Last week I told a group of friends not to expect too much in holding people accountable these days. I gave an example like our Attorney General Ken Paxton being indicted by a grand jury on July 8, 2015, but has not yet been tried. Republicans still praise the guy even after spending taxpayer money on losing frivolous lawsuits.
Ercot issued a bulletin urging Texans to conserve energy by raising their thermostats to 78 degrees and not to use our appliances and summer hasn’t begun. During the freeze, they blamed the frozen turbines but now they are saying that we don’t have as much wind in the heat. The company won’t tell us how many plants are down but our governor doesn’t have time to ask because he’s deep into his reelection campaign. What’s a little ole power failure, his base wants a wall and wants Biden to pay for it. Abbott mentioned some public financing. Well, Steve Bannon can manage that now that he has a presidential pardon for milking those same investors. The Texas legislators have gone home after passing their “guns everywhere”, abortion and voter suppression bills which need some touching up but they are done unless the governor recalls them for a special session.
It certainly doesn’t get any better on the national front.
My Democrats need to show a united front just to get the "For the People Act" to the Senate floor for debate. Mitch McConnell has his troops in solidarity to vote NO regardless of what the opposition proposes. Let me reiterate, the vote to consider a debate will be voted down. The handwriting is on the wall. The issue is probably dead until after the midterms. I hope I’m wrong.
The CNN documentary “Assault on Democracy” was my eye-opener. I am not going to try to convince my Republican friends to accept the results of the election or to hold my view that the January 6 insurrection should be investigated by a bipartisan committee. It’s a fruitless exercise in futility. I do better by watching the pundits discussing the Astros chances of winning the World Series.
In my circle of Republican friends, I don’t know any QAnon supporters or any who agreed with the storming of the Capitol. I am disappointed that a few are holding out hope of an audit showing widescale irregularities where they can say “I told you so.” I’m holding a local radio host to his word that if the Arizona audit turns out to be a dud, he will apologize. A lot of my conservative friends won’t discount the possibility of Antifa, BLM or Democrats being the instigators because they keep telling me that we’ll have to wait. Let me see, they don’t want a Jan. 6 committee but we’ll have to see the results of over 450 trials? I get it, by that time another election would have gone by and we’ll forget it.
The documentary showed a person charged in the insurrection denying he was part of the siege but the body cam video showed him picking up a bench and hurling it against the wall. A woman admitted she was part of the siege but said she cannot be charged with trespassing because “it’s the people's house.” Then a representative helped the Capitol police barricade the doors but later said that the mob reminded him of Capitol tourists. There are now hours of video from police body cams showing rioters, clearly Trump supporters, who were taking out their frustration on anyone or anything that stood in their way. It’s ridiculous to think that Congress shouldn’t investigate an attack on their workplace, against their colleagues and those who protected them. Anyone with a half of brain knows that the GOP doesn’t want those hearings being the “breaking news” in the midst of the midterm elections.
Republicans are united in talking about the southern border, Biden, transgenders in sports, more guns, socialism, Venezuela, abortion, and finding more ways to make it harder to vote. The national party pays Frank Luntz a hefty sum to come up with key phrases like “voter integrity and crisis” to repeat over and over. It’s part of scaring the bejesus out of the base so they’ll come out in droves. I don’t hear alternative plans coming from the GOP other than to reinstall Trump’s policies which 80 million voters rejected. It shouldn’t have been a surprise; the 2018 midterms were a referendum on Trump and we all know what happened.
I had to laugh when Susan Collins proposed an electric car fee to fund an infrastructure bill. Sure, that will help their oil industry donors. “Too cute by half.”
I’ll continue to write my blog, as long as I am allowed. I’ll make a comment or two to correct falsehoods but arguing with someone who thinks my evidence is “false news” or tells me to wait for the facts to come out but never produce any evidence days are over.
“You can’t argue with a brick wall because a brick wall never admits defeat.”