A rare political post from me. And likely a “hot take” as the kids say. Meaning my thoughts might not fit your narrative or the popular narrative. Trust me when I tell you I do not care already.
Be advised I could fill the first three pages of this with disclaimers. However I’ll only give you one.
I am not a fan of Trump, McConnell, and am luker than luke warm on Pence. Didn’t vote for any of them and will never vote for any of them who remain after this cycle.
Having said that, a common theme being repeated on Inauguration Day by the crowing political pundits on the largely liberal media outlets, is rankling me a bit. I could point fingers at several and they deserve it, but Jake Tapper of CNN is the guy who has me at the keyboard waxing political. I like Jake. He’s very military friendly, he’s from Phila, and a huge Eagles fan.
But today, Jake, my IGGLES brother, you were wrong. You were wrong, so very wrong in your negative assessment of Vice President Pence and Senator Mitch McConnell.
Is it right to criticize the conduct of a lot of republicans who cowered from Trump for fear of getting a threatening tweet. Absolutely. Does Mike Pence shoulder some of the blame for what happened over the days and weeks leading up to and following the election this past November? Sure does.
However, when Trump let his hordes off the chain and set them upon the seat of our Democracy, set them upon the certifying of the free and fair election, set them upon the the next 3 people in the Presidential line of succession, set them upon his own Vice President with the intent to hang him, both Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell stood up and led.
I’m not sure people realize how close our democracy came to being dealt a fatal blow. I’m not sure people understand how dangerous a situation that coup attempt was. Coups are no less dangerous because they fail. The crowd was shouting, Hang Pence Hang Pence. A god damn gallows was built on the capitol grounds to do just that.
Let me tell you something, George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf were son of a bitches both, but they stepped up at the moment of truth. The capitol was full of people who stepped up when Trump’s hounds got to the door of democracy.
As the traitors were storming the Capitol, military veterans who serve in the House and Senate did their thing. Shielding, helping, comforting, and at one point offering to take the weapon from a Capitol police officer, who seemed overwhelmed. The congressman from Colorado, a former special ops officer, was more than willing to engage in the battel to defend our House.
And when that dust settled it was Pence and McConnell who suggested, actually demanded that the Senate and House resume the count to certify the vote, knowing full well they would: 1. work to 4 or 5am to finish and 2. finishing meant certifying Joe Biden as President and unseating their own party member currently in the White House. Regardless of the rally cry over the last few years, republican leadership was choosing country over party.
They deserve big credit for that.
When the Senators emerged and resumed the count it was Mike Pence who set the tone. Pence’s three minute speech, bringing the Senate floor back to order, even as several senators were still scared to death as evidenced by body language and looks on their faces, not only brought calm to the floor, but sent a strong message out from that chamber.
Today was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift efforts of U.S. Capitol Police, federal, state and local law enforcement, the violence was quelled. The Capitol is secured, and the people’s work continues.
We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls, as well as the injuries suffered by those who defended our Capitol today. And we will always be grateful to the men and women who stayed at their posts to defend this historic place.
To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house. And as we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy, for even in the wake of unprecedented violence and vandalism at this Capitol, the elected representatives of the people of the United States have assembled again on the very same day to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
So may God bless the lost, the injured and the heroes forged on this day. May God bless all who serve here and those who protect this place. And may god bless the United States of America.
Let’s get back to work.
History won’t record it, but with 14 days left in the Trump administration, for all practical purposes, Mike Pence became the President. He didn’t shrink away, he didn’t defer to his boss, who just tried to have him killed. He stood up. He took charge. His stern speech reassured not only the American public, but bucked up a lot of the senators and congressmen and women in that chamber who were clearly shocked and dismayed at what they had just witnessed.
Yeah people it can happen here. We just saw it live.
Likewise Mitch McConnell offered words of reassurance before getting back to work.
“We are going to finish exactly what we started. … And we will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress. The unhinged crowd tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed.”
That quick but determined speech was important. Important not only to America but again important and reassuring to his colleges right there on the Senate floor. It’s what leaders do.
I don’t care what people think of those dudes. I don’t care what petty political squabbles they’ve engaged in. I don’t care if he votes to convict or not in Trump’s up coming impeachment trial. Jake and the obviously giddy news outlets were and are still wrong to condemn these two men today. When America needed them, when our representative leadership needed them, when the real rubber was meeting the real road, when their own lives were in danger for the very decisions they were making that night, Pence and McConnell stepped up.
It’s not unreasonable to say we might not have had an inauguration today if not for the fortitude of these two choosing country over party.
Man who the blue hell knows what to believe anymore. We know Joe Biden will be sworn in on Jan 20th, which is in 3 days. Or do we?
