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Cowardly Lions

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It was as though, so long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice, since all people are cowards and naturally prefer any kind of treachery because it has a bland outside.

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Just leaving this here this morning in tribute to the new, though temporary, bottom the GOP has created with their cowardice in standing up to the former president** when he demanded this past week that the Constitution be trashed and that he be inserted as sitting president.

It was the irresponsible and unhinged crazy talk of a desperate creature. 

And as was expected, hardly a word was raised by the GOP to put a sliver of distance between this dangerous demand and themselves.

Just sheer and absolute moral cowardice. Faulkner was probably right, that it is easier and more natural for us to be cowards. But is it even cowardice when you have no examples of courage from them with which to compare? 

You know, I can accept singular acts of cowardice. I know what it’s like to be cowardly. Been there, done that all too many times in my life. Sometimes it is an act of survival and sometimes it again goes back to the words of Faulkner, that is naturally easy and expedient. 

But at some point, as you sink towards the bottom of the abyss, you have to dig in your heels, muster whatever courage you can, and say, “Enough is enough.” 

It’s at that point that you know you’ve reached the bottom and can begin to climb out.

But these guys, natural cowards all of them, may not even know they’re in freefall so I have no doubt they soon find themselves at an even lower, more unfathomable level before this whole thing is over. The bottom is still not there.

Here’s a little tune for all these would-be kings of the forest. I hesitate a bit in doing so because I like the Cowardly Lion though maybe that is because he did finally find courage. I have grave doubts whether that is in these guys’ futures.

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