Trump loving misfit, Mike Lindell, wants to run the Republican Party

“We need someone who knows how to run a business to lead one of the most important organizations in our country,”says the My Pillow guy.

Given Lindell’s ruinous lawsuits in defense of Donald Trump’s rigged election lies, it would be a boon to the Democratic Party if Lindell succeeded in his effort. One can only imagine what a shit-show would ensue via Lindell’s leadership. — wfw

UPDATE 11-28-2022

Mickey is 100% running against Ronna McDaniel

Putting Twitter? Check out these social networks


Ever since Elon Musk bought Twitter in October, many users of the social media platform have discussed taking their musings elsewhere — and some have actually done it.

Some object to Musk’s spreading of falsehoods, the rise in hate speech after he took over, his layoff of half of Twitter’s staff and his reinstatement of former President Donald Trump’s account. Some figure that the site will go down entirely at some point due to many of the company’s engineers leaving the company. And some just say the site’s best days are behind it.

Either way, Twitter has had real “Closing Time” vibes over the last two weeks, with many longtime users taking to heart Semisonic’s counsel: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

Here’s a look at where some Twitter users are testing the waters.

Biden’s word is worthless

President Biden vowed during his presidential campaign to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” following Khashoggi’s killing, but he reversed course in July as he traveled to the country and gave a fist bump to bin Salman.

The Hill reported that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Sunday voiced agreement with the Biden administration’s decision to grant sovereign immunity to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, shielding the autocrat from a lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.



It was initially reported that they killed Kashoggi with a Bone Saw.

Jamal Khashoggi: All you need to know about Saudi journalist’s death

​“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Goethe

Marjorie Taylor Greene is a malignant misfit, and the Republican Party plans to give her the opportunity to demonstrate that fact . — wfw

				                                Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., waves while former President Donald Trump points to her in Bedminster, N.J., July 30. Greene will be attending Trump’s Saturday rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township.
                                 AP file photo

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has made no secret about what she wants to accomplish in her second term in office.

She rattles off the investigations she wants the new Republican majority in the House to launch immediately: Hunter Biden’s laptop, the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, federal aid to Ukraine and COVID-19′s origins.

The Rome Republican may be in a position to make it happen. She has become an outspoken ally of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, defending him against a challenge by fellow conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus. Greene said her colleagues were wrong in supporting an eleventh-hour challenge that ultimately was unsuccessful.

She expects to be rewarded for her loyalty by receiving an appointment to the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee. Three Georgians — Democrat Hank Johnson and Republicans Andrew Clyde and Jody Hice — serve on the panel, but Hice won’t be back next term.



Kinzinger: McCarthy won’t ‘last very long’ if elected Speaker

Republicans plan to attack America with Santa laws

Stand up for your rights

By Bill Branson – VVAW Board member

As we approach another Veterans Day and as many of us are in our seventh decade of living, we have much to be concerned about. The war in Ukraine still continues, our hard won freedoms are under attack, and the fascist hordes are at the gates. We feel like we have fought these battles before. No matter how sick and tired of this we are, we need to stand-up (or sit up) and fight for our rights. Whatever form that takes. We need to fight for ourselves and those younger than us. We cannot let those who want to strip away our rights win.

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Voters: Tell Trump and his MAGA cult ‘Hell NO’ when you vote

The following plea from Doug Thompson, publisher and founder of Capitol Hill Blue:

One week from today, voters American voters have the majority this nation needs to stop the sad, pathetic attempts to overturn democracy and destroy our way of life. But the only way to stop that is by voting. If the majority shares the belief that attempts by the rabid-right wing cultists who genuflect before disgraced and criminal former president Donald John Trump is sedition against America, then the blatant, and illegal, attempts by the right and Republicans will be stopped dead in their tracks.

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Castelli could go bust banking on rational Republicans

Stefanik has the advantage in NY21. Castelli is banking on a more moderate approach

To appeal to more voters on the left and the right, Castelli is running as a Democrat and a Moderate, which he sees as key to his campaign strategy. — NCPR

“One of the things that’s unique about our campaign is we’re sort of pushing back against the extremes on both sides and bringing people together in the middle and that’s what people are thirsting for.”

