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This Is What the Republican Party Traded Its Historic Soul For

Charles P. Pierce
·2-min read
Photo credit: Drew Angerer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Drew Angerer - Getty Images

If there was one book of American history published in the last four years that I recommended the most highly, it would be Joanne Freeman’s wonderful The Field of Blood, and account of how violence became a regular part of parliamentary procedure in the years in which the country was coming unstrung over slavery. Today, the events of January 6 aside, our solons are far more civilized. What are guns, knives, or fists in comparison to the well-honed shiv on the electric Twitter machine?

On Tuesday, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia tweeted the following from her Klown Kastle HQ, and I do mean “Q.”

Democrat policies are destructive and #AmericaLast.

Dem shutdowns killed 100’s of thousands of small businesses.

Dem open borders grow cartel business to $400 million per month.

And Democrat funded BLM/Antifa riots have cost BILLIONS in damage.

Democrats are the enemy within.

This time, however, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Democrat of Arizona, had all he could stand and he couldn’t stand no more. He replied to Greene’s tweet with one of his own.

I was trying to figure what type of pen to stab your friends with if they overran us on the floor of the House of Representatives while trying to conduct a democratic transition of power. So please shut your seditious, Qanon loving mouth when it comes to who loves America.

Gallego is a Marine, a combat veteran. On January 6, he was one of the heroes in the House, assisting his colleagues with gas masks and stashing fugitive journalists in his office. In return for his having called out the House’s preeminent nuisance, he got this back from Greene.

While you were hiding with your little pen, brave Republican MEN were helping police hold the door, so that ALL of us could get out safely. Coward.

This is that for which the Republican Party has traded in its historic soul. This is what Republicanism in the 21st century is all about. Marjorie Taylor Greene is in better shape with her caucus than Liz Cheney is, and that should tell you all you need to know. As to where this is all headed, well, I can heartily recommend Dr. Freeman’s book.

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