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Rod Miller: The Brand New Party

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By Rod Miller, columnist

If not for Abraham Lincoln, Horace Greeley and Emily Dickinson’s dad, I would be a Whig today. So would you, if you are a Republican.

In 1854, those men and others birthed the Republican Party because they could not, in good conscience, remain Whigs due to the issue of slavery in the western states.

They probably got hate mail calling them WINOs, Whigs In Name Only.

Nevertheless, within only six years of their forming a new party, their candidate was elected president – the aforementioned Lincoln. Six years! So don’t tell me that a new political party must wait decades to ascend to power.

The lesson here is that, in our American political system, partisanship is fluid and malleable. Its left up to the individual citizen to align with whatever party he or she chooses. If no party offers what a citizen seeks, then they are free to start their own political party. Our Constitution leaves that choice up to us, because the words “political party” are absent in that seminal document.

Political parties are created, live, die, morph and split depending on the whims of the citizens. To paraphrase Jefferson, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots, tyrants and political parties. It is nature’s manure.”

That’s why I chuckle inwardly when I hear any political party claim that they represent “timeless principles.”

The Republican Party finds itself precisely in that situation. An internal schism is rending the party asunder, as elements within it adopt a populist, nationalistic and divisive ethos that is in direct opposition to the history of the GOP. All this because Donald Trump chose to run for office as a Republican.

Trumpism, or whatever its called, is cleaving the Grand Old Party asunder while it attempts to re-define the term “conservative”. Demagoguery is bastardizing the bedrock or the Republican Party and, if left unchecked, will rot the party from within and leave a clear road for the opposition.

That disturbing sound you are now hearing is past bulwarks of the GOP like Lincoln, Eisenhower, Goldwater and Reagan – and, in Wyoming, Warren, Hansen and Hathaway – rolling in their graves. They, like too few Republicans of today, recognize political bullshit when they see it.

So, what is the party to do? I think the answer is clear, we Republicans must show the knuckleheads the door. We need to encourage the dissident Trumpists to form their own political party. There is already ample talk nationally about doing just that, and I think its a great idea!

And it would be in their own best interests, too. By forming a new political party, the Trump acolytes would protect themselves from criticism from the center, and would unleash themselves to spout whatever nonsense that came into their heads.

Hell, they could even advocate for slavery in the western states because they would no longer be shackled by the history of the GOP. They could come out of the closet and finally be themselves.

This new party would be free to develop a platform that included all the Q Anon, Boogaloo, Oath-Keeping, Proud Boy nonsense that tickles their fancy. They could fight the good fight against Jewish space lasers and cannibalistic pedophile vampire pizza shops, They could attack the deep-state, Trilateral Commission, Club of Rome, globalist propaganda without worrying about people within their own party laughing at them.

And the name of the Republican Party would no longer have to be besmirched by their idiocy. Hell, they could even adopt as their logo a garish aloha shirt, instead of the old-school elephant.

They could call themselves the patriot party (small p p), the Cornerstone Party (after the famous speech by Alexander Stephens that they all memorize), the MAGA Party (self-explanatory) or anything else they choose. They could call themselves the Know-Nothings, but would probably bump up against a copyright infringement issue.

At least they wouldn’t call themselves Republicans any longer. And they can count on me to chip in a few bucks for the filing fees for their new party.

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Dave Simpson: I Looked Hard, And Finally Found It

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By Dave Simpson, columnist

Couple weeks ago, a fellow columnist asked his friends to come up with some good news.

I’ve been scratching my head ever since.

And now, after some painstaking effort, I’ve finally come up with some good news.

There’s a definite sense of release, bordering on relief, to see the end of a pitched, angry, no-holds-barred political battle that raged for the last five years. No team can be on defense for five years, fending off withering attack after attack, without being plum exhausted. It’s enough to wear a guy out.

I wake up in the morning these days without that sense of dread I had for the last five years, wondering what the guy I voted for said, posted or tweeted while I was asleep.