There aren’t enough rational Republicans in MAGA infested NY21 to give Castelli a victory in this election. By embracing a wimp persona Castelli tells progressive Democrats “I’m not your guy.” — wfw

Hardcore Republican won’t vote for party

Since I was old enough to vote I have been a registered Republican. The Republican Party was once the political party of big ideas but has become the party of “No,” weakening the democratic system it pledged to uphold.

Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin and many Republican candidates running for public office have drunk the Kool-Aid and are supporting and defending Donald Trump’s “big lie” concerning the results of the 2020 election, all having been proven to be false and baseless. By doing this and whitewashing the Jan. 6 insurrection, they have broken their sacred oath of office by failing to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. How can they proclaim to “Support the Blue” with their silence on the violent attack on the Capitol, its police and the American rule of law?

It is the extreme vitriol of politicians that has triggered the significant increase in domestic terrorism — even calling for the killing of FBI agents and VP of the United States. At Charlottesville, Trump gave oxygen to the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers — the neo-Nazi militias of hate, white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.

Don’t forget the barrage of right-wing unfounded conspiracy theories from “pizza gate,” that antifa was the cause of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the Great Replacement Theory, QAnon, climate change denial, the COVID hoax and more

We are witnessing our United States slowly trending toward authoritarianism, taking chapters from the fascist playbook of Nazi Germany.

True patriots don’t fuel racist or religious divisions. True patriots don’t ban books or prevent teaching about our past. True patriots don’t incite an insurrection and support an attempted coup.

Real patriotism strengthens our democracy and lifts the voices of all Americans and this is what we must strive for — before it is too late! ####

Roger Friedman, Schroon Lake (published in the Post Star, Glens Falls, NY)

Old Republican White Guys feel their legacy is to rule

According to a recent North Country Public Radio report, , by Emily Russel, Trump supporter, Bruce Bourgeois sees, January 6th a lot differently. Bourgeois is from Virginia but spends summers in the small Adirondack town of Saranac Inn. He thinks Trump is innocent and doesn’t trust the investigation.

“From what I can see, he didn’t break any law,” said Bourgeois. I ask him how he would react if the committee determines otherwise. “I wouldn’t believe them. It’s a rigged committee, quite frankly,” replied Bourgeois.

I used to think that people who give Donald Trump their unquestioning support were either stupid or willfully ignorant, Ditto, those who cling to the belief that the 2020 election was rigged.

81,284,666 people voted for Joe Biden or against Trump. He lost the election by 7,060,347 votes. And, not one Republican officeholder objecting to Biden’s victory has objected to their own wins, on the same day, on the same ballots, using the same election systems — not one!  

Given the above, it is reasonable to conclude that Trump supporters are neither stupid or willfully ignorant. They know Trump is a lying conman, a moral degenerate with no redeeming qualities — and they don’t care — they feel that are entitled to rule the country because old white guys like them, allegedly, made America Great — so, if elections that don’t go their way, elections be damned! — wfw ####

“These people are traitors to our country”

Al Scoonzarielli’s letter to the editor (Post Star, June 17, 2022) excoriates Fox News, Republican Party officials, and Trump’s useful idiots for spreading lies on behalf of the traitor, Donald Trump. — wfw

Is anyone surprised that Fox said they won’t be covering the Jan. 6 hearings? No shocker there but I’m amazed that they said it out loud. They usually keep their listeners in the dark by quiet omission. It seems Fox can’t trust it’s audience with the truth, so they edited out the actual violence in the attack. Then they downplayed the violence with a false narrative. You’d think that they couldn’t get away with this but their viewers see what they want to see and then defend that narrative. It is a closed loop where the propaganda reinforces the lie resulting in a massive barrier to truth and reality. Rupert Murdoch and his family have probably hurt this country more than the Trump family even has.

Fox and the other right-wing outlets like OAN, Newsmax and the others continuously broadcast propaganda with their lies, disinformation and deceit while the Trumpites and co-conspirators keep repeating and thereby institutionalizing the false narratives. It was leaders like Rep. Stefanik who violated her Congressional Oath of Office to vote against accepting The People’s vote, knowing full well this lie made her action criminal. Then she promotes the millions she has delivered to our area. Does she think she can buy our votes while selling out our precious democracy? We’re not for sale.

