Republicans, conservatives, and right-wingers simply cannot make up their feeble minds. They don’t want to wear protective face masks, but they also don’t want to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In other words, they want to pretend there’s no pandemic and hundreds of thousands of Americans haven’t already died. It’s almost as if they believe that if we ignore the virus, it’ll get its feelings hurt and go away.
Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House of Representatives will once again impose a mask mandate on all members of Congress and staffers. It’s an attempt to help control spread of COVID-19, especially since the dangerous Delta variant of the disease it wreaking havoc on the nation.
News of the mandate infuriated many House Republicans, including Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who took to the floor of the House and pitched a childish hissy fit, declaring:
As if that wasn’t unhinged enough, Roy was just getting warmed up, and he continued his rant, acting like a spoiled child who had just been told he had to go to bed instead of being allowed to stay up late:
Bo freaking hoo! Chip Roy isn’t getting his way, so he wants to shut down Congress so he can go back to Texas, sit at home, and get paid with taxpayer money. What a sweet deal that would be! Hell, most of us would love getting a salary of $174,000 a year with full benefits and a guaranteed pension plan to sit around and do nothing other than make speeches the way Roy and his GOP colleagues do.
The solution is simple: Either we all get vaccinated for the good of the country, or we get used to wearing masks. That the choice we face. Chip Roy needs to either man up or resign his seat in Congress.
Republicans love to pretend they’re more patriotic than their Democratic counterparts in an attempt to pretend they love the United States, even though they also support insurrectionists who attack the Capitol and side with dictators like Vladimir Putin instead of our allies.
But wouldn’t you think just about every American citizen knows the words to the Pledge of Allegiance and where to put your hands during a recitation of that pledge?
As it turns out, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is completely clueless when it comes to the Pledge of Allegiance, as he proved Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference in Dallas.
Here’s the video:
Why did Scott raise his hand the way he did? Did he think he was being sworn before taking the stand in a trial? Or was he preparing to recite the Boy Scout oath?
Whatever the reason, what does it say about a man that he doesn’t even know the proper etiquette for an oath that kids have been taking for hundreds of years?
If perhaps you’ve ever wondered whether or not stupidity is a hereditary trait, consider the case of the family of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and their dairy farm just outside Tulare, California.
According to The Tulare Advance-Register, a massive 100-ton hay fire is burning at the Nunes and Sons Dairy, which has investigators wondering what exactly might have caused the blaze.
Well, according to neighbors who live near the Nunes dairy farm, it’s all connected a fireworks show held at the dairy on the eve of Independence Day:
“Neighbors on Oakdale Avenue said they witnessed a ‘Disney-style’ illegal fireworks show and party at the dairy, which is run by a relative of Tulare Congressman Devin Nunes.
“Lori Lockwood, who lives across from the dairy, said she heard loud booms and felt her house shake before midnight. She went outside with her husband and watched the colorful display, she said.
Soon after, Lockwood said her husband noticed a fire spreading in the field that separates their property from the Nunes’ family dairy. She called 911.”
Exceptionally dry weather in California has led officials to to warn against residents shooting fireworks at home, but apparently the Nunes clan doesn’t think the rules apply to them, much like their more well-known relative.
News of a fire at the dairy is especially ironic in light of the fact that Congressman Nunes sued Twitter over a parody account that pretended to be from a cow at the Nunes family dairy, as CNN reported last year:
“California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes cannot sue Twitter over allegedly defamatory remarks made about him by satirical accounts pretending to be his mother and a cow, a Virginia judge ruled Wednesday.
“Nunes sued Twitter, the two satirical accounts and a third Twitter user in March 2019, demanding $250 million in damages and that the anonymous accounts be unmasked.”
@DevinCow had this to say about the dairy fire:
So is stupidity an inherited trait? Mmmm…ooo….yeah.
If you’re the least bit familiar with the book 1984 by George Orwell, then you’ll recall this line from the novel which describes exactly how the authoritarian government overseen by Big Brother manages to keep the populace in complete ignorance, eternally compliant:
“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
Truth is not truth in the world of Big Brother. Your eyes and your ears are deceiving you. We will tell you what is real and what is fiction.
And that’s exactly what’s transpiring right now among some Republicans in Congress: They’re denying there was rioting and an insurrection on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Instead, they insist, the rioters were tourists, not rabid pro-Trump supporters who chanted that Vice President Mike Pence should be hanged from the nearest noose.
What can be done about this denial of fact? Can these extreme factual deniers be punished?
Maybe so, according to Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who has introduced a bill to censure three GOP members of the House, Salon reports:
“The censure bill, proposed by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., is focused on Republican Reps. Andrew Clyde, Paul Gosar, and Jody Hice, three key players alleged to have aided some organizing ahead of Jan. 6.
“‘These members cannot be allowed to rewrite history at their convenience by disrespecting the sacrifices made by Capitol police officers and downplaying the violent, destructive intent that rioters carried into this sacred building,’ Cicilline stated in a letter to fellow lawmakers. ‘The January 6th insurrection was an attack on our democracy that we must continue to defend against today,’ he added. As for the exact wording of the resolution slated to be introduced by Cicilline, that remains a work in process.”
The censure motion is certainly needed, especially in light of what Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) said recently during a hearing in the House:
Let us be clear, too, Congressman Clyde: Your remarks are complete and utter bullshit. January 6 was a riot and an insurrection. Even many of your Republican colleagues have said so.
How else do we know there was a violent insurrection and that Mr. Clyde is aware of that fact? Well, he was one of the members of Congress helping put up a barricade to keep the rioters out of the House chamber, as shown in this photo:
Nothing happened, Congressman Clyde? Then what in the hell are you doing in the photo? Holding an impromptu committee meeting? Stop insulting our intelligence! Not all of us choose to be willfully ignorant so we can stay in the good graces of a failed, one-term former president who would gladly grind you into powder if it suited his selfish purposes.
Censure all of these assholes? Yes! Every last one of them while Democrats have the majority (and the votes) and can do so. Otherwise, we should all get used to rejecting the evidence of our eyes and ears and preparing to swear allegiance to whatever form of Big Brother that’s presented before us for mandatory worship.
Republicans are not good at humor. They never have been and they never will be. When was the last time you heard a really good joke or barb come from a member of the GOP? You haven’t.
So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Republican attack meme aimed at the Biden administration’s proposal to raise taxes on the big corporations and the richest 1% of Americans fell flat on its face, partially because the meme’s creator didn’t even understand the movie he or she built the meme around.
Here’s the meme sent out by RNC Research:
Maybe it’s been awhile since you last viewed the movie “E.T.,” but Elliott and the extraterrestrial shown in the iconic bike scene (which now features President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the lead roles) were the heroes of the movie. So apparently raising taxes on the rich is a heroic thing to do. How backasswards is that?
The mockery began almost immediately:
The GOP meme makers must have graduated from Trump University.