Harangue in G Major

Pass the Barf Bag Please

Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise, Kevin McCarthy, Elise Stefanik, Andrew Clyde, Paul Gosar, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, and I apologize if I overlooked anyone, as it was purely an oversight, but you and the vast majority of your smug, ethically-challenged Republican colleagues in Congress insult my intelligence and make me doubt if you have even a teensy weensy bit of patriotism remaining in your soiled soul and how can you possibly not come out in the strongest of terms and leave no stone unturned to find out what prompted and who led the capitol insurrection.

(Photo/Pawel Czerwinski)

You voted against a joint congressional investigation and now you’ve voted against a House probe, although the majority Democrats came out on top and the probe will go on.

The N.Y. Times studied numerous videos and yesterday published a 40 minute compilation of the Jan. 6 riot and the scenes are breath-taking, stomach-churning, chilling and if there was ever a moment of treason, this was it. If you think you’ve seen it all, think twice because you haven’t. The people who participated are what caught my attention and made my bile rise, these regular Americans, men, women, young people, elderly people, out of control, shrieking, wailing, howling like animals, waving banners in support of everything from QAnon to “Stop the Steal,” the worst and most obnoxious, loathsome, abhorrent and despicable of people, and add in detestable, abominable, rotten and pestiferous just like the guy in the pickup with a huge trump 2020 banner waving as he tailgates you, leans on his horn not once or twice but three times, until you pull over and let him pass while he flips you the finger as you quietly hope that he will wrap his pretty new pick up truck around a tree or the woman at ShopRite who gets in your face for wearing a face mask, calls you a communist who is ruining this wonderful country and yells out that trump will be back or your ignorant neighbor who posts signs on his lawn about pedophile Democratic senators, a feeble-minded President Biden who is bringing the country to its knees and various attacks on everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to pro-choice advocates all the while littering his lawn with trump signs, stopping just this short of deifying the disgraced real estate magnate, all in apparent ignorance that trump is no longer the president, thank God. If I compared you self-important boobs to a sound, it would be the scratching of chalk on the blackboard.

Watch the video and I defy you to call the calamity anything other than a riot, an attempted coup, an insurrection and I further challenge you to come away thinking it was anything but a giant trump rally. You will see an ocean of people running wild, out of control, attacking the under-manned police with flag poles, hockey sticks, baseball bats, bear spray, and watch as one of trump’s finest paladins hurls a fire extinguisher at a police officer, striking him in the head, see the criminal agitators smash windows of the Capitol, screaming out the most obscenities you’ll hear this side of a trump rally. But the most execrable and galling quality of this swarm of despicables is that they really believe what they are saying, they really think they have answers and that they believe that they are actually quite bright, when in reality, I daresay most get their information from QAnon-like sources and they don’t even question that maybe they are being led like sheep to slaughter and that the latest book read by most of them was a ninth grade assignment.

So, I hope this harangue gets through to you Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise, Kevin McCarthy, Elise Stefanik, Andrew Clyde, Paul Gosar, Mitch McConnell, et al and I ask how far will you compromise yourselves and continue to fear trump and his sordid base and when will you just say enough, regardless of the political fallout. Come on guys, don’t you understand that trump is trying to overthrow this government or are you just culpable by your acquiescence. Probably won’t ever happen but don’t say I didn’t try.

I particularly single out Jim Jordan for his void of ethics and for his apparently bottomless pit of hypocrisy, you the same Jim Jordan who served on the 2014 House Select Committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, a committee that spent $7 million and after two years, concluded the Obama administration did not provide adequate security for the U.S. compound while failing to lay blame for the obvious target of the investigation, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an effort to smear and wreck her presidential campaign, which in so small part, it did.

And while I’m at it, here’s a shout out to the microscopic number of Republicans who voted for the joint House-Senate investigation, including Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan M. Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. All but Portman had voted at the impeachment trial to convict trump of inciting the insurrection. Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, missed the vote but said he would have voted to advance debate on the commission. He was one of 11 senators who missed the vote.

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