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This was a week of head shaking and righteous indignation across the heartland as a bunch of drag queens threw a fit in Texas and one cable media news group took a considerable risk by hiring a host who can’t spell. As it turns out, the panelist seemingly did not take a US history class in grade school, but GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy certainly did – and he must have passed. The final topic of “I don’t get it” was the death of a vegan diet influencer. Flyover folks were animated and, at times, confused.
In short, it was a typical week on the political roller coaster.
The Ramaswamy Effect
He’s the longshot GOP presidential candidate that is making folks sit up, take notice, and ask how to pronounce his name: Vivek Ramaswamy. When people begin to care about getting that right, the candidate becomes a reality. Ramaswamy made heartlanders tune in at several points this week: He vowed to pardon Trump if he claimed the Resolute Desk and to teach the good Reverend Al Sharpton a few chapters of American history.
It all began as MSNBC host Al Sharpton went into education mode on the Morning Joe program: “Can you imagine our kids’ reading that James Madison or Thomas Jefferson tried to overthrow the government so they could stay in power?” Sharpton asked, clearly horrified at the thought. “That’s what we’re looking at. We’re looking at American history, and how it will play out is going to be very important.”
Ramaswamy could not pass it up and replied on X, formerly known as Twitter. “It was called the American Revolution,” Ramaswamy posted. “We were successful. We won.”
“I no longer have any rational words for Al,” commented Terry Urban in Ashland, OH. “I got nothing.” And on X, someone going by the handle Emergent Perspective posted: “Not to mention, America was absolutely founded by those willing to fight for freedom, and stake ‘their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor’ on the value of those things. That spirit is not dead, but the government no longer embodies it. Many individuals do.”
The Queens Dig a PR Nightmare Hole
The drama queens are so put out with a new law scheduled to take effect in September that they have enlisted the beleaguered American Civil Liberties Union to help them sue the state of Texas. The not-controversial-to-flyover-folks law prohibits “The exhibition or representation, actual, or simulated, of sexual acts, including vaginal sex, anal sex, and masturbation” in front of children. No public drag queens are welcome to perform in the Lone Star State if the kiddos are around.
The complaint cries foul on the ability to participate in free speech. Yes, seriously. The lawsuit also decries the threats that will surely follow to drag queens who like a very young audience and went so far as to suggest that cheerleading would be next. It makes the mind wonder if any LGBTQ+ people have ventured out into the heartland – especially the “Friday Night Lights” state of Texas. Don’t mess with Texas cheerleaders. Mississippian Jason Herring explains: “So they’re suing because they just admitted they want to perform sexually explicit [acts] in front of children.”
Violators of the new law might find they will be fined up to $10,000 per act and face up to a year in prison. David Sustaita of Hiram, GA, calls it as he sees it: “Liberalism is a mental disorder.”
Meanwhile, Zhanna Samsonova, a Russian national living in Malaysia, enjoyed preaching about the effects and rewards of a vegan diet to her millions of followers. Vegan diets can be healthy and balanced; hers was not. She passed away – not from scurvy, but from “starvation and exhaustion” after picking at sunflower seeds and eating small quantities of fruit. One soldier in Illinois posted praying hands along with a comment: “It’s almost like we need protein to survive. Who knew?” Janson Colvin from Ohio also said, “I hope she didn’t influence too many people.”
But most heartlanders simply wrote, “God rest her poor soul.”
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