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    We make conservatives different out here. We don't care about what others think, we just speak our mind and let the chips fall where they may. Wyoming is mostly like Eastern Colorado, Western Kansas, Eastern Montana, etc. Short Grass prairie. Long range shooting and a long way to the store.

    Without further comment. . . . Matt Micheli: Protect Democracy By Truth

    Published on January 18, 2021January 18, 2021 in Column/Matt Micheli
    ***For All Things Wyoming, Sign-Up For Our Daily Newsletter***

    By Matt Micheli, guest columnist
    Former Chair of the Wyoming Republican Party

    As the chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party, and as a member of the Republican National Committee at that time, I was able to be right at the U.S. Capitol steps and watch as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court held the Bible, and Donald Trump took the oath of office and became President of the United States.

    As this happened, I thought of all the presidents throughout history that had gone through this same constitutionally envisioned moment.

    I remember watching as President Obama stood there with President Bush and President Clinton and participated in this nonviolent, civil, honorable transition of power.

    When the canons went off announcing the new president, a chill went down my spine, and the hair stood on the back of my neck. No matter what you think of Donald Trump or Barack Obama, I understood that what I was witnessing was a miracle. That the peaceful transition of power based on our constitutional democracy was perhaps the greatest blessing that America gave to our world. To be there in person and witness that event was sacred to me.

    Decades prior, in the early 1990s, while overseas, I saw the aftermath from a failed coup attempt in another country. It was real, but a world away. I remember the overwhelming feeling of gratitude that I belonged to a country that would never have to deal with this type of turmoil. That I was from a place that respected the rule of law and respected elections. That America was different.

    Or so I had thought.

    As I watched the events unfold on Jan. 6, 2021, and watched rioters take over our own Capitol, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The videos of seeing hundreds of my fellow Americans chant over and over “Hang Mike Pence,” or rioters beating a cop with the American flag and reading about the murder of another police officer with a fire extinguisher are images that are burned into my mind forever.

    I had to fight back tears as I thought about what was happening to our country. I came to realize how fragile the miracle of our American democracy and our peaceful transition of power really is. It is not something that is just given to us as our birthright as Americans, but something that must be carefully nurtured and protected.

    Since those tragic events on Jan. 6, I have seen far too many downplay what happened or blame the other side or spew whataboutisms. Those sentiments probably break my heart more than anything else. I have heard people lament, “It’s just a building,” or “it’s the people’s house.”

    It is more than just a building. Since 1800, the United States Capitol has stood as a beacon of freedom to the world. A representation that America was and is different. That although democracy is fragile, in America, it is strong. For the first time in its 120-year history, the steps of the Capitol were stormed and attacked by its own people. The implications cannot be downplayed. You can (and should) be both conservative and outraged at this assault on our democracy.

    Truth time, folks. Everyone. You and I are accountable for what we say. Period. We all have to stop inflaming. Stop the spin. Stop the spouting. Just stop it. Talk the whole truth. So, here are a few simple truths. Donald Trump lost the election. I can go through line by line and unfounded allegation by unfounded allegation if you want, but hopefully a couple of examples will be enough.

    Let’s start with Pennsylvania. The Third Circuit is the federal court just below the Supreme Court. Judge Bibas, a Trump nominee and very conservative judge on the Third Circuit, said this in his formal order deciding the election lawsuit: “Free and fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy.

    Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” It is worth reading the entire 21-page unanimous decision. Yes, unanimous.

    Let’s move to Wisconsin, where Judge Ludwig, yet another federal court judge who is extremely conservative and was nominated by President Trump, concluded: “Plaintiff’s [Trump’s] electors claims fail as a matter of law and fact.

    The record establishes that Wisconsin’s selection of its 2020 Presidential Electors was conducted in the very manner established by the Wisconsin legislature … This Court has allowed plaintiff the chance make his case, and he lost on the merits.” Again, I recommend reading the entire decision.

    These are just two examples. Over 60 judges have entered orders just like the two I quote. Team Trump lost over 60 different court cases. That is the truth.

    Perhaps the most appalling part of this entire episode is how differently the Trump attorneys talked to the press and how they talked to the court. Judge Ludwig gave the Trump attorneys a complete opportunity to present evidence of all their wild stories.

    Instead of presenting evidence and bringing in witnesses and proving their case, the Trump team entered into an agreement with the State of Wisconsin about all the facts in their case. They did not even try to put on evidence. In the process, admitting that there was no fraud.

    Similarly, in Pennsylvania, Rudy Giuliani multiple times told the court directly that they were NOT alleging fraud.

    Here is the deal: when you lie to the court, you go to jail. When you put someone on the witness stand, they are subject to perjury laws and must submit to cross examination. For Rudy Giuliani and others to say the things they did to the media and completely concede in the courts is perhaps the single biggest portrait in cowardice I have ever seen.

