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For Republicans, lying is easier than governing

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz escaped his state's deep freeze with a trip to Cancun. At first, he blamed his daughters.
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"That's the problem with the media today is they say all Republicans are liars, and everything we say is a lie. There are two sides to every story ..."

I began writing a column about this statement made by Rand Paul, the Republican-sort-of-Libertarian senator from Kentucky, a couple of weeks ago, focusing on its fundamental absurdity. That it was, in fact, a lie in itself. The professionally run media never say that stuff.

As days passed and events unfolded, I kept rewriting the column until it hit me like a bolt. There it was, every day, just waiting for me to hear it or read it. In his feigned outrage at ABC-TV's George Stephanopoulos, Paul had inadvertently disclosed the underlying truth about today's Republican Party: All Republicans are liars and everything they say is a lie.

And, for Paul's and other Republicans' edification, a lie does not qualify as the other side to a story.

Before I go any further, let me say that I am excluding from this declaration the roughly 10 percent of Republicans who were honest enough to say that Joe Biden was lawfully elected president and the handful who voted to convict Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection. But Trump is right when he says they are Republicans in name only (RINOs), because today's card-carrying Republican is duty-bound to lie, or perish.

After four years of daily lying, Trump came up with the Big Lie the election was stolen from him. Every court and state rejected his lawyers' pathetic efforts to prove otherwise. Every single one. But, and here's where Paul and the rest of the gang come in, Republicans throughout Congress and coast-to-coast repeated the lie (and many still do), even though I am certain a good percentage do not believe it, because they feared the wrath of Trump and his more avid followers.

Also, they discovered it was easier than actually governing and, since Republicans do not like government to begin with, they had no alternative plan. In Trump's GOP, lying is the party platform. They as much as said so in nominating Trump last year to seek another term. There was nothing else offered. Not even a Wall. We stand by the liar. Period.

Now, this can get complicated when there are other sources of information than Republicans and a lot of sensible people around who can spot BS when they hear it.

Following Paul's TV appearance, 43 Republican senators voted to acquit Trump at his Senate impeachment trial despite having been witnesses, some even accomplices, in inciting the riot at The Capitol. Mitch McConnell tried to refine the art of two sides to every story by arguing, first, that Trump could not be convicted because he was still president (as majority leader, McConnell delayed the trial a week), and then arguing (when demoted to minority leader) that Trump could not be convicted because he was no longer president. McConnell topped this off by saying, after voting to acquit, that Trump was indeed responsible for inciting the insurrection and someone should hold him accountable. That's three sides, I think.

So, McConnell lied twice, then sort of told the truth while, in true Republican fashion, passing the buck, basically to try to preserve his leadership role in the GOP without doing any of the dirty work, like maybe voting to convict Trump.

It's easier to lie than actually govern - Republicans might want to make that their motto. Now McConnell's at war with Trump over control of the party. The suspicion is McConnell doesn't plan to run for re-election in six years so he's not worried about occasionally flirting with the truth and as a result having to buck a Trump candidate.

Which brings me to Texas, where the GOP platform of simply lying has been on display for the world to see. It has not been pretty. Texas, which has been run by Republicans for decades, recently nearly froze to death as an entire state due to the party's aversion to actually governing. When temperatures plummeted and the snow fell, the lights went out all over the state. No power. No water. No heat. No help from the governor in Austin. Nothing from legislative leaders. Just excuses. Frozen windmills, they said. See, solar doesn't work, they said. They even blamed the proposed Green Energy Deal, which has never even been voted on. Lies.

They lied about the cause the state's refusal to join a regional energy grid for protection in emergencies and the failure of big energy companies to winterize their equipment because it cost too much and Texas did not require them to do so. Too much government regulation, you know? And while blaming solar and wind energy sources, they ignored the fact that 70 percent of Texas's power comes from carbon fuels and their providers had lobbied hard against regulation, had donated heavily to Republican governors and had jacked their prices drastically when the deep freeze hit. An investigation is in order.

This is what happens when lying is easier than governing. People suffer. People die. Yet Texas Republicans and their shills on Fox News kept up the lies. And their senator, Ted Cruz, headed with his family to Mexico where it was warm and there was plenty of water and electricity. When he was caught, he blamed it on his daughters. Said he was just being a good father. That was a lie. Reluctantly, he finally said it was "a mistake" to go on a Cancun vacation while people he ostensibly represented were dying in their beds, were desperate for clean water, were living for days in homes with no heat in temperatures well below freezing.

Yes, it was a mistake, like his vigorous insistence without proof that the election was stolen from Trump and his equally vigorous opposition to impeaching Trump for inciting an insurrection. The Trump base much of it anyway bought those lies. But in Texas, that same base was getting electric bills for thousands of dollars from companies that neglected to prepare their facilities for cold weather and saw the freak storm as "a windfall." Cruz couldn't lie his way out it.

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Hello, Bob. Speaking of the election, have you heard about Maria Zach's evidence that the DEMs did hack into the Dominion machines in the early morning hours of Nov. 4th, and upload an algorithm that changed the incoming votes to Biden? See and click here

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Sorry the video interview on nations inaction has been taken down. Here is another attempt: .italy-did-it.com/

Interesting that it is getting harder and harder to find ongoing news on this topic, don't you think?

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While I believe the 2016 and 2020 elections were fraudulent, I find the claim that votes were switched in Italy to be hilarious.

For me, election fraud starts the day after the last election. The Iowa caucus was obviously fraudulent. The SC primary was fraudulent. Two different types of fraud.

The app that was developed and deployed to count the Caucus votes is such obvious fraud I'm amazed few complain about it. Perez managed to obfuscate the issue long enough that people "just forgot".

The set up for the SC primary was more subtle. Some might argue that it was Barak Obama's option to conspire with Jim Clyburn and the other candidates to ensure Biden's win. I call it fraud. You may call it something else. Whatever it was, it prevented Sanders from advancing. The early Buttiegig claim to have won Iowa and the way Perez kept pushing back results, clearly affected Sanders possibilities.

Let us not forget how Tulsi was refused participation in at least two of the debates even though she had qualified according to the rules in place -- only to have those rules changed.

Finally, the Maria Zack podcast reminds me of one of those impossibly long commercials that tell you up front, "follow our advice and you will be a millionaire tomorrow" -- which then then repeat for 30 minutes until they get to the punch line: Now that you have a million dollars, you are a millionaire. They seem to have skipped over everything in between.

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Just think if the fix wasn't in for Biden, Bernie would be president and every progressive would wonder why in the hell he doesn't do anything he talked about when he had no power to do anything. And his response would be "I don't have the f*cken votes you a$$holes.

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While I acknowledge that I believe everything you write about the Republicans, I must point out that your article is just another "Trump Bad!" hit piece inferring that "of course the Democrats are good".

Of course Biden sent help to Texas. Texas is on the verge of turning blue. Trump would have sent help to Texas too. But Biden should have asked for an apology first? Seriously?

Some may think that this Aaron Mate interview on Hati has no application here. I agree no direct application. But it shows that US policies hardly change at all when the "other party" takes office.

This is also true of internal policies. Nothing really changes.

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In my experience, the majority of so-called lawmakers many of whom have law degrees do not tell the truth OR twist the words to get what they want.

We cannot blame the lawmakers alone. Most people are fault for not taking any action(s).

In most part of the world, it is expensive to be a public representative. Therefore, most lies are for the money.

The role of lobby group(s) some of which have 400 employees and over 300,000,000 in budget are ignored. Lobby or interest groups have played huge role in causing all the problems especially in dealing with foreign policies. Illegal sanctions continue to exist because of lobby groups.

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