I don’t like having to write the words above, but the the truth of this is unescapable. Most of our republican representatives and senators have had to retreat from previous positions about Number 45 in order to protect their seats. On January 6th of this year, one of the most scary attacks on our democracy took place. It would seem that we are left with countless questions about his role in what happened. Numerous people arrested that day are going to use the defensive that they were just following orders from their president. And, this might just get them off, too! One of the most intriguing questions that need to be answered is what conversation took place between Rep. McCarthy and 45. There seems to be little doubt that McCarthy begged the president to go on the media and tell all these people to go home. Trump’s response apparently, was something to the effect that “well Kevin, these people seem to care a lot more about the results of the election than you do.” Not the exact quote, but close enough. After that, we’d just have to find out from the representative himself-under oath. But that looks like it will never happen because there probably won’t be enough republicans in the senate to over ride the filibuster rule so that a motion to have a January 6th Commission will never happen. How could a group such as the republicans want to turn their backs on a full disclosure of the events that day? I guess that the answer is simple-the truth will not look good for them. I.E.-going to lose my job. There were many many senators, including Mitch McConnell who did not vote to impeach #45 because they wished to have a commission look at all this in an unbiased manner. Here’s what Representative McCarthy said at the time of the impeach vote: “I believe impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake,” said McCarthy. “No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held….” Where did that position disappear, too?
Republicans are creating an alt universe around this day. For example, Representative Andrew Clyde (R- GA) now refers to January 6th as a “normal tourist visit” but there is also some footage of him frantically screaming and barricading doors to the House gallery. What gives? Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) actually , inspite of the fact that the protestors were wearing both Trump and MAGA hats, questioned whether they were Trump supporters. Representative Ron Johnson (R-WI) declared the whole thing largely a “peaceful protest”. What do you make of all this? I call it hypocrisy. These legislatures are trying to hid the real truth from you and me and in the process of doing this are creating an alt universe. A universe that stands a good chance of being embraced by enough people to make it stick.
And of course there’s the recount in Maricopa County, Arizona. These ballots have already been counted numerous times and approved by the Republican run legislature . Plus, in case you haven’t already heard, the organization that is doing the recount is incompetent. Look at their name for starters- Cyber Ninjas. This “recount” is just one more effort to put in doubt an undispuptable fact- Joe Biden won the election and there has never been any evidence of voter fraud.
So, for myself, I am overwrought with the real feeling that republicans are going to keep throwing lies and voter suppression laws at us. And while the majority of the people are not with the party, because of their strangle hold on both courts and the judiciary , that they will have their way. And, as I’ve mentioned before part of “having their way” is to make sure that POC will not have a chance to attain equity in this country until we’re done with this way of doing things. So, I’m making an offer to anyone who believes the republicans aren’t the way I’ve described them. This offer won’t change the world, but it will help me understand how people thinking this way are thinking. Here’s the deal (to paraphrase Joe). If you believe that the republicans are not hypocrites about the potential January 6th Commission -i’m offering you FREE bok choi for the rest of the growing season. In return, you’ll agree to have a civilized, rational conversation with me , so I can understand your point of view. Might be two conversations-we’ll see. We’ll see what shakes out.
In the meantime, just know that we’re having an amazing season. A great crew and lots of help from the wind , rain and the sun.