    So, where do we go from here? For Republicans, first we have to admit Trump lost. Second, if you are trying to blame antifa or downplay what just happened, just stop. Protect democracy by truth. Stop the destructive-ism. Get back to our belief in conservative principles of states’ rights and the separation of powers.

    As for the left, you also have a role to play in this. If you think leftist radicals are not capable of this type of behavior, you are willfully casting a blind eye to your own problems. I am not trying to paint a false equivalent here. I just want to point out that people of goodwill from every walk of life have got to stop this madness.

    I’m speaking the truth – and asking you to join by speaking truth by facts and facts alone. The fact-mirror we hold up – to ourselves, our parties, our state, our electeds and their staffs – is literally vital to the continuation of America as we know it.

    If we want to secure our American democracy and pass this incredible, yet fragile, miracle on to our next generation, it takes all of us. We all need to reevaluate our actions, and I put myself at the top of that list.

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    Rock Rat I’m going to give you your own advice , Donald Trump is no longer the President so move on . The people of Wyoming are some of the finest I ever met ! I connection to the land and their own history , I have some life long friends that I met while hunting in Wyoming . I would love to retire there but my family is here in the East. That all being said everyone has a opinion some of us get heard some get silenced. I think you believe what you choose and now you have the government in place so focus on that. It is becoming apparent that the January attack was planned and the FBI and local law enforcement was caught sleeping. Hopefully in the future they will be more on the ball . After that Joe is president and I’m sure you will judge his presidency as fairly as you did Trumps. Like you said about the election , let it go!

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    • #3
      I don't believe Donald Trump sees the assault on the capitol as anything more serious than a demonstration of affection for himself.
      He is ignorant of Civics and many other matters of academic interest.

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      • #4
        You don’t know Donald Trump nor do I , you have no idea what he thinks about that day and you won’t for a while. He has been silenced . No insurrection yesterday except for antifa in Portland , Seattle and Denver. Donald Trump is out of office and since you have repeated yourself about only bringing facts , I suggest you do so. Let’s see you start to post factual things on Biden.

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        • #5
          Truth time, folks. Everyone. You and I are accountable for what we say. Period. We all have to stop inflaming. Stop the spin. Stop the spouting. Just stop it.


          Forget the rest of it and let that sink in Rat. You’re as guilty as anyone here. Yes I left out the following line about the whole truth intentionally, you don’t get to decide what that is.

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          • #6
            I think we will all have something to say concerning the impeachment.

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            • #7
              Look how ridiculous you have become, look house ridiculous the leaders on Capital hill are ! Democrats want a quick impeachment proceeding , McConnell wants a mid February start . Dems are worried that the emotion will die down if they wait ! Oh yes let’s rush to judgment , that’s the American way.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rock rat View Post
                We make conservatives different out here. We don't care about what others think, we just speak our mind and let the chips fall where they may. Wyoming is mostly like Eastern Colorado, Western Kansas, Eastern Montana, etc. Short Grass prairie. Long range shooting and a long way to the store.

                Without further comment. . . . Matt Micheli: Protect Democracy By Truth

                Published on January 18, 2021January 18, 2021 in Column/Matt Micheli
                ***For All Things Wyoming, Sign-Up For Our Daily Newsletter***

                By Matt Micheli, guest columnist
                Former Chair of the Wyoming Republican Party

                As the chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party, and as a member of the Republican National Committee at that time, I was able to be right at the U.S. Capitol steps and watch as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court held the Bible, and Donald Trump took the oath of office and became President of the United States.

                As this happened, I thought of all the presidents throughout history that had gone through this same constitutionally envisioned moment.

                I remember watching as President Obama stood there with President Bush and President Clinton and participated in this nonviolent, civil, honorable transition of power.

                When the canons went off announcing the new president, a chill went down my spine, and the hair stood on the back of my neck. No matter what you think of Donald Trump or Barack Obama, I understood that what I was witnessing was a miracle. That the peaceful transition of power based on our constitutional democracy was perhaps the greatest blessing that America gave to our world. To be there in person and witness that event was sacred to me.

                Decades prior, in the early 1990s, while overseas, I saw the aftermath from a failed coup attempt in another country. It was real, but a world away. I remember the overwhelming feeling of gratitude that I belonged to a country that would never have to deal with this type of turmoil. That I was from a place that respected the rule of law and respected elections. That America was different.

                Or so I had thought.

                As I watched the events unfold on Jan. 6, 2021, and watched rioters take over our own Capitol, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The videos of seeing hundreds of my fellow Americans chant over and over “Hang Mike Pence,” or rioters beating a cop with the American flag and reading about the murder of another police officer with a fire extinguisher are images that are burned into my mind forever.

                I had to fight back tears as I thought about what was happening to our country. I came to realize how fragile the miracle of our American democracy and our peaceful transition of power really is. It is not something that is just given to us as our birthright as Americans, but something that must be carefully nurtured and protected.

                Since those tragic events on Jan. 6, I have seen far too many downplay what happened or blame the other side or spew whataboutisms. Those sentiments probably break my heart more than anything else. I have heard people lament, “It’s just a building,” or “it’s the people’s house.”

