No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter
Ruth Gadebush

Tempting as it might be to enjoy the chaos of the Republicans’ election of Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, it truly is no laughing matter. After all, once in the office he is supposedly second in line to the U.S. Presidency should misfortune befall the President or Vice President.

How could that not be a frightening prospect to any thinking person? Worse yet, it is we Californians who made this gift to the nation.

In the not-too-distant past this man had the promise of being an authentic conservative Republican. Even we Democrats recognize the validity of having two respectable political parties, but respect, and its derivatives, seem to be the missing words in our current political world.

To achieve this lofty office, what did this man surrender? It is often said that no one wants to watch sausage being made but at least a good tasting product is the result. It remains to be seen what this product is going to taste like, and we will all be served from the same table.

It is obvious that the ultra conservatives ruled over the fiasco that we watched occur in one of the greatest legislative bodies ever created by mankind. Yes, it is man, not humankind, in that women were denied any meaningful role in its creation. That means that a small contingent within a slim majority birthed Rep. McCarthy’s victory—if indeed, it is a victory. It isn’t much glory presiding over an empty vessel that was expected to be full.

After all is said and done, we are all under the gavel of this man and the colleagues with whom he dined. Where in the world have all the good, the responsible, Republicans gone? Did they fall off the flat earth the perpetrators seem to believe we live on?

They are strangely quiet, apparently just searching for their own power slot. Not a peep has been heard about why all those lazy “peasants,” anyone who disagrees with them, are going to willingly serve the exalted power contingent, those legislators and their wealthy friends.

Then too they still have their MAGAs to deal with. Unfortunately, they will not go away and there will likely be a time when the MAGAs bite the hand that feeds them. They might like the idea of no IRS, but no Social Security and no Medicare might not have the same appeal.

Speaker McCarthy might have to decide if he is for or against the former President, and whether said president should be prosecuted for his role in inciting the insurrection.

With modern communication, we watched this sausage being made and we are left to wonder just what it will actually taste like. We did not see ethics, respect, loyalty, honesty, trust or any of those spices mixed into the product. Now we have the sausage and who wants to eat it? At the very least, it has an odd taste.

As for Speaker McCarthy, be careful what you wish for. It might come true, but the price could be exceedingly high. Unfortunately, not just for him but for all of us.


  • Ruth Gadebusch

    Ruth Gadebusch, a former naval officer, was recently recognized by the League of Women Voters with its Lipton Award for volunteer work in various community endeavors. She was elected four times to the Fresno Unified School District Board, appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is an emeritus member of the Board of the Center for Civic Education.

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