I liked the impressive results the guy I voted for achieved (a booming stock market, record low pre-Covid unemployment, cutting regulations, spurring development of multiple vaccines in record time, and more), but I wasn’t on board with everything he said.

He couldn’t resist walking into at least one screaming buzz saw of controversy a day, sometimes two. If I listened to him talk for any length of time, I’d come up with multiple things I wished he had said differently. I knew what his mortal enemies on the left and in the news media would do with the verbal ammunition he served up to them.

Folks either loved the guy or hated him. There wasn’t much middle ground. Something about him served as a catalyst that made a sizable percentage of Americans erupt like Vesuvius at the mere mention of his name.

It’s nice, these days, waking up without that dread. When I see this new president of ours speaking, I can’t understand much of what he says when he’s wearing two masks, and not much more when he isn’t. But hey, if he makes some boneheaded comment, I don’t have to defend it. Not my problem. No skin off my, well, head.

It’s very refreshing.

Likewise, it’s good news that my liberal friends don’t have to be hysterical anymore.

It can’t be easy maintaining that level of Chicken Little hysteria for five years, but they went above and beyond the call of duty.

Who wouldn’t need a long vacation after believing for so long that Beelzebub was our president, that he would never leave office, and that he was Putin’s twin, separated at birth?

The poor dears need a rest.

It’s also good news, I guess, that for some reason the government keeps sending us money. My wife and I are on Social Security, and we always saved for our retirement years.

But money from the government keeps showing up in our checking account. First there was $1,200 for each of us. Then $600 for each of us. And now it looks like we’ll be getting another $1,400 each, even though we wouldn’t miss any meals without it.

Nobody ever asked if we needed it. If they had, we would have told them to give that $1,200, then $600, and now maybe $1,400 to people who really need it, who have lost jobs, who are hungry, or who have been forced to close their businesses.

Our government isn’t smart enough to figure out who needs money and who doesn’t. So they just give (borrowed) money to everyone.

Turns out, many Americans are simply saving the money, instead of stimulating the economy by spending it. Proving they have a lot more common sense than their government.

One bit of good news was easy to come up with – the birth of a brand new grand daughter in late November, who I’m hoping won’t someday get stuck with the bill for the $1,200, then $600, and now maybe $1,400 deposits her grandma and grandpa found in their checking account.

She’s perfect in every way, a little diary with no writing on any of the pages yet, and great parents who will make sure those pages are filled with all the right stuff as she grows up.

Maybe she, or some member of her fresh new generation, can do a better job running this joint than we have.

Now that would be some good news to report.

Dave Simpson can be contacted at davesimpson145@hotmail.com

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Dennis Sun: Rural Broadband, Like Rural Electricity Was, Is Overdue In Rural Areas

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Dennis Sun
Publisher, Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Living in rural areas does have its advantages and adds to quality of life, but one has to realize that there are some shortfalls. Some have no choices, as their businesses are located on a farm or ranch.

Lately, as we see more and more people moving to our part of the country from back east or California, a year later we hear how the romance of living out in God’s country seems diminished. Not receiving the mail daily or a newspaper on Sunday is hard to deal with and what to do with the garbage is a pain – no more of “out of sight, out of mind.”

As you visit with people who have moved out here for a year or so, they tell of their experiences dealing of “living in the wild.” From not having a snow plow or plowing out the road a couple times a day to erratic cell service, these are huge issues to them.

The people who have been here over a year all have a common complaint, everybody in the family wants to come out and visit in the summer, even family relatives they don’t know. Unless they put their foot down, their summers were spent cooking, washing bedding and entertaining relatives.

One issue binding most rural people is internet service – high speed internet service. In the last couple of years, there has been some movement to help with rural internet service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the Trump administration had huge grants to get internet service into rural areas. The Wyoming Business Council also has a broadband manager and established a program get broadband to rural areas.

Let’s face it, in the Intermountain West and Great Plains areas, we really have huge rural areas. If internet companies could make a profit supplying these areas with coverage, they would already be there. FedEx and United Parcel Service, I’m told, lose money servicing our area. That means we have to get creative to find the funds.

