A short post with long meaning

It should be noted the GOP House leadership wants to remove the thirteen Republicans from committee positions because they voted for the infrastructure bill that most Americans want and will benefit from. Plus, it was passed on a bipartisan basis in the Senate with nineteen Republican votes, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called it a “godsend” for his state of Kentucky.

Yet, these same “leaders” have been silent on condemning the actions of one of their representatives, Paul Gosar of Arizona, who once again has embarrassed their party and defamed his position. He sent an anime with his avatar beheading the avatar of that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That is immoral in my view and certainly well beneath the dignity of the office. But, tell me what does it say the GOP House leadership values by comparing these two stories?

I was just noting to our blogging friend Joy that Democrat Speaker Tip O’Neill and Republican President Ronald Reagan often disagreed, but both loved their country. They also were good friends. At the end of the day, with a drink in hand, one would call the other to toast the end of another day. This excerpt is courtesy of the book “Tip and the Gipper, ” as Reagan played the “Gipper” in a movie.

Voting for something that you feel is right should not be hindered by tribal politics. And, we can all do a better job at civil discourse. Elected officials should lead the way on civil discourse, not be among our worst practitioners. Just because we disagree with someone does not mean we should take his or her head-off, terrible pun meant to show how dangerous Gosar’s actions are regardless of party.

As an independent, I disagree with some positions AOC has taken, but that is OK, as I agree with some as well. What I cannot tolerate is the malicious and untruthful of actions of representatives like Gosar. I cannot not even get around to looking at their positions, as their actions are so dishonorable We Americans deserve better than this. So, do the people of Arizona. Full stop.

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7 thoughts on “A short post with long meaning

  1. Excellent post! In “The Nicomachean Ethics” by Aristotle, which was edited by and named for his son Nicomachus, are many writings that remain valid in our present time. “Virtue lies in our power, and similarly so does vice; because where it is in our power to act, it also in our power not to act.” It seems that there are those who would do well to remember that. Thank-you!

    • Ellen, thanks. Very well said. There is a reason we remember the better leaders; they are more rare than needed. I disagree with many of Rep. Liz Cheney’s policy positions, but she is one of the very few elected Republicans who are showing leadership. And, she is vilified by her party leadership. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: In my view, the names McCarthy and Jordan should be remembered right along with the likes of Nunes, Gaetz, Gohmert, Brooks, Breitbart, Taylor-Green, Cawthorn, et al. Failing to condemn poor behavior is one thing, but to punish those who seek to tell the truth is equally poor.

    • PS – I would like Kevin McCarthy reconcile the relative veracity of these two positions live on camera. Neither position is supportable in my view. The positions denigrate Americans and Republicans.

  3. Keith,

    I am very glad you have so clearly described the anti-democratic and increasingly criminal messages that the Republicans are giving. I agree that McCarthy and his ilk—in failing to condemn Gosar, et al, for fomenting violence, while condemning those who voted for the infrastructure bill (as well as Liz Cheney, for speaking out against the Big Lie) are just as responsible as the Gosars in their party.

    Thirteen Republicans who participated in Jan 6 were just elected to state and local offices. Some are running for Congress. I fervently hope that anyone considering voting for Republicans will take a hard look at what this party has become. They stand for nothing positive and much that’s negative.

    And anyone who values the continuation of our democracy must vote for Democrats—even if they aren’t eager to do so. The choice couldn’t be clearer.

    • Annie, well said. The Republican party is adrift untethered to the truth or lawfulness. What is lost on their leadership you cannot get to what they stand for, as the focus is on the lying, bullying and sabotaging. Keith

  4. Note to Readers: A few things that would help matters are as follows:
    – term limits
    – intermixed seating
    – limit or rid money from politics
    – leaders of a caucus acting as such; not acting to condemn, censure, or remove bad behaving reps harms the party and the entire body
    – voters need to tell the reps and senators that lying and vile behavior is not appreciated.

    To this last point, being a jerk does not improve your point, it just means your being a jerk.

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