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Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.


I am taking part in this commission to get to the truth, knowing full well that the truth does not speak for itself and that it must be effectively expressed in order for it to induce belief. You have been as effective as Satan himself at making lies appear true and entrenching them in America’s narrative and circulating them as if they are rock-solid bulwarks of honesty and compassion, but they are not!

Unlike Fox News where you can knowingly spout your lies and walk out the door to a standing ovation, here you are under oath and your assertions and statements will be fact-checked. Lying may earn you the praise of your co-conspirators, but it will also earn you time in jail.

You say you want freedom to ring—that you stand for and protect American democracy, when in fact, you stand for and protect autocracy—a dictatorship that would undermine and supplant 244 years of our democracy’s ever-expanding franchise.

That said, we need your help constructing the back-story of what happened on January 6. In sum, we want to bring the perpetrators to justice for planning and inciting a coordinated attack on America’s electoral process.


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Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

You come to this hearing and tell us, “It’s all lies, it never happened, it’s a witch hunt–a vendetta.” But you lie, you hunt witches and you make it happen right before your eyes. All of you refuse to give sworn testimony. Why? Because you don’t want to go to jail for perjury–you say you want justice, but you evade justice. You say you want to “get to the bottom of things” when in fact you are the bottom of things. You so-called witnesses say you are champions of justice while you smother justice with lies and swarm all over your master like flies on shit.

Why are you willing to compromise your integrity, your morality, and your oath of office for a man whose sole interest is himself? I feel sorry for you, but that’s not going to save our country. If the ballot boxes are intact and well-monitored in November, we still have a chance. Otherwise, I’ll be applying for Canadian citizenship.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

You say you are a great negotiator, but as far as I can see after more than six months in office you have yet to “negotiate” anything. If you call jamming executive orders down peoples’ throats “negotiation” you’d probably call aiming a loaded gun at an unarmed person and demanding their agreement some kind of negotiation. Is that true?

People negotiate together–it is not a one-way street that only goes your way.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

You say you want to make America great again, yet what you’re actually doing is grating America–shredding it to pieces with your polarizing speech.

America was great before you got involved in politics. If you really want to make America great again, go back to your Tower and stay there.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

Which is it? The Bible or the bile? The dove or the dragon? The carrot or the carving knife? You say, “Love thy neighbor” and then erect a razor sharp nine-foot electric fence. You say, “The dove on silver pinions winged her peaceful way” and then you burn the bird with napalm and sweep it away. You say, “Let us feed hungry bunnies the carrots they adore” and then you rub your rabbit’s foot, heat the iron skillet,  and open the refrigerator door.

You remind me of the psychopath who sang love songs when he crushed his victims’ necks. You remind me of the Santa Claus who carried yellow fever in his sack.

Now it’s time to send you home with a smile on your face, a shiny copper slug embedded in your heart, and a marching band playing “Love will tear us apart.”

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

He says he’s a leader, but the plutocrats pull his strings. He says he’s a peacemaker, but we’re mired in wars. He says he’s our friend, but he spies on us all. He says he loves his neighbor, but he lives in a fortress.

Puppet. Warmonger. Traitor. Liar.

What can we do?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

Inter se pugnantia

Inter se pugnantia (in’-ter-say-pug-nan’-ti-a): Using direct address to reprove someone before an audience, pointing out the contradictions in that person’s character, often between what a person does and says.

You say you’re committed to working on behalf of the American people.  Yet, when we look at your voting record, it seems that you consistently support legislation that favors the haves and leaves out the have-nots.  The “American people” means all of us. Why divide the American people when you can unite the American people by serving their common interests–pushing for affordable health care, educational opportunities, a healthy environment, and world peace. In short, by pushing for a better future for all of us.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).