Republican Hypocrisy category archive
In denying Pennsylvania Republicans’ efforts to retroactively exclude mail-in (aka, “absentee”) ballots from the tally of the recent election, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court went so far as to use the word “farcical” in their ruling.
For a humane take on this “nation of immigrants,” see the marvelous article by the Des Moines Register’s Reka Basu. Here’s a bit:
In this, a nation of immigrants, many are doing hard reckoning. They followed the American dream as the early settlers had done (without visas), expecting the natives to make room for them. They worked to become part of the fabric that binds us, only to now see the rips in it and feel the welcome mat pulled out. Even the ultimate prize of U.S. citizenship is being whittled down by a president who rules by dividing.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., had a bit of hope in these Trumpled times. He has it no more.
But I must admit that prior to this I did harbor some tiny, flickering expectation that, if pushed to the limit, the Republican Party, the party always lecturing the rest of us on patriotism, would stand up for the country. I did expect — or maybe it was just a vestigial hope — that when rubber met road, the GOP would finally put America . . . ahem, first.
Well, call it expectation or call it hope, but it’s dead. And it died, quite literally, in silence.
Follow the link for the rest.
In a fascinating article at the Idaho State Journal, Leonard Hitchcock explores Donald Trump’s relationship, if you can so dignify it, with truth. A snippet:
I would argue that Trump’s relationship to truth is essentially the same as his relationship to other people: It’s transactional. He believes to be true (in some superficial way) whatever provides him with some concrete return.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Brian Greenspun explores the scam. A snippet (emphasis added):
Without a modicum of proof or even a hint of meaningful vote discrepancies, Trump’s Keystone Kops are running all over the land trying to convince the court, any court, that there is some there there. But it ain’t working.
What also isn’t working is this American democracy, which used to pride itself as the one country on earth that exalts the peaceful and orderly transfer of power from one president to the next. It isn’t working because public servants who take an oath to uphold the Constitution — those folks would be the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who used to care about such things as our democratic norms — are AWOL.
Thom suggests the election was, indeed, rigged, but not in the way Republicans claim. He argues, rather, that suppressing legitimate votes has been (and still is) a long-term Republican strategy.
In the light of Thom’s arguments, this comes as no surprise.
Roanoke attorney and ex-U. S. Attorney John Fishwick, writing at The Roanoke Times, reviews Attorney-General Barr’s recent instructions to the Department of Justice regarding investigating voting irregularities and smells a rat. Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest.