Too many in Republican Party are not based in reality

Posted 9 February 2021 at 11:33 am


In a letter to The Orleans Hub, Conrad F. Cropsey expressed the hope that the Republican Party was moving away from the looney wing. Perhaps, they would become the well thought out opposition party needed at this time.

I am not as optimistic. Republicans, who showed courage, voting to impeach the President for cascading lies about a rigged election transformed into conspiratorial propaganda that resulted in an attack on the Capitol, are now being punished.

It is true that our Congressman Chris Jacobs did the right thing voting to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments, but he was only one of 11 Republicans who did so. Prior to this vote he voted to overturn the votes of millions of people from other states and was excoriated by The Buffalo News in an editorial which stated: “So, in addition to being chicken-hearted, Jacobs is also a liar.” Going on to call Mr. Jacobs “cowardly, dishonest and unpatriotic.”

Perhaps the shock and vitriol of the editorial moved Mr. Jacobs back to reality but the majority of Republicans are still in looney-land. Ms. Greene has supported the execution of prominent Democrats, including Nance Palosi, and campaigned with a poster of her holding an AR-15 at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

Despite these threats only 11 Republicans voted to remove her from committees. Fellow Republican Tom Reed voted to keep her on the education committee despite her claims that school shootings are false-flag events.

In a speech on the House floor Mr. Greene stated that she no longer believes this and that she no longer believes in QAnon but she continues to fund raise using QAnon. Even in her address in the House chamber she did not take responsibility for her racist comments on Jewish space lasers starting California fires or other outlandish statements stating: “I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true.”

One of the first things that is needed to solve problems is to recognize a problem exist. Mr. Reed, who is exploring a run for Governor, is denying that racist, conspiratorial propaganda is a problem. An opposition party using well thought out arguments would be nice but the current Republican Party is not reality-based and is moving away from the reality-based community.

William Fine