The Republican Party has gone fully off the rails and appears to be hell-bent on destruction. Case in point, when hard-line conservative Liz Cheney, the third-ranking leader in the House GOP caucus, is viewed by her party as being too moderate and a traitor because she voted to impeach Trump and she won’t go quietly into the night, holding steadfast in telling the truth about the 2020 presidential election, refuting the “Big Lie” that it was stolen from Trump, you know there’s something’s terribly wrong. And just as disturbing, Republicans are split on who they want to have more of a role in their party going forward…Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene or Cheney. The fact that Republicans are split on whether to back Greene or Cheney tells you almost everything you need to know.
But this is only the latest in a long line of WTF moments with Republicans. Mitt Romney was recently booed at the Utah GOP convention. Ultra-conservative Romney in ultra-conservative Utah was booed and called a traitor because he, like Cheney, voted to impeach Trump and is standing strong in defense of the Constitution, democracy, and his principles by continuing to tell the truth that the 2020 election was NOT stolen. Fact check: There is no proof for GOP 2020 election fraud claims, but that hasn’t stopped the Republicans from repeatedly stating Trump’s “Big Lie.” Obviously, Republicans are embracing Joseph Goebbels Nazi propaganda advice, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” They’ve certainly convinced themselves, and the playlist goes on and on.
So at this point, I have to ask, in what reality does any of this make sense? Well look no further than the new Republican reality where liars, the lunatic fringe, and patriots who aren’t patriots rule. It’s a reality where Republican legislatures across the country are ramming through legislation to restrict voting access and rights. It’s a reality where Arizona Republicans are allowing Cyber Ninjas from Florida to hunt for bamboo-laced ballots based on a wild conspiracy theory spread by a failed inventor who once hunted for the Ark of the Covenant.
And then there’s QAnon, which has invaded the Republican Party and apparently eaten the last remaining shreds of logic and sanity from a majority of the party members’ brains. In their attempts to outdo one another in showing loyalty to Trump, the conspiracy theories and rhetoric just keep getting wilder. QAnon lawyer Vin Wood is currently in the lead for the straightjacket-of-the-year award, spreading countless conspiracy theories about the election, making threatening phone calls about executing Mike Pence, physically attacking fellow law colleagues, and claiming he was going to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court based on a prophecy he heard on YouTube. When the State Bar of Georgia’s disciplinary board made a request for Wood to undergo a mental health exam, not only did Wood sue the board for violating his First Amendment rights, he sent a late-night email telling colleagues he’d deliver a fiery judgment upon them because he’s actually God in disguise. Wood, BTW, is also linked to Cyber Ninjas, the aforementioned Florida company conducting an audit of ballots in Arizona searching for bamboo fibers.
The Republican Party has become pathological. The “Big Lie” is their one and only “truth” and fealty to Donald Trump is now a precondition for success in the party.
In their new reality, Republicans have no use or room for the rest of us, and that’s extremely dangerous. The dynamics that have driven the Republican Party to these increasingly illiberal extremes are not going away and seem to be intensifying. If we do not address the problem soon, though, we may all end up in a reality none of us will be able to escape and that, my fellow Americans, is a truly scary and unacceptable outcome.
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Joining the show during the second hour is author and veterinarian Dr. Joanne Lefebvre Connolly. Dr. Joanne will be discussing her book, Animal Teachings: From Hayley’s Angels Methods.
How do we heal our planet and build a better world?
Dr. Joanne Lefebvre Connolly believes that by opening up to all the divine teachings of both animals and people we meet along our path, we can build happier lives and a better way of life for all of us.
In her book, Animal Teachings: From Hayley’s Angels Methods, Dr. Joanne hopes to open everyone’s heart and mind to improve our world and better the lives of all living creatures, one at a time.
We can all have a positive impact on someone else’s life by bringing more joy, hope and healing than we ever thought possible. Together, we can learn to care not only for the physical body, but also for the mind and the soul.
Connolly hopes her book inspires both medical and veterinary students to become better doctors and also guides the medical community and health care professionals in bettering the care for all patients, animals and humans. She also hopes her book helps serve as a guide for everyone reading it to take better care of themselves.
During the interview Dr. Joanne will discuss such topics as Why do we (animals and people) get sick? What are Animal Communication and Intuitive Medicine, and how much can they help you and your pet live better, with maximum health and happiness, as well as facilitate the transition into the Afterlife, with dignity and peace? Do animals and humans go to the same place?
Dr. Joanne will share her own journey and the teachings of animals on her path. Together, she believes, we can heal our planet and build a better and happier world through rediscovering our own power and how to use it selflessly in a global effort to help the world rise to a new level of energy and consciousness.
Dr. Joanne grew up in Canada and graduated from veterinary school at the University of Montreal in 2001. During her senior year of veterinary school, she completed externships at Cornell University, Tufts University, and Colorado State and Ohio State universities. Dr. Joanne was one of the few selected for a year-long internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. In addition, Dr. Joanne published a scientific and clinical study in the British Journal of Small Animal Practice.
After helping her beloved dog Hayley transition in 2007 in the comfort of her own home, Dr. Joanne was guided to create Hayley’s Angels Veterinary Services, the first home euthanasia service for pets in Southern Arizona, which she felt was Hayley’s legacy.
Dr. Joanne has specialized in end of life care and counseling for the past 12 years. She has helped over 10,000 families find peace and closure in regard to their pets’ illness and passing. She promotes intuitive medicine for the mind, body and soul; and guides families in tuning in with their pets, themselves, Nature and the Universe to make better medical decisions, prevent diseases and accidents, speed up healing, and allow for a peaceful and dignified passing. “Better living and better dying for all.”
Dr. Joanne is vegan and her life purpose is to inspire all animals and humans to live in balance as One with the web of life. She teaches how to reconnect with Source to awaken our dormant powers and passions to follow our life purpose. Along with her husband, Dr. Joanne rescues animals of all kinds and lives as sustainably possible. She has held seven (7) Compassionfest events over the years to promote “Caring for ALL animals, humans and our planet” in both the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit http://www.hayleysangels.com.
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