I’ve had to explain it too many times to people from outside our state of Ohio, and with them knowing that its not uncommon for me to associate with politicians, especially at a high level, that Mike DeWine is a Republican in name only. Governor DeWine is not a rock star in political circles and is essentially a crotchety old man who falls off the mark quickly if things get too complicated. My idea of a good Republican governor in the wake of a Covid-19 measurement is Kristi Noem of South Dakota. She handled the coronavirus correctly, as did several of the other governors in more populous states, like Georgia and South Carolina. When DeWine won out in the primary I supported him because he had the “R” next to his name but I wanted Mary Taylor. My expectation of Republican leadership is someone like Kristi Noem, in just about every situation and Mary likely would have given Ohio that. But as I explained, DeWine lost me when he shut down the bars and restaurants back in March of 2020 forever and that is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans do vet their own while Democrats hang together like frat boys who screwed the same stripper at an initiation party. They never turn on each other. But Republicans do because they have values and when politicians go astray, there are consequences that conservatives are quick to express. Democrats don’t stand for values, so they don’t use them to measure behavior. Its that simple.
That is why even as I do speak with respectable Republicans about their division over what’s happening in Kentucky as protestors over the weekend erected an effigy of the tyrant governor, Andy Breshear at the state capital of the dictator hanging from a tree with the statement “sic semper tryannis” painted upon it, I side clearly with the protestors and my opinion of any Republican coming out against that action as weak. I don’t really care what history did at some point in the Civil War and whether or not a party comes down on the side of Lincoln or the rebels of that time period, we are living history now. We just went through the most stupid thing that humans have ever done to themselves across the world with the reaction to Covid-19 shutting down the economy all over earth over nothing, so the context of history is being written. You can’t study something like this in a book, there is no precedence for this level of stupidity, and people victimized by the idiotic behavior of these politicians wants somebody’s ass to pay for all the misery they caused. And who could blame them? It doesn’t matter that Mike DeWine is a Republican, or that Andy Breshear is a Democrat, they both became tyrants against constitutional concepts and they broke the law as the top lawmakers in their states—and for that there is either going to be an ass-kicking, or a change inspired through elections. Something must happen and the longer it doesn’t, people are going to get more and more angry.
The media position in this incident is all wrong, to use peer pressure to inspire behavioral change in the protestors by saying both Republicans and Democrats condemn this behavior of hanging an effigy of Breshear in a tree as a warning. Nobody cares what Republicans and Democrats think if those people don’t do the job they were elected to do and that is to manage their offices that they hold without bringing trouble to the people who elected them. When governors take it upon themselves to interpret their jobs to be parents of everyone, well, they have failed to do honor to their office and must be held accountable. Breshear has been following DeWine in Ohio for most of the Covid-19 shutdowns and going further just to put a liberal spin on things, and that has really crippled Kentucky. What Breshear has been doing has been madness to put it lightly. But so is what DeWine has done and both of these governors have been getting off easy to only have minor threats against them made with something like these effigies. To infringe upon constitutional liberties of people really is an act of war of a loser government against the people its supposed to protect. Protecting people from a silly, overblown virus is not in the oath that the governors take. Protecting their rights to the constitution is, and when they openly violate that, they are opening themselves up to the wrath of a very angry people. Nobody cares what Mitch McConnnell thinks about the effigy against Breshear. Nobody needs a lecture on the First Amendment, but politicians do need a lecture on the 2nd. There is a place for hate in this world and when politicians take advantage of the trust that voters put into them, and when politicians destroy jobs and livelihoods of people and their families, you bet your ass that there is room for hate.
This is the same Breshear who had police writing down the license plates of people attending church services during Easter Sunday services. Without the threats of violence, people like Breshear hide behind the law his desire for complete dictatorship over the people he’s supposed to protect, then blames it on concern for their safety. People see through that and they are angry, and they damn well should be. The 2nd Amendment isn’t for hunting rabbits, its for taking back our government from people like Breshear, DeWine and that crazy lunatic in Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. All those governors have shown that they will violate the state and federal constitutions on a whim and they need to understand that if they break the law that there will be ramifications. When people lose faith in the law and the courts, they will turn to guns and violence. That is part of the deal and is the last line of defense in any constitutional debate. All politicians should understand this basic agreement and know that if they lose themselves to power, then people will be coming after them.
The fear that politicians and members of the media are expressing is that civility is how they gain their power. When people see that civility is being used against them to destroy their lives, as has been the case across the world over Covid-19, then their only recourse is violent rebellion. Everyone should give people credit for hanging an effigy and expressing their anger before actually going through with such a violent task. The warning should be appreciated, not demeaned. Breshear should consider himself lucky that the people of Kentucky gave him a warning before ripping his ass out of his bed at night to throw him out of office. Because honestly, the people of Kentucky have that right due to the gross violations to their constitutional sanctity. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Republican or a Democrat who committed the crime, people have a right to be pissed off about it, and what we do from here on out will make history. Because what brought us here is so bad, there is no precedent to reflect on. Compliance is not an option when politicians break the law, no matter how much for our own good they think they were acting. We didn’t elect parents to run our government, we elected representatives. But when those representatives start acting like dictators, well, that’s when things must change no matter what means is necessary to achieve it. Politicians need to stop lecturing us like parents and start listening as representatives. If people are that mad that they’ll hang such an effigy that should be a valued warning that all elected officials should pay attention to. There is no law to protect them when they go so far to step over the law to satisfy some desire for power at the expense of the people they are supposed to be representing.
Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior
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