[Editor’s note: after this arti­cle was filed, Sen. McConnell con­demned the RNC’s res­o­lu­tion and repu­di­at­ed the res­o­lu­tion’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the Jan. 6 attack on the capi­tol as “legit­i­mate polit­i­cal dis­course.” McConnell called it a “vio­lent insurrection.”] 

On February 5th, the Republican National Committee released its “RESOLUTION TO FORMALLY CENSURE LIZ CHENEY AND ADAM KINZINGER….”

The doc­u­ment can hard­ly be described as any­thing less than a Kafkaesque dis­tor­tion of facts and a poor­ly con­trived fab­ri­ca­tion of lies.

However, it does — per­haps unwit­ting­ly — point out the true goals of the Republican par­ty (at least the mem­bers of this com­mit­tee), and those goals should be made appar­ent to all American voters.

It is dif­fi­cult to avoid high­light­ing far more of the state­ments in the doc­u­ment, but the one which is high­light­ed (added) clear­ly illus­trates the delu­sion that still per­me­ates so much of the Republican par­ty, to the com­plete exclu­sion of abun­dant evi­dence regard­ing the events of January 6th, 2021.

And now we must patient­ly await com­ments from the Senate Minority Leader, Mr. McConnell, to abjure this doc­u­ment on behalf of the sane por­tion of the Republican party.

The com­plete text of the doc­u­ment follows.

As Adopted by the Resolutions Committee

WHEREAS, The pri­ma­ry mis­sion of the Republican Party is to elect Republicans who sup­port the United States Constitution and share our values;

WHEREAS, The Biden Administration and Democrats in Congress have embarked on a sys­tem­at­ic effort to replace lib­er­ty with social­ism; elim­i­nate bor­der secu­ri­ty in favor of law­less, open bor­ders; cre­ate record infla­tion designed to steal the American dream from our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren; neuter our nation­al defense and a peace through strength for­eign pol­i­cy; replace President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” with incom­pe­tence and ille­gal man­dates; and destroy America’s econ­o­my with the Green New Deal;

WHEREAS, Winning back the major­i­ty in Congress, includ­ing the United States House of Representatives, in 2022 must be the pri­ma­ry goal of the House Republican Conference (“Conference”) and requires all Republicans work­ing togeth­er to accom­plish the same;

WHEREAS, The Conference must design the strat­e­gy to stop the rad­i­cal Biden agen­da and retire Nancy Pelosi, tasks which require that all Republicans pull in the same direction;

WHEREAS, The Conference must not be sab­o­taged by Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger who have demon­strat­ed, with actions and words, that they sup­port Democrat efforts to destroy President Trump more than they sup­port win­ning back a Republican major­i­ty in 2022;

WHEREAS, Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger have engaged in actions in their posi­tions as mem­bers of the January 6th Select Committee not befit­ting Republican mem­bers of Congress, which include the Committee’s dis­re­gard for minor­i­ty rights, tra­di­tion­al checks and bal­ances, due process, and adher­ence to oth­er prece­dent and rules of the U.S. House and which seem intent on advanc­ing a polit­i­cal agen­da to buoy the Democrat Party’s bleak prospects in the upcom­ing midterm elections;

WHEREAS, Congressional Republicans bear ulti­mate respon­si­bil­i­ty for their own suc­cess or fail­ure and the RNC sup­ports their efforts by denounc­ing those who delib­er­ate­ly jeop­ar­dize vic­to­ry in November on which the future of our con­sti­tu­tion­al repub­lic depends at this crit­i­cal moment in history;

WHEREAS, Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger pur­port to be mem­bers of the Republican Party; and

WHEREAS, Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Democrat-led per­se­cu­tion of ordi­nary cit­i­zens engaged in legit­i­mate polit­i­cal dis­course, and they are both uti­liz­ing their past pro­fessed polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tion to mask Democrat abuse of pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al pow­er for par­ti­san pur­pos­es, there­fore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Republican National Committee here­by for­mal­ly cen­sures Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and shall imme­di­ate­ly cease any and all sup­port of them as mem­bers of the Republican Party for their behav­ior which has been destruc­tive to the insti­tu­tion of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republican Party and our repub­lic, and is incon­sis­tent with the posi­tion of the Conference.

  • Chuck Witt

    Chuck is a retired archi­tect, a for­mer news­pa­per colum­nist, and a life­long res­i­dent of Winchester.