The following Op-Ed was written and submitted by Paul Plante
In what has to be a rare bit of candor and introspection from a noted political hack in American politics, during a Monday conversation at 92nd in New York with David Rubenstein, former congresswoman and Pelosi-ite Witch Hunter Lizzie Cheney said politics in America, at all levels, but especially the federal level, are so broken that we’re electing idiots, which explains how both she and Joe Biden got into office here in America in the first place, and it is rare indeed that a political hack like Lizzie Cheney would come clean as she did about how she ended up in the people’s congress of the United States of America.
In that interview, Lizzie told the interviewer that she thinks that US politics are fundamentally broken at a time when the nation faces critical challenges, and she would know, because as a Pelosi-ite Witch Hunter, she was instrumental in that process.
Then she went on as follows: “What we’ve done in our politics is create a situation where we’re electing idiots,” Cheney told David Rubenstein during a Monday conversation at 92nd in New York.
And right on cue, enter Joe Biden from stage right to fulfill that role today, and if we go back in time to the Congressional Register for 6 January 2021, we see that Lizzie herself was also instrumental in that process of putting the idiot Joe Biden in office, so that when she says “What we’ve done in our politics is create a situation where we’re electing idiots,” she really is talking about herself when she says the word “we,” because she sure as hell is not talking about me!
Going back to the interview, Rubenstein pressed Cheney on if she would run for president as an independent if it meant that she could hurt former President Donald Trump’s chances of retaking the White House, and Lizzie, who has been unsparing in her criticisms of Trump, did not directly address that tantalizing possibility, to wit:
“I don’t look at it through the lens of this is what I should or shouldn’t do, I look through it through the lens of, how do we elect serious people?” she responded.
“Electing serious people can’t be partisan.”
And why, pray tell don’t we elect serious people to office?
And that answer is quite simple – because neither political party gives us serious people to vote for, and Joe Biden and Karmela Harris are proof positive of that.
What the parties want are people who exhibit party loyalty, especially the Democrats, and they want people who can raise scads of money, and that pretty much excludes the serious people who are independent thinkers, as opposed to political whores.
Going back to the interview, Lizzie went on as follows:
“Because of the situation we’re in where we have a major party candidate that is trying to undermine our democracy, and I don’t say that lightly, we have to think about the kinds of alliances necessary to defeat him.”
And there she is talking about Joe Biden, who is not only trying, but is doing a bang-up job of undermining our democracy with his destructive policies which are intended to divide us as a people, and thereby make us weaker.
Going back to the interview, Lizzie then proclaims her own ignorance of our nation’s fractured political history, to wit:
“We’re at a moment in our country where there is a tectonic shift going on in our politics,” Liz Cheney said.
A tectonic shift?
Not hardly, people – how about politics as usual, instead, and here, by way of illustration, let’s go to the “History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925” where we have as follows concerning our political history and supposed “tectonic” shifts, to wit:
The defeat of United States Senator Roscoe Conkling of Utica, for the Republican nomination for president in 1876, started influences which affected national politics and American history, during the ensuing fifteen years.
The presidential campaign of 1880 brought on a crisis in National Republican politics, which had previously been largely dominated by Conkling.
His political opponent, James G. Blaine, was the chief aspirant for the nomination.
Senator Conkling probably realized that he could not secure the nomination and so he backed the candidacy of General and ex-President U. S. Grant.
Conkling controlled the New York delegation to the convention and brought about their instruction to “use their most earnest and united efforts to secure the nomination of U. S. Grant.”
Both Grant and Blaine failed of the nomination after a hot fight in which the third term issue was most bitterly fought over — perhaps for all time.
James A. Garfield, of Ohio, was nominated and elected president while Chester A. Arthur of New York became vice-president.
Garfield’s leanings were toward the Blaine element, while Arthur’s affiliations were with the Conkling branch.
One of the most violent partisan struggles, in this history of the United States, now began with Conkling and Blaine as the opposing leaders.
Conkling’s partisans became known as the “Stalwarts” while Blaine’s were called the “Halfbreeds.”
The crisis came when President Garfield nominated State Senator W. H. Robertson, Collector of the Port of New York.
He was opposed by the Conkling party machine of New York.
Vice-President Arthur of New York, the two United States Senators from New York, Roscoe Conkling and Thomas C. Platt, and Postmaster-General Thomas L. James of New York State, joined in a request for the withdrawal of Robertson’s name.
President Garfield refused to bow to this party machine dictation, whereupon Conkling and Platt resigned on May 14, 1881, and left Washington.
President Garfield’s attitude was almost epochal in our politics, marking a change from the machine rule and dictation which had marked Republican presidential policies since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.
The political situation caused great interest and considerable excitement throughout the country.
Since the Civil War, machine party rule by both political parties, had been accepted as a matter of course by the American people and the new turn of affairs became decidedly interesting.
Conkling and Platt became candidates for re-election in the New York State Legislative session.
Between May 31 and July 17, forty-eight ballots were taken, Warner Miller of Herkimer and Elbridge G. Lapham, being elected United States Senators from New York on that date.
Instead of quieting this bitter controversy this second defeat of Conkling’s machine, made the battle rage even more violently.
On July 2nd, a lunatic named Giteau, made violent by this fury of public opinion, shot and mortally wounded President Garfield, who died on September 19th.
Vice-President Arthur succeeded him, giving Conkling once more national power.
Garfield’s tragic death had no effect in stilling the Republican battle, which was solely caused by the vain ambitions of two individuals, Blaine and Conkling, whose animosities were at a point where they seemingly would have wrecked the country to secure a triumph or revenge.
The Republican machine was triumphant in nominating Judge C. J. Folger for governor of New York in 1882.
Charges of fraud in the convention were made and Grover Cleveland, the Democratic nominee (formerly of Clinton) was elected by the then unprecedented plurality of 193,000 votes.
Cleveland’s triumph of 1882 made him the nominee of his party for president in 1884 and he was elected over James G. Blaine in a very close contest.
The election depended upon New York State and Cleveland carried it by a little over one thousand votes.
Oneida County, home of Roscoe Conkling and a normally Republican county, gave Cleveland over a thousand plurality.
The Republicans called for a recount and the bitterness of partisan feeling is shown by the fact that Conkling became attorney for the Democratic party in the contest.
The recount gave the election to Cleveland.
Grover Cleveland’s election has been called one of the greatest American triumphs for popular government, by a leading Republican statesman (in 1924).
United States Senator Warner Miller of Herkimer was defeated for re-election in 1887, in another bitter fight.
Roscoe Conkling died in 1888.
The partisan battle, in the Republican ranks did not die out until the re-election of President McKinley in 1896.
The bolt of the Progressives from the Republican party in 1912 has been the only partisan struggle comparable with the Stalwart-Half-breed of the years between 1880 and 1888, and the Progressive defection lasted but one or two years and the breach was soon healed.
Senator Conkling’s handsome stone mansion stands in Rutger Park, Utica, while another stone mansion, built by Senator Warner Miller stands on the western edge of the village of Herkimer.
It is difficult to realize, at this time, that these two valley homes were the residences of men who fought in one of the most bitter and senseless partisan affrays which have ever endangered our existence as a nation.
There were no great principles back of this struggle on either side — merely the vain human endeavor to shine, lead and control other men.
It is significant of our advance in politics that present-day political leaders are compelled to advance some reasons of public policy for their election and success, rather than openly appealing to the prejudices and passions of their partisans.
Why isn’t Lizzie Cheney aware of any of this?
That answer is quite simple – because she is an idiot.