The last few posts on Parlor I read, before that site was removed by its owners, seem to claim very confidently that it will be Trump getting sworn in again. Do they know something we don’t? Hard to say really.
The last post on I read on Twitter claims the My Pillow guy met with Trump this past Friday, advising the President to declare martial law. It seems “big tech” has been suppressing the fact that the Chinese, not the Italians, or the Venezuelans as he originally claimed, altered the election and Trump won by millions. According to Mike Lindell, the My Pillow guy, he knows all of this because it’s all over the internet. Uh… Mike, you mean the internet “Big Tech” is supposedly suppressing?
So will Trump declare martial law or not? Was it the Chinese or the Italians, or the Venezuelans or the god damn Martians? Will the vaccine make you a zombie? Is Bill Gates putting Nano-technology tracking devices into your blood through the vaccine? Who knows. Your guess is as good as ours.
UF/UF 312: Conspiracies to the left of me, Conspiracies to the right of me…
The week has been a year long. It was only 6 days ago that we heard Trump on the phone with Georgia election officials and the GA Secretary of State, trying to force him to rig the election results of that state. And we don’t even cover that on this episode.
That’s how crazy the week has been.
Then we watched in real time, live on TV, the President of the United States call the in-coming President illegitimate, shame his own VP Mike Pence, and then encourage a mob to go to the capitol to “help the weaker Republicans in congress.” Then America’s mayor, (and equally idiotic lawyer), Rudy Giuliani said we need “Trial by Combat”.
The crowd gave Trump and Rudy what they wanted.
Then we watched in horror as an Air Force veteran along with hundreds of others, seduced by ridiculous lies about stolen elections and stupid conspiracy theories about deep state actors, break into our center of government to attack a system that has stood the test of time for over 200 years. She paid for that terrible decision with her life.
That horror was followed by seditionists and traitors wearing MAGA gear, attack and eventually kill Capitol Police Officer and National Guard Staff Sargent Brian Sicknick, reportedly beating him with a fire extinguisher.
All live in real time.
It’s been a week of weeks. And I’m afraid we may not be done.
I will say one thing, these 12 GOP senators are all in. No behind the scenes stuff. They are out in front demanding that they get to pick the president and overturn the will of about 80 million Americans.
In the words of Dodgeball legend Pepper Brooks, It’s a Bold strategyCotton, I wonder if it will pay off.
Spoiler! It will not pay off for Ted Cruz and his band of seditionists. This is one wrench they can’t dodge.
UF/UF 310: If you can dodge a law, you can dodge an election!
Did you think we’d get out of December without some weird sh*# happening? Have you not been paying attention?
We got Girls Scouts at war with the Boy Scouts over recruiting, Fauci saying worse Covid is on the way, Chris Christie saying he’ll run against Trump in 2024, and now NASA is basically saying the plot from Species and Species II is about to play out in real time with the very late discovery of life on Venus. Like late from 1974 late.
Really, could the year have ended any differently? I don’t think so. Tune in and we’ll sort it out. Plus Tony reveals the UF/UF The Podcast Christmas gift list. I have it on good authority that at least one person is getting a nifty piece of coal emblazoned with the UF UF Logo. You don’t want to miss that.
It’s been a week people. It’s been a week. The fact Tony and I are quarantined and doing the podcast remotely from our respective quarantine bunkers tells you all you need to know about our current situation.
But, dare I say, the show must go on! So it will.
Click and be assured we are currently safe and reasonably healthy.
Editor’s Note: At the time of the podcast the Supreme Court had not yet ruled and we reported they would do so on Monday the 14th of December. They made liars out of us by ruling Friday night, the night we recorded this week’s episode, that the case is without merit and would not be heard at all.
Thus ends the attempts to subvert a legal election and remain in power. Or does it?
UF/UF 307: Sedition by any other name…
Well we warned you. We have been saying for a while now Trump will not go quietly into the night. I am surprised by the lack of violence so far, although it’s starting to ramp up a bit now.
we’ll break down the case brought by Texas against the 4 battleground states along with the number of Governors and members of Congress who have signed on to this seditious document. Again this occurred as we were taping. Since that moment several members of congress have back tracked or have tired to make excuses for why they singed on to subvert another state’s election.
Oh Rudy. You’re not helping Bro. Not helping at all. And we’re not talking about your Walgreens dye job running down both sides of your face.
Time for Rudy and the gang to put up or shut up. So far there have been two confirmed cases of voter fraud. Both in Pennsylvania, and both republicans: one dead and one living person who tried to vote twice.
We go head long into Rudy and his band of merry lawyers as they try to save dear leader from having to relocate on 20 January.
Also global warring is good for our food base as it turns out. who knew?