Are your fellow Republicans mad at your despicable behavior? A handy guide.

  

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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  30 comments

By:   Alexandra Petri - WaPo

Are your fellow Republicans mad at your despicable behavior? A handy guide.

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Are other members of the Republican Party upset at you and trying to get you censured? Take this quiz to find out!

What did you do?

A:I tweeted out analtered anime videoin which I killed one of my colleagues and threatened the president.

B:I voted for a bipartisan plan to improve the country’s failing infrastructure to the benefit of my constituents.

Mostly A’s:No, why would we be upset? It is a well-documented tradition for members to incite violence in Congress. Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat abolitionist Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane on the Senate floor in 1856; Rep. Lovell H. Rousseau of Kentucky assaulted Rep. Josiah Grinnell of Iowa in 1866 on the East Front House portico — this is old hat! It’s not lowering the dignity of the institution at all. Why, as recently as Jan. 6, a whole bunch of individuals whom Donald (President Until Proven Otherwise) Trump said he loved and thought were very special came rushing into the Capitol wreaking havoc and making threats. Which it turns outwas just a joke, or metaphor, depending on which Republican member you ask. Just like your anime video!

Does it matter that people could not tell you were joking? Absolutely not! At any point whatsoever, you are free to decide that you’ve been joking all along, and if you do so, you aren’t liable for any of your previous remarks.

This isn’t a terrifying exercise of power, where you turn language itself into a tool of intimidation and your words mean what they say only if yousaythey do, just like votes aren’t legitimate unless they go your way. It’s comedy at its finest, actually! You know what funny is: when someone threatens you and then says “Just kidding!” afterward. Ha, ha, ha-hahaha! You know what a joke is: something indistinguishable from a threat that other people have to take without complaining, or you can accuse them of being humorless killjoys.

Plus, it’s a cartoon! This video of you killing a real-life colleague is exactly the same as when an animated character gets flattened by a steamroller or a stampede of elephants. No, I don’t see any distinction! Sounds like somebody needs to calm down. Sounds like somebody is justlookingfor reasons to get offended.

Mostly B’s:ABSOLUTELY. How dare you! You are undermining EVERYTHING we are trying to build here (distrust, not overpasses)! On the other hand, there is nothing more anti-Republican and wrong to do than fix broken bridges, which will give people the incorrect impression that government works.

We are a party of principle that does not alter with shifting political winds. Our principle is that if anything good happens during a Democratic administration, that thing is bad, actually, even if we were in favor of it before. We’re consistent, that way.

If a bridge falls on someone’s head and injures them, they will be very upset and feel that government has failed them. And that is good, if it happens before the midterms! If a sinkhole opens up in someone’s district on President Biden’s watch, that is also good. Do not dare try to fix a bridge or make the roads safer or otherwise improve people’s lives just because you are in Congress. Your job in Congress is to be constantly upset that the president is not Republican, and possibly to make jokes. That is why you were elected.

We are slowly fillingthis House with creepier, worse people who traffic in violent threats and paranoid insinuations. Any suggestion that we can work efficiently in a bipartisan way implies that what we have been saying for years about the other party being illegitimate socialists who want to light the country on fire is in fact overblown. The next thing we know, we will be achieving things the country wants, and they will start to believe in institutions again, and nobody wants that if the people running those institutions aren’t us.

Why, this vicious cycle could lead people to view our colleagues across the aisle as people who deserve to be treated as respectfully as you would treat a colleague anywhere, and then they will not think our jokes are very funny. That would be horrible! No, we can’t believe you’ve done this. We’re very upset, and you deserve punishment. This is no joking matter.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

Full disclosure, I have a paid subscription to WaPo ... live with it.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

I'm happy for you. But I would really like to see this cartoon.

Anyway....I'm glad the asshole got censured but he won't be expelled because it takes 2/3 of the members to boot his ass

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.2  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

meh, I've resigned myself to the probable reality of defending the constitution the next time they try a coup.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Isn't he the one whose family took out ads to get rid of him?

