A Drive-Thru Impeachment, Twitter and Lessons in Free Speech From Uganda

A Dispatch from the Bananas Republic

By Al Perrotta Published on January 14, 2021

We now live, as I wrote yesterday, in a Bananas Republic. That is, all the corruption and oppression of a banana republic, inbred with outright insanity.

In this dispatch from our Bananas Republic, we go from the floor of the House to the far away land of Uganda.

Impeach … with a Side Order of Hypocrisy

Wednesday in the House of Representatives, Democrats who couldn’t be bothered for months to assist American struggling from the COVID shutdowns raced to impeach President Trump. No hearings. No investigation. Just a scant debate and vote. Usually, you don’t see Pelosi move this quick unless there’s an open bar.

In the process Pelosi’s turned the once somber and serious impeachment process into the political equivalent of a pop-up rave. Little notice. Deafening noise. Lots of flash. Hopped up bodies swirling and twirling left and right. Signifying nothing.

During the hearing, Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas set off a firestorm by saying, “I just don’t even know why there aren’t more uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be.” OMG! Screamed the media and Twitterverse! He is inciting more violence! Insurrection! Where’s the hangman’s noose!?

Except Gohmert was directly quoting one Nancy Pelosi from 2018, to highlight Democratic hypocrisy.

Pelosi talks about “uprisings.” That’s peaceful as petunias. Trump talks about “peaceful and patriotic” protests. That’s instigating an uprising! That’s impeachment-worthy! That’s Bananas.

Impeach … With Fang Fang for Dessert

In a Banana Republic, the most mediocre of politicians can rise if they brown nose the powerful and prove to pose no threat. In a Bananas Republic, you can sleep with the enemy, and you’re rewarded with a nicer bed.  

Guess who was standing right behind Nancy Pelosi today? None other than California Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Eric Swalwell was named a House Impeachment Manager. To impeach Trump for refusing to accept the results of the 2020 election. After Swalwell spent three years refusing to accept the results of the 2016 election. For three years, Swalwell tooted out both ends the lie that Trump stole the election in cahoots with Putin.

“Trump was in bed with the Russians!” From the guy who’d literally been in bed with a Chinese spy.

Fang Fang hung around Lover Boy for years. And it wasn’t for his charm and wit. What secrets ended up in China’s hands? The same China that the Director of National Intelligence says interfered in our election.

Yet, Trump was impeached for insisting the 2020 election was interfered with. On a day Texas indicted a San Antonio woman for running a massive ballot harvesting scheme in the 2020 election. 

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Guess who else was a House Impeachment Manager? Democrat Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. You know what he was doing January 6, 2017? Objecting to the Trump electors.

Doing exactly what Congressional Republicans are being called domestic terrorists for doing.

But “Do as I say, not as I do,” is really a thing for the new Big Tech State.

Take Twitter. Please.

Twitter’s “Do As I Say, Not as I Do”

Twitter, as you know, is on a purge of conservative voices bordering on the maniacal. 

Meanwhile, this very same Twitter condemned Uganda for blocking the company’s internet access. Apparently, Uganda didn’t like that right before an election Twitter was wiping out election-related accounts Twitter didn’t like. Twitter was interfering with their election. So the Ugandan government said if Big Tech isn’t providing access to all, then it will provide access to no one.

Here is Twitter’s response.

It gets even more amusing: Said Twitter from its high horse on the Kasenyi Plains: “Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”

So the same Big Tech giant that blocked internet stories about Hunter and Joe Biden’s Chinese payoffs before the election, and is purging Trump supporters by the tens of thousands for moaning about the election, is now singing the virtues of an “open internet” and freedom of expression during elections. 

As Tucker Carlson noted Tuesday night, the lack of self-awareness is astounding.

As someone suspended from Twitter, I say, “Why can’t I be part of the ‘public conversation’?!”

How bananas? Uganda is standing up to Twitter and the American political class isn’t. 


Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl on Twitter and Parler. 

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