A couple years ago, during the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) planning, rural connectivity was the number one issue for the agricultural committee, and we also now realize the importance of connectivity through the pandemic. In fact, some others on the ENDOW Committee didn’t want anyone on the ag committee to bring the issue to light, as they thought it would hinder businesses wanting to move to Wyoming.

Some 75 years ago, ranchers and farmers had the same issues over electricity as we do currently with internet service, and we fixed that problem with Rural Electric Cooperatives, didn’t we?  It was developed by using low interest government loans.

We realize establishing good, affordable rural connectivity will attract others to move into rural areas, which may cost counties more to service rural areas and may bring on more subdivision in rural areas.

 I think it is possible to control the added costs and to protect farms and ranches so they are able to provide food and fiber for all of us while also having affordable broadband, we just have to make it a priority and that today is the biggest stumbling block.

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Jonathan Lange: ‘Salt Of The Earth’ People Are Wise To This Cynical Game

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By Jonathan Lange, columnist

“History, faith and reason show the way, the way of unity. We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos.” – President Joseph R. Biden, Inaugural Address.

Measuring by the nastiness of cable news and the party spirit of national newspapers, America is more deeply divided than at any time in living memory. The division may run as deep as at any time in history.

Yet, for all the rancor, there remains a deep longing for unity.

In fact, more than a mere longing, Americans are actually united on several key points. All people across the political spectrum long to see a resurgence of dignity, respect and neighborliness. I have never met anyone who wants the bitterness, fury and “exhausting outrage” that surrounds us. No lover of America can possibly be pleased with the incessant chaos that poisons our world.

Take a moment to reflect on this fact. Test it with your neighbors, families and friends. See if you can find someone who does not wish for universal recognition of each person’s dignity and respect. I don’t think you will find such an animal.

If I am right about my supposition, it should lead you to ask a follow-up question: If nobody wants the chaos and division we are experiencing, why can we not put an end to it? Who or what is hindering American unity?

Know this first, it is not the occupant of the Oval Office. Honest observers of the culture must admit that today’s rancor has been escalating across five administrations, at least. For three decades, every president has been vilified by political opponents as the incarnation of evil itself.

While this is a great fundraising strategy that whips the base into a fury, it does nothing to help Americans either understand or resist the true forces of evil that are pushing America toward the cliff. This is by design. Enemies of the American people want us to fixate on personalities. In that way, they can distract good-hearted citizens from finding commonalities that build unity.

The fact is that the forces dividing America have played us like well-tuned fiddles. They use caustic “identity politics” to set mom-and-pop Republicans, Democrats and Independents at one another’s throats so that they can advance an agenda against all Americans, regardless of who occupies the White House.

But salt-of-the-earth people are getting wise to this cynical game. More and more Americans see the real threat to America. It lies in armies of lawyers, advisors and agency officials scattered across Washington, D.C. who hem the president in on every side. They withhold information, dishonestly spin facts, slow-walk presidential orders, criminally leak to a compliant press, and generally abuse government power to manipulate the president into advancing their agenda, not ours.

While the occupant of the White House is not completely inconsequential, it is the worldview of unnamed bureaucrats—more than the man in office—that does the most damage to American ideals. As good neighbors from both parties awaken to this fact, it gives us an opportunity to unite against a common enemy.

The first step toward unity is to reject identity politics with a vengeance. This is not only necessary toward reducing the rancor of public discourse. It is also necessary so that we can get off the merry-go-round of personal vilification and start addressing the real problems.

If you think anyone who voted for Donald Trump is a threat to America, stop it! If you think insulting President Biden will help America, you are dead wrong. If you won’t listen to someone unless he first admits that the election was fairly won, or if you refuse to call Joe Biden your president, you will not be inviting honest engagement, but playing into the hands of your enemies.

