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The Republican Clown Show

As I write this, Representative Kevin McCarthy is poised to lose his 7th attempt at being Speaker of the House. These last three days it’s been a shitshow in American politics. And that’s saying something. 

There’s a sense of dread of what comes next as the detractors continually vote against McCarthy, keeping him from taking the reins. Reins that he assumed he already had since he moved into the Speaker’s office over the winter break.

While this isn’t even the most ballots cast for Speaker (that record goes to the 34th Congress (1855-1857) which had 133 ballots), it has shed some light that something’s gotta give. 

While I have no illusions that McCarthy will not be the next Speaker, it’s insane that we are watching the center collapse. That the in-fighting of the so-called “party of Lincoln” is being aired before the country and all countries across the world. 

It shows a weakness. Not just in the Republican party in the aftermath of Donald J. Trump, but as the country as a whole. In seven ballots, Hakeem Jeffries earned 212 each time while McCarthy has only earned 202 (for the first three) and 201 (for the last four). They need 218 to win. And it would be political suicide if six Republican centrists or seventeen Democratic centrists would vote for the other team. 

If this doesn’t scream that a change needs to be made, I don’t know what will.

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“Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead.”

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On election day, I promised myself a social media blackout to reset the moment a projected winner was called. It has almost been a week since all major media outlets – this includes Fox News – announced Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the projected winners of the 2020 election; it almost feels like a lifetime ago that we were celebrating on Twitter, on the streets, on our blogs. But I’m still on social media, following election news.

Usually when a projected winner is announced, a concession speech is given by the losing party. It’s been tradition for some time now, I believe. However, we have never had a Trump presidency.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Donald J. Trump has been building a case for election fraud months before he lost. He stated falsehoods about mail-in ballots in order to better discredit them in the eyes of his following. No matter how many times his tweets were debunked, this base – like any true cult – ate it up. They took to their social media and began spreading his bullshit as fact. It got so bad that even Facebook took action against Trumpian groups, shutting a few down in the process.

Now that the election has come and gone with Trump trailing behind President-elect Joe Biden, the full force of these lies have come into play. Lawsuits were filed and tossed out in swing states that Trump didn’t win, and had no chance in winning. The phrases “legal” and “illegal” votes were introduced and now parroted by his base. Fox News has even interrupted a speech given by Kayleigh McEnany for pushing this falsehood. MSNBC stopped thirty seconds into Trump’s speech, not being able to continue the livestream in good conscience.

Clearly, I was naïve last week. There was no way that the 74-year-old toddler president would concede with dignity. And shame of on the Republican senators that allowed this disruption of our democratic process to go on for so long.

As I was writing this post, my aunt informed me that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have won Arizona, given them 290 electoral votes against Trump’s 217. This just adds to the collapse of Trump administration, as it is coupled with multiple Republican senators stating that Joe Biden should be receiving security briefings. Among these senators is Lindsey Graham. Karl Rove has noted that nothing Trump does will overturn the election results, while Geraldo Rivera released a statement that it’s time to concede with dignity.

But the best part of this news cycle is General Mark Milley’s, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, statement: “We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, a tribe or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution. And every soldier that is represented in this museum, every sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, each of us will protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price.”

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TBA

It’s not that haven’t written anything in the weeks after inauguration day; it’s just that I don’t want to stray down the path of politics. Yes, I will discuss my politics. And I will discuss my opinion on the Trump administration. And, yes, I will write about my thoughts on social, political, and economic issues. But if I start off this path now, there’s no turning back.

There are things happen in the world right now—in this country—that irk me. We’ll get to that. Just not right now. Right now, I want to focus on my life. I want to focus on my writing. My job. My kid. I want to focus on the good that’s happening around rather than feeding into the bad. Rather than explaining to my right-wing friends the difference between a peaceful protester (be it Black Lives Matter or the Resistance) and anarchists groups like the Black Bloc.

There’s a time and place to talk about Trump. Talk about his unconstitutional executive orders. Talk about his blossoming dictatorship. Talk about how spineless the GOP has become. How the Democratic party needs to stop being so compromising. To discuss alternative facts.

It’s just not now. Not for me. Not for this blog.

But I do promise that I’ll discuss it. Discuss my opinions. For now, I shall return to reading Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy that will Prevail by Jonathan Chait.