Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This Week in Stupid: Michigan County GOP Censures Congressman for Voting Against Qanon's Marjorie Taylor Greene

I present to you this week in stupid:  the Cass County Michigan Republican Party.  The Detroit News reports:

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

The Cass County Republican Party has again censured GOP U.S. Rep. Fred Upton — this time over his vote to remove Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees.


The executive committee of the Cass GOP on Tuesday night adopted a resolution blasting the "attack" on Greene and saying she was being "canceled" because she is "unafraid to speak out."

"We believe Congressman Upton's vote is a betrayal of his oath of office and core values of the Cass County Republican Party," the resolution stated, adding that Upton's vote was against the interests of county voters. 

Okay, let's discuss some of the things Greene has said and done:

  • Claimed Democratic politicians were running a pedophile ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor.
  • Promoted the Qanon conspiracy theory that there is a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibalistic pedophiles running a child sex-trafficking ring, and that these pedophiles (mostly Democrats, Hollywood celebrities and members of the media) plotted against President Donald Trump.
  • Liked a tweet that a "bullet to the head would be [a] quicker" way to remove Nancy Pelosi from power.
  • Promoted conspiracy theories that mass school shootings were staged events and taunted a Parkland school shooting survivor who showed up at Congress to testify.
  • Claimed California wildfires were started by a Jewish space laser.
  • Questioned whether 9/11 really happened
Rep. Marjorie Taylor
Greene (R-Qanon)
With that kind of resume, how dare Rep. Upton think Greene was not fit to serve on the House Education Committee?  FYI, that was sarcasm.  

Most Republicans in Congress know that Trumpism and its associated wild conspiracy theories hurts the GOP brand.  They just lack the political courage to speak out.  But while bemoaning their lack of courage, perhaps we Republicans have a bigger problem at the state and local level where GOP organizations are increasingly populated by conspiracy true believers who will lash out at anyone who will not sign on to Qanon and other similar nonsense.

The leadership of the Cass County (Michigan) GOP has brought stupid to a new level.

OOP's short takes:
  • While Tiger Woods is a big celebrity and his car wreck yesterday a big story, it did not deserve the coverage it received.  Everything that was known about the crash could have been summed up in five minutes.  After that the coverage just involved guests speculating about what happened and the medical treatment Woods might be receiving. When will the cable news networks learn to chew gum and walk at the same time?  The news of the day didn't stop happening when Woods drove off the road.
  • In July of 2009, the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour.  To keep pace with inflation, that would have had to be raised to $10.97 an hour.  Even though the minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009, lower end wages have increased dramatically the last few years.  You'd be extremely hard pressed to find any employer paying an unskilled worker less than $10 in Indianapolis.  Most pay at least $12 an hour.  While some states and local governments have mandated minimum wages which have been increased, the driving factor in improved pay has been competition.  That competition has made the $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage an irrelevancy. That is a very good thing.

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