No one chose to organize a going-away party for Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), so he decided to throw one himself on Thursday during his last speech on the House floor. In a sly way, he forgot that his imminent unemployment was because Illinois Democrats had him gerrymandered out of his job (thanks, Dems!). Kinzinger drew a hilariously incorrect conclusion regarding his experience in Congress, muttering, “Had I known that standing up for truth would cost me my job, friendships, and even my personal security, I would, without hesitation, do it all over again.”
Nobody in the room was actually paying attention to his talk. Therefore, there were, regrettably, no guffaws or snorts of laughter at the absurdity. Kinzinger was constantly fiddling with his wedding ring as he was making remarks, making one wonder if he was experiencing a bout of sadness about his departure—he's had a history of shedding crocodile tears—or if he was, in fact, sincerely uncomfortable with his rants. It's up to you to decide.
Kinzinger could have used the opportunity to humble himself, reflect on the privilege of being a member of Congress, and thank his constituents for allowing him to serve as their representative. But Kinzinger is not a humble person. He isn't aware of the meaning of grace. Instead, he ratcheted up the hyperbole and spewed, “I have sworn an oath in uniform and this office to protect this nation and its Constitution. While overseas, I witnessed the danger of radicalization of beliefs can have on people in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, since coming to Congress, I have watched how Republicans and Democrats have weaponized fear in much the same way.”
Did you get that? If you believe something that Adam Kinzinger doesn't believe, you are likely a terrorist. This is from the man who has knowingly renounced any beliefs he once held and has embraced those of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA). We should not forget that time when he publicly denigrated an individual for expressing disagreement with his views. He was a great guy, Adam Kinzinger. Sure gonna miss him.
But, wait, there's more. After praising his own bravery and calling anyone who disagreed a terrorist, Kinzinger went on to compare himself to former presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan: “The great party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan ha[s] turned its backs on the ideals of liberty and self-governance. Instead, it has embraced lies and deceit. The Republican Party used to believe in a big tent, which welcomed the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Now, we shelter the ignorant, the racist, who only stoke anger and hatred to those who are different than us.”
The last part actually sounds similar to Kinzinger himself being self-important and divisive, along with being ignorant of the fact that he's all of these things. Kinzinger is much like Nick Bottom, a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, whose head is transformed into that of a jackass, and he's the only one who can’t perceive the change.
Kinzinger prefers to view himself as the hero who conquered all. He, like Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan, should be praised for his unwavering faith in his beliefs and his courage in his pursuit of his ideals. But Adam Kinzinger is none of these three. Kinzinger is notable only for his hatred for Donald Trump. He's weakened himself to the point that his name will be remembered only as being part of the unsettling Trump-hating mind disease.
What's the next step for Adam Kinzinger? With such a stellar resume, he is certain to be headed to the only place that will take him: MSNBC.