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Kinzinger Cheney Censure

If you've come to Minding Our Mindset to avoid political stuff, my apologies. Today's post will be political. If that's not your bag, feel free to skip this one and come back for more uplifting ones or ones with cats.

I am interested in politics and how it affects our country, so I wanted to share my thoughts today. I saw a news story today which said the RNC voted to censure Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney for their involvement in the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol. You can read more about it here.

I think it's utterly bizarre how Donald Trump and his acolytes have managed to hijack the Republican party. It's really been baffling to me these past few years, although I've really tried to make an effort to understand it.

To be honest, I don't recognize the Republican party anymore. It's certainly not the one I recognize from my youth when Reagan and the Bushes were backed by the GOP. It's weird and frankly a little scary to me—a lot scary—the direction the party has continued to go in.

Although I am a Democrat, these days I find the polarization of both parties incredibly disappointing, frustrating, and disillusioning. I am far more aligned with Democratic ideals, but it always feels like the Republicans are better at organizing and messaging, unfortunately. But I feel like the saner and less conspiracy-driven Republican leaders are becoming fewer and fewer—or at least seem to be losing power to the more extreme members.

Here are the statements Kinzinger and Cheney made:

Liz Cheney: “The leaders of the Republican Party have made themselves willing hostages to a man who admits he tried to overturn a presidential election and suggests he would pardon Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy. I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump. History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what.”

Adam Kinzinger: “I’ve been a member of the Republican Part long before Donald Trump entered the field. My values and core beliefs remain the same and have not wavered.

“I’m a conservative who believes in truth, freedom, and upholding the Constitution of the United States. Rather than focus their efforts on how to help the American people, my fellow Republicans have chosen to censure two lifelong Members of their party for simply upholding their oaths of office. They’ve allowed conspiracies and toxic tribalism hinder their ability top see clear-eyed.

"My efforts will continue to be focused on the standing up for truth and working to fight the political matrix that’s led us to this point.”

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