These people are traitors to our country, just like Benedict Arnold who attempted to turn over West Point to the British for money. Had he been caught, he would have been hung. We are being attacked by Trump and right-wing extremists who wish to rule without our consent. We fought the Revolutionary War for that right. We won’t surrender it so easily. There you go! Salud!                                                                                 ####

Related: Insiders reveal how Fox News became a propaganda outlet for Donald Trump

He knew, but he lied anyway — and Elise Stefanik doesn’t care

Martha Hodges letter to the editor (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 16, 2022) calls out Trump’s toady — wfw

To me, the most disturbing takeaway from the Jan. 6 investigation is confirmation that Trump knew there was no election fraud, but he lied anyway. Testimony under oath by his loyalists (including Attorney General William Barr) document how Trump was told time and again that no evidence was found despite numerous investigations. And still, he lied.

Trump was informed that the Proud Boys were an extremist right-wing militia hate group. But he lied anyway, calling them fine people and continuing to encourage their agitation at Black Lives Matter rallies (while blaming it on the imaginary antifa).

Trump knew the election wasn’t “stolen.” But he lied anyway, heightening the outrage that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in hopes of stopping the legitimate transfer of power. The fact that he didn’t call in National Guard reinforcements to help the Capitol police who were being bludgeoned and injured reveals that “Back the Blue” was just another lie.

And every unscrupulous politician who stood behind him, ignoring his dishonesty, his disregard for rule of law and his obsessive demand for absolute power is culpable in the harm done to the integrity of our government; Rep. Elise Stefanik being one of his most willing puppets.                                                                                                            ####

Richard Bittner’s letter to the editor (Post Star June 16, 2022) makes it clear that he has had enough of Trump’s accomplice, Elise Stefanik

Regarding the public hearing about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Many Republicans are poised to defend former president Trump. Rep. Elise Stefanik of N.Y. said Wednesday the committee’s “shameless prime-time show” is nothing but a “smear campaign against the former president, his party and his supporters.” Our representative would have us believe that an investigation into an attempt by the former president and his inner circle to overturn the will of the American voters and install the losing candidate as president is theater. Nothing to see.

Imagine if you will that the shoe was on the other foot. The very next day, Congresswoman Stefanik voted no on a modest step toward curbing gun violence against school children, saying: “As far-left Democrats double down on their unconstitutional agenda that shreds our Second Amendment rights, I will continue to stand up for the Constitution and push for solutions.” Like what? Increased mental health care? She votes against public health measures and has not proposed anything that resembles a coherent policy. Instead she calls the other party names instead of reaching out to them to try to craft a solution.

What folks want is for their kids to go to school and not get killed, and Elise, while protecting us from the nonexistent threat of CRT (which is not being taught in public schools), has it that an AR-15 assault rifle in the hands of a deranged 18-year-old is fine. And she is working to make it easier to carry concealed weapons anywhere in N.Y., perhaps without a license. Enough.                                                                             ####

“Speaka United States”

Sam Smith – In recent months the Progressive Review has replaced the term LBGTQ with alternative sex and gender feeling that the initials are another example of how our intellectual class follows its own rules of language and can’t figure out why this adds to the separation of that class from the bulk of Americans, who – as my high school teacher told us to do – “speaka United States.” 

Sam Adams warned against Trumpism

 “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” – Samuel Adams

Too Sly To Die

I’ve known Barney Murray since their second U.S. tour of Blood or Whiskey (Celtic-Punk band founded by Barney and the late Paul Walsh). Read the London Celtic Punks review. Blood or Whiskey was staying at our house when the 9-11 attacks took place, so a memorable visit was underscored by an unforgettable event. wfw

Artist: The Winter Codes

Title: Set The Darkness Reeling

Lead Single: Too Sly to Die

Release: 13/05/22

F.F.O: Richard Thompson, The Undertones, Bob Dylan


Irish folk duo The Winter Codes (David Walshe and Barney Murray) are back with their upcoming LP Set The Darkness Reeling and its lead single Too Sly To Die.  Fuelled by classic Irish folk influences, this album showcases the band’s pure love and devotion for their country with a thrashy and attitude filled flair balanced with an emotional tribute to their fallen band member…

Set The Darkness Reeling is a credit to the band’s wealth of experience as musicians. Infused with classic Irish folk that can be heard in the strings and the percussive elements, The Winter Codes embody a unique spirit that make them an indie rock band quite unlike any other…


“We got the idea to record an EP of five of our songs which then became the Set The Darkness Reeling album.”


