Senator Johnson (WI) and Republican mockery

I don’t understand what happened to Senator Johnson since he became a Senator. He has drunk Republican Kool Aid of some kind.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ron-johnson-just-dropped-a-ridiculous-conspiracy-theory-at-the-senate-capitol-attack-hearing/ar-BB1dWKGP

Obviously, Sen. Johnson has become a shill and will repeat every stupid thing he hears or reads. He obviously didn’t watch the videos or doesn’t believe them.

But here’s the point: Yes, there were agents provocateur at the Capitol who violently attacked the police and invaded the building and sought out RINOs and Democrat leadership; however, they were TRUMP provocateurs and not Antifa or others.

It will take the FBI more time, and it will likely take Congress a while, to formally connect the dots that President Trump , on or about December 28th, met with organizers of the rally and Republican leadership to discuss the possibility of disrupting the Electoral College, that President Trump approved the speakers for the January 5th rally AND that he spoke with Roger Stone about the role the Oathkeepers might play in disrupting the Electoral College vote.

Of course, there’s no evidence of this conspiracy yet. It’s just me connecting the dots I see. Which makes me wonder if the current mockery of a congressional commission isn’t Sen. Ron Johnson saving his own butt. I’m wondering if maybe he was in that fateful meeting on or about December 28th and his current actions are him trying to protect himself and the Republican leaders.

Or maybe I am just giving him too much credit.

The War on Reputations

There’s a new Civil War in progress and nobody’s winning. This Civil War is all about destroying the reputations of political partys, politicians, news media, government institutions, and ordinary people who have found themselves in extraordinary situations.

This is a many-sided war with battles being fought over the reputations of participants. In politics, it’s about Republicans vs Democrats and who will bend the government to their will while it loots USA national treasure for its party.

Outside of national politics, it’s about the reputations of celebrities, businesses and their leaders, and the burgeoning growth of internet personalities. The destroyers attack the reputations of famous people, the reputations of historical events, and the reputations of religion, morality, and financial institutions. And they especially attack the reputations of hard work, civility, deferred gratification, and common decency.

The weaponization of social media is the suitcase bomb of the 90s. The tools of social media allow everyone to become a potential bomb maker and everyone else a potential bomb thrower. In the hands of irresponsible people, the innocent-and-imperfect are attacked with weapons in which there is no defense. There is no defense from the lies that are told or the misrepresentations of the truth. It is scorched earth warfare.

The War on Reputations is an ugly war. It is anarchy on the internet. A “hater” chooses a target and launches his/her hate bomb. Others pick up the same material and fashion it for their own purpose. When government or businesses attempt to stop the bombmakers, other haters attack those same governments and those same businesses and accuse them of denying free speech or being fascist, communist, anti-this, or a sympathizer for that.

The only way to win this war is either not to play the game (a la War Games) or become totalitarian and control the content. For humankind, it appears that controlling the content is the only viable option. Self-control is preferred but “from the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.”

Just as newspapers and magazines controlled the content of their publications, the ISPs may be required to control the content in their e-publications.

Accusations and mudslinging will need an outside force to control them. And that is exactly what many fear.

The legislation that controls the content of the US internet will be foreboding at best; but to live with a free market of smearing, sneering, and fleering seems impossible. To give every person access to social media bomblets and permit the desecration of the innocent-and-imperfect seems too permissive. Not everyone is an adult and not everyone is equal. We should recognize that.

The War on Reputations could use a few Rules of Social Media Warfare and violations of those rules should likely become Social Media War Crimes with attendant consequences. Perhaps a new Geneva Convention is needed to craft those rules.

Any takers?

Not an Insurrection?

I’ve said before the Capitol Hill invasion on January 6th was not an insurrection but a disruption of the Electoral College process. The Merriam-Webster definition of an insurrection is: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government. I prefer Wordnik’s def though: The act of rising against civil authority or governmental restraint; specifically, the armed resistance of a number of persons to the power of the state; incipient or limited rebellion.

Having said that, there is video evidence of Trump supporters rising up against Capitol police officers and beating them with weapons other than firearms. So Senator Johnson’s assertion that it can’t be an armed insurrection because there are no firearms is absurd. Plenty of insurrections have occurred around the world without firearms. He should stop watching the movie versions of rebellions.

