1. It’s a joke!!! That tweet is just the tip of the moronic iceberg for Republican Senate candidate in Missouri Eric Greitens. In a new fundraising video for his U.S. Senate campaign released this week, Greitens, a former Missouri governor who resigned before he could be impeached on multiple grounds including sexual assault, holds a pump-action shotgun and introduces himself as a Navy SEAL. (He is not a Seal: he resigned shortly before announcing his Senate run this year.) The video then shows him with a group of men in tactical gear hunting “RINOs”—Republicans who are not conservative enough for his tastes. He says, “Join the MAGA crew! Get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire until we save our country!”
And Sarah Palin was once accused of inciting murder by having little gun-sights on a campaign map!
Predictably, the irresponsible ad is being used by the mainstream news media and Democrats to characterize all conservatives and Republicans while hyping more anti-gun hysteria. Here’s CNN:
Some of history’s leading fascist movements used the strategy of armed volunteer militias intimidating, threatening and attacking political opponents. And the implications of Greitens’ ad are stunning: Line up behind the most extreme right-wing policies — and implicitly behind former President Donald Trump — or be hunted down by armed, jackbooted thugs.
Right. The implications of Greitens’ ad are that he’s a liar and an asshole, and that he is only slightly more fit to serve in the Senate than Herschel Walker, who defines the bottom of the bottom of the barrel… but presumably Missouri voters know that already. The ad and Greitens himself are metaphorical albatrosses around the GOP’s neck, but the party hung them there. He has been endorsed by several GOP luminaries, though so far, not by Trump.
2. Poll check: President Biden’s latest Civiqs approval rating hit 32%, with 56% disapproving of Joe. Again I ask: Who are those 32% that approve of Biden? What is it they approve of? What democracy can function if fully a third of the electorate have the IQs of flatworms and are happy to see the country rot?
3. Good! Ethics Alarms has followed the nauseating saga of the South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, a Republican, who a killed a man with his car in 2020, left the scene, and tried to cover it up, saying he thought he had hit a deer. Ravnsborg was impeached and finally convicted by the S.D. Senate for committing crimes that caused someone’s death, malfeasance for misleading law enforcement, and abusing the powers of his office. Ravnsborg had refused to resign, even as Governor Kristi Noem, a fellow Republican, repeatedly demanded it. The Senate also voted to bar Ravnsborg from ever serving in public office in the state.
4. Hypocrite of the Year: Megan Rapinoe! The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team leader argued, in response to the international swimming body finally making the obvious and fair ruling about biological men competing as women, that she is “100% supportive” of “trans inclusion” in girls sports because “sports is not the most important thing in life.” This is coming from an aggressive activist for the importance of women’s sports, and who only has an audience for her woke pronouncements because she has excelled at soccer. Rapinoe further expounded,
“I would also encourage everyone out there who is afraid someone’s going to have an unfair advantage over their kid to really take a step back and think what are we actually talking about here. We’re talking about people’s lives. I’m sorry, your kid’s high school volleyball team just isn’t that important. And I think people also need to understand that sports is not the most important thing in life, right? Life is the most important thing in life.”
At the risk of insulting your intelligence, I must point out that Rapinoe is making the bizarre and self-contradictory point that sports is crucially important to trans athletes, but female athletes shouldn’t care about not succeeding because they are forced to compete against newly minted women that have a biological advantage. In 2017, Rapinoe’s pro women’s squad was beaten in a soccer scrimmage by an under-15 male team.
5. Deja vu in the gun phobia epidemic… A student known as “A.L.” claimed that his First Amendment rights were violated when the Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, would not allow him to wear his T-shirt, whichcontained the logo of Wisconsin Carry Inc., a Second Amendment-supporting group. The logo incorporated an image of a handgun. On the back of the T-shirt was the text of Wisconsin’s constitutional provision on the right to bear arms. A judge rejected A.L.’s lawsuit, but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the decision back to U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach to evaluate the lawsuit under the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. The June 15 panel opinion is here.
Tinker held that public schools can restrict student speech if the expression “would materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school” or invade the rights of others. I am tempted to say that if the existence of the Second Amendment “materially and substantially” disrupts “the work and discipline of the school,” that school’s staff and students need help, and the help doesn’t include restricting protected speech. The school told A.L. that he could not wear clothing depicting firearms because the dress code banned “inappropriate” attire. First, “inappropriate” is vague; second, who decides what is “appropriate”? We have seen that schools and universities increasingly define “appropriate” speech as whatever current progressive cant supports.
However, I’m not certain A.L. wins his lawsuit, or should. In the midst of a rash of shootings, including a major school shooting, wearing such a T-shirt might legitimately be regarded as threatening to a reasonable teacher or student.
I know I wouldn’t allow my kid to wear that shirt to school. There, however, we are at the divide of whether there is a right to do something, and whether it is right to do it.