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The Corruption of the Authoritarian Liz Cheney
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Liz Cheney on ABC’s “This Week” in July (ABC News/YouTube)

So, after spending her time not representing the good people of Wyoming, Rep. Liz Cheney gets the boot from her constituents. She lost her reelection bid by almost 40 points, a staggering defeat.

Good for them.

Cheney, utterly obsessed with former President Donald Trump, had spent her time in Congress exercising her authoritarian, anti-Constitution streak as one of two “Republicans” on the Jan. 6 Committee.

There, colluding with the fanatic Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she made a point of denying the former president any representation. Much less were any witnesses allowed to present that most standard of practices in Congress — an opposing point of view.

Instead, Cheney and her fellow “Republican,” Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, were determined to replicate the sentiments from Alice in Wonderland: “Sentence first — verdict afterwards.” The committee has been nothing less than a Stalin-esque show trial.

And the people of Wyoming would have none of it.

Amusingly, without the slightest sense of irony, Cheney compared her loss to that of Abraham Lincoln’s lost races for the House and the Senate in the 1850s.

She seemingly was unaware that Lincoln’s 1858 lost Senate race came after a series of debates with his opponent, Democrat Sen. Stephen A. Douglas. The debates, historically famous, became known as the Lincoln–Douglas debates. Had Lincoln followed Cheney’s rules, however, there would have been no debates because Douglas would simply not have been allowed on the platform with Lincoln.

Cheney’s behavior on the Jan. 6 Committee has been nothing short of straight-up anti-Constitution authoritarianism.

As my colleague Melissa Mackenzie has written here at The American Spectator:

At this writing, we learn that the select committee has also subpoenaed Republican members of Congress including one member who was booted off the select committee by Nancy Pelosi herself, Jim Jordan. The members are: Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jody Hice, Jim Jordan, and Scott Perry. This is unprecedented.…

It’s not just the 100-plus citizens that have been named in subpoenas given to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and others. How many elected officials, journalists, acquaintances, family, and activists’ data are being scooped up by the select committee? How is this constitutional?

The subpoenas include all individuals on the subscriber’s account and everyone those people messaged or spoke to. The time frame the committee demands data on is far-reaching: any and all contact with the individual for two to three months prior to January 6 and all the way to January 31, 2021. This is tens of thousands of moms, children, clergy, reporters, and Republican and conservative influencers who were in touch with everyone from White House aides to prominent activists.

This was a massive, fascist-style breach of the Constitution — and Cheney gleefully supported that breach. It is, make no mistake, corrupt.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, the paper’s editorial board is completely silent on the fact that Cheney made no effort to investigate the quite well-documented cases of voter fraud and stolen elections right here in my own state of Pennsylvania, something I have documented several times in this space, as here.

Cheney blithely ignored headlines like this one from NBC in Philadelphia in June of this very year:

Ex-Pa. Congressman Pleads Guilty in Ballot Stuffing Case

Federal prosecutors said former Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael J. “Ozzie” Myers pleaded guilty to violations of election law, conspiracy, bribery and obstruction

Or reports like this one, with the New York Times reporting:

Saying Philadelphia’s election system had collapsed under “a massive scheme” by Democrats to steal a State Senate election in November, a Federal judge today took the rare step of invalidating the vote and ordered the seat filled by the Republican candidate.

Which is to say that Cheney willfully ignored repeated examples of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and heaven knows where else, all in service of her authoritarian obsession with keeping Donald Trump from future office. (READ MORE: See Ya ’Round, Liz)

Now, fresh off getting absolutely clobbered by the people who know her best, Cheney is pondering a run for the White House herself in 2024. Which brings to mind the old Clint Eastwood line:

Go ahead. Make my day.

And perhaps the line should be changed as follows:

Go ahead. Make Donald Trump’s day.

Make no mistake. What’s really going on here is a last gasp of the Republican Establishment. This is the self-same Establishment that fought President Ronald Reagan and then, years later, Donald Trump. They consider the GOP to be a personal playground, and Liz Cheney made herself the very embodiment of that Establishment. And the very embodiment of that famous quote from Lord Acton:

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

This week, the voters of Wyoming chose to stand up for the Constitution and bring an end to Liz Cheney’s reign of authoritarian corruption.

Good for them.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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