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Climbing the water tower to defend Liz Cheney’s honor?

How did it come to this? Normally, I find everything about Liz Cheney’s politics to be utterly repulsive. But she’s living in the same reality as me. So, is defending her limited to defending a shared reality? If so, I’ll go with it. It’s definitely not an endorsement of ANYTHING she stands for otherwise.

There will be a vote soon on whether she can keep her number 3 spot in the House Republican leadership. Republicans have a choice. They can stop acting like creepy fascist insurgents with a fanatical devotion to the principles of Joseph Goebbels or they can embrace reality and be the same execrable skinflints and Scrooge’s that they have become globally infamous for.

They get what they want in either case. It’s just that with the former, civil war and loss of democracy starts to be more of a possibility.

On the other hand, if throwing her out increases the likelihood that she and likeminded Republicans leave the party to become the party of Conservative Libertarian Independent Titans, I have no problem with that. It doesn’t give Democrats one tiny advantage in Congress except for the entertainment value of watching Republican factions fight amongst themselves.

As well as proposing no new policies or getting anything done until the rest of the party acknowledges simple sh*t like gravity, moon landings and that Trump LOST the election because as a candidate, he got fewer votes than his opponent.

So, you know, there’s that.

Here ya’ go, Liz. Stick to the truth and do the right thing. For once.


Unpacking why Liz Cheney must be sidelined, here is Joseph Goebbels’ definition of The Big Lie, how it works and what can terminate it:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Dissent can be repressed at the voting booth. Check.

Truth can be repressed by stuffing a sock in the mouth of anyone with enough power to oppose it, like Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney. Check.

The consequences of the Big Lie are pending.

The other tactic the Trump faction uses is High Conflict. That is, divide us and keep us at each others’ throats. Does this sound familiar?:

“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”

Want to take a guess as to who operated by these rules?