Perhaps there were two intentions.

There was a successful mob effort to disrupt the Electoral College process. Senators fled a mob and the Capitol was invaded but there wasn’t a general denigration of the place where democracy is upheld every day. Yes, there was looting and making a mess of things but the physical destruction of the sanctum did not appear to be an unspoken goal of the mob.

The people outside the Capitol were largely peaceful protesters and there are tons of videos to substantiate that. But those who forced themselves inside the Capitol was a different and more violent mob.

So as we look at the general invasion, let’s also look at a core group of people with malicious intentions who were searching out Democrats, RINOs, and VP Pence. We should believe people who say they wish to harm us or others. They intended harm but were unsuccessful at accomplishing it. Thanks to the Capitol Police.

Is an unsuccessful insurrection simply a mob riot? Probably so, although it is odd to think of it that way. It likely comes down to intent. Was the intent of the mob to take over Capitol Hill and assert its authority over the government? Or was it to disrupt the process that was underway, the counting of ballots for the Electoral College?

And what about that core group with malicious intentions? We’ll never know how far they would have gone had they gotten their hands on their targets.

I speculated before that the overrun of the Capitol was cover for a more violent group of people. Extremists. Ones with malicious intentions. I’m still of the opinion that this was an orchestrated event, useful idiots stormed the Capitol and violent extremists forced their way into the building to harm their targets.

Perhaps the Congressional Commission will establish the truth of things.

We can only hope.

Student Loan Forgiveness Yikes or not?

“Biden argues that the government shouldn’t forgive debt for people who went to “Harvard and Yale and Penn” — and he’s also indicated that he believes Congress should make changes through legislation, which would make them harder to undo.”

Well, President Biden and I agree on that point.

In my view if you are smart enough to go to college then you are smart enough to pay your debts. Even if you dropped out.

Biden wants a limitation of $10,000 and the uber-liberals like Sanders, Warren, and Schumer want to make it $50,000! Yikes! What is wrong with them? This sucking up to the college vote, well, it just sucks!

I wish this buying of American votes would go away but it is not likely to happen.

And in any event, isn’t this loan forgiveness simply a way to replace the money that banks loaned out and are now at risk of default?

The latest student loan debt statistics for 2020 show how serious the student loan debt crisis has become for borrowers across all demographics and age groups. There are 45 million borrowers who collectively owe nearly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – behind only mortgage debt – and higher than both credit cards and auto loans. The average student loan debt for members of the Class of 2018 is $29,200, a 2% increase from the prior year, according to the Institute for College Access and Success.

That’s a lot of moolah coolah.

Send a note to all your congressman to stop college loan forgiveness.

Sen. Ron Johnson- Naked and Unafraid (cough) in Oz

“This will get me in trouble, but I don’t care,” Johnson said. He argued that “groups of agitators” are to blame for the Capitol riot and not “tens of thousands of Trump supporters.”

“The group of people that supported Trump, the hundreds of thousands of people who attended those Trump rallies, those are the people that love this country,” Johnson told Weber. “They never would have done what happened on Jan. 6. That is a group of people that love freedom; that’s a group of people we need to unify and keep on our side.”

The woke Senator from Wisconsin is laying it all on the line, isn’t he? I mean , really, do you think he might pick up a brain while he is in the Land of Oz?

So, let’s begin by re-asserting what everyone else knew on January 6th and in the thousands of videos seen after that but NOW Sen. Johnson also knows this:

a) Of the tens of thousands of MAGA supporters in Washington on January 6th, a few hundred actually invaded the Capitol building while tens of thousands stood outside of it.

b) That invasionary element disrupted the Electoral College vote count and forced Senators to take shelter. They broke windows, broke doors, beat police officers, sprayed tear gas, and violently forced their way into the building. They stole mementos as trophies of their incursion.

c) That element was prepared to take prisoners and was shouting hang Mike Pence and seeking out Nancy Pelosi and AOC and any RINOs they could find.

d) The President ginned up his base and they believed they were acting on instructions from President Trump to “Stop the Steal”.

e) The President did nothing for two hours except rub his hands in glee as he watched everything unfold on TV.

