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Rep. Liz Cheney is courageous while Republican men are profiles in cowardice


Sophia A. Nelson

My favorite female politician from history is the late U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, Republican of Maine. She stood up against the Republican “Boys club” in the 1950s when she condemned and called out another GOP authoritarian, misinformation spreading, smearing, cancel culture warrior, Wisconsin’s Senator Joe Mccarthy.

Sound familiar?

Fast forward to modern day 2021, and Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (daughter of our 45th Vice President Dick Cheney) is Smith reborn. Like Smith, she is the lone Republican woman in leadership in a caucus run by grey haired white men. Smith, however, had it much harder though as she was the only woman in the U.S. Senate in 1950, when she became the first member of the Senate to denounce McCarthyism, in what has become known as her “Declaration of Conscience” speech.

Principles of Americanism

In that historic speech Smith stated the basic principles of  what she called “Americanism”:

●      The right to criticize;

●      The right to hold unpopular beliefs;

●      The right to protest;

●      The right of independent thought.

Rep. Liz Cheney on April 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Smith voiced concern publicly that those who exercised such profoundly American beliefs at that time were being labeled as communist or as fascists. Just as now in 2021, Liz Cheney and any other Republicans in the House (10 House Republicans voted to Impeach Donald Trump in 2021) like her who dare criticize Donald Trump or call out his “big lie” on the 2020 Election results are called “RINO’s” “socialists” or “unAmerican” because they do not drink at the trough of Trump.


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