The EP itself saw the duo travel out to the famous Grouse Lodge recording studio. The studio, which housed Michael Jackson as he recorded and lived there, has since been the backdrop to a lot of the recording of the emotionally charged and energetic LP Set the Darkness Reeling.


The first single off the album is Too Sly To Die where the band stick to their roots of traditional Irish folk with an uplifting and positive twist. Capturing this patriotic spirit, the band opted to shoot the single’s accompanying video in Dublin landmark pub The Cobblestone. Having hosted traditional Irish music for decades in one of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods, the bar is synonymous with music from the regionand with Too Sly to Die, The Winter Codes join the annuls of such musical greats.


The collaborations on this album span across many great minds including Daithi Meila from the Irish/Bluegrass band Jig Jam, folk singer Lisa Loughrey, and engineer Sean Montgomery – Dietz.

Running throughout Set the Darkness Rising is the emotional tribute to band member Paul Walshe who tragically passed away ten years ago. With this release, he is immortalised on the incredible LP, in memory and with his expert musicianship gracing some of the tracks.


Set the Darkness Reeling is a must listen for fans of Irish folk, rock, and everything in between! Audiences can look forward to hearing the LP upon its release 01/08/22 with lead single Too Sly to Die available across all platforms now.



“She never met a back she wouldn’t stab”

June Woodward’s letter to the editor (Post Star, June 7, 2022) calls out Elise Stefanik’s penchant  for lying — and her supporters acceptance of her on-going bull-shittery. — wfw

Just a reminder to Stefanik’s misguided supporters claiming that The Lincoln Project puts out horrendous filth. That “filth” comes directly from Stefanik’s own mouth! She accused innocent people of being “pedo-grifters,” and constantly repeats conspiracy lies that people believe and then act on them, killing innocent people! Anyone who supports Stefanik needs to reassess their morals! Trying to blame Democrats for what she says and how she acts is a desperate political ploy!

The ad will not backfire on Democrats because it shares proven facts about her behavior. She has clearly spoken her lies to the members of Congress in open floor debates! All of which are recorded!

Stefanik supporters have stooped to a new low accepting her lies as facts. The Lincoln Project is exposing her lies for all to see. And the best part is, a group of Republicans are the original group that formed The Lincoln Project! Don’t like what they are doing? Then tell Elise to shut her lying mouth!

Related: Mean Girl (The Lincoln Project)

44% of republicans “don’t even care” about gun massacres

Newsweek (Thomas Kika, June 5, 2022) reports that, despite a continuing wave of deadly mass shootings in the U.S., nearly half of Republicans say that they are something that must be accepted as part of a “free society,” according to a new poll.

In the wake of shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, a new poll conducted by CBS News and YouGov surveyed Americans about their thoughts on guns and gun control. One question, in particular, asked respondents if they felt that mass shootings are an unavoidable by-product of a “free society” or if they believed the issue could be tackled.

Nearly half of all respondents who identified as Republicans, around 44 percent, said that shootings like those in Uvalde and Buffalo are “unfortunately something we have to accept as part of a free society.” By comparison, 85 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Independents said mass shootings are “something we can prevent and stop if we really tried.” A majority of those who identified as Republicans, 56 percent, said the same.



Ignore Guns, Talk Inflation’: Memos Show GOP Strategy After the Uvalde Massacre

The tragic history of police responding too late to active shooters

Snippet: The AR-15:

It’s America’s gun.

Josh Clark is a Republican running for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat.

An AR-15 was used to carry out the mass shooting in Uvaldeto. The AR-15, like its military version, is designed to kill people quickly and in large numbers, hence the term assault-style rifle, The following is a partial list of when an AR-15-style weapon was used in a mass shooting:

  • Feb. 14, 2018: Shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida leaves 17 people dead.
  • Oct. 1, 2017: The Las Vegas slaughter of 58 people.
  • Nov. 5, 2017: The Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that claimed 26 lives.
  • June 12, 2016: The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead.
  • Dec. 2, 2015: The San Bernardino, Calif., shooting that killed 14 people.
  • Dec. 14, 2012: The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that took 27 lives.

