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Knowing Better
I am willing to admit that Marjorie Taylor Greene, the new U.S. Representative from Georgia’s 14th Congressional district, does not know any better. She does, after all, believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory that claims the deep state and powerful liberal politicians are cannibalistic pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring.

I don’t think any of the aggrieved parents of those children has actually stepped forward to complain, but never mind that. In Marjorie’s mind, her online sources are unimpeachable. You wouldn’t expect her to know better about any subject, no matter how insignificant.

On the other hand, you might expect U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley would know better. And you would be fully justified in that expectation. Both attended elite private high schools and went on to study at the best universities (Cruz at Princeton, where he graduated cum laude and Hawley at Stanford, where he graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa). Both went on to study law (at Harvard and Yale, respectively) and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices. After that, they had successful legal careers and rose to hold public office at several high levels of government.

You’re damn right they know better. And yet, they participated in Trump’s transparent lie about a fraudulent election and clung to that lie unapologetically even after the Capitol was overrun by murderous domestic terrorists. All the while knowing better.

Many politicians make decisions based on their own political interests rather than on the good of their country. That is a sad truth grounded in their human weakness. It is rare, however, to see that weakness metastasize into ambition so naked that it becomes a thing of evil. They are not alone in their knowing better. With the possible exception of the QAnon believer, just about every pol who voted not to certify the electoral college results knows that their position is dishonest and dangerous.

I guess that we should advocate to have such people removed from office and forever shamed. That sounds good to me, even though that would leave Marjorie the whackjob in charge. On the other hand, at least we’d all be safer.
Yes, voting matters. Polls do not.
~ H, Santa Cruz