America has always needed heroes.
Heroes are rarely real. do not worry. America would imagine them. immediately. I think, for a lot of Americans, it’s reassuring to believe that heroes can still be made in America.
But these days, like everything else in America, few can agree on who is or isn’t a hero. An American hero is another American villain, or worse, a traitor. Today, heroes can also turn into villains quickly and easily, and vice versa.
Americans, especially in the media, can be very fickle with their heroes.
America’s capricious relationship with real man-made heroes got a quixotic display earlier this week during a Jan. 6 congressional committee hearing that explored a mafia-style boss Turning to the murderous habit of a president who wants to continue to be a boss despite being told by millions of wise men – unwise people – Americans on November 3, 2020, he is no longer a boss.
Several witnesses — Republican politicians and election workers from Arizona and Georgia — said Don Trump and his adviser Rudy Giuliani, who had been disqualified in steps, were leaning like weights with broken noses. On them, to break their oath, if not the law, to secure Don Trump another four years (sorry, term) in another “big” house in the White House.
One of the Republicans Donald Trump and adviser Giuliani have pitched is Arizona Republican Rusty Powers, who is reportedly a staunch conservative, like that pretend American hero John Wayne.
Bowles told the committee that he lied when he claimed that the head of the state’s legislature said the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and that he, Don Trump, won Arizona.
“That’s not true,” Powers said.
Don Trump and his advisers double-teamed Powers in a phone call sometime after the November election, when the tailor-clad con artists claimed they had “evidence of voter fraud in Arizona.” “.
Powers asked for “proof” time and time again.
There’s no evidence yet again that Don Trump and his advisers have been auditioning for parts of Martin Scorsese’s next mafia-themed production.
Followers of Tommy DeVito (see Joe Pesci in Goodfellas) probably believe that their less subtle form of persuasion will convince an uncooperative “civilian” to accept their offer, you know, and get along.
Don Trump and his advisers even pressured Bowles to convene a special state House committee to review illusory “evidence” and “take action,” including with a more receptive pro-Don Trump staffer The “voters” to replace Biden.
Powers says, actually: I don’t agree with not taking “stray beef” (translation: false accusations) and risking spending time in a nasty “big house” so you can stay in the nice White House. No. I didn’t “get in the car” (translation: in the plan).
Well, Bowers didn’t use prison terms. Instead, he put it this way: “This is my creed; the Constitution is divine revelation. [It is] My most basic, fundamental beliefs. And I do it because someone just asked me to do it, which is foreign to me. I won’t do it. “
Editorial writers and cable news personalities for CNN and MSNBC were stunned. Finally, an honest man emerged from the shameless political wilderness. Move away, Atticus Finch, you have a fictitious company.
In any case, armed locusts of Donald Trump swarmed Bowles’ office, phone and home after Donald Trump told him and his advisers that he would not play bend ball.
They threatened him. They shouted through loudspeakers that he was corrupt and a pedophile. They upset his “critically ill” daughter, who will die in 2021.
Bowers is credited not only for rejecting Don Trump’s hard-line tactics by relying on his beliefs and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, but he’s also been named an inspiring and staunch defender of democracy, whom Democrats and the media aspire to, of course Heroes are heroes.
Alas, Bowers’ tenure as “hero” lasted just over 24 hours.in a interview Powers told The Associated Press that he will vote for Don Trump again in 2024 because the former president and blackmailer has done some great things outside of planning, indicting and applauding an attempted coup.
“If (Trump) was the nominee, if he opposed Biden, I would vote for him again,” Powers said. “Just because of what he did the first time, before COVID, was very good for the country. In my opinion, that’s great.”
In one news cycle, Powers went from being a steel-and-bond hero in America’s fast-fading rule of law to an evangelical Trump lackey. Guinness World Records should take note.
Now, two reluctant heroes did testify with Powers on the same day: ordinary citizens being thrust into special circumstances with what Don Trump and his greasy and drooling hair color consultants never had and never will have Work with humility, honesty and integrity.
I suspect that Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mom “Lady” Ruby Freeman would rather do what they spend most of their time in Fulton County, Georgia — helping people, especially older Americans, vote — — instead of appearing in front of Congress to describe how Donald Trump and his advisers lied to them, discredited them and destroyed them.
Ms Moss took a deep breath before starting to answer the committee’s questions. As she does, she reminds the look and voice of the dignity of an enlightened American.
Ms. Moss reminds enlightened Americans that while two professional bullies have severely damaged her reputation and charitable spirit, she and her mother will be punished for their grace and insistence on doing the right thing for the rights of other Americans. People remember to vote.
I’m not going to reiterate the vile lies that two disgraced white men lied to two respectable black women, because that would mean repeating a sickening slur.
Disgustingly, the attacks prompted Donald Trump’s rabid locust swarms, this time attacking Ms Moss, her mum and grandmother.
Locust promises to find Ms Moss and lynch her. That’s not a senseless threat. The FBI urged Ms Freeman to leave the house. Her life is in danger. Locusts invade her grandmother’s home for “citizen arrest”.
“I feel terrible. I feel like it’s all my fault,” Ms Moss said. “Because I chose this job because I always wanted to help.”
It’s not her fault.
This is Don Trump and his sinister work of waving the MAGA flag, incoherent with the locusts of ignorance, hatred and rage.
The terrorist attack on Ms. Moss and her family by the former US president and his commandos demands that we condemn any effort by anyone, anyone in any forum, to stop and understand or consider why Don Trump’s “disillusionment” Locusts do such harm and malice to good people who do good deeds.
Today, Ms Moss and Ms Ruby are mostly in the safety of their homes. They don’t go together when they leave the house to buy groceries or do other chores. They are afraid of being overheard or recognized. They no longer help other Americans vote.
Nonetheless, in agreeing to testify, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and “Lady” Ruby Freeman stood up against the thugs and locusts despite the danger.
Their courage and resistance are the definitions of heroism. They are role models for all of us.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial position.