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The Liz Cheney House Vote is the Canary in The Coal Mine

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

Before technology was created to detect carbon monoxide in coal mines, coal miners used canaries as an early warning signal for the presence of the deadly gas. Canaries, and birds in general, are sensitive to airborne poisons because they can draw in oxygen, not only while inhaling, but also while exhaling. This unique feature of their anatomy and their small size gave coal miners an early warning system to evacuate a mine shaft before they succumbed to the colorless and odorless gas.

Surprisingly, this practice lasted in Britain until 1986 when an “electronic noise” detection device made the canaries no longer necessary. But the expression borne out of the old miner’s practice is a common one which is used as an indicator or warning for adverse conditions.

On Wednesday, January 13th, the canary entered the coal mine, and Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the party's third-ranking House leader, and nine other GOP members of Congress, voted with House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting a riot on 6 January at the Capital building.

Let that sink in…Liz Cheney, the House chairperson for the Republican Conference, voted to impeach the President of her own party. The obvious significance, which needs highlighting, is that she is supposed to be representing the interests of the Republican party, i.e., the interest of Republican voters.

Outrage swirled through Republican precincts from D.C. to Wyoming, where nearly half of the counties there moved to censure Cheney, who is the state’s only House representative. The censure carries no penalties but serves a rebuke from Wyoming Republicans, who are so angry, that a week after her vote to impeach Pres. Trump she had two new primary challengers.

Multiple House Republicans called for her to be removed from her leadership position.

In a 12 January tweet, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale stated:

“When Representative Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of the Republican voters.”

“…She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”

Surely, the Republicans; the Grand Old Party, the law-and-order party, the party of conservatism, the party which stands for family values, virtues, truth and honesty will react accordingly and summarily relieve Rep. Cheney of her duties because she clearly does not represent the Republican Party’s interests. Surely, the House Republicans, some of whom received the endorsement of President Trump, will remove this turncoat!

On Wednesday night, Congressional Republicans in a secret ballot vote, decided, on a 145 – 61 vote, to keep Rep. Liz Cheney in her leadership position as the chairperson of the House Republican Conference.

This is where the canary begins to succumb to the colorless, odorless poisonous gas, emanating from the swamp, warning everyone who supports President Donald Trump and an America First agenda, there is danger ahead.

First, let’s underscore the obvious—THE SECRET BALLOT VOTE! And let’s do some more highlighting by stating what a secret vote accomplishes—avoidance of scrutiny.

That’s it, in a nut shell; put another way; the secret vote is designed to keep you, the voter/constituent, off the backs of the establishment Republican politicians. I cannot think of more repugnant cowardly act by our elected officials than to cower in a closed room, huddling together and hiding themselves from the media and the very people that put them there in the first place.

Why are they hiding? Why can’t We the People see, how those we sent to Washington, on our behalf, voted?

Because they know…they know they are not acting in harmony with We the People. Because they know they are not falling on the side of truth, honesty and integrity, and are operating in the very manner which disgusts most voters.

On the eve of the impeachment vote Liz Cheney said Trump "summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack"; adding "there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

This is a lie. And this is why they hid.

Democrat law professor Jonathan Turley tweeted on 9 January; “While I was highly critical of the President's remarks, he never actually called for violence or a riot. Indeed, he expressly told his followers “to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Such marches are common in both federal and state capitols.”

Additionally, it has been proven, the storming of the Capital building began twenty minutes before President Trump concluded his speech; not to mention the pre-staging of pipe bombs at the RNC and DNC the night before, and the discovery and reporting of the organized and planned efforts of opportunistic extremists groups which all prove the incident was premeditated and had nothing to do with the words of President Trump.

Apparently, these truths do not matter.

And the danger the canary is warning all Americans about is this: you don’t matter. We the People, don’t matter; America does not matter. The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 doesn’t matter. The election fraud of 2020 and the mountains of evidence which prove it, doesn’t matter. The unconstitutionality of how the election rules were changed in the six contested state, don’t matter. The 75-million people who voted for Donald J. Trump…do not matter.

What does matter—is not the will of the People—but the political self-interest and safety of your elected “leaders” in Washington. That’s what matters. Politics as usual, before Trump matters…not the virtues of honesty, integrity, wisdom or bravery which most Americans strive for daily.

You know what else matters?

Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican House member, along with nine other GOP representatives, teamed up with every Democrat in the lower chamber and voted to impeach Donald Trump; and 145 GOP house members then voted to keep Cheney in her leadership position…that matters. Because that vote of confidence by the House Republicans amounts to nothing more than a tacit endorsement for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump by 145 House members of his own party.

It matters because it is the canary in the coal mine warning all Americans who believe in America First—they don’t matter.

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