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Safe Space Politicians

Senator James Lankford (R — Oklahoma)

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A video of the Capitol protests brought Oklahoma Senator James Lankford to tears last week. Lankford couldn’t bear to watch a clip of a Capitol Hill police officer being pushed into a door by Trump supporters. As the audio played during Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing, Lankford sobbed. Another Republican senator, Steve Daines of Montana, held his colleague’s arm and consoled him during the terrifying ordeal.

“It’s painful to see,” Lankford said afterward. “Who in God’s name thinks, ‘I’m going to show that I’m right by smashing into the Capitol’? Who would do that?”

This is the latest example of how pathetic our politicians are. Men have witnessed far worse things than a police officer being briefly stuck in a door. Men have seen their buddies blown to bits by artillery and survived devastating wounds to themselves. Even by violent video standards, the Capitol riot was relatively tame. There were far more brutal attacks seen at Black Lives Matter riots. Lankford didn’t shed any tears over business owners beaten by black mobs or Antifa.

The Oklahoman wasn’t alone in his distress. The New York Times reports that several senators cried at the footage shown before them. They left the hearing “visibly emotional.” “It tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes. That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional,” Senator Mitt Romney told reporters. Politico reports there is a “looming mental health crisis on Capitol Hill” with lawmakers and staffers claiming the protests traumatized them. The videos apparently “re-traumatized” them.

Even lawmakers who were far away from the mostly peaceful demonstrations claim PTSD. New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insists she was nearly murdered by the mob, though her office was blocks away from the Capitol. She shivered and cowered in another member’s office while people took selfies without permission in the Capitol. She recounted her horrifying tale in a viral video and demanded that everyone acknowledge her as a victim. She even said she “survived” a sexual assault in college. (Press X to doubt.) Conservatives were able to disprove her tale of barely escaping death, but she just doubled down on her victimhood and urged Big Tech to censor her accusers.

AOC later led a sob fest on the House floor where members were encouraged to share their ordeals. Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib delivered the worst speech in this melodrama. She loudly sobbed into her mask as she thanked Allah for sparing her the horror of being in DC during the Capitol terror. “What happened on January 6, all I could do was thank Allah, but I wasn’t here. I felt overwhelming relief and I feel bad for Alexandria and so many of my colleagues that were here. But as I saw it I thought to myself ‘Thank God, I’m not there,’” she cried. AOC tried to comfort her during her tearful address.

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All of this is behavior unbecoming of leaders. We look to our leaders to provide strength and resolve, not to cry at random riot videos. That’s a fundamental element of leadership: to be greater than the people you serve. The hoi polloi may be shocked by violence, but we expect — or at least should expect — our leaders to remain stoic in the face of dangers and challenges. But when faced with a rowdy protest, our leaders begged for a safe space. Lawmakers cowered under seats and hyperventilated as largely harmless Trump supporters walked around and took pictures.

Imagine these people in a genuinely dangerous situation.

During the Cold War, most of our legislators had served in the military, many of them in combat. Nearly 80% of Congress had a military record in the 70s. Some of these individuals would go on to run for president. Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, nearly died from combat wounds suffered on the Italian front. He wasn’t a great representative of the historic American nation, but at least he wouldn’t sob over a police officer getting caught in a doorway. Despite the many issues with the Greatest Generation, they at least didn’t cry in public. The candidacy of Ed Muskie, the early favorite to win the Democratic nomination in 1972, was destroyed over him shedding tears during a disastrous speech.

Lankford, in contrast, hopes to keep his seat in 2022 on the basis of his tears. The Oklahoma senator may not have been genuinely shaken by the videos — he could just be acting to distance himself from the protests. He initially planned to challenge the election results on January 6, but the storming changed his mind. He’s conducted a groveling apology tour ever since.

He seems to think his political survival depends on looking like a complete pussy.

The good news is that this may further solidify the chances a primary challenger unseats him.

Unlike Ed Muskie, crying is a political advantage for modern politicians. AOC gained status through her meltdown and victimhood signaling. It’s not an original take, but it is true our society bases itself on a victimhood morality that prizes the supposedly oppressed.

January 6 continues to profoundly unmask the system. Elites were so traumatized by the event that they’ve dropped the pretense of representing the people. The government is their own fiefdom to enrich themselves and their friends. We’ve seen the worst side of these lawmakers — their cowardice, their shamelessness, their vindictiveness — and they demand we see them as our noble leaders.

