The boys of sedition and why Ohio should weep

The boys of sedition and why Ohio should weep

Commentary

by Craig Lovelace

Sedition (noun) – conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch. – Merriam Webster

It has been years since I’ve read or even thought about Roger Kahn’s book, “The Boys of Summer,” which chronicles the sportswriter’s experience covering the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers season and the personalities that comprised the team surrounded by the game and cultural landscape of the time.

The book defines the accomplishments of the team and its players, which included the likes of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snyder and Pee Wee Reese, and how they fared in the years beyond their glory days. Kahn’s prose embodies poetic salves that cleanse the mind and impart a gleeful ease on us about a game unfettered by time clocks and played in the lazy days of summer whose solace is interrupted ever so gently by the crack of a bat on ball.

Now, let’s talk about some other boys who joined a misguided and ultimately doomed attempt to have negate the legitimate election of Joe Biden as the incoming president.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Ohio boys of sedition Reps. Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Jim Jordan, Robert Latta and Brad Wenstrup. 

Everyone in this state should condemn the seditious action of these Republicans that stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Texas state attorney general. The Texas AG was asking the U.S. Supreme court to interfere with elections held in the five swing states that Biden won and for all intents and purposes kicked President Donald Trump to the curb. Think about it. 

Trump, of course, disagreed with the result like a petulant child who throws a tantrum because he’s not getting dessert until eating all his vegetables. But in the real grown-up world, the president and his minions propagated the election was rife with fraud and that he won by a landslide. None of that is true. This guy just can’t understand principles of math that say 2 is greater than 1; 500 is greater than 400; and 81 million votes is definitely more than 74 million votes. (There’s some leeway given here to the president because he probably ran out of fingers and toes to count.)

They pedaled that and other nonsense everywhere but were given the bum’s rush by multiple court judges whose rulings pretty much echoed the same sentiment: You’re kidding me, right? Then came the Texas lawsuit. SCOTUS justices barely sat down before ruling they wouldn’t bother the country with such tripe.

And this is when roughly a third of House Republicans, including Ohio’s boys of sedition, decided that democracy’s time in America is past and went all in supporting the Texas effort. They itch for the autocracy the last four years has pushed us toward. 

At best, one can say the legislators shouldn’t stick their noses in places where they don’t belong. Do they or don’t they believe that the states should run their own elections without interference from outsiders like … well, like legislators outside of the state. MYOB.

However, at the other end of the spectrum, their actions amount to sedition if not something worse. Let’s give credit to House Rep. Steve Stivers, whose district includes Pickaway County, for not following the lead of Jordan and clan.

How will history review them? 

In Jordan’s case, he’s had a fairly unremarkable career as a legislator, but has quite a prolific stance as a political brawler. He also is a Trump sycophant. Obviously, some people like his brand of politics, but when the books are written, my guess is he will be viewed mostly as 1) Someone who took steps to overturn an election. 2) An assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University who says he knew nothing about sexual abuse allegations multiple wrestlers made against the team doctor. Some of those same wrestlers say the congressman was aware of the complaints, while others say the opposite.

But the real danger is that because of this stunt it will become easier for the next person to claim without merit that the winner of an election cheated, and the results should get tossed. Where are we then? Russia, that’s where. 

What will the congresspeople say when their grandchild asks, “What did you do when democracy died?”

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