The governors’ races are becoming more important as the attacks on democracy from the American right continue. This is my first (and both very incomplete and early) look at the 2022 races.
Today I’m approaching the Republicans’ assault on the First Amendment from a different angle. The right to free speech comes with responsibilities and guardrails. The current House GOP caucus either doesn’t understand that and/or is too cowardly to stand up for it (and by extension America). Continue reading No Guardrails
As it turns out my selection for the biggest American political story of last week may indeed have been a bit premature. Very late Friday night the House passed a $ trillion+ infrastructure package that the Senate had previously passed and the President is certain to sign into law (if he hasn’t already by the time you read this). It was sausage making at its best (or should I say worst?). The real issue is that it may (hopefully) still be an incomplete story. Today I want to focus on one of my political pet peeves – the hypocrisy of many elected officials.
I remember sometime ago having a conversation with a minister who told me that when they were in the seminary being taught how to construct a sermon they were told that for each point they needed to give three examples. This person felt that could get a bit too lengthy. If they had six points they wanted to cover that meant 18 examples and people would be getting restless in their seats before the conclusion of the sermon. Believe me I will get to politics and soon.
Thursday afternoon the House found Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to comply with a House subpoena. The vote was 229-202-1. All 202 nay votes were cast by Republicans. 9 of the 229 ayes were cast by Republicans, one was very interesting! Even one of the nine reeked of bad intent. The lone vote not cast may be the most interesting and telling of all. Read on.