Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Recent polling shows that two-thirds of Americans support local or statewide mask mandates. This means that the nation at large is allowing the unenlightened opinions of just a third of us to dictate the course of this pandemic. I’m pretty sure that this one-third coincides with the one-third of us who are forcing Trumpism down our collective throats. In other words, we’re dipping our toes into minority rule, and that’s exactly what the GQP has in mind for us. Minority rule is always enforced by violence, by the way.
Pathetic excuse for a human being, Greg Abbott (“governor” of Texas) has tested positive for covid-19. The night before his positive test, he was masklessly rubbing elbows at a GQP fundraiser. Superspreader! He’s also received a third dose of the vaccine (kind of contrary to his rhetoric), and he’s being treated with Regeneron monoclonal antibodies, whose maker is a cash cow for at least one big Republican donor. We’re starting to see a pattern. Maybe I’ll go to Hell for saying it, but I want Abbott on a ventilator for at least a week. He needs him some comeuppance.
Enough Texas Democratic legislators have returned to the House to provide a quorum. Immediately the voter suppression bills were referred to committee, so it’s just a matter of time before they pass and are signed into law by aforementioned pathetic excuse for a human being. The Dems came back, they said, to confront the catastrophic (and avoidable) surge in covid hospitalizations and deaths in Texas. If only someone had allowed counties and localities to apply smart mask and vaccine policies …
And the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court just said no to aforementioned pathetic excuse for a human being’s request to block temporary restraining orders against his mask mandate ban. A tiny ray of light in the darkness that is Texas these days. However, the case will make its way back to the TSC for a final decision in the coming weeks, and like I’ve pointed out before, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court will probably team up with the all-Republican Texas government to do the wrong thing. That’s Texas.
The top GQP contender for replacing Gavin Newsom in the California recall, Larry Elder, thinks that employers should be able to ask female job applicants if they intend to have children. “To protect their investment.” He has a lot more retrograde ideas too, and now other Republican candidates are attacking him—hopefully splitting the conservative vote. If Newsom loses the recall, no-namer Kevin Paffrath could sidle into office as the only Dem showing some legs in recent polling. Insane stuff out here in California. Stay tuned.
The Sunday shows demonstrated once again that neocons like Newt Gingrich, Tom Cotton, and Liz Cheney have failed to learn anything from our Afghanistan debacle. They’re condemning the withdrawal and calling for more aggressive policy around the world as a “show of strength.” Afghanistan revealed that it’s all, indeed, for show.