Seems that they were correct.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

the poor guy had to run for congress. dentist's livelihoods depend on people that have real teeth.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
3  CB     3 weeks ago
McCarthy says he'll put Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene back on committees if GOP retakes majority in 2022: 'They may have better committee assignments'
Just how much 'coffee' do democrats need to get the public to wake up?!  This country is losing its collective 'shit' to sub-par people who just want to fight - for what they don't even know!
Democrats, Independents - REALLY? ARE YOU GOING OUT LIKE THIS?!!!!
 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @3    3 weeks ago

Hey, we just had some elections with very high turnout that Democrats lost. People have awakened to the fact that "not Trump" is worthless

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
3.1.1  CB   replied to  Texan1211 @3.1    2 weeks ago

Yo, Texan, define "some" and where in context of "high turnout that. . . .

Also, good for the non-GOP?!  Because, the old GOP is a hot mess right now!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  CB @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
Yo, Texan, define "some"
some
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  1. an unspecified amount or number of.
    Hope that helps you out.
    where in context of "high turnout that. . . .
     Virginia. There was an election there, perhaps you heard of it?
    Also, good for the non-GOP?!  Because, the old GOP is a hot mess right now!
    Yes, good for the non-GOP, too, even if some won't recognize the fact.
    Hot mess? You have GOT to be kidding if you think the GOP is a mess compared to the Democratic Party.
 
 
 
Greg Jones
PhD Expert
4  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

House Dems stand to lose 40 seats or more in the midterms.

 
 
 
Hallux
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4.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @4    3 weeks ago

That's nice, now explain what it has to do with the seeded article.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Hallux @4.1    3 weeks ago
That's nice, now explain what it has to do with the seeded article.

Not a thing, it's just a squirrel looking for his nuts.

squirrel-next-time-youre-having-a-bad-day-think-of-this-squirrel

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @4.1.1    3 weeks ago

Oh that poor squirrel...

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
4.1.3  CB   replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

MEDIC!!! Bring aspirin and a tranquilizer gun!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  CB @4.1.3    2 weeks ago

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Trout Giggles
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4.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  CB @4.1.3    2 weeks ago

He's about to be neutered. The aspirin might ease the pain somewhat but the trank gun is probably too late

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
4.1.6  CB   replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1.5    2 weeks ago

Poor 'baby'! BTW, I've never considered squirrel 'nuts' before! (See what I did there?) jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif  

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4.2  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @4    2 weeks ago

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Jeremy Retired in NC
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5  Jeremy Retired in NC    2 weeks ago

The fact that Republicans are standing up against this meme just shows the hypocrisy of the Democrats.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5    2 weeks ago

It would be nice if you said something that made a lick of sense

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5    2 weeks ago

What do you meme by 'meme'? Are you on some 'don't meme me bro' hypo-crispy committee?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
5.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5    2 weeks ago

The man re-tweeted a cartoon video of him killing a fellow congress person and the president. What kind of people are these republicans that  are standing up for him?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.3    2 weeks ago

Just like him, scum.  

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
5.3.2  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.3    2 weeks ago

Considering his vote for censure was mostly along party lines, he is being protected.

 
 
 
Dulay
Professor Principal
5.4  Dulay  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5    2 weeks ago

Republicans didn't 'stand up against' a fucking thing Jeremy. 

Kevin McCarthy didn't utter a word against Gosar's actions.

In fact, all too many Republicans spoke in his favor on the floor. 

Gosar himself stated that he took the video down 'out of compassion' yet he then retweeted it. 

Seriously, you're posting shit that has no basis in fact. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @5.4    2 weeks ago

They don't stand up for dick except their own lying hateful evil scummy asses.  They're spineless weasels.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.4.2  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @5.4    2 weeks ago
"Seriously, you're posting shit that has no basis in fact."

What else is new?

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
6  seeder  Hallux    2 weeks ago

Meanwhile: Trump, in a statement, hailed Gosar as “a loyal supporter of our America First agenda” and “highly respected in Arizona,” and said he “has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.1  CB   replied to  Hallux @6    2 weeks ago

Well by now it should be plain and clear to every liberal in this country, that you are being DISRESPECTED. One more thing, there is a thought on the Right in 'high places' that to disrespect the liberals more is to permit Donald Trump to sit as Speaker of the House for two years prior to stepping down in time to run for president (again).

Take Trump seriously, he IS the nightmare that never stops giving!

 
 
 
Lucifer Morningstar
Professor Guide
7  Lucifer Morningstar    2 weeks ago

If they truly believed in doing something about infrastructure they would have done it years ago.  We all know this round is just a fucking gimmick to usher in communism.

 
 
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