When it comes to Joni “Make ‘em squeal” Ernst or Steve King it’s clown shoes all day, every day. Recently, the conversation in Iowa has turned away from our homegrown whack-a-doos and focused on the nutcase circus that will be the Republican caucus.
Well, the Freedom Caucus and the Tea Party Caucus and whatever other self-important gathering of right wing Republicans branding themselves a caucus are getting ready to reap what they have sown. John Boehner is gone. Kevin McCarthy took his ball and went home. Golden boy Paul Ryan is pulling a “will he or won’t he run?” The leading lights of the right wing will not have broad enough appeal to win the speakership. It’s a good time to be sitting on the sidelines.
Steve King, leader of the insurgents in the House, had some real doozies in a recent interview with everyone’s favorite token liberal Alan Colmes. Apparently, John Boehner prevented King from defending the Constitution:
The decisions that were made by the current Speaker right now, that was John Boehner, many times blocked me from defending the Constitution, which is a requirement of my office.
For example, when the President committed his self-professed unconstitutional act of executive amnesty, the effort to block the funding for that executive amnesty, was blocked by a strategic maneuver by the Speaker. So that’s one of those bones I would pick, but it’s a significant principle from my perspective.
For people who proclaim to be such staunch defenders of the sacred document—at least the second amendment—they are remarkable in their inability to man the ramparts against procedural shenanigans. As chaos in the House looms I am hoping that these people get less and less play once the world realizes you cannot elect people who fundamentally hate government to run the government.
However, this is a party that on the whole stands alone on a lot of issues when looking at the worldwide consensus. Take climate change. While a majority of people within the United States and an overwhelming majority of people in the world agree on the fundamental aspects of man-made climate change, the Republican Party is staunch in its backwards denial of such a phenomenon. If you are looking for leadership from these people these are not the politicians you are looking for.
Sometimes, there is a glimmer of hope. Ben Carson, who generally says a lot of horrible things but in such a calm and relaxed manner that people give him a pass, actually gave a great answer when it comes to clean energy:
I don’t care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, if you have any thread of decency in you, you want to take care of the environment because you know you have to pass it on to the next generation. There is no reason to make it into a political issue.
Kim Davis’ fifteen minutes of fame are about up and the right wing hate machine will move on to its next martyr. The law firm that is leading her public defense is a hate group supporting organization that distorts facts and fabricates outright lies to pus its agenda. I am sure they will have no trouble finding the next Kim Davis or Cliven Bundy to fan the flames of hate.
Walls work when backed by gigantic military industrial complexes and secret police that invade every aspect of your personal life. Oh wait, that is the current right wing dream scenario.