Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who was elected to a suburban Chicago district in 2010, is one of the more conservative members of the United States House of Representatives. He opposes gun control measures, sponsored several anti-abortion bills (earning him a 0% rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League), and supports lower personal and business taxes. A fiscal and social conservative, Kinzinger checks all the conservative boxes. Kinzinger was also an Air Force pilot who flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan
|Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)|
But in the era of Donald J. Trump, whether you're a good Republican (and not a "RINO") or a conservative is measured by if you will embrace undying fealty to Dear Leader Donald J. Trump. That is the only thing that matters.
Kinzinger though refuses to bend the knee to Trump. Instead, he stubbornly believes character, honesty, and competence should matter. He looks at Trump and sees someone singularly unqualified and unfit to be President of the United States. But unlike most other Republican members of Congress who feel the same way, Kinzinger is willing to speak out and to hold the President accountable for his actions, the most recent of which was voting to impeach Trump for the ex-President's role in lying about a "stolen election" then inciting an insurrection that left five dead and 65 police officers injured to try to stop Congress from counting the electoral votes.
Kinzinger's political courage has made him Public Enemy No. 1 among some "Republicans" and even among some of Kinzinger's family member. Recently his cousin Karen Otto, authored a letter which she sent to Kinzinger and other Republican officials, a letter which she no doubt believed took Kinzinger down a notch. Rather the letter, which purportedly is signed by 11 Kinzinger relatives (the names of everyone but Karen and her husband, Greg, were redacted when the New York Times published the letter), actually is devastating evidence that Trumpism is nothing more than a cult and that those in the Trump cult live in an alternative reality. Below is the letter which I've re-typed from the handwritten copy.
January 8, 2021
Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God! We were once proud of your accomplishments~! Instead, you go against your Christian principals [sic] and join the "devil's army" (Democrats and the fake news media). How do you call yourself a Christian when you join the "devil's army" believing in abortion! We thought you were "smart" enough to see how the left is brainwashing so many "so called good people" including yourself and many other GOP members. You have even fallen for their socialism ideals! So, so sad!
President Trump is not perfect, but neither are you or any of us for that matter! It is not for us to judge or be judged! But he is a Christian! (If God can forgive and use King David in the Bible, He can do the same with President Trump.) Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, to name a few of many Pastors who mentor President Trump, know that he is a believer! Obviously, you did not hear President Trump's "Christmas Message" to the American people (fake news media did not cover his message) where he actually gave the plan of salvation, instructing people how to repent and ask the Savior into their heart to be "Born Again"! (To believe in John 3:16) When was the last time you proclaimed your faith Adam? (Oh, we forgot you now belong to the "devil's army.") You won't convince us otherwise with your horrible, rude accusations of President Trump! (To embrace a party that believes in abortion and socialism is the ultimate sin.) We should list even more grievances against you, but decided you are not worth more of our time to list them. We have said enough!
You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly etc. and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us!
It is embarrassing to us that we are related to you. You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name! We are not judging you. This letter is our opinion of you!
Oh, by the way, good luck in your fund raising endeavors. We are sure (we know) there are many other good GOP and Christian supporters, that feel the same way we do. Also very disappointed with the many other GOP that have sided with the Democrats. (We should demand our money back!)
The following Kinzinger family members have asked that their name be added to this letter:
Greg and Karen Otto (the other names are redacted)
P.S. For your information, many more family members, feel the same as we do. They just didn't have the courage to sign our letter or write their own letter! Not us, we are thoroughly disgusted with you!! And, oh by the way, we are calling for your removal from office! I have received numerous calls concerning your actions and egregious behavior towards our President of the United States, Donald J. Trump!*
cc. Many conservative Republicans
*President Trump has done more for the American people in four years, than you, the Rino's and Democrats have done in years!!
Yes, it's a cult. No doubt about it.
OOP's short takes:
- Rush Limbaugh, who used to be such a force in conservative politics, died today. When Trump came on the scene five years ago, Limbaugh threw away his conservative principles to climb on the Trump train When the devastating cancer diagnosis became public, many of us hoped Limbaugh would spend his remaining days returning to his conservative roots and restoring his image. Instead, Limbaugh amped up the crazy Trump rhetoric to new levels as cancer continued to eat away at his body. So sad that he will be remembered as a Crazy Trumper instead of a pioneering conservative commentator who forever changed talk radio.
- Been listening to the Bulwark podcast. The last few guests have discussed the possibility of the Trump children and in-laws running for office and suggested it is a slam dunk that GOP voters will automatically back anyone named Trump. I don't buy that Donald Trump's hold over the GOP transfers to other Trump candidates, including Trump's family members. While a Lara Trump or an Ivanka Trump might be able to win the GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina and Florida respectively (I have more doubt about Ivanka in Florida), they're not going to get the GOP turnout that Donald Trump enjoyed and the Republicans who do go to the polls aren't going to be that motivated to vote for candidates with zero conservative credentials. Meanwhile, Democrats will flock to the polls to vote against someone named Trump. I don't think a Lara Trump or Ivanka Trump would win a general election.
- Covid-19 rates are dropping dramatically. I think we can finally see the end to the pandemic.