What the Georgia GOP is doing cannot co-exist with a democratic Republic. It’s that simple.
On Monday night, the Republican-controlled Georgia House approved a bill that will empower Republicans to remove any elected District Attorney in the State if they go “rogue.” This follows the GOP-run Georgia State Senate passing a similar piece of legislation on Thursday.
Georgia Republicans want you to believe that the sudden need for this legislation is not about removing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for investigating Trump–as well as other GOP elected officials including Lieutenant Gov. Burt Jones for his role in Trump’s attempted coup. Those GOP officials, however, are undermined by the reality that this legislation was called for by Trump’s allies and is now being publicly cheered by Trump.
What the Georgia GOP is doing cannot co-exist with a democratic Republic. It’s that simple. Georgia Republicans want you to believe that the sudden need for this legislation is not about removing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for investigating Trump–as well as other GOP elected officials including Lieutenant Gov.
Like Mussolini and Hitler before him, Trump knows that the strongman must be everything to his people. His devoted followers must be so bonded to him that no other leader is possible in their minds. Only he can save them.
“I am your warrior, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”
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For starters, let’s look at SB254, which allows the state of Florida to seize custody of any child they deem “being at risk or being subjected to” gender-affirming medical care of any kind. Essentially, it’s state-sanctioned kidnapping of trans youth.
The infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill banned any discussion of sexual orientation or gender in schools and condoned the removal or censorship of books that discuss the topics of LGBT or racism. On top of that, a rumored bill or addition would ban the use of preferred pronouns in schools.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is vying for a presidential run in 2024 with the platform “Make America Florida.” Indeed, Ron has spoken about how Florida is “where woke comes to die” and has done so by using his power to silence, intimidate, and destroy his political opponents.
Let’s think about all this for a second. And not about the flimsy defense of “I was attacking an ideology!” — the subject of this jaw-dropping tirade. Let’s think instead about the key word in it. Eradication.
That word has a subtext. All words do. And increasingly, what’s happening on the right is that language functions as code. The code works because the subtext is implied. You don’t need to say it. Welfare queens. It doesn’t mean what “soccer moms” does, does it? And I hardly have to point out how — you already know, because the subtext is hidden in the phrase itself.
By now, you might have heard what happened over the weekend. A speaker at CPAC – the big conservative conference – said: “for the good of society … transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely – the whole preposterous ideology, at every level.” The internet went into an uproar.