Monday, January 25, 2021

You Don't 'Gotta Hand It to Them'

One of the mainstays of 'Weird Twitter' is a wag going by the handle Dril, who regularly tweets out satirical, sometimes surreal missives. A few years ago, he wrote a satirical tweet regarding one of our nation's current enemies:

In this light, I present Josh Hawley's teenage paean to domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, a letter in a local paper: 

"Many of the people populating these movements are not radical, right-wing, pro-assault weapons freaks as they were originally stereotyped. Dismissed by the media and treated with disdain by their elected leaders, these citizens come together and form groups that often draw more media fire as anti-government hate gatherings. Feeling alienated from their government and the rest of society, they often become disenchanted and slip into talks of 'conspiracy theories' about how the federal government is out to get them." 

 Mr Hawley's youthful musings on accusations of racism being a function of 'political correctness' is also just as bad as you can imagine. The warning signs were there... Hawley's radical right-wing views were apparent even when he was a teenager, and his stints at Stanford and Yale did nothing to de-radicalize him. A look into his background should have rendered him too politically toxic to succeed in electoral races on any level, but the GOP has become a farrago of conspiracy theorists, seditionists, and fundamentalists... all too comfortable with political violence. 

He has to be removed from power, his probable role in the January 6th insurrection makes him unfit to serve in Congress.

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