America has always needed heroes.
Rarely are the heroes real. No worries. America will imagine them. Immediately. For many Americans, I think it’s comforting to believe that it’s still possible to make heroes in America.
But these days, like everything else in America, few can agree on who is and isn’t a hero. One American’s hero is another American’s villain or, worse, the traitor. Today too, heroes can turn into villains and vice versa just as quickly and easily.
Americans, especially in the media, can be quite fickle about their heroes.
America’s mercurial relationship with real and crafted heroes was dizzying earlier this week during a Jan. 6 congressional committee hearing investigating the villainous modus vivendi of a mafioso-esque boss turned president who wanted to stay in charge despite being told by millions of sages – not wise-guy – Americans on November 3, 2020, that he was no longer in charge.
Some witnesses — Republican politicians and election workers from Arizona and Georgia — said that a stone’s throw from their suspension, Don Trump and his consigliere Rudy Giuliani leaned on them like mangled heavyweights to break their oaths. if not the law, to get Don Trump to serve another four years (sorry, term) in that other “big” house, the White House.
One of the Republicans that Don Trump and consigliere Giuliani put the screws in was Rusty Bowers, an Arizona Republican who is said to be as ardently conservative as that fictional American hero on a leather saddle, John Wayne.
Bowers told the committee that Don Trump was lying when he claimed that the chairman of the state legislature had said the 2020 presidential election had been “rigged” and that he, Don Trump, had won Arizona.
“That’s not true,” Bowers said.
Don Trump and his consigliere teamed up with Bowers on a phone call some time after the November election, when the pair of swindlers in tailored suits claimed they had “proof” of voter fraud in Arizona.
Bowers asked for the “proof” – time and again.
There was no evidence to prove once again that Don Trump and his consigliere had been auditioning for roles in Martin Scorsese’s next mob-themed opus all along.
The Tommy DeVito wannabes (see Joe Pesci in Goodfellas) were probably convinced that their not-so-subtle form of persuasion would convince an uncooperative “citizen” to agree to their offer to, you know, with each other. Hurry up.
Don Trump and his consigliere even urged Bowers to convene a special state house committee to investigate the specter “evidence” and to “take action” including replacing Biden’s “voters” by a more receptive crew who would support Don Trump.
Bowers basically said: I will not agree to no “bum beef” (translation: a false accusation) and risk spending time in the nasty “big house” so that you can stay in the beautiful White House. No. I don’t get “in the car” (translation: in to the plan).
Okay, Bowers didn’t use prison language. Instead he said this: ‘It is a doctrine of my faith; that the Constitution is divinely inspired. [It is] my most basic, fundamental belief. And that I’m doing that because someone just asked me to, is alien to my being. I will not do it.”
Editorial writers and cable news personalities on CNN and MSNBC fell apart. At last an honest man emerged from the shameless political wilderness. Step aside, Atticus Finch, you have a fictional company.
Regardless, Don Trump’s armed locusts swarmed from Bowers’ office, telephone, and home after he told Don Trump and his consigliere that he wouldn’t play bent ball.
They threatened him. They blared through loudspeakers that he was corrupt and a pedophile. They upset his “seriously ill” daughter, who died in 2021.
Bowers was not only praised for relying on his faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution to reject Don Trump’s powerful tactics, but he was also anointed to be an inspiring, steadfast defender of democracy and, of course, a hero by the Democrats and an established media yearning for heroes.
Unfortunately, Bowers’ tenure as “hero” lasted just over 24 hours. In an interview with Associated Press, Bowers said he would vote for Don Trump again in 2024, as the former president and blackmailer has done great things beyond planning, prosecuting and applauding a coup attempt.
“If (Trump) is the nominee, if he goes up against Biden, I would vote for him again,” Bowers said. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the country. In my eyes it was great.”
Bowers went back to the evangelical Trump lake in one news cycle from the ironclad hero of America’s rapidly evaporating rule of law. The Guinness World Records should take this into account.
Now, two unwilling heroes have testified on the same day as Bowers: Ordinary citizens plunged into extraordinary circumstances doing their jobs with the humility, honesty and integrity that Don Trump and his greasy and drooling hair dye consigliere never had and never will possess.
I suspect Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, “Lady” Ruby Freeman, would rather do what they’ve done for much of their lives in Fulton County, Georgia—help people, especially older Americans, to vote—than for appear before Congress to describe how Don Trump and his consigliere lied about them, smeared them, and destroyed them.
Ms Moss took a long, reassuring breath before she began answering the committee’s questions. When she did, she reminded enlightened Americans of what dignity looks and sounds like.
Ms. Moss reminded enlightened Americans that, despite the serious damage done to her beautiful name and charitable spirit by two career bullies, she and her mother will be remembered for their grace and insistence on doing the right thing in the service of the right of other Americans. to vote.
I’m not going to repeat the despicable lies that two dishonorable white men spat about two honorable black women, because that would mean repeating the sickening slander.
In horrifying sign, the attacks spawned Don Trump’s marauding pack of rabid locusts, this time targeting Mrs. Moss, her mother and grandmother.
The locusts promised to find Mrs. Moss and lynch her. That was no empty threat. The FBI urged Ms. Freeman to leave the house. Her life was in danger. The locusts invaded her grandmother’s house to make a “citizen arrest.”
“I felt terrible. I felt it was all my fault,” Ms Moss said. “To choose this job, to always want to help.”
It wasn’t her fault.
It was the sinister work of Don Trump and his MAGA flag waving, incoherent with ignorance, hatred and raging locusts.
The horror inflicted upon Mrs. Moss and her family by the former President of the United States and his shock troops compels us to reject any attempt, by anyone, in any forum, to ask us to pause to understand or to consider why Don Trump’s “disenchanted” locusts inflict such harm and malice on good people who do good.
Today, Mrs. Moss and Lady Ruby usually stay at home where it is safe. If they go out of the house for errands or other chores, they don’t go together. They are afraid of being heard or recognized. And they no longer help other Americans to vote.
Still, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and “Lady” Ruby Freeman agreed to testify, despite the danger from the villains and the locusts.
Their courage and defiance are the definition of heroism. They are an example to all of us.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.