“In American democracy, those of us who aspire and attain public office are nothing but the servants of the people,” impeachment manager Representative Jamie Rankin declared this week. “Nothing. Not the masters of the people. We have no kings here. We have no czars. Here, the people govern.”

It requires a lobotomy to believe the “people” govern. We’re instead governed by gutless vermin that sob at the first sign of trouble and flee at the sight of the people. It’s not a leadership class we should respect or admire. They’re just representatives of a hostile regime.

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14 Comments

  1. Bernie
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Isn’t this the same specimen who apologized to blacks for questioning the election results?

    The big, tough Oklahoma cowboy, you see …

    • Captain John Charity Spring MA
      Posted February 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      I personally am not convinced the blacks stuffed the ballots to get the win. I just think there’s enough of them to swing a vote in the right circumstances and for some typically-black unreason Trump really did piss them off. Whites are getting outnumbered in various states now. When a white candidate emerges and isn’t charismatic he’s vulnerable and when a big persona like Trump arrives it turns in 2018 style drubbings and the spectacle of 2020 in summer.

      What is to be done?

      At least the cucked nature of the system is obvious. No one really likes Biden and no one really likes Harris. The both of them are unpleasant 2D cutouts. It’s a shame so many on the right failed to use Covid19 to eliminate the left. The left hasn’t hesitated to eliminate the right.

  2. Captain John Charity Spring MA
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Capitol Hillocaust

    • RockaBoatus
      Posted February 15, 2021 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      I shed six-million tears on January 6th.

  3. Ray Caruso
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    A video of the Capitol protests brought Oklahoma Senator James Lankford to tears last week. Lankford couldn’t bear to watch a clip of a Capitol Hill police officer being pushed into a door by Trump supporters. As the audio played during Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing, Lankford sobbed. Another Republican senator, Steve Daines of Montana, held his colleague’s arm and consoled him during the terrifying ordeal.

    A country where such faggots pass for the right-wing doesn’t deserve to exist. Thankfully, there is every indication it won’t for much longer.

    • SPQR70AD
      Posted February 15, 2021 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      that all comes from allowing women to control the family and allowing them into politics. most tough talking guys on the internet are totally pussy whipped and dominated by their wives. the “men” become submissive and get emotional just like a ragged out woman. the congress is and was turned into a giant oprah show

  4. Vidar
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    When you look up Cuckservative in the dictionary, there’s this gimps face. Reason #3467 to never vote GOP again.

  5. joe
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    The question is how long will we put up with this ?

    • RockaBoatus
      Posted February 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      So long as we are comfortable, well-fed, and have money, there will be no real opposition to our Judeo-Bolshevik overlords. Take these away, and the pitchforks start to come out.

    • Franz
      Posted February 15, 2021 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      “…how long will we put up with this ?”

      How do we get out of it?

      They are clearly putting on a show because they can’t be stupid enough to think we believe they’re actually running anything. So they’re a diversion. But unlike Disney World or Universal Studios they expect to be taken seriously.

      Only Gore Vidal had enough bile in him to point out that “Politics is show biz for ugly people.” Too true Gore, in whatever rung of hell you’re on. But real show biz can be put out of business; London ran actors out of town constantly even after Shakespeare.

      Bur we can’t get rid of ours. Talentless and almost absurd in misplaced self-seriousness, they refuse to leave, die, or shut up. As Nero bored Petronius Arbiter to death, they’re busy working on us. It’s psywar of the lowest kind.

  6. Vauquelin
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Lankford, like Flake, has a perfect name, being a lanky goofball.

  7. Mike Ricci
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Sad to say Lankford is very typical of White men.

  8. Alex
    Posted February 15, 2021 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Article made me think of the Nika Riots that took place under Justinian I in Byzantium. Theodora supposedly said “Those who have worn the crown should never survive its loss. Never will I see the day when I am not saluted as empress.” They were willing to face death to keep power and came out unscathed. Think AOC or any of those other spineless cowards in DC would do that if they faced a real insurrection?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots

  9. TimothyS
    Posted February 20, 2021 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    You don’t give politicians nearly enough credit for their stoicism: They don’t shed a tear for the men being blown to bits.

    Lie back and think of Allah.

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