Yes, they are the real RINO’s (Republicans in name only); those spineless wonders who are furious because Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) will not help them sweep January 6 under the rug.
Instead, Cheney opines that RINO’s who refused to recognize Biden’s victory at the polls and who, at Trump’s insistence, refused to acknowledge the tabulation of the results of the 2020 election, should be disqualified as future Republican Presidential candidates. She is forthright in stating that Trump’s lies and exhortations are simply a line that no self-respecting American should cross. Elizabeth Cheney sees the January 6th Trump-inspired attempted coup d’etat for precisely what it was, an attempt to overthrow the newly elected, but not yet inaugurated, President of the United States of America.
Understand this: America has suffered no greater insult to its very purpose than the January 6th vicious domestic attack on the US Capitol. Yes, there have been other attacks; the March 1, 1954 attack in the House chamber by Puerto Rican nationalists comes to mind, as does the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumpter on April 12, 1861, and, of course, the August 24, 1814, burning and sacking of the White House by the British. But the January 6th attack on American Democracy, largely encouraged and stridently cheered on by the President of the United States, has no parallel. It was among the ugliest days in American History.
So, Liz Cheney, as Republican a Republican as there has ever been, and a handful of other Republicans, a pitifully small handful, have put their political futures on the line to stand with, and for, America’s constitutional democracy. They are all profiles in courage because they are willing to stand up to the RINOs who are in control and who are about to savage Cheney, and in the process, savage their own party, if not their country. Shame on them all.
These Republican pretenders were, and are, nothing more than Trump sycophants. Huge deficits and unbalanced budgets? Who cares? These RINOs chalked up trillions of dollars worth of who cares deficits during the Trump Administration. Free trade? Who cares? According to the Federal Reserve, these RINOs went along with aggressive tariffs that accomplished nothing other than savaging many farmers and throwing 75,000 American Steelworkers (and others) out of work. In fact, the trade deficit of $4.8 trillion during Trump’s first three years (pre-pandemic) was greater than the trade deficit during Obama’s last three years. Who cares? Not the RINO’s who are about to strip Cheney of her leadership role. Fidelity to principle versus fealty to Trump? No contest; fealty to Trump, trumps fidelity to principle by a wide margin with these RINOs.
Ironically, the RINOs who are about to cashier Liz Cheney are about to line up in support of Elise Stefanik (R-NY), whose credentials for leadership, compared to Cheney’s, are laughable. Up until it served her interest to become a Trump supporter, she was a frequent Trump critic, and her voting record has, more often than not, irritated conservative Republicans. But they need a woman to replace Liz Cheney, and apparently, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R- GA.) is a farce too far.
Let a Republican; anyone will do, acknowledge that Trump lost the last election, or that there is simply no credible evidence of widespread election fraud, or that chronic lying to the American People is just plain unacceptable, or that it was seditious to encourage his supporters to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to stop the certification of a newly elected President, and the Maelstrom of Mar-a-Lago will turn on them with a vengeance.
Former Reagan speechwriter and longtime Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan brilliantly summed up, in her column yesterday, the current Republican contretemps. “It wasn’t to roam the halls and yell. It was something grave and dark: to disrupt and prevent the constitutionally mandated counting of the Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential election. That (tabulation of elector ballots) was scheduled to occur in Congress that day. That act of tabulating is more than two centuries old, formalizes and validates the election outcome, physically represents the peaceful transfer of power, and has never been stopped or disrupted. What happened on 1/6 was an attempted assault on the constitutional order.”
Nonetheless, these RINOs know they will face a Trump-supported primary opponent or general election opponent if they don’t acquiesce to Trump. That’s all it takes to have nearly all of today’s House and Senate Republicans turn on fellow Republicans and American Democracy in the process. Embracing Trump’s Goebbelsian big lie about the 2020 election, or at least not questioning it, is the price nearly all of today’s House Republicans are willing to pay not to anger the Maelstrom of Mar-a-Lago. It’s tragic.
The Republican Party, my party for over 50 years, is at a turning point. It is clear to me it has decided to turn the wrong way.
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