Katy Burns: Fun with the madcap GOP

Monitor columnist
Published: 2/7/2021 6:30:04 AM

I feel oddly grateful for the so-called “meme stock” GameStop whose market gyrations consumed great gobs of incomprehensible news coverage last week. I couldn’t begin to understand what on earth it was all about, and I didn’t care what it was about.

It was liberating!

The news I have understood in recent weeks? Not so great.

In Russia, for example, the odious Vladimir Putin – Donald Trump’s erstwhile great pal – had his goon squads out in force, clubbing and arresting ordinary Russian citizens by the thousands for demonstrating for fair and free democratic elections.

In Myanmar, the country’s army – one that, unlike ours, doesn’t have any patience with civilian control – were, like the Russians, clubbing and arresting the country’s citizens who were also demonstrating for fair and free elections.

And here in the good old U.S. of A., thousands of citizens in large and small communities took to the streets to demonstrate for . . . freedom to go mask-less?

Well, I guess, why not? After all, we already have fair and free elections.

And we don’t need nanny style governments nagging us about personal behavior, even if the world is now dealing with a vicious pandemic that’s spread – well, let’s check the CDC website for the latest info: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 1. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). 2. Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. 3. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 4. COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Hey, sounds like a prima facie case for wearing face masks! And the CDC and medical experts the world over concur. But what do they know? Besides, what’s a little coronavirus among friends? Or relatives? Or even total strangers?

After all, what do you care about that woman – the one buying a lot of baby food – pushing the grocery cart next to me in the checkout line? And Granny’s getting a little long in the tooth anyway.

Okay, we’ve established that we have our national priorities straight. So what’s next on the agenda?

Well, it seems that congressional Republicans seem to be having a teeny contretemps or two. Apparently two of their number are bringing disgrace on what used to be called – seriously – the Grand Old Party.

Boy, those were the days!

Anyway, one shiny new Republican representative from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, even before getting to Congress ruffled a lot of feathers with what you might call unorthodox opinions.

For example, she endorses the idea mass school shootings in Connecticut and Florida were staged, as was the massacre in Las Vegas which saw 60 people shot dead and another 411 wounded by a guy holed up in a hotel tower with a carload of guns and ammo.

She has supported the loony theory that the U.S. government – something she is now a part of – was behind the Sept. 11 attacks, and she endorsed the notion that the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died years ago and been played by a body double.

Perhaps my favorite of Greene’s insane ideas was the totally crackpot notion that the deadly 2018 Camp wildfire – the worst in California’s history – was in fact caused by lasers in deep space likely controlled by the Rothschild international banking family, the classic villains of anti-Semitic canards.

Greene also, along the way, endorsed the online theory that “a bullet to the head” would be a fine way to deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which might suggest why Pelosi isn’t particularly fond of the new member.

The second Republican behaving badly, according to a whole lot of Republicans, is Liz Cheney, daughter of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney and author and scholar Lynne Cheney, which ought to make Liz GOP royalty.

But Liz made a grievous mistake: She voted for the impeachment of (now former) President Donald Trump.

And want to guess which of the two Republican women seemed to inspire greater outrage among the easily riled GOP House masses? Need you ask? They howled in outrage and vowed to dethrone Cheney from leadership.

By Thursday morning, as I write this, it appeared that both Greene and Cheney have escaped peril for now, but you never can be sure with today’s irrepressible and Trump-addled Republican Party.

Au revoir, Grand Old Party no longer.

(Monitor columnist Katy Burns lives in Bow.)

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