If you thought Benghazi was the ultimate in political theater and a new low in civil discourse, you were wrong. That was quaint by comparison. I could listen to Trey Gowdy all day compared to listening to GOPer Brian Mast for five minutes. This was a staged event. The congressman from Florida got into the usual posture of faux outrage and showed pictures of the 13 soldiers who died in the withdrawal from Afghanistan. That would have been crass and manipulative on its face, but it was only the preamble. Then Mast got down and dirty, accusing Secretary of State Anthony Blinken of treason and manipulating intelligence. And then he wouldn’t let Blinken speak.
This is six and a half minutes, worth watching in its entirety.
I would not want to be a parent raising small children right now. They are being taught by example that it is acceptable behavior for important people, leaders, to behave in a fashion that wouldn’t fly at the local bus stop or hot dog stand. Mast looks like Lex Luther and behaves like a high school punk.
A man behaving like this in any public place would be summarily ejected and banned from the place, be it a restaurant, place of business or any normal functioning place of employment. Yet the floor of the House of Representative is fair game for dysfunctional and outrageous behavior — it’s encouraged, in fact. This display will go to its preordained place on the six o’clock news on OAN, Newsmax and Fox.
The meltdown of civil discourse is not a good thing in this country. It is corroding the social fabric. It is my sincere belief that the rules of the House should be amended to remove any member of congress who will not yield the floor immediately when told to do so. This should be grounds for censure. I don’t think that’s too radical a step to take, not with this going on.
This is what the Republican party has become. This is the ticket it bought the day Trump descended on his escalator and into the spotlight. They have sold their souls. The only remaining question is how much damage are they going to do to the rest of us as they continue their slide into oblivion?