There are 20 million AR-style weapons in circulation in the US, according to the the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


Here is what a Georgia crime prevention specialist is doing to attempt to halt mass shootings

“Liar, liar…”

In his letter to the editor, “False praise for Stefanik,” (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 4, 2022) Steve Erman underscores Elise Stefanik’s ploy of routinely taking credit for government initiatives that she voted against. That’s how she rolls, folks, that’s how she rolls.. — wfw

In a letter to the editor printed on June 2, (“Grant funding for Upward Bound is good news,”) Ian Clark of Canton praises Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for delivering over $900,000 in grant funding to North Country colleges from the Upward Bound Program. What is not said is that the 2022 funding authorization for Upward Bound was part of a larger package of college financial aid measures which were authorized through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, H.R. 2471. This funding bill was voted on by the House of Representatives on March 9. Congressional records clearly show that Elise Stefanik led her Republican colleagues in opposition and Stefanik voted no.

Once again, we have a case in which our member of Congress is given credit for delivering important funds for NY-21 while she actually voted against the legislation authorizing the program.

I am all for applauding those members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, who honestly work on behalf of their constituents; however, in this case, Elise Stefanik is being praised for delivering funds from a measure that she did her very best to eliminate.


Elise Stefanik: thoughts and prayers and bullshit too

“I do not support gun control, I stand up for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.” says Elise Stefanik, whose husband, Matthew Manda , works as the manager of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Conn. The trade group — whose stated mission is “to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports” — was among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to block a New York law that increases potential liability for gun manufacturers. The suit was dismissed by a  judge in Albany earlier this week, though an appeal is likely.


Drinking coffee linked to lower risk of death

By Aria Bendix NBC News, May 21, 2022

Personally, I prefer fresh ground whole bean coffee — wfw

Contrary to popular myth, forgoing coffee isn’t likely to improve your health. The opposite might be true: Years of research suggeststhat drinking coffee is linked with a lower risk of death.

The latest addition to that body of research was published Mondayin the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study looked at around 120,000 people in the U.K. who regularly drank unsweetened or sugar-sweetened coffee over seven years. The findings suggested that those who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups a day had a lower risk of death during those seven years than non-coffee drinkers, even if they added a teaspoon of real sugar — not artificial sweetener — to every cup.

On the whole, people who drank unsweetened coffee were 16 percent to 21 percent less likely to die during the study period than people who didn’t drink coffee at all, the results showed.


Stefanik claims CRT is being forced upon New York students

Stefanik lies, routinely. because she knows the tales she tells are what her republican constituents want to believe. They are willfully ignorant, thus poorly educated, and Elise likes ’em that way. — wfw


May 31, 2022 — 

This month, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has talked a lot about critical race theory (CRT), a framework for understanding racism as a systemic problem. Stefanik describes the theory as “radical and racist,” and claims New York State is using federal funds to force it on students.

The State Education Department says that claim is “patently false.” And political observers say it fits a pattern for Stefanik: importing far-right, national issues into the North Country.

The pattern has been underway for a long time. Stefanik amplified conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. In 2021 she posted campaign ads, accusing Democrats of colluding with immigrants to stage an insurrection. She falsely claimed New York’s school mask mandate was illegal. And in April and May, she made claims about critical race theory.

What do people mean when they talk about “critical race theory”?

For the conservative movement, CRT has become a catch-all for any educational materials related to race and bias. But it’s actually a pretty obscure legal and academic concept that doesn’t have a place in K-12 schools, according to Gloria Ladson-Billings, who helped bring CRT to the field of education. She tried to clear up some misconceptions in a video last year.


Detection of THC in Blood, Exhaled Breath, is Not Correlated With Impairment

Roseville, CA: Neither the detection of THC in blood nor in breath is correlated with impairment of performance or recency of cannabis exposure, according to data published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports

Scientists quantified THC levels in the blood and in the breath of regular cannabis consumers prior to smoking and thereafter. Researchers also assessed the duration of subjects’ impairment following inhalation.