Remember, the real enemies of America are enemies of Democrats as much as they are enemies of Republicans. They want nothing more than partisan simplification: “two legs bad, four legs good.” Such behavior only leads to a blanket condemnation of everything that one administration does and a blank check for whatever the other administration does. This fatally short-circuits debate, and naively ignores the forces manipulating both administrations.

America united to defeat fascism in World War II, and to defeat communism in the Cold War. Common Americans accomplished this despite the evil forces that were tearing us apart in the decadent 20s. Anti-God, anti-family, anti-freedom forces are on the move today.

As in the past, common Americans can defeat them if we refuse to let them divide us.

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Bill Sniffin: It’s time to hit the road to travel around Wyoming again

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By Bill Sniffin, publisher

In my business column called the “20 things I’ve learned in 50 years of business,” three rules seem to have dominated my life over the past three years. 

The first is that you sell to the customer what the customer wants to buy.

Second is that someone is looking for you as hard as you are looking for them – you just have to knock on enough doors.

Third is you make money when you travel.

Today I am focusing on the third rule – it is time for me to hit the road!

Readers of this column know that we travel a lot. What we do not write about is the fact that often, we are doing some business while we are traveling. 

This past year was pretty much the year of no travel. We made a quick one-day trip to Yellowstone, a trip to the Sheridan-Buffalo area (hosted by Jim Hicks, Bob Grammens, Pat Henderson, and Kim Love), and we took a longer trip  that saw us visit Las Vegas, Arizona and Colorado. 

The COVID was not so bad when we made these trips. Before and after, though, we were pretty much house-bound like everyone else. 

As I write this, both Nancy and I have gotten our Pfizer shots, the car is warmed up, and the highways are dry – let’s roll!

My favorite places to travel are all inside this wonderful state.  We have discovered amazing things, people, and places in diverse locales like Evanston, Newcastle, Worland, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and so many others.  

Right now, I am excited to re-visit Carbon County.  Folks who blast through Rawlins at 80 mph really are missing out on all the unique things to see and do in that wonderful place. Leslie Jefferson who heads up the Carbon County Visitor Council has lined up a number of places for me to visit. 

Vince Tomassi of Kemmerer-Diamondville is still frustrated that we have not really visited the Fossil Butte National Monument.  Vince, it’s on my list. Really it is!

Up north, Dave Peck, publisher of the Lovell Chronicle, is anxious to show us Big Horn Canyon and all the wonderful sites around it. 

In southeast Wyoming, Cheyenne is a wonderful place. But there are fabulous places in Goshen, Platte, and Niobrara counties as well. 

Cowboy State Daily is probably the fastest-growing news media in Wyoming.  We are adding 1,000 new subscribers each month.  It is my intention to meet a whole bunch of our loyal readers during 2021.

The plan is to go to an area and mingle with some folks, visit some current and future advertisers, reconnect with our many donors, and, in general, focus on all the good things about Wyoming’s amazing places. 

In 2012 to 2015, I produced three of the best-selling coffee table books ever done about Wyoming.  One of the main reasons Wyoming readers loved the books so much, or so they told me, was that the books did not focus on just Jackson and Yellowstone. 

In my half-century in the Cowboy State, I have been privileged to see the entire state. And this state is full of wonderful and unique places. 

Each year I write a column called my Wyoming Bucket List.  It lists the places that we have still not seen.  Hopefully, we can go see a bunch of the places this year that are still on my list.

Wyoming is unique because many of our residents live in areas where they can be easily lured to neighboring states to see the unique places in those states.

One of my goals all these years has been to get Wyoming people to go visit their own state – to have folks from Newcastle visit Evanston, for example. Or folks from Cody and Lovell visit Saratoga and Green River. I know some folks who still haven’t visited Yellowstone yet. 

Just last week, we heard from some folks who finally got to visit Devils Tower. They were flabbergasted by the magnificence of it. 

Back when my companies produced tourist magazines about Wyoming, we traveled the state learning about all these unique sites.  Then when we did the coffee table books, we worked with 54 Wyoming photographers and writers like Pat Schmidt, Jim Hicks, Phil Roberts, and others who are scattered all over.  What a joy it has been to travel from one end of the state to the other – and to get paid for doing it!

