Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

The Washington Post on Wednesday afternoon reported that the United States House of Representatives voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). The censure means that Gosar will be stripped of his place on the House Oversight and Natural Resources committees. He will also be made to stand in the so-called well of the House chamber as the rebuke is read aloud.

Gosar faced this condemnation for posting an anime video to Twitter depicting the killing of a congresswoman and attacking the president with swords. Rep. Michael Cloud, who claims to represent this area, voted against the censure with the rest of the GOP herd thereby joining the flock of Republicans blew off the video as either a joke or not being a serious threat. The only Republicans with any decency or spine remaining were Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), who voted for the censure.

Cloud’s continual voting lockstep with the GOP on public policy issues is expected. But this issue was whether words and videos have meaning. Cloud well knows they do and that they can incite people to action. That’s why Gosar’s act was contemptible and condemnable. I don’t believe the people of the Crossroads, his constituents, support fomenting violence as a form of political discourse. What is hard to understand about Cloud is how his tolerance of Gosar on this video and on Gosar’s documented white supremacism squares with Cloud’s declared full embrace of Christianity.

Cloud owes us an explanation of this contradiction and I hope the various local media throughout the Crossroads give him the chance to explain clearly.

George Schwartz, Victoria

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(4) comments

Glen or Janice Ullman

Thanks George. I gave up on Cloud when he sat like a church mouse while Trump welcomed him and the new Congress by shutting down America over a stupid, ineffective wall in the desert, that at best was going to take years to build. Yes, I would say Cloud has a lot of explaining to do. Typical Trump conspirator…smh…Glen

Mike Gomez

Nice letter George….it’s not that Represenative Cloud is against censure since he voted to censure Congressman Adam Schiff for his poorly used words in exaggerating the contents of the call from the Ukrainian president to Trump in the aid for political dirt on Biden scandal. I’ve given up on our representative, he’s an automatic no like his hero Ron Paul and he’s a member of the right-wing extremist caucus Freedom Caucus. Are gerrymandered district favorite people and his Club for Growth $600,000 sadly he’s here to stay until 2030 if he wants. He doesn’t have to answer to those of us who will never vote for him. I wonder if he’s one of those republicans who want to strip committee appoints for the 13 fellow republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill. Tw Represenative Gosar was a no-brainer ,especially in the environment we live in.

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George Schwarz

Thanks, Mike — I don’t have any expectation for Cloud. Nor, for any of the Texas Republicans in Congress or the state legislature. The two key issues for me are the lack of accountability and the hypocrisy. *Sigh*

C Droost

Without a doubt. No expectations from me either. Seems like being honest in your verbiage and even-keeled in your actions are automatic disqualifications for any Republican running for state or federal office in Texas.

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