With a medal of courage from the lion in Oz, Sen. Johnson doesn’t care if you know the truth that the people who committed this disruption are the ones who were inside the Capitol Building and not outside of it. NOW Sen. Johnson says it was just some agitators carrying Trump flags, shouting Trump slogans, and stopping the steal but they were not really MAGA supporters.

Sen. Johnson says this even though there is a photo of Roger Stone (dear friend of Pres. Trump) and six Oath Keepers (far-right anti-government militia) together in Washington that day.

Sen, Johnson goes on to say that this “insurrection” was no big deal. (I hope he finds a brain soon.) AND blames the House Managers for cheating on the delivery of evidence.

Johnson said in the interview that the videos were “highly selectively edited” and that the trial lacked due process. He also questioned whether the group was truly an “armed” insurrection.

“When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask — how many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot, it was a tragedy, but I think there was only one,” Johnson said. “If that was a planned armed insurrection, man, you had really a bunch of idiots.”

(Due Process? More evidence that Sen Johnson doesn’t have a brain. There is no due process in an impeachment. It is not a criminal trial! Sheesh. Maybe he should read Mark Twain: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”)

So now Senator Johnson is claiming this just didn’t live up to the claim of being a planned armed insurrection! This is how Senator Johnson lies. He lies by conflation: mixing two things up and then saying: See? It doesn’t measure up!

I think Senator Johnson doesn’t measure up as a Senator for the United States of America. He falls woefully short because he lacks a brain and he lacks courage.

I don’t think he has a heart either. To the best of my knowledge, Senator Johnson has not expressed his empathy to his colleagues who were emotionally impacted by the days events. Nor to the families who lost their loved ones on that day.

Maybe Senator Johnson should ease on down that yellow-brick Republican road in 2022 and let a better American take his place. Or else fly his monkey-ass back into the sky.

p.s. Aren’t you getting a little tired of Republicans saying that it is all a fraud and the Dems are making things up? I am.

Trump Acquitted Again

Everyone predicted that former President Trump would be acquitted for the second time and he was. On a vote of 57 for impeachment and 43 against impeachment, the 2/3 majority was unmet so the President was acquitted.

The case from the House was excellent and demonstrated the truth of things: Donald Trump ginned up his base before the election and after the election. It was shown that former President Trump invited the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, QAnon, and a huge portion of simple MAGA supporters to “Stop The Steal” on January 6th. They also showed that former President Trump gave the cue for the disruption of the Electoral College ballot count and that the MAGA supporters created the chaos at the Capitol while the fringe extremists invaded the Capitol in search of Democrats, RINOs, and the VP of the United States of America to harm them. And that the President took no measures for two hours to halt the violence. He was too enthralled at what he had wrought.

Mitch McConnell , current Minority Leader of the Senate, agreed that the House managers proved the facts of their case.

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that there was no question that former President Donald Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for provoking the January 6 US Capitol insurrection despite the Senate voting to acquit Trump for inciting the riot.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mcconnell-no-question-trump-is-responsible-for-provoking-riot/vi-BB1dEyet

However, as in all political battles, it’s all about giving people an excuse not to do the right thing. In this case, many of the Republicans believed that one cannot hold a trial for an impeached President who is no longer in office. This is, of course, an excuse not to do the right thing. Many Republicans used that excuse to vote against impeachment. We don’t know how many. We don’t even know if that is the excuse McConnell told himself.

And yet, the queue is now set for former President Trump to go to the Supreme Court and argue that articles of impeachment should be stricken from his record. He will say that he was found not guilty and there should not have been a trial at all.

No matter how you slice and dice this though, the video and audio evidence of President Trump’s malfeasance is on record for the world to see.

So too, is the evidence that the Republican leadership will go to extraordinary lengths to support Donald Trump. As I’ve said before, the Republican Party is no longer the Conservative Party of Gerald Ford or of George Bush I and II.

It is now a red meat party that attacks and lies and distorts the truth. Welcome to the Republican Party- New and Improved.

oooh, my personal conspiracy theory!

After reading hundreds of conspiracy theories over the years, I finally have one of my own! Yaaaaay!

So let me begin by saying this is totally made-up except for the missing Washington Times article. That part is true, or was true when I wrote my post.

