For the publisher:
During its so-called “Town hall phone” on Tuesday, September 7, Representative Bill Johnson lied profusely and indulged in his fear-mongering customs. Unfortunately, I was unable to listen to the whole meeting as I had a conflicting appointment and had to leave the call early. But during the short time I was on the call, I heard Johnson ranting and raving and spitting out misleading information about Afghanistan, abortion, the Green New Deal, and school vouchers.
First, Johnson tried to blame President Biden for the whole Afghan fiasco, seemingly forgetting his own party’s responsibility to get us into this quagmire in the first place. While Johnson was eager to talk about Afghanistan, most Americans I know are more concerned about the very real danger of right-wing national terrorists operating right here within our borders.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and all other law enforcement agencies, domestic right-wing extremism poses a greater danger to the United States than Islamist terrorists. But Bill Johnson doesn’t want to talk about it, because he knows that any reasonable analysis of the facts will find that he and his party are complicit in the rise of right-wing violence, including the January 6 terrorist attack that aimed to overthrow our democracy. .
For four years, Johnson and the Republican Party have helped a budding dictator cultivate, brainwash, and enrage his racist cult supporters. Then, after the 2020 election, Johnson and the Republican Party helped that same budding dictator spread lies and conspiracy fantasies about non-existent voter fraud and a so-called “Fly” election. The violent outcome of the Republican disinformation campaign was predictable. Thus, Bill Johnson and the Republican Party were complicit in the terrorist attack of January 6, and they should be held responsible.
Then Johnson praised Texas’ draconian new abortion “law” it essentially creates a state of lawlessness and self-defense, in which Americans have turned on each other in an Orwellian nightmare scenario of big government and fanatical oversight. Meanwhile, Johnson failed to mention that the majority of Americans support legal abortion and want Roe v. Wade remains intact. Apparently Johnson doesn’t believe in democracy. Instead of listening to the will of the people, he wants to overthrow the people with his own repressive authoritarian views.
Likewise, Johnson’s attack on the Green New Deal was completely misleading. He tried to scare everyone with threats of how this would eliminate the fossil fuel jobs. But he didn’t mention that it would create more, better-paying and more sustainable jobs than it would eliminate. The Green New Deal will revitalize our economy by creating good jobs in infrastructure and clean energy. Johnson also overlooked the fact that the majority of Americans support legislation that will phase out climate-destroying fossil fuels. You see, unlike Bill Johnson, most Americans are good people who care about the future of their children and grandchildren. What good are coal and gas jobs if we make the planet uninhabitable for future generations? Don’t let Johnson fool you. The Green New Deal is better for the planet and better for the economy. He creates the jobs of the future, while Bill Johnson wants to keep everyone stuck in the jobs of the past.
Finally, Johnson praised school vouchers, despite mountains of evidence proving voucher systems are bad for students. For example, a study of the Ohio Coupon Program by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (a conservative organization in favor of coupons, so you can’t claim bias) found that students who use coupons to attending private schools perform worse academically than students attending public schools. schools. Other studies across the country have reached similar conclusions. The good are bad for the students. The only thing voucher systems are good at is stealing from the poor and giving from the rich. The voucher systems take much-needed funding from the public schools that educate 90% of U.S. students and redirect that money to high-tuition private schools, creating yet another unnecessary tax break for the rich.
It’s easy to see that Bill Johnson is wrong on all of these issues. He helped and encouraged the national terrorists who attacked us on January 6. Like an authoritarian dictator, he opposes the will of the American people and wants to uphold his own minority view on abortion. It hampers progress towards good jobs and the planet-friendly economy of the future. He does not care about the quality of education for our young people. I learned all of this in the first 15 minutes of his “town hall.” I can only imagine what other misconceptions he voiced after I left the call.
In conclusion, Bill Johnson consistently demonstrates poor judgment. It is a bad choice to be our representative in Congress. If District 6 wasn’t so gerrymandered, it would be looking for a new job.