Consistent with other studies, investigators reported that a majority of subjects possessed residual levels of THC in their blood (at levels of 5ng/ml or higher) at baseline. Authors acknowledged that THC was present in these subjects’ blood despite “the absence of any impairment.” 

Following subjects’ inhalation of cannabis, authors identified an “inverse relationship” between THC blood levels and impairment of performance – a finding that is also consistent with prior research. 


Stefanik’s lies trump Donalds

It’s “thoughts and prayers” time again, but gun owners have no cause to worry because — In the aftermath of back-to-back massacres — the gun industry has a mouthpiece with intimate access to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the number three Republican in the House — her husband! 

In his letter to the editor May 28, 2022 Al Muench underscores the fact that “Stefanik’s words are worthless.” — wfw

I used to think that Elise was just an immoral, misguided person who would step on anyone to reach her goals. That was bad enough.

Now it is clear that she is a staunch adherent of the “great replacement theory” that is responsible for more and more of the mass murders in this country. The murders at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo are but one of the most recent examples.

Clever little Elise does not use the precise replacement theory label. Instead, she refers to “illegal” immigrants and falsely accuses President Biden, Democrats and the Democratic Party of a nefarious “plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants (to) overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.” Elise feels this gives her plausible deniability. Nobody is fooled. We know what you mean. The killers know what you mean. To paraphrase, a pile of crap by any other name still stinks.

Her paid mouthpieces wail that she never used the term “great replacement theory,” but we are not fooled. She doesn’t have the guts to admit that she is using the very same dog whistles that led to 10 deaths in Buffalo and dozens before that. It is becoming more and more clear that Elise has blood on her hands. She didn’t pull the trigger, but she certainly helped to encourage the killer. Now, Elise has even voted against the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022. She has no business being in Congress. She has no business representing the North Country. She has no business enjoying the same civilized society she seems actively trying to destroy.

Her words lead to deaths and she offers worthless thoughts and prayers. The innocent dead don’t need them. The innocent living don’t need her.

Related: Stefanik’s husband works for leading gun industry trade group

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Why Sebastian Vettel is the voice the world needs

Most Americans have never heard of Formula One racer, Sebastian Vettel. I have been following F-1 racing for two and a half years and, from my observation, Vettel is no posuer,.he talks the talk and he walks the walk. For example, he helped clean up trash following the 2021 British Grand Prix., and he does much more. — wfw

By: Luke Smith, Autosport, May 16, 2022

OPINION: The four-time world champion made an appearance on UK TV last week, proving to be more eloquent and honest than certain other guests, while also outlining his value to Formula 1 as a vocal and honest ambassador

As 20 of the finest athletes in the world, racing in the most international of international series, Formula 1 drivers have grown accustomed to a certain way of travelling. First class flights and private jets are the norm for many in F1, a world that is often (rightly) seen as elitist, detached from much of reality and blinkered by its own dramas.

Yet had you been sat on the 1516 South Western Railway service from Feltham last Thursday, you would have seen a man with tousled hair wearing a blue and green check shirt. You’d probably have walked past him without batting an eyelid, and definitely not said hello or attempted any interaction – an unwritten commuting rule in London.

It’s hardly the mode of transport a four-time F1 world champion would be used to but, for Sebastian Vettel, this was an important day. Having made it back to Europe from Miami, where a clash with close friend and protege Mick Schumacher had ended both their hopes of points, Vettel was now embarking on a very different mission. Arguably, a much bigger one as he prepared to speak up on one of his biggest platforms to date.

This had nothing at all to do with Formula 1. Vettel was appearing on the famous BBC political debate show Question Time, in Hackney, becoming the first active F1 driver to do so. Question Time is an institution within both British television and British politics. Since the show began in 1979, all serving British prime ministers, with the exception of Margaret Thatcher, have appeared on the panel, which always features a minister from the serving government, a counterpart from the opposition, and three other public figures.

Vettel has become one of F1’s most important and relevant voices on matters outside of sport in recent years. Along with Lewis Hamilton, he was one of the most vocal members of the grid amid the activism against racism around in the world in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd. He protested against Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ+ law referendum in 2021, calling it “embarrassing” and wearing a rainbow shirt on the grid that landed him a reprimand for breaking FIA protocols. He has been particularly outspoken about climate change, stressing the need for F1 to do more to be conscious of the issues facing the world right now.