Thus, my motto about making money when I travel.  Now as publisher of Cowboy State Daily, our job is to “knit this very big state together” and that is my goal.

We will see you on the road. Happy Trails.  

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Weld County Will Never Leave Colorado For Wyoming

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Before anyone loses any more sleep over it, the chances of Weld County seceding from Colorado and joining Wyoming are essentially zero.

Actually, the more accurate phrase to describe its chances would come from the 1980s novel and book “Less Than Zero.”

Sure, there’s a Facebook page from disgruntled Weld County Coloradoans who appear to want to join Wyoming but the obstacles are too steep.

At a minimum, Weld County residents have to approve it, the Colorado legislature has to approve it, the Wyoming Legislature has to approve it, and Congress has to approve it. 

It’s never going to happen. It’s never going to get past the second step. Colorado is not going to give up a county. Ever.

That’s why it’s easy for Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon to say he’d love to have Weld County join Wyoming.

“We would love that,” Gordon told KOA Radio in Denver. “From time to time states have said, ‘Gosh, we like what Wyoming is doing,’ and we’d be happy.”

If he were serious, he would be far more measured about it. There wouldn’t be any off-the-cuff conversations about it. It would be kryptonite.

Same with Colorado’s Gov. Polis.  It’s easy for him to take a shot back at Gov. Gordon like elected officials do when respective sports teams battle each other.

“Hands off Weld County, Governor Mark Gordon,” Polis said. “Weld County is a thriving part of Colorado and Weld County residents are proud to be part of our great state. I do hear from so many Cheyenne residents, on the other hand, that they are culturally, economically and socially more connected to Colorado than Wyoming….”

The conversation is all for fun. It’s harmless. It’s friendly banter back and forth between two governors.

In the end, it means nothing because neither Colorado nor Wyoming takes it seriously (outside of a few thousand people on Facebook).

It doesn’t mean those people don’t have legitimate concerns but they’re fighting a battle they cannot win. It would be a Sisyphean Battle — and that’s being optimistic. Colorado would never let them go. And Wyoming would never pursue it.

It’s similar to the ludicrous talk of kicking Teton County out of Wyoming. It’s easy to say. But Wyoming would never let that happen. It would be idiotic to let it happen.

Let’s place this conversation in the location it deserves: fun bar-talk. Nothing more and nothing less.

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Tom Walters: Skill Games Are An Asset For Wyoming

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By Rep. Tom Walters
Tom Walters represents House District 38 in western Natrona County

In 2020, it was fortuitous that the legislature acted to consolidate gaming regulation under the Wyoming Gaming Commission. This consolidation under one umbrella included Historic Horse Racing, pull tabs, bingo, and a new addition to the mix: skill games. It also helped Wyoming businesses survive and remain competitive.

Skill games are video based games that showcase a player’s skill. Leaders in the skill games industry reached out to the legislature seeking legislative regulation and state approval. Among the goals of the legislation, were to support changes in the law which would ensure consumer protections and ensure a free market for the emerging skill games industry in Wyoming.

The legislature voted for skill games to have a one-year trial to see if they could be an asset to the state.

Skill games are an asset. Skill games have provided an economic lifeline to Wyoming bars, restaurants, American Legions, VFWs, and other fraternal organizations by providing another much-needed stream of revenue during very challenging times. These revenues have allowed these organizations to pay their bills, keep workers employed, and stay open for business.

Not only did these small businesses endure (if they were lucky) a seven-week shutdown at the beginning of the pandemic but then operating hours were severely cut back (two separate times) where they had to close their doors at the most profitable times of the day.

These are Wyoming families — our neighbors — who risked everything to follow their dreams and own their own business. Skill games have helped to bring patrons into establishments as these games provide additional entertainment.

These are among the reasons I am supportive of Senate File 56 which is before the 2021 legislature this year. This bill eliminates the sunset date for skill games and will allow them to continue to lawfully operate in in the state.

