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Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't know what Anglo-Saxons are — she's confusing them with Normans
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has proven again that she's not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed. This week she launched her own ideas from the "America First," which promoted a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political tradition."
Her flier also outlined a nativist argument warning that "mass immigration" poses a threat to "the long-term existential future of America as a unique country with a unique culture and a unique identity."
She has now come out against the flier, saying it was a flyer from the caucus and published without being approved by her, Axios reported Sunday.
Greene's communications stafferNick Dyer, told CNN Saturday that she "didn't approve that language and has no plans to launch anything."
Still, the idea of Anglo-Saxon traditions isn't exactly what Greene would appreciate. The group existed in what is now Britain and Wales, from 410-1066AD, known as the Early Middle Ages. It was around the time of the breakup of the Roman empire into smaller kingdoms and battles against the Vikings. They were largely pagan and slowly grew more secular or Christian after several hundred years. However, the English pagan festivals come from the Anglo-Saxons.
Normans, by contrast, were famously martial in spirit and eventually for Catholic piety, ultimately becoming known for Catholic orthodoxy. Under Norman rule, women didn't have any power, while under the Anglo-Saxons, they did.
Saxons had Germanic laws that were largely financial in nature, saying each person has a kind of "weregild," explained the Norfolk Museums Service as a monitary value. If someone stole your chicken, they had to pay for it. If someone broke your arm, they'd pay money for the price of your injury and aftermath. Each status of a person had a different price, so Dukes were worth more than commoners and Kings were worth the most. Under the new Norman rule, any Saxon who was wronged had no real resource. If a Norman was wronged, the person was killed. Capital punishment made a reappearance after the Norman's took over, ushering in the Holy Roman Empire in. the12th century.
As History Today explained it, "The Norman dynasty is famous for its martial accomplishment, its aggression and, of course, its conquests. Yet, caught up in banners and battlements, it is easy to miss the spiritual and moral foundations on which their great achievements rested."
It makes it seem as if Greene is confused about Anglo-Saxons and how they compare to the Norman Conquests.
"There is no such thing as 'Anglo-Saxon' political traditions' unless Margorie [sic] Taylor Greene is talking about Old English charters and she isn't," wrote University of Toronto medieval scholar Mary Rambaran-Olm. "If she wants to return to those, she'll have to stop advocating for gun use. 'Anglo-Saxon' is being weaponized by the far-right." She added that the very term "Anglo-Saxon" is a "racist dog-whistle, inaccurate and generally sucks balls."
CNN's Jim Acosta wasn't taking it when Republican Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) tried to give excuses for why Americans need to carry around weapons of war.
"I tell you, we all want to solve this problem," Waltz claimed. "The data shows that the vast majority of gun violence, the vast majority of these crimes are committed actually with people using pistols not necessarily those weapons. But I think in the bigger picture—" Waltz said before Acosta interrupted.
"A lot of these mass shootings happen -- have involved AR-15s and those kinds of assault-style rifles," Acosta corrected.
Waltz is talking about the vast majority of "gun violence" being suicides using handguns. When it comes to mass shootings, they're overwhelmingly done by guns with high-capacity magazines and automatic weapons that allow rapid-fire shooting.
Waltz argued that the proposed legislation doesn't fix the problem, which is incorrect as the current proposals are to reinstate the assault weapons ban. Instead, the Florida man blamed "mental health" problems and said that so-called red flag laws are already in place.
Acosta cited the recent Indiana shooting in which a mass shooter had his shotguns taken away due to concerns and using the red flag law. He was then allowed to purchase another gun. Waltz excused it away, saying that in most cases, that law has worked. In his own state, in particular, the Parkland shooter's neighbors warned police about him as well, to no avail. So, clearly, those rules aren't as strict.
Waltz also didn't have any proposals for increases in mental health funding, developing a stronger mental health system with facilities that can help those with mental health problems outside of prisons.
The congressman proposed a major fix to the problem is in sharing local reports with the federal database and other state databases. He claimed 6 million more records have been shared with the database.
"So, I think we need to take a hard look at fixing the system as it exists and make it work better. But putting—" said Waltz.
"Yeah, the system's not working now," Acosta cut in.
Waltz went on to say that the vast majority of criminals are getting guns on the "black market" to circumvent laws in place. It's probably why President Joe Biden said that he wants to get rid of Ghost Guns, stop the gun show loophole, demand all gun sales be by licensed vendors, and other restrictions on 3D printed guns.
In fact, Waltz had no solution other than to enforce the laws on the books, which clearly isn't working.
The United States had it's 50th mass shooting in one month on Sunday.
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CNN host of "United Shades of American," W. Kamau Bell and Jim Acosta discussed the continued attacks on people of color at the hands of police who shoot first and ask questions later.
Talking Sunday, the two talked about the "complete failure of the system," proven over and over that police shoot regardless of what someone does. In the case of the Virginia Army Medic, his hands were visible. He was calm and was able to talk to the officer rationally. It was the officer who was holding his gun like some kind of movie gangster.
In the case of Derek Chauvin, it was clear that George Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground. Why did he need to kneel on his neck when it was clear he was subdued? There was nothing to fear from Floyd.
Another child was shot in Chicago, and after police bodycam video showed the way in which Adam Toledo was gunned down in an ally, the public was furious. The officer demands he stop and put up his hands. So, he stopped, put his hands up in the air, and seconds later, the officer shot anyway, killing him.
The idea that it is a system-wide problem comes from claims that one bad apple doesn't spoil the bunch. Lately, however, it's become clear that the opposite is true, with officers covering for each other and refusing to speak out against their colleagues shooting people. In the 2006 case of former officer Cariol Hornecase of former officer Cariol Horne, her colleague was holding a handcuffed suspect in a chokehold. She tried to get him to stop. Because she worked to save the suspect's life, he didn't die. Still, she was fired, just one year shy of her retirement. It took five years of lawsuits for her to win her pension and back pay for unfair termination.
The Chauvin case is the first time Americans have seen other officers come forward and speak out against a colleague for going against his training and refusing to follow the rules.
"These happenings don't exist in a vacuum, as you know," said Acosta. "It is hundreds of years of history and those like Fox News' Tucker Carlson who continue to push dangerous and baseless conspiracies. Listen to how he recently talked about a 'replacement theory.' They're kinda the things you'd just see on fringe websites, and all of the sudden it's on Fox News."
"To me, as a member of media, I feel like the failure is on me, too," confessed Bell. "It is about the failure of the media, especially the news media to make sure we are trafficking in facts. We are living in an era of white supremacy. There is no Black spokesperson who gets that much media time as he is on television lying regularly and using his bully pulpit to put Black people in danger. I am one of those people who that happens to. Again, we're talking about system failures here. Until we admit that Tucker Carlson is bad for humanity, which he is, full stop until we admit that we are going to find ourselves in these same positions over and over again."
Acosta chucked at the comment before whole-heartedly agreeing.
"no lie there. W. Kamau Bell, thank you so much," Acosta closed.
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