Today’s show opens with my thoughts on Kevin McCarthy and the vote for Speaker of the House. I remind everyone where I was after the midterms of 2022, that we should not reward failure. Whether we like the people or not, several in GOP leadership continue to want to be rewarded for failing to keep up with the Democrats over the last few election cycles.
Lauren Boebert was questioned about why her and over two dozen GOP members are not interested in unity and getting behind Kevin McCarthy. She reveals they have been pushing hard for just that very thing. However, when she said he was given a proposal for certain expectations, he scoffed and rejected them. Boebert claimed all of the opposition would have supported McCarthy on the first vote if he would have agreed to three specific terms. The first, put forth legislation for border the security. The second, put forth legislation for term limits in the Congress. Third, put for legislation to get to a balanced budget in the Federal government.
These are not “conservative” ideas; these are CONSTITUTIONAL ideas. The fact that McCarthy rejected those terms seems befuddling to me. Now, maybe Boebert is leaving out more or maybe she is embellishing. I can only take her at her word, but if those are the three sticking points for McCarthy, then maybe we really don’t need him as the next Speaker of the House.
Jim Jordan was nominated as well, but said he did not want to serve as Speaker. However, when he took to the floor to suggest three initiatives the 118th Congress needs to address. When you listen, you hear what true leadership sounds like – true Constitutional leadership. Whomever is going to be Speaker, Jim Jordan’s objectives should be at the very top of their list of To-Do’s, especially in getting answer to all who have been trampling on our First Amendment rights.
This leads me into the next Twitter Files drop from Matt Taibbi entitled, “Twitter and the FBI Belly Button.” According to the latest drop, an entity within the US State Department called the Global Engagement Center decided it’s mission was to also worm it’s way into Twitter to have accounts banned and censored. The group used a fabricated notion that people who questioned the narrative about Covid were actually Russian actors or sympathizers. Any accounts calling Coronavirus an “engineered bioweapon,” blaming it on “research conducted at the Wuhan Institute,” and attributing the arrival of the virus “on the CIA,” were considered guilty of being part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
New media news entities like ZeroHedge were banned for sharing such truthful information and even Democrat Adam Schiff, head of the Congressional Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter to Twitter demanding a journalist be banned and his content removed. This has been going on since at least 2017, slowly building steam and eroding Twitter’s ability to resist calls for censorship.
As we enter 2023 and await the convening of the 118th Congress, we must demand to know what our elected officials are going to do about those people, elected or not, who willfully trampled over the First Amendment? We cannot allow them to remain in their positions and must do all we can to never let this happen again.
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