Curious that Mr Gaetz would claim the title of ‘firebrand’ in his latest pronouncement of innocence. Curious in that ‘firebrand’ has nothing at all to do with innocence. A ‘firebrand’ is one who is passionate about a political cause, as Mr Gaetz claims he is about the hollowed-out ethos of MAGA-land. However, ‘firebrand’ is also synonymous with troublemaker, agitator, rabble-rouser and most poignantly; demagogue.
None of those terms indicate innocence. Neither do they infer rectitude, righteousness or virtue. Most certainly, a firebrand does not confer integrity or honor upon its proclaimant. It surely can be argued that Matt Gaetz is a firebrand; that is not the dispute offered here.
He took up the torch of Trumpism and the cul-de-sac political philosophy of white nationalism, libertarianism and neo-fascism as exemplified at the January sixth insurrection. He has bent the knee to the self-serving greed and demagogic spirit of the Master of Mar-A-Lago more than have Lindsey Graham, Mo Brooks and the other craven sycophants who hope to sup of the Orange One’s meager leavings. For Matt Gaetz, a condescending pat on the head from the Former Guy is taken as a blessing. In fact, it is a callous dismissal of Mr Gaetz as a hanger-on; a superfluous player in the grift around which ‘the Donald’ has built his despicable life and nothing more.
The self-proclaimed ‘firebrand’ has branded himself as the purveyor of the insubstantial, meaningless posturing of the alt-right. He offers nothing more than a rallying cry devoid of meaning or substance; the blinking neon marquee of a casino in foreclosure.
Moreover, a ‘firebrand’ is, by its very nature, short-lived, for a firebrand burns out and goes cold. It is hoped that Gaetz’s flickering flame will be snuffed out by coming indictments for his crimes.