Republican Hypocrisy category archive
WHYY (my old NPR station when I lived in the Philly area) takes a look at how taking sensible health precautions has morphed into a theater of stupid. Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
Still, the battle to inoculate the nation against the coronavirus has reached a fever pitch in recent months. President Biden has focused on getting as many Americans as possible vaccinated against the coronavirus, most notably rolling out wide-reaching vaccine mandates for government employees and for businesses with more than 100 workers.
But Republicans have grown increasingly hostile to the notion of mandatory vaccines — despite vaccine mandates existing in the background in parts of the United States since the 19th century — and have parlayed the fight against COVID-19 into a political battle, with vaccine mandates as the latest frontier in the great American defense of freedom and liberty. . . . .
“Somehow it has morphed into not getting the vaccine as a way to defend their freedom and resist this ‘tyranny,’ ” said Ken Resnicow, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Michigan. “There’s not many countries that have this dynamic.”
Donald Trump’s nondisclosure ploy with Omarosa fails badly when put to the test. Here’s a bit from the story at Above the Law:
Unfortunately for Team Trump, Jessica Denson, another ex-campaign staffer was simultaneously litigating an identical agreement in the Southern District of New York, and US District Judge Paul Gardephe ruled in March that the campaign’s non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses were unenforceable under New York law.
The campaign attempted to distinguish between Denson and Manigault Newman, arguing that latter “warranted a strict confidentiality provision as a term of her employment, since Respondent was known to be ‘nasty’ and ‘confrontational’ on the television show.” The arbitrator found this line of reasoning “unpersuasive.”
The arbitrator did not point out the inherent filthiness of arguing that identical contracts mean different things when applied to a White woman and a “nasty” Black woman. But we will.
General Milley explains the concept of responsibility to a person incapable of grasping it.
Via Francis Langum at C&L, who has commentary.
Gregory Svirnovskiy thinks Republicans have come up with a new gerrymandering strategy.
It’s a long and complex read, but, as states are starting to redraw voting districts based on the recent census, a worthwhile one.
At Above the Law, Joe Patrice discusses the reasoning of a “Constitutional originalist” judge who has forcefully argued that the 2nd Amendment did not “originally” mean what the gun manufacturers and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers claim it does. A snippet:
A lot of people forget that the “original” sources conservative jurists have relied upon for the current gun regime were written over four score and seven years after the Founding. If you’re wondering why they settled on a body of not-so-original testimony, it’s because they really did look into the original public meaning of the Second Amendment and learned that the reality of that legitimate originalist inquiry offended GOP lobbyists.
Follow the link for his full explication.
Elie Mystal minces no words. An excerpt:
The government can require people to be healthy. It cannot require people to get sick.
Via C&L, which has commentary.
To again quote my history professor from many years ago, Dr. Shade, “history is irony.”
Here the irony, at least as I see it, is that many Republicans are willing to let voters sicken and die because they think that doing so will help them win votes.