Wednesday, May 12, 2021



From the VOA
It is now official “The Truth” for the Republican party is the Big Lie, if you don’t kowtow down to Trump’s Golden Idol and kiss the ground he walks on the party doesn’t want you.
Liz Cheney ouster will make it official: Republicans pick Trump over truth and Constitution
USA Today via Yahoo News
By Jennifer Horn
Tue, May 11, 2021

Ever since the violent coup attempt at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Cheney has called on her party to abandon the Big Lie and the president who told it. She has implored her fellow Republicans to embrace what she called “the most conservative of conservative values, is reverence for the rule of law” and to “choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”

Truth, rule of law, fidelity to the Constitution. This is the message that has put Cheney at odds with her party and will lead to her ouster. Which raises the question, what message does McCarthy want Cheney to “carry” if not the truth?
This is really big, what this vote says is that the Republican party is now a cult and it is more than voting to impeach Trump. The article goes on to say,
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been more vocal and more aggressive with his “message” than even Cheney, but none of the men in leadership has declared they've had it with him. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is being investigated in connection with sex trafficking and payments to a teenager, and he hasn’t even been removed from his committee assignments.

Yet Cheney – one of the only women in the party who has had the temerity to confront the cult-like Republican veneration for Trump – is targeted for destruction by her male counterparts in the House. For telling the truth.
Then there is this editorial in the New York Times…
The Trump G.O.P.’s Plot Against Liz Cheney — and Our Democracy
By Thomas L. Friedman
May 11, 2021

One of America’s two major parties is about to make embracing a huge lie about the integrity of our elections — the core engine of our democracy — a litmus test for leadership in that party, if not future candidacy at the local, state and national levels.

In effect, the Trump G.O.P. has declared that winning the next elections for the House, Senate and presidency is so crucial — and Trump’s ability to energize its base so irreplaceable — that it justifies both accepting his Big Lie about the 2020 election and leveraging that lie to impose new voter-suppression laws and changes in the rules of who can certify elections in order to lock in minority rule for Republicans if need be.
If House Republicans follow through on their plan to replace Cheney, it will not constitute the end of American democracy as we’ve known it, but there is a real possibility we’ll look back on May 12, 2021, as the beginning of the end — unless enough principled Republicans can be persuaded to engineer an immediate, radical course correction in their party.

Standing up to Trump’s lie is one of the biggest sins in the Republican party.
The GOP’s new orthodoxy: ‘Big Lie’ or bust | COMMENTARY
By Baltimore Sun Editorial Board
May 11, 2021

Rep. Liz Cheney is no closet Democrat or even a political moderate. The 54-year-old Wyoming Republican, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is an arch conservative who has in the past accused environmental groups like the Sierra Club of supporting U.S. adversaries and defended the birther movement that wrongly insisted Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Her views would seem well suited for the 21st century GOP except for one thing: She could not stomach Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was rigged and that he was the rightful winner or, as it’s is commonly known, the “Big Lie.” And for this unforgivable sin, the congresswoman is poised to lose her place in party leadership Wednesday as House Republican Conference chair, the third highest position in the caucus.
NBC News had this to say,
Trump-backed Liz Cheney ouster proves the only Republican ideology now is revenge
Donald Trump's hero, Andrew Jackson, showed a campaign based entirely on political comeuppance can work. For the GOP today, it could also be a winning strategy.
It's a sign of the unorthodox political times we're in that on Wednesday, we witnessed a rare instance of change in party leadership in the midst of a congressional term. House Republicans voted out Liz Cheney of Wyoming as chair of the House Republican Conference, the No. 3 position in House GOP leadership, over her unwillingness to keep quiet about former President Donald Trump's lies that the 2020 election was stolen.
The move shows that the party has gone all in on one very specific strategy for regaining power: Donald Trump's revenge politics. While it could have been argued before Election Day last year that the party's fealty to its president was leavened with some ideological goals, such as a hard line on immigration and a focus on right-wing court appointments, Trump has made it clear ever since his defeat that the only thing that matters is whether Republicans embrace his lie that the election was stolen.
Trying to figure out what is next is an impossible goal, all rules of politicians have been thrown out, in the past telling of lies were a wink, wink, nod, nod but now the Republicans have endorsed the big lie.

This could be heaven for the Democrats, is a split in the Republican party in the party’s future?
‘Rationals’ vs. ‘radicals’: Anti-Trump Republicans threaten third party
By Tim Reid
May 11, 2021

Over 100 former Republican officials will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump and change course, they will back the creation of a third party.

The letter, headlined: "A Call For American Renewal," is an exploratory move toward forming a breakaway party, two of its organizers said. The group is dismayed by what it says is a modern Republican Party driven by its allegiance to Trump, who continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen from him.

"The Republican Party is broken. It's time for a resistance of the 'rationals' against the 'radicals,'" said Miles Taylor, one of the organizers. Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."
I read in an article that 70% of the Republicans believe in the Big Lie but you also have to consider that only 20% of the voters are Republicans, that means the 80% of the voters are not Republicans and those are the people we have to make sure that they go and vote next year!

This is the ultimate “Cancel Culture” the Republicans have been chiding the Democrats about the removal of Civil War statues and the 1619 Project to report on the true history of slavery in the US but the Republicans have made the Big Lie and the worship of Trump the main Republican party platform. They are appealing to their baseless base.

House Republicans, who love to complain about “cancel culture,” have canceled Rep. Liz Cheney for the “crime” of living in the real world rather than on the fantasy island where Donald Trump is the infallible king, cheated out of his throne. Bowing down to Dear Leader Trump’s wishes, they voted Wednesday to oust the Wyoming Republican from her third-ranked House GOP leadership spot.   

This political hit job wasn’t just an attack on Cheney. It was a frightening attack on our democracy that should alarm every American. 
Liz Cheney refuses to accept the Big Lie. “Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work – confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law,” Cheney wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on May 5. “We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.”
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a cult as “2a: great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book),” the Republican party has become a Cult.

The Chicago Tribune said this about the vote...
By Rex Huppke
May 12, 2021

On the eve of her Wednesday ouster as Republican conference chair — a fate sealed by her refusal to agree, like the subjugated dolts around her, that the former president’s slobbering nonsense about the 2020 election being “rigged” might have merit — Cheney stood on the House floor and delivered a short speech that will be long remembered.

It came at a moment in American history when a shocking portion of Republican lawmakers and voters choose to ignore the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the rhetoric that caused the uprising, opting instead to embrace an insipid tale of voter fraud cooked up by half-wit fabulists and a fake-university-peddling fraudster.

This is an inflection point for our democracy. Either you believe in the democratic process and the rule of law, or you abandon it and pledge fealty to a narcissistic oaf. It seems like a no-brainer, but as Cheney would likely attest, we’re dealing with a lot of no-brains.

Consider this tweet from Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina in the wake of Wednesday morning’s vote to remove Cheney from her leadership role: “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney.”
Trump is vindictive (Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet.) the way he attacked President Obama I think stems from the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner where the President roasted Trump.

You don’t cross “The Donald!"


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