Letter to the editor: Let’s talk about a House divided


Guess what house I’m thinking of?

For the weak minded, here are a couple of clues.

Four days and 15 election attempts to establish a leader.

Nine months later, those that fought so valiantly to accomplish this victory quickly decided it’s better to proceed through the wilderness without a head. (Next guy gives up after only three elections.)

Give up? Panel, take off your blindfolds.

Maintaining party loyalty with only insults and threats of violence is an uncertain road to travel.

What required standards must a true Republican meet to be qualified?

The party has begun to recognize the need for clear-cut, simple guidelines in this matter, and has started to provide them. I will illustrate a few of the pitfalls we are instructed to avoid. (More pictures please, can we have this in comic book form?)

The goal is to observe the mistakes others have made and see if we can avoid the scarlet letters, “RINO.”

“The first shot of the RINO hunt” was delivered to Rep. Bob Inglis. Qualifications? A grade “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and an 84 percent approval rating from the American Conservative Union. But these activities did not serve him well: for in his innocent naivety, he thought it was his duty to reprimand his fellow Republicans for being disrespectful to Obama during his State of the Union address.

Note: Screeching, “You’re a liar!” to the president during official ceremonial proceedings is now perfectly acceptable and expected behavior: Democrats have some catching up to do on this one. (Quoting a local: “The Republican Party needs to be more offensive.”)

RINO Rep. Mo Brooks urged Republicans to “put the 2020 election theft behind and look forward.” Calling the election a theft is certainly a good move but “looking forward’ is not a strong Republican ideal. (Drive out the speaker, and then what?)

The following sins can easily be detected:

The RINO members of Congress Peter Meijer and Liz Cheney voted to impeach Trump.

(To show what a stinker the daughter of our past vice president is, she voted in line with Trump’s position only 93% of the time.)

RINO Sen. Lindsey Graham said that pardoning Jan. 6, 2021, participants was “inappropriate.”

(Now if we can only find some video of Hunter Biden attending that spectacular “tourist” event.)

George Bush Jr. earned the RINO title by stating that he “thinks” that the 2020 election wasn’t stolen. Move over Pence! And get the rope ready. Qualifications? Look it up, I forget.

RINO “turncoat and coward” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is “a complete and total disaster” for not finding the exact number of votes Trump required in Georgia.

This letter is somewhat dated and the list of RINO’s has increased to monumental proportions. It’s impossible to keep score anymore.

An ancient wise man defined thought in three categories. We must reject two of them.

“To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.”

  Siddhārtha Gautama


Dennis Shain