Bar and restaurant owners in my district tell me that these games are critical for their businesses survival. The revenues they generate help pay their mortgage, pay their employees, and keep their doors open.

Please note these entertainment games pay a 20% tax and have generated over $2 million for cities and counties, and the state’s education fund in the last nine months.

I know the owners of many of the vending companies who distribute these games. They too are hard-working Wyoming families who have been in business for decades.

They provide pool tables, jukeboxes, dartboards, ATMs, and skill games to bars and restaurants across the state.

These businesses are integral members of their communities donating time and money to many Wyoming charities. I have been impressed with their support for our communities. This includes giving to First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, helping residents in need, thanking first responders in Casper, and donating to volunteer fire departments in southern Wyoming for their efforts to battle the devastating Mullen Fire.

I am fully supportive of Senate File 56, Wyoming gaming commission-modifications. This legislation will help Wyoming’s small businesses just as they have helped our communities through the taxes they pay, the people they hire and the charities they support.

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Jonathan Lange: Lange: Cheney rushed to judgment, Lummis finding the facts

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By Jonathan Lange, guest columnist

Both women of Wyoming’s congressional delegation are in the national news.

Only weeks after Liz Cheney’s re-election as the GOP conference chair, she faces a removal petition signed by 107—over half—of her colleagues. Lummis, on the hand, was publicly criticized by 78 members of the Wyoming Bar who published an open letter claiming that the very first vote of Wyoming’s first female senator, Cynthia Lummis, was “wrong.”

Both the recall petition and the open letter are related to former President Donald Trump. But that is where the similarity ends. Cheney’s troubles stem from her decision to defy 70 percent of her constituency and vote to impeach Trump only seven days before the end of his term. Lummis, in effect, did the opposite. She voted against the certification of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes pending an investigation.

Much ink has been spilled on both sides of the issue. Was the election legitimate or illegitimate? Were President Trump’s actions in contesting it right or wrong? Kip Crofts, former U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, published a thorough and thoughtful article on the subject in the Cowboy State Daily. If his reasonable call for investigation ever comes to pass, America will learn the answers to these questions. If not, only the historians will know. Either way, time will tell.

My concern, however, is the present. Will we have the patience and self-discipline to find the facts that can allow us to rise above the frenzy? Or will we abandon rationality for mob rule.

The bloody streets of France’s reign of terror are the real-world consequences of mobs that ride the wave of emotion and rage. Such irrational destruction is denounced in the world’s best literature: Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Rigoletto, to name a few. Harper Lee wrote of the injustice of the southern lynch mob in, To Kill a Mockingbird. All these warnings recall the hasty trial of Jesus and his unjust treatment in the courts of Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate.

Wise Solomon warned us, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). Western jurisprudence has spent centuries developing procedures and traditions designed to slow the rush to judgment enough that truth might prevail. Look back on recent history and remember how many lives and livelihoods were destroyed by rioting mobs chanting slogans that were, too late, proved false in a court of law.

Against this measure, Cheney’s vote is indefensible.

The articles of impeachment make numerous assertions about “facts” that are by no means proven. Take this portion, for instance: “…incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn Constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 election…” In the space of a few lines, there are at least three unproved assertions.

First, breaches to Capitol security barriers began nearly a half-hour before—and two miles away from—where the President finished speaking at the Ellipse. Were these people motivated by words that they could not have heard? Second, these provocateurs were obviously not “members of the crowd he had addressed.” Third, do we know their objectives? Where they the same as—or even compatible with—the objectives of those who arrived later to find the security barriers already moved aside?

On the day that Cheney claimed to know these facts, the FBI was only seven days into its investigation. Since then, evidence to the contrary has mounted. It took a special counsel 30 months to disprove the “Russia collusion” theory. That, alone, should have cautioned Cheney from trusting the week-old accusations from her party’s opponents.

Cynthia Lummis, on the other hand, took a more careful posture. Her vote against the certification of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes judged them to be neither fraudulent nor legitimate. She voted for more investigation, not less. It was a vote for a 10-day emergency audit to establish facts and address the legitimate concerns of tens of millions of voters.

