stands out for an amazing lack of integrity.

The week also gave us Senator Cruz (R Tx) speculating that Disney Corp's opposition to the despicable Don't Say Gay law in Florida foreshadows cartoons including sexual activity between Mickey Mouse and other characters. Even for Fox and Cruz, this goes beyond a stretch.

As stupid as Cruz is, and he is stupid, there is actually a classic right wing tactic here. He cannot defeat the arguments against the law intellectually, (he cannot do much intellectually) so we see the right wing attack which accuses opponents of being, "groomers." That is, the many progressives who out think them lead children into sexually abusive relationships.

I cannot accuse Sen. Cruz of orriginal thought, or indeed of thought. So where does this particullarly toxic assault on Mickey Mouse come from? It is too vicious, too developed to be sui generis. We also saw something like it in the Q-anon lunatic attack on Senator Clinton alleging a child abuse ring headquartered the basement of a pizza restaurant that does not even have a basement!

Last week we saw it appear in Michigan. Sen. Lana Theis used the same, "groomer" charge against another senator, who like most progressives, routinely thinks circles around Theis: Senator Mallory McMorrow. She chose the wrong target. Senator McMorrow does not suffer slander. In a brilliantly written and delivered speech, she tore the conduct and lies of Sen. Theis to oratorical shreds Theis's response was pathetic.

The lessons of last week are that Trump disciples will say anything no matter how disgusting or hurtful, to gain or retain pow. They are willing to attack the rule of law.

There is a way to defeat them that begins with moral outrage. Not calm arguement but anger calling the Trump followers into sunlight is the path to victory.

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