The GOP’s Censure Of Cheney And Kinzinger Should Awaken Americans!

By Donald A. Collins | 7 February 2022
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The page one February 5th NY Times story about the GOP’s censure reported a shocking event but one which was predictably in line with the false scenarios Trump has been using to pave the way to his 2024 nomination for President.

Cheney and Kinzinger have been crystal clear from the outset about the impropriety of not finding out the true story of the insurrection on January 6. Read here.

The initial paragraphs of this July 26th story are worth repeating here:

Outside the White House on Monday, the eve of the first hearing to investigate the Capitol riot, Representative Kevin McCarthy had an insult and a threat for the two members of his party daring to participate in the inquiry into how and why a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.

He derided Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a staunch conservative and member of a storied Republican family, and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a six-term congressman and Air Force veteran, as “Pelosi Republicans,” referring to Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker who chose them to sit on the special panel investigating the assault. As the minority leader, he suggested he might try to strip them of other committee assignments as punishment.

Around the same time, Ms. Pelosi made it clear that the pair would have prominent roles in the proceedings. Ms. Cheney would be cast in the spot traditionally played by the ranking member of a committee, afforded the chance to make an opening statement immediately after the chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi.

The divergent moves reflected the unusual place in which Ms. Cheney and Mr. Kinzinger find themselves as the investigation gets underway — ostracized by their own party and embraced by Democrats as the only Republicans willing to demand a full and bipartisan accounting for the worst attack on Congress in centuries.

It was only months ago that Mr. McCarthy himself said that President Donald J. Trump “bears responsibility” for the mob violence; Senator Mitch McConnell, the top Republican, warned that following Mr. Trump’s lies about a stolen election would lead democracy into a “death spiral”; and scores of Republicans called for an investigation of what had happened on Jan. 6.

Will the GOP take over at the midterms give us a leader like McCarthy. Yes.

Who would be if Trump nominated his VP choice in 2024? How about Steve Bannon or some other worthy with similar moral standards.

Trump has led his party to disgrace, ironically pushing his authoritarian vision of governing, while his supporters are bleating like sheep about their need for more freedom.

The 20 percent of the COVID unvaccinated apparently want the freedom to die like 900,000 of us have done to date, as well as the freedom to infect others. On February 4th, 4000 Americans died of COVID.

The poignant absurdity of the GOP pronouncements so far has not derailed Trump’s re-election express, but the effect of Pence’s call out of Trump on February 4th has not yet been measured, nor do we know how the release of the House January 6th report or the likely overthrow of Roe will affect the midterms.

As many credible reporters and commentators have stated, we are amidst a new Civil War testing whether our founding documents prevail or fall.

Indictment of Trump by the our Justice Department would have a significant impact on the midterms, as would the death of Roe.

Trump is closing in on taking his insurrection on January 6th and since to a new level, stoppable only by people who care about the future of democracy and who vote!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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