Those who signed the open letter invoked the rules of the Wyoming Bar in their criticism. Does the Wyoming State Bar agree with them? Is it true that Lummis has a duty to “publicly affirm the legitimacy” of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes before she hears any answer to the legitimate concerns raised by Pennsylvania’s own lawmakers? Or is Lummis right in saying, “Each of us has a solemn duty to ensure that the slate of presidential electors we certify is beyond reproach, respecting the people’s voice and upholding the Constitution.”

Cheney condemned before there was even the possibility of investigation. Lummis’ critics want her to “publicly affirm the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 Presidential election” without investigation. Both fall into the same frenetic rush to judgment.

Mob rule is based on snap judgments. Civilization requires time for the deliberative process to find out the truth. Only then can justice prevail.

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Dave Simpson: It’s a Goose/Gander Kind of Deal

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By Dave Simpson, columnist

Not long ago, I wrote that we should show our new president all the courtesy, respect, good will and benefit of the doubt that was afforded to Donald J. Trump four years ago.

“Every. Stinking. Bit.”

Let’s get started:

– Last week, President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone. According to news reports, they talked about arms control and the arrest of a politician who has challenged Putin, and almost died when he was poisoned.

I’m waiting for the leaked transcript of that call to appear in the news. Surely some back-stabbing, traitorous scoundrel in the federal bureaucracy will leak the transcript to the Washington Post or the New York Times, as was done four years ago with newly-elected President Donald Trump’s phone conversations with the presidents of Mexico and Australia.

Surely those who betrayed Trump will see that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and do all they can to humiliate and demean Biden as well. It’s only fair. To do less would suggest that the status quo in Washington (sometimes called the “Deep State” by those more conspiracy minded than I) treats Democrats better than Republicans.

Of course, the Biden-adoring press probably wouldn’t run the purloined transcript anyway. Too busy talking about his socks, his favorite ice cream, and his all-around gosh darned wonderfulness.

Likewise, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has no doubt authorized the tapping of phone conversations of Biden staff members, ferreting out cock and bull stories like that whopper about Trump and those frisky prostitutes in Moscow.

If they’re not wire tapping Biden, where’s the “equity” (the Democrats’ new favorite word) in this picture? Surely our longtime pubic servants in Washington, and the media, would not treat one president more shabbily than another. Would they?

The U.S. Senate is considering a long list of Biden nominees who require Senate confirmation.

You’ll recall that Democrats dragged their feet whenever possible in confirming Trump’s nominees in 2017. A story in the April 22, 2017 Washington Post reported, “Democrats have tried to slow the process, invoking arcane parliamentary procedures to force delays, and boycotting committee meetings to prevent votes.”

This time around, the Washington Times reported on January 26, 2021, that Democrat Senator Charles “Schumer praises (Republican) McConnell for confirmation pace.” Schumer said, “We’re off to a decent pace.” 

So, the Dudley Do Right Republicans, fans of the Golden Rule, are treating Democrats the way they would like to be treated, even though Democrats sure didn’t treat them the way they wanted to be treated four years ago.

The late Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter’s pollster and a noted pundit, said in 2014 that the Democrats are “the corrupt party,” and Republicans are “the stupid party.” Hard to argue.

The Senate is also gearing up for The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the Sequel, set to start next week. You have to wonder what everyday, working class folks who don’t live in Washington think about 100 senators, each making at least $174,000 a year, wasting time throwing a guy out of a job who has already been (so we are required to believe) thrown out of his job.

I wonder what your average Flyover Country working stiff thinks about firing a guy who doesn’t work here anymore. 

Probably not much.

President Biden, irked at reporter Peter Doocy for asking a question that wasn’t about ice cream or his socks, called Doocy a “one-horse pony” as he left a news conference.  He was clearly attempting to call Doocy a “one-trick pony” (we know these things out here in Wyoming), but couldn’t get the right words out of his mouth.

