I’m a little angry today, so please excuse the following post, for it might offend some people. Sorry in advance.
The GOP is the gift that keeps on giving. Since media outlets declared Joe Biden President-elect, I wondered how it would affect my writing in this space. After all, for much of the past two-plus years, the White House’s current occupant provided lots of material – the majority of which was mind-numbingly despicable and shocking.
But then I figured out that even after Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20, 2021, we will have one political party that continues to establish itself as the party of kooks, whack-jobs, science deniers, and conspiracy theorists.
In other words, I’ll have plenty to write about. I suppose I owe them a thank you?
Seriously, though, as Joe Biden said yesterday in his press conference when talking about the current GOP’s obstruction and pandemic response, “Can you guys please tell me, what’s wrong with these people?” Mr. President-elect, I’ve been asking myself this same question for years now. I don’t get it, and I’ll never get it.
The majority of them still haven’t recognized Biden as the President-elect, and many are still questioning the validity of the election, clinging to the notion that massive fraud took place. Hint: It did not. And every state says so, even those with Republican secretaries of state. Not only is this dangerous, but in my view, it’s damn near treasonous.
And, as if we don’t have enough crazies in Congress, along comes Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who becomes the first open supporter of the conspiracy theory QAnon to win a seat. Although she made various racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic statements during the campaign, she still managed to beat her Democratic opponent in the 14th Congressional District by more than 225,00 votes.
Evidently, the racist comments didn’t resonate much with the citizens of the 14th District. And neither did the following statement she made in a 2017 YouTube video, “I’m very excited about that now there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it.”
It says a lot about the people of that district who were more than proud to vote for such a crackpot. And, as you can see in the following photo, brandishing an AR-15 isn’t a deal-breaker either. Frankly, it’s an attraction to many of our 2nd Amendment worshiping males throughout America.
What’s wrong with these people?
But it’s not just Republicans in Congress either. We have several governors who come pretty damn close to Mrs. Greene’s stature as a hero to the radical right and clueless voters. How about South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, for example?
Noem is the genius governor who decided that in the middle of a raging pandemic, she’d be more than happy to welcome nearly 500,000 bikers from around the country into her state for the infamous Sturgis rally. What could go wrong?
Surely a bunch of mask-less people getting liquored up at local bars and music venues spewing droplets like a Pacific Northwest rainstorm wouldn’t be a problem. I’m not sure because I’m not a scientist. But right now, South Dakota is averaging nearly 1,000 cases of Covid every day this month, and deaths have surged almost 75% in just the last two weeks.
No biggie. Not for this governor. Doubling down, as crackpots tend to do, her office issued the following statement Friday: “It’s a good day for freedom. Joe Biden realizes that the president doesn’t have the authority to institute a mask mandate. For that matter, neither does Governor Noem, which is why she has provided her citizens with the full scope of the science and trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.”
Bless her heart. I wonder if those in ICU’s at the present moment would have wished the good governor had issued a mask mandate weeks ago. Sadly, they probably do not. According to an RN who works in one of the local hospitals, some patients are in pandemic denial. I wonder where they would get that idea?
Perhaps they’ve been listening to the current crackpot Covid advisor to the White House’s current occupant. Yes, that’s none other than world-renown epidemiologist Dr. Scott Atlas. Oh wait, never mind, he’s a neuro-radiologist. My mistake – I digress.
Dr. Atlas doesn’t think much of the current pandemic. He’s downplayed it ever since he began appearing on Fox News several months ago – obviously the number one attribute and resume highlight the current president coveted.
Herd immunity. Yeah, that’s the solution according to the good doctor – a theory that nearly 100% of scientists and experts discount and reject. Even his former employer, Stanford University, has distanced itself from this quack. They want no part of him.
And then Atlas weighed in yesterday on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to initiate additional restrictions to stem a horrific rise in cases in that state:
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that the good doctor might have been advocating violence. But he denied that was his intention a few hours later, merely stating that he meant people should exercise their right to “peacefully protest.”
I wonder if the idiot knew about the arrest several weeks ago of white supremacists, who allegedly wanted to kidnap and possibly murder Governor Whitmer? Surely he couldn’t be that stupid and tone-deaf. Could he? Well, he’s working for the Trump administration. Enough said.
I could go on, but I will not. I was going to talk about Florida’s ignorant Republican governor too, but quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I won’t bombard you any longer today. My mind needs a break from the incompetence, the conspiracy theories, the false patriotism, the treasonous-like denial of Joe Biden’s victory, the lying and delusion.
In sum, is it any wonder that Governor Noem has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2024? Oh, yes, it’s true. Maybe Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene will be her running-mate if she wins the nomination. A match made in heaven.
Nothing would surprise. Because folks, this GOP – this Republican Party – is batshit crazy. It’s the party of Trump, through and through. They deserve each other, and even when he’s long gone, I can’t see much changing.
Already the far-right is denouncing Fox News as being ‘fake news.’ That’s right, Fox News. When even Fox isn’t nutty enough for them, God help us all.