No. Adam Kinzinger is not a “RINO.” It’s the folks who are calling Kinzinger a RINO who are the real Republicans In Name Only.
The GOP House of Mirrors warps. Anyone who stands in front of the mirror fails to see his own reflection, but instead chooses to project that image on non-tribal “enemies.”
It’s right out of the Goebbels Playbook. Lie. Keep Lying. Expand the magnitude of your lies, because it’s easier to make people believe big lies than little ones.
Accuse others of that which you are clearly guilty.
Adam Kinzinger committed the unpardonable offense of telling the truth and refusing to lie, which is now a prerequisite for admission to the GOP Clubhouse. While I was initially disheartened when Kinzinger announced he will not seek reelection to his Illinois Congressional seat in 2022, I believe him when he says this is not the end of his political future.
But this is sad. The United States needs a strong, rational Republican Party that is driven by genuine Conservative principles rather than blind tribalism, grandstanding demagoguery and cultural retribution.
The GOP once, and often accurately, called itself The Party of Ideas.
Republicans like Adam Kinzinger can lead the way back, but they need followers, not cowardly toadies.
That was a bold step by the NAACP, which sent letters to the players associations of the NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA and professional soccer leagues urging players NOT to sign with Texas teams. The NCAAP says Texas is backwards, and is quickening the pace of its backpedaling, when it comes to civil liberties. The NCAAP is right.
The GOP casts itself as champions of business, commerce and free enterprise. Not only is the current Right Wing Jihad immoral and anti-American, it is bad for bitness, bubbas.
And speaking of liars, their unfounded insistence that anyone who has had a COVID infection now carries as much immunity against future infection as those who are fully vaccinated do has now been scientifically debunked. A definitive CDC study reveals just the opposite. The vax “trumps” natural immunity. The vaccine is seven times more protective. I said seven times.
Of course, only people who believe in science will believe that. The Toothless Banjo Brigade is already claiming that this is a “CDC conspiracy.” They’re nothing if not predictable.
It’s a GOP House of Mirrors. But it’s not a House of Fun. It’s a House of Lies. And it’s killing people.