He once called a woman a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier,” to the bewilderment of just about everyone. I wouldn’t hold these episodes against a fellow old guy, except for the glee that was expressed when Trump mistakenly typed “confefe” instead of  “coverage” in a 2017 Tweet. Joe and Mika on “Morning Joe” just about split a gut laughing.

Are Biden’s mistakes a horse of a different color? No.

Enough for now. I’ll end with this friendly reminder:

Whatever you do, don’t make America great again. We’re not into that anymore.

Dave Simpson can be contacted at davesimpson145@hotmail.com

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Tom Lubnau: Alright, Wyoming, Let’s Cut The Franchise Quarterback For Throwing One Interception

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By Tom Lubnau, columnnist
Tom Lubnau, a Republican, is the former Speaker of the House in the Wyoming Legislature

Joe Biden has made it clear — he wants to destroy Wyoming businesses.   He is doing everything he can to stop the use of coal.  

Being the guy in charge of 75% of the minerals in our state, Biden has done everything in his power to shut down exploration for oil and gas.   Attacks on the agriculture industry will be next.

The effect of his actions is to deprive Wyoming of mineral royalties from those federal lands, which translates into reduced funding for the education of our children – reduced funding that amounts to tens of millions of dollars, not to mention the good jobs Wyoming’s people will lose. 

If Joe Biden has his way, Wyoming will be an empty park full of unemployed government dependents.  

Wyoming, being the least populated state, only has one United States Representative — out of four hundred thirty-five members.  

Once in a generation, we elect someone to represent us who has the experience, connections and fund-raising ability to rise to the level of leadership in the House.  

Currently, our representative, Liz Cheney, is the number 3 person in the Republican caucus.   She carries more influence and power than just being one of four hundred thirty-five. 

And for four years, she has made tens of thousands of decisions that have helped Wyoming.  She is our franchise quarterback.

I do not agree with her decision to support impeachment, and I don’t like how she handled it.   She made a mistake, and she deserves to hear from us.  

But, I urge my friends and neighbors to be slow to toss her to the sidelines.   Out of  tens of thousands of decisions, we don’t like one.   So, we want to throw her out?  What do we get in return?

Before we make the decision to toss her, we should evaluate the choices for her replacement.  

Fancy-pants hard line conservatives, who spout political rallying cries will not rise in leadership.   Those pettifoggers will serve as ineffective blabbermouths who spew out magical words of political incantation, but get nothing done.  

In a time of crisis in Wyoming, where the President wants to destroy our state and many of the people in it, we have to carefully evaluate who has the skills necessary to protect our interests.  

Is it the smooth talker who tells us what we want to hear, or the person who has to courage to stand on her convictions, we need?  Who can best represent our interests?  

In full disclosure, I did not support Liz Cheney when she first ran.   I worked hard for my friend Tim Stubson.  

In the four years she has been in D.C., she has risen to a position of influence to help stave off the attacks from our own government and earned my trust.  

Before we put our all-star on the sidelines, we should weigh the alternatives. (The football thing is a metaphor.  I am not encouraging any pro football teams to cut anyone for throwing one interception.) 

Do any of the blabbermouths, opportunists or other farraginous candidates who have announced for Rep. Cheney’s seat have the chutzpah to get the job done in a time of crisis for this state?  

Or, are we dumping or our franchise quarterback for one misstep teach Liz a lesson, while flushing our opportunity to have an effective voice in D.C. down the drain?

One also has to wonder why a fancy-pants legislator from Florida came to Wyoming to interfere in our election.  What are the real motives in wanting to remove a Wyoming representative from leadership? 

I suspect it has nothing to do with Wyoming or her people.   His three hours in Cheyenne hardly gave him a chance to really know anyone here. 

Before we hurt ourselves in the name of one bad decision, let’s evaluate whether anyone else can help our state the way she has in the Congress in this time of crisis.  

We’ll have to search long and hard before we find someone with the political influence to defend us from the attacks of the east-coast liberal big-city commander in chief, who has no idea about the west and the people who live there. 

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