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Imagine if, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Republicans in the United States House of Representatives said let's move on. The United States Congress need not investigate. Other agencies are already doing that work. There's no sense in duplicating efforts. There's no sense in being counterproductive. Anyway, an inquiry can't do much good unless it examines all forms of political violence. Sure, 3,000 people are dead, but a proposed bipartisan commission would just be too political.
That's right. You can't imagine that. It's not possible. So why is Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, coming out this morning against a similar proposal to investigate the January 6 sacking and looting of the United States Capitol? Not as many people died, of course, but the insurrection was worse than 9/11 in that it was an existential threat to the democratic faith, the Constitution and the republic itself. An attack worse than 9/11 deserves a bipartisan commission similar to 9/11's, right?
You'd think so, but McCarthy is shielding from scrutiny the man most responsible for planning, organizing and leading the insurgency. He's doing that because his party is clinging to a losing president like it's given up hope of returning to power through valid democratic means. Most people are paying attention to state-level Republicans squeezing electorates to prejudicial sizes. Less attention is being paid to terrorism as a Republican option. The takeaway to today's news should be the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, might've been tolerable had Osama bin Laden been a Republican.
Make no mistake. McCarthy's reasoning isn't persuasive. The Republicans pushed for and launched dozens of investigations into the Benghazi attack of 2012, during which four Americans were killed, with the goal of undermining trust in Hillary Clinton, who was then secretary of state. They spent millions to conclude she wasn't responsible. It might have been funny had their mission gone nowhere. But from those investigations came revelations that Clinton used a private email server to conduct official business, a scandal the Russians exploited in 2016 to sabotage her presidential candidacy.
I continue to believe, perhaps naively, that most Americans would choose democracy and loyalty without a second's reservation over treason and tyranny if the choice were clear to them. I suspect Kevin McCarthy believes this, too. That's why the GOP leader and (I have no doubt) nearly all the House Republicans will vote soon enough against a proposed commission to investigate the January 6 attack despite the fact that a whole bunch of them, including McCarthy, pushed for and launched dozens of investigations into the Benghazi attack of 2012. Standing in the way muddies the water, as it were. It prevents Americans of good conscience from making a clear and patriotic choice.
It does something else, though. It covers their asses. Kevin McCarthy and the rest of his conference must know any formal investigation into the terrorist attack of January 6 has a high likelihood of finding its way back to them. At the very least, it would remind people that most of the House GOP voted against counting electoral votes after the insurgency, as if indifferent to acts of domestic terrorism. It would remind voters all but 10 voted against impeaching the former president. They are, therefore, doing far more than shielding Donald Trump. They are shielding themselves. In this sense, the Republicans are involved in what can accurately be called a conspiracy of silence.
Again, I suspect Kevin McCarthy probably thinks standing in the way of a bipartisan investigation prevents Americans of good conscience from making a clear and patriotic choice. But it does the opposite. There's just no good reason to stand in the way unless you fear what the investigation is going to find. And if it appears that you fear what it's going to find, Americans of good conscience have good reason to put more of their faith in the party standing against terrorism than in the party seeming to think terrorism is an option in a democracy when all other democratic options have failed.
I said 9/11 might've been tolerable had Bin Laden been a Republican. I'm (mostly) kidding to make an ominous point. I think the Republicans are betting that most (white) Americans are as cynical as they are—that they have lost so much faith in American democracy, and what it's capable of producing for the betterment of all, that they are ready to stop believing in doing the right thing for its own sake. In this sense, terrorism isn't the problem. The problem is who's doing it. If it's Osama bin Laden, or other nonwhite people here and abroad, it's bad. If not, it's good, or at least defensible, because, I mean, let's be honest, those people would murder us all if they could. Instead of asking Americans to choose their values, the GOP is asking them to pick their poison. We have better options. The question is whether we see them clearly.
Internet joins Rick Wilson in ignoring McCarthy and demanding investigation into Republicans involved in 1/6
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said on Monday that the reason her colleagues are afraid of the Jan. 6 Commission is that it could reveal that some GOP lawmakers were involved. Former Republican Rick Wilson noted that it's the exact reason that Democrats should move forward with investigating those officials suspected of helping attackers of the U.S. Capitol.
McCarthy had worked with Democrats on the commission, even sending written items that he wanted. For some reason, McCarthy has decided he opposes it after Rep. John Katko (R-NY) agreed with the terms.
"If the Democrats have the stones to pull it off -- an open question, TBH -- it will make Benghazi look like a sewing circle," tweeted Wilson on Tuesday. "They can't possibly look inside the reality of that day and maintain the Big Lie. They can't admit to the clear causality of Trump unleashing his mob. It opens them to personal, moral, and political liability for that day. More important in their minds is something darker. They see the majority in their grasp, and just as they did in the states this year, they'll strike quickly, mercilessly, and without a moment of hesitation of a scintilla of shame to make the next election the last."
"For them, the problem wasn't an attack on our republic and a democratic election. For Kevin and Co, the problem was that it didn't work the first time. They need the shock and awe, the spectacle, the Trumphadi terror threat out there," Wilson continued. "This zero-sum game of power/not-power is what the Democrats never, ever, ever grasp. This year in the states, the GOP -- directed and assisted by Heritage Action -- has passed sweeping voter restrictions. Democrats couldn't mount a response. They played defense.
