Hearts and Minds
A war is raging for America’s political future. From Twitter to Congress, it’s being waged on multiple, messy, cacophonous battle fronts by a melee of vying forces.
Starting with the GOP, the greatly reduced red state Congressional army is attempting to dishonorably discharge one of its members, the execrable Iowa Congressman Steve King.
This week, in fear for their party’s reputation, rattled House Republicans voted to strip the rogue racial arsonist of his committee assignments. King, a vocal ally of Austria’s Freedom Party, had told the New York Times that he didn’t know why the terms “white nationalist, white supremacist” had become offensive. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called King’s remarks “beneath the dignity of the Party of Lincoln and the United States of America.”
Over in Blue Land, establishment Democrats are chaffing at the star power of Bronx newcomer Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Channeling their exasperation, TV talk show host Whoopi Goldberg verbally spanked the 29 year old, scolding, “Before you start pooping on people... I would encourage you to sit still for a minute and learn the job.”
Cortez isn’t taking the hint. This week, she tweeted to giddy fans and disgruntled comrades a quote from the comic book, “Watchmen”: “None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME.” She may be right. Axios reports that the confiscatory tax enthusiast “has far more power on Twitter than the most prominent Democrats, including the congressional leaders and the likely 2020 presidential candidates.”
French General Charles de Gaulle once advised that “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” The World War Two hero never had a Twitter account.