Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights
It’s the kind of floor speech that sets up a presidential run in 2024 when no one in her party has any illusions: the blogger in Florida will be in too much legal, and financial trouble to actually run for his old “executive time” job, plus, he’ll be two years shy of eighty. It’s what Rafael Edward Cruz trolled the insurrectionists about. It’s what inspired Toy-Story-Woody Josh Hawley’s raised fist broadcast around the world. Both salivate to ride this dragon. A Cheney has put herself in the way of their ambitions.
She sounds principled. Noble. Statesmanlike. It’s also superfluous bullshit. Don’t get me wrong: she’s right. Anyone sane seeing the January 6, 2021 insurrection can’t call it anything but that, unless that’s ultimately their goal. But the environment she finds herself in stems from her, and her father’s previous actions. They sowed the seeds that germinated the Tea Party, that metastasized into the Orwellian “Freedom Caucus,” Alt-Right, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, QAnon, that through Fox Propaganda and its many clones in right-wing talk shtick culminating in a modern attempt to overthrow our federal republic.
On September 16, 2001, Vice President Cheney appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and talked about what it will take to deal with the terrorism threat: “…We have to work the dark side, if you will. Spend time in the shadows of the intelligence world,” Cheney said. “A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion …”
PBS Frontline: The Dark Side
David Corn rightly points out that Liz Cheney, and her dad, Dark Lord of the Sith, paved the way to the big lie. It’s why congressmen are comparing the January 6, 2021 insurrection to rowdy tourist (typically, tourists who smear feces, and urinate in halls are jettisoned from the park). She, her dad, and a lot of obfuscating republicans that lied us into the “weapons of mass destruction” that wasn’t in Iraq brought us to this point.
The right had a hissy fit when Janet Napolitano warned about right-wing violence in 2009. So did Daryl Johnson, an intelligence analyst at DHS. The “chickens came home to roost” on January 6, 2021, and the current Attorney General Merrick Garland, and DHS Secretary Mayorkas is warning the same thing in 2021, specifically by name: white supremacy.
Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debates are being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California — so you can be sure that each candidate will deliver an effusive homage to Reagan, and then explain why he or she is Reagan’s one true heir.
(The first GOP presidential debates were in Cleveland, and even there Reagan was invoked by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham.)
But no matter how much the candidates talk about Reagan, you can be sure that none of these extremely important things about him will come up. And maybe that’s appropriate — since if Reagan stood for anything as president, it was creating a completely fictionalized version of the past.
1. Reagan launched his 1980 general election campaign with a speech lauding “states’ rights” outside Philadelphia, Mississippi — the site of the notorious “Mississippi Burning” murder of three civil rights workers in 1964.
James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were abducted and killed in Mississippi by the local Ku Klux Klan in June 1964 — a case that garnered enormous national attention because, as Schwerner’s widow said, he and Goodman were white.
On August 3, 1980, Reagan traveled to the Neshoba County Fair, which a prominent state Republican had recommended as the place to find “George Wallace-inclined voters.” There — within walking distance of the earthen dam where the murderers of the three civil rights workers had surreptitiously buried them just 16 years before — Reagan delivered a speech including these lines:
I know that in speaking to this crowd, that I’m speaking to what has to be about 90 percent Democrat. I just meant by party affiliation. I didn’t mean how you feel now. I was a Democrat most of my life myself. …
I believe in states’ rights. … And I believe that we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment. …SEVEN THINGS ABOUT RONALD REAGAN YOU WON’T HEAR AT THE REAGAN LIBRARY GOP DEBATE, Jon Schwartz, The Intercept
As columnist William Raspberry wrote upon Reagan’s death, his endorsement of “states’ rights” — the same phrase white Southerners had used for decades to justify Jim Crow segregation — was “bitter symbolism for black Americans” and “an important bouquet in [GOP] courtship” of Dixiecrats.
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is an 1818 novel written by English author Mary Shelley. Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared in the second edition, which was published in Paris in 1821. Wikipedia
Shelley’s most pressing and obvious message is that science and technology can go too far. The ending is plain and simple, every person that Victor Frankenstein had cared about met a tragic end, including himself. This shows that we as beings in society should believe in the sanctity of human life. Minori Cohan, Shelley’s warnings in Frankenstein
Ironic that a Russian criminal hacker group calls itself Dark Side Leaks that pretty much shut down the eastern seaboard from New York, to Alabama. Sadly, the people who hoarded toilet paper during the pandemic emerged to meme ridicule, making the Ransomware attack worse than it needed to be.
The Republican Party that Liz Cheney wants to lead doesn’t exist if it ever did. She voted more for the previous resident’s agenda than against it, according to 538. She voted no on HR1: The For the People Act with the typical republican-speak against expanding the franchise to voters that probably wouldn’t think twice about not voting for her, or her party. Elise Stefanik was far less a sycophant, but fealty to a demagogue gets you a promotion from a dear leader out of power, for whatever that’s worth.
For the moment, she, and a lot of sane-sounding republicans that oppose open fascism are still on the “dark side.” They don’t want to expand the voting franchise, they are appalled at the thought of turning off the spigot of dark money, aren’t the least bit interested in raising the minimum wage to a living wage; could care less to have universal healthcare like most European nations. There is no interest in Liz’s party for the LGBTQ, which includes her sister and her partner because they without intervention can’t have more white babies that might grow up to vote republican (if they don’t, they’ll just block them like black and brown communities). There is no racism in their suburban cul de sacs. For god’s sake, a woman can’t have agency on when she gets pregnant, or if she wants to become a mother, because the only function of Liz Cheney’s gender in her party, according to the late, great George Carlin is broodmare of the state.
Prometheus in Greek mythology is a Titan. His name means “fore thinker.” In lore, he’s credited with creating mortals, and against the will of the gods, giving us fire. The punishment for this affront by Zeus was the creation of Pandora. Meeting Epimetheus (hindsight), he fell in love with her, despite Prometheus’ warnings. She is famous for the box unleashing evils, hard work, and disease on the face of the earth. Source: Britannica
For these fifteen minutes of fame, Liz Cheney sounds rational, majestic: presidential. Her vast connections to traditional republican powerbrokers will make the lives of Dumbo Gambino and the jellyfish-chin-in-a-suit-who-wants-to-be-Speaker a living hell. Her father, Lord Vader is deathly silent, and that’s scary (for them, and likely us).
To ascend and become our first female Chief Executive, she would have to admit her role in the monster she, and her father helped create. That would take something heretofore unseen in republican politicians, traditional, or QAnon: hindsight.