"Even now, too many think policy will save them. "But our climate plan" or "but our control gun plan" or "but our daycare plan" isn't politics. It's masturbation. The bad guys are willing to send people to kill you and you respond with a white paper? GTFO," he closed.
It was something that many agreed with, questioning who was involved from the inside and the importance of holding those members as accountable as those arrested by the Justice Department.
See the comments below:
@taradublinrocks @TheRickWilson There you go he's implicated in so many ways,, even his judgment is flawed!— Doug (@Doug)1621357271.0
@TheRickWilson Lev indicates, “He’s in the bag!” https://t.co/a8pTlkhPFA— Chris (@Chris)1621357680.0
@Clgbuddybutton @TheRickWilson And why did that guy help barricade the chamber to keep those “tourists” out?— Ann Hoffman (@Ann Hoffman)1621346238.0
@TheRickWilson They will never vote for something that will convict their conscience. It’s about self preservation— Secret Jewish Space Laser (@Secret Jewish Space Laser)1621344500.0
@IndoTweet1 @TheRickWilson Exactly. How much money was spent on that witch hunt. It was all a witch hunt. I’m sick… https://t.co/JfLpMAIe1Z— BB714CHI (@BB714CHI)1621361637.0
@TheRickWilson THIS is why I love @TheRickWilson: he delivers the cold, hard truth in a way that connects viscerall… https://t.co/HUpJZe1d3L— FFreniere (@FFreniere)1621345337.0
@king_sandirella @TheRickWilson I want to hear Mastriano testify about his secret meetings with Trump & Giuliani le… https://t.co/zM8pajZWXh— NaNa Rocks (@NaNa Rocks)1621354414.0
@TQSideways @TheRickWilson The Republican Party is owned, body and soul, by the Koch’s and their donor network. The… https://t.co/LTP5BfDs3b— AZcatladysupportsBiden (@AZcatladysupportsBiden)1621359167.0
@Blackgrlbrowney @TheRickWilson Correct. It doesn't need to be bipartisan at all. But I guess they wanted to give… https://t.co/cM2HhSROcq— Janel Forsythe (@Janel Forsythe)1621347665.0
Listen to my friend @TheRickWilson 👇He speaks truth. https://t.co/2hAUUi5QBc— Michelle Kinney (@Michelle Kinney)1621345411.0
If we are to ever fully recover from Jan. 6, we have a lot of changes to make, and we need to make them fast.… https://t.co/ip0TtVUkTR— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1621351927.0
@TheRickWilson The former administration did everything in its power to normalize bad behavior from the top to the… https://t.co/0QxatLJvhP— sister golden hair surprise (@sister golden hair surprise)1621341175.0
@TheRickWilson This should have started Jan 21, 2021.— Debbie O'Connor (@Debbie O'Connor)1621345850.0
As the so-called Arizona election audit continues, Republicans are starting to recognize how foolish they look as a party because of it, explained Washington Post reporter Phillip Bump.
At least one Republican, the Maricopa County Recorder, erupted at his own party while speaking to CNN Tuesday morning.
"It was one thing with the audit when they were looking at UV lights and looking for bamboo fibers in the paper," Stephen Richer said. "But when they just accused us too many times of breaking the law, they defamed our good employees too many times, they've defamed the hard-working people here. We're all humans, and we have our limits!"
Other Republicans took issue with the "bamboo" conspiracy theory that somehow "Asia" brought in 40,000 ballots to help President Joe Biden win. No bamboo was ever found in ballots, but they were convinced it was possible.
"It's time to say enough is enough," said Bill Gates, the vice chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and not affiliated in any way with Microsoft. "It is time to push back on the 'big lie.' We must do this. We must do this as a member of the Republican Party, we must do this as a member of the Board of Supervisors. We need to do this as a country."
Gates along with several other colleagues unleashed in a blunt letter that it's time for Arizona state Sen. Karen Fann (R) to admit that it's over.
At this point, even Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has agreed that Biden is the 2020 winner and he's ready to move on.
"To be very clear, there is nothing unusually sloppy or unfounded about the Arizona audit," wrote Bump. "With no obvious exception, all of the allegations of fraud and malfeasance that have emerged since Trump lost six months ago have been equally shoddy and baseless. Each of them has been the product of an under-informed or obviously biased complainant — or, alternatively, has been numeric prestidigitation meant to imply fraud that never actually manifests in any other way."
He closed by explaining that the unusual part of this display is that it has happened through a formal process but based on absurd claims from President Donald Trump, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). The difference is that it's happening at a moment when no one is paying attention and much of the country has moved on. The audit activists are insisting that the Republican officials in place can't do their jobs properly and they're doing it without any form of evidence to justify the claim.
"There probably will never be a 'have you no sense of decency' moment for Trump's effort to argue that the election results were suspect," Bump closed. "But Republicans coming together to identify the flagship effort to undermine those results as biased and sloppy is at least a step in that direction."
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