A while back, “Cowboys for Trump” leader Couy Griffin said on camera, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat”. It was no surprise that Trump re-tweeted the video of the future terrorist insurrectionist.
There’s a lot of hate over there in the Radical Right Party of Trump.
Over here on the left we don’t get praised by presidents for that sort of vile demonization. Instead we prefer to say something like, “The only good Republican is one who votes to impeach or convict Trump.”
We’re thankful for them. Bipartisan majorities of both the House and Senate voted to impeach and convict Trump for his terrorist insurrection on January sixth.
The ten Republican representatives and seven senators with the courage and conscience to vote for impeachment and conviction have faced harsh blowback, ranging from censure by their state Republican Party officials, up to death threats. Nobody gets angry like authoritarian Republicans, when their two primary values of loyalty and conformity are betrayed.
After being censured by the North Carolina GOP, Senator Richard Burr said, “My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation.”
Welcome to reality, Senator. Some of us have noticed the Republican Party has valued loyalty and conformity over the public good since Reagan and his 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” As we know, Donald Trump isn’t bound by any commandments, and loyalty must be for him exclusively. It is the way of authoritarians.
After the insurrection that commandment was betrayed by 17 Republicans. And they didn’t just betray the party.
Representative Adam Kinzinger’s act of courage and conscience offended family members so deeply they sent him a letter to let him know about it.
KInzinger acted on more than conscience and courage, though. It was his duty as well.
Kinzinger joined the Air Force after the Sept. 11 attacks and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He swore an oath to, “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Upon his discharge he joined the Air National Guard, where he remains a lieutenant colonel.
Rep. Kinzinger has represented Illinois' solidly Republican16th congressional district since 2013, when he swore the oath again.
He would solemnly bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution after Trump’s incitement of his terrorist mob’s deadly insurrection on the Capitol.
He called for Trump to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment. He and nine other Republicans voted with all the House Democrats to impeach Trump.
"I looked at what happened on the sixth and said, if that's not impeachable, we may as well just get rid of impeachment because then nothing is, Whatever the consequences are it's the right thing to do."
Consequences would indeed follow, in the form of outrage and anger from radical Right Republicans and other true believers of Donald Trump’s cult, including members of his family.
CNN showed the hand-written letter by his cousin Karen, (Of course.) and signed by 11 members of his extended family. Karen said she spent $7 to send the letter via certified mail to make sure that he saw it. To emphasize her feelings she underlined up to three times certain words she felt most deeply. Since I can’t replicate those lines, the reader will have to visualize them as I put the words in bold type. My remarks are added in brackets.
Jan. 8, 2021
Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God. [Here we go. As a conservative Republican, God is understandably disappointed.]We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead you go against your Christian principles and join the “Devil’s Army” (Democrats and fake news media). [Poor Adam has gone from disappointing God to waging war on Him.] How do you call yourself a Christian when you join the “Devil’s Army” believing in abortion! [Obviously knowing Trump is guilty is the same as “believing in abortion” Everybody knows this, I’m sure] We thought you were “smart” enough to see how the left is brainwashing so many “so called good people” including yourself and many other GOP members. [Brainwashed by Trump’s own words of insurrection?]You have even fallen for their socialism ideals. So, so sad! [Oh, the humanity! Yes courage, conscience and duty are “socialist ideals”.]
President Trump is not perfect, [Who knew? But God sent him to save America anyway.] but neither are you or any of us for that matter! It is not for us to judge or be judged. [And here I thought votes were based on one’s judgment.] But he is a Christian! (If God can forgive and save King David in the Bible, He can do the same with President Trump. Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffries, to just name a few of many Pastors who mentor President Trump know that he is a believer. [What more proof do we need? His favorite Bible verse?] Obviously you didn’t hear President Trump’s “Christian Message” to the American people (fake news media did not cover his message) [Once again, the enemies of the people are to blame.] where he actually gave the place of his salvation, instructing people how to repent and ask their Savior into their heart to be “born again”. (To believe in John 3:16) [James Dobson, the founder of the group Focus on the Family claimed, “I know the person who led him to Christ”. That would be prosperity-gospel televangelist Paula White. Bless her heart.] When was the last time you proclaimed your faith Adam? (Oh we forgot your now with the “devil’s army”). [We all fall short of the spiritual glory of Donald Trump.]You won’t convince us otherwise with your horrible, rude accusations of President Trump! [Indeed, only the Devils’ Army could commit such sacrilege.](To embrace a party that believes in abortion and socialism is the ultimate sin!) [The “Belief in Abortion and Socialism Sin” is in the Bible, plain as day! Wall Street Jesus said so when he preached about serving mammon.] We should list even more grievances against you but decided you are not worth more of our time to list them. We have said enough.[Oh, really?]
You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly, etc., and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us! [Gasp! He lost the respect of God, his family, and the High Princes of Propaganda!]
It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you. You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name. [Time will tell and history will judge. Not that it is for history to judge.]
We are not judging you. [Obviously not.] This letter is our opinion of you... [See the difference?]
Greg and Karen Ott
[But wait. It seems he is, in fact, worth more of their time, and they have not yet said quite enough.]
P. S. For your information, many more family members, feel the same as we do. They just don’t have the courage to sign our letter or write their own letter! Not us, we are so thoroughly disgusted with you!! [Clearly only Karen and her co-signers are the family members of true courage.] And, oh by the way, we are calling for your removal from office. I have received numerous calls concerning your actions and egregious behavior towards our President of the United States Donald J. Trump!*
cc: Many conservative Republicans [Yours truly and dear readers as well.]
*President Trump has done more for the American people in four years than you Rinos and the Democrats have done in years.
"Rino." Ouch! That’ll teach him.
Kinzinger correctly believes his family members suffer from “brainwashing” from Trump and conservative churches that have led them astray.
"I hold nothing against them,'' he told The New York Times, "but I have zero desire or feel the need to reach out and repair that. That is 100 percent on them to reach out and repair, and quite honestly, I don't care if they do or not."
Kinzinger said he may change his party affiliation if it becomes clear that Trump’s allies have become a permanent majority.
“The party’s sick right now,” he said. “It’s one thing if the party was accepting of different views, but it’s become this massive litmus test on everything. So it’s a possibility down the road, but it’s certainly not my intention, and I’m going to fight like hell to save it first.”
Did he say he’s going to “Fight like hell” to save his party from moral sickness?
He has a long way to go. His party wants us to believe insurrectionist Trump meant the same thing, when he ordered his mob to “March to the capitol, Fight like hell, stop the steal, and take our country back”.
I mean, what's the difference?