                It is more than just a building. Since 1800, the United States Capitol has stood as a beacon of freedom to the world. A representation that America was and is different. That although democracy is fragile, in America, it is strong. For the first time in its 120-year history, the steps of the Capitol were stormed and attacked by its own people. The implications cannot be downplayed. You can (and should) be both conservative and outraged at this assault on our democracy.

                Truth time, folks. Everyone. You and I are accountable for what we say. Period. We all have to stop inflaming. Stop the spin. Stop the spouting. Just stop it. Talk the whole truth. So, here are a few simple truths. Donald Trump lost the election. I can go through line by line and unfounded allegation by unfounded allegation if you want, but hopefully a couple of examples will be enough.

                Let’s start with Pennsylvania. The Third Circuit is the federal court just below the Supreme Court. Judge Bibas, a Trump nominee and very conservative judge on the Third Circuit, said this in his formal order deciding the election lawsuit: “Free and fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy.

                Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” It is worth reading the entire 21-page unanimous decision. Yes, unanimous.

                Let’s move to Wisconsin, where Judge Ludwig, yet another federal court judge who is extremely conservative and was nominated by President Trump, concluded: “Plaintiff’s [Trump’s] electors claims fail as a matter of law and fact.

                The record establishes that Wisconsin’s selection of its 2020 Presidential Electors was conducted in the very manner established by the Wisconsin legislature … This Court has allowed plaintiff the chance make his case, and he lost on the merits.” Again, I recommend reading the entire decision.

                These are just two examples. Over 60 judges have entered orders just like the two I quote. Team Trump lost over 60 different court cases. That is the truth.

                Perhaps the most appalling part of this entire episode is how differently the Trump attorneys talked to the press and how they talked to the court. Judge Ludwig gave the Trump attorneys a complete opportunity to present evidence of all their wild stories.

                Instead of presenting evidence and bringing in witnesses and proving their case, the Trump team entered into an agreement with the State of Wisconsin about all the facts in their case. They did not even try to put on evidence. In the process, admitting that there was no fraud.

                Similarly, in Pennsylvania, Rudy Giuliani multiple times told the court directly that they were NOT alleging fraud.

                Here is the deal: when you lie to the court, you go to jail. When you put someone on the witness stand, they are subject to perjury laws and must submit to cross examination. For Rudy Giuliani and others to say the things they did to the media and completely concede in the courts is perhaps the single biggest portrait in cowardice I have ever seen.

                So, where do we go from here? For Republicans, first we have to admit Trump lost. Second, if you are trying to blame antifa or downplay what just happened, just stop. Protect democracy by truth. Stop the destructive-ism. Get back to our belief in conservative principles of states’ rights and the separation of powers.

                As for the left, you also have a role to play in this. If you think leftist radicals are not capable of this type of behavior, you are willfully casting a blind eye to your own problems. I am not trying to paint a false equivalent here. I just want to point out that people of goodwill from every walk of life have got to stop this madness.

                I’m speaking the truth – and asking you to join by speaking truth by facts and facts alone. The fact-mirror we hold up – to ourselves, our parties, our state, our electeds and their staffs – is literally vital to the continuation of America as we know it.

                If we want to secure our American democracy and pass this incredible, yet fragile, miracle on to our next generation, it takes all of us. We all need to reevaluate our actions, and I put myself at the top of that list.
                What is your source for all this blather ?

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                • #9
                  The words stated by M. Micheli, are only pertinent if both parties are of the same believes, and on the same page in integrity. One party can not be allowed to cheat or be dishonest when/if they have no counter measures. From what I have seen of the dimwits during the summer and fall in regards to their espousing encouragement to the rioting and general violence, they can not be trusted to act in rational means without someone standing on their throat and forcing them to do so. If there is not appropriate pressure applied by conservatives, the D’s would run amok. They appear to be a party of no moral standing in their actions, words or principals. Their 4 main leaders are not to be trusted without counter measures !

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                  • #10
                    Jim I provided a link. It's a Republican newsletter out of Wyoming. Subscribe.

                    I like Wyoming, used to be a resident. You all are free to read or not as you choose.

                    Little fibs I'm not so concerned with, big ones are damaging and need to be corrected. We are losing over 3,000 people a day due to a bunch of lying about Covid. The lying about the election is also pretty harmful. Yes I know the MSM and the Dems are caught up in a bunch of spin too, but they aren't disputing our very democratic process of peacefully transitioning government.

                    I personally think the D party is headed in the wrong direction in a number of areas. We need to elect people from either party who are better on subjects such as protecting the economic infrastructure and manufacturing capacity of the US. Stop sending companies and jobs overseas etc. Lots to do. And we need to elect the right sorts of politicians to do so. We need free and fair elections and we need people interested enough in politics and elections to run.

                    One place it's hard to lie is a court of law, you get sent to jail for perjury.

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