Are you ready? Ok, here goes:

I wrote before about the three-hour December 28th (?) meeting in the White House with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and unnamed Republicans in which plans were made for the coming vote and rally on January 6th. I told you that the article that appeared in the Washington Weekly edition, mysteriously, cannot be found in the e-versions available on line.

https://reasonablecitizen.wordpress.com/2021/02/03/wh-plan-to-overthrow-election-foiled-by-trump-supporters/

So now this mysterious disappearance from The Washington Times has got me thinking there was more to the covert plan.

Here’s my conspiracy theory for your amusement or amazement, which ever, what ever.

The President summoned some key Republican zealots into the WH to ostensibly talk about challenging the Electoral College count by VP Pence. Once they started talking, it was clear the President wanted to talk about the rally being held on January 5th for MAGA supporters. He asked who the speakers were and made some suggestions about using Rudy Giuliani and Alex Jones to fire up the crowd.

Then the conversation turned to speculation and it isn’t clear who made the suggestion but it became a kind of joke if the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and/or the Boogaloo Bois might capture a Democrat or two and shame them on national TV. The President liked the idea and his minions began to spread the story among the followers that the President supported the idea of putting Pelosi or Schumer in handcuffs and show his base what should happen to all Democrats.

And it became obvious that if the Capitol Police were thinned out and there was a sufficient amount of delay, that a small cadre of Trumpian patriots might be able to make this happen.

And so the plan was hatched to motivate MAGA followers to storm the Capitol so a handful of patriots could hide among the crowd and then shame a few Democrats or a couple of RINOs on national TV.

That’s my personal conspiracy theory. Don’t steal it. There is nothing factual about it except for the missing Washington Times e-article written by Dave Boyer.

I have often said that you can’t make this stuff up… now I’ve learned that you actually can make this stuff up.

(sarcasm alert) But those darn Democrats have exploded the whole thing into some nefarious insurrection and then people were actually killed and, well, what was once a lark has now become something darker and more sinister.

I’m thinking I should turn this into one of those alternate Universe/portal stories where an alernate history happened. Might be good for a TV movie …or maybe a series!

Sigh…well..,making things up is fun but reality is better. I’m going back to watching the trial now. Oh, my! Who’s the idiot lawyer talking about Due Process when the impeachment hearing isn’t a criminal trial? What a maroon! Doesn’t he know that when Sen. Mitch McConnell says there will be no witness testimony that Due Process is broken into a thousand pieces?

You can’t make this stuff up! Lawyers are such idiots.

Rep. Marjorie Greene explains why she was looney the previous ten years but now she is different.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, 47-year-old business woman, conspiracy article author, and hard-right Republican supporter explains how confused she was by the world for the past ten years in a 10-minute speech in Congress. No one explained the truth of things to her over the past ten years or so and she got caught up in the lies on the internet. While she does not apologize for her actions, she would like everyone to know that she no longer believes any of the stuff she said in the 59 articles she wrote when she was 44 years old.

She says she discovered former-President Donald Trump in 2016 and her life changed. He was a politician she could admire.

“Beginning in 2017, Greene authored 59 articles as a “correspondent” for the now-defunct “American Truth Seekers,” a conspiracy news website, [6] and beginning in January 2018, 27 articles for Law Enforcement Today, a website that bills itself as “unapologetically in support of those who hold the Thin Blue Line.”[27]” -Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Taylor_Greene

I encourage you to watch the video as she tells YOU what is wrong with America …without apologizing for wanting to kill Democrats or any of the other crazy things she supported two-three years ago.

Hunter Biden and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

If you are a Republican, you are absolutely appalled that Hunter Biden got paid $5m by a foreign government but you are very comfortable with a blonde white woman who adores Donald Trump, wants to shoot Nancy Pelosi in the head, has made racist, anti-semitic remarks, thinks school shootings were false flag operations, and well, everything else this man says below.

And keeping this woman in Congress is important to the Republican Party. Sheesh.

Tell me again about the moral values of Trump-ian Republicans. I know most Conservatives do not like this woman but they accept the tolerance that Republican leadership extends to her intolerance.

https://fb.watch/3rJQSU9JC4/

Mitch McConnell has expressed his opinion of her looney theories.

The Democrat leadership is trying to keep her out of all committee meetings and they might have a point. Of course, it is best if she resigns but the Republican House leadership wants her to stay.

This is the Party of Trump and there is nothing Conservative about it.