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What’s an example of an insurrection? The Civil War. What’s not an example of an insurrection? A few hundred Antifa/BLM agitators, reinforced by some attention-seeking dimwits, out of a crowd of a quarter million Normal Americans, hanging out in the Capital Building for a short time, throwing around a few papers, and doing a little theft and damage. What didn’t happen was gunfire—except for an apparently panicky Capital cop shooting a female veteran–arson, and all the other hallmarks of the “mostly peaceful protests” to which Americans have become accustomed.
May I, gentle readers, suggest the most accurate contemporary definitions for sedition, insurrection and treason?
Sedition: doubting the integrity of an election based on voluminous and convincing evidence, and daring to write and speak about it.
Insurrection: entering a government building, hanging around for a while, and leaving it intact.
Treason: telling the truth about corrupt politicians.
But Orange Man Bad incited riot! Sedition! Treason! Insurrection! Double bad/not good think/speak! He must be impeached—to hell with due process–to save democracy before he leaves office in a few days! Not so much:
Given the speech’s length of about 1 hour and 12 minutes, it ended at about 1:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
As noted in the ABC News article, Trump’s speech was delivered from the Ellipse across the street from the south lawn of the White House. From the location of the speech to the Capitol is a little more than a mile and a half.
According to tweets by Washington Post reporters, barricades were first breached at the Capitol at about 1:00 P.M. EST. Post reporter Rebecca Tan tweeted this video at 1:00 P.M. The tweet was retweeted by Post reporter Mike DeBonis at 1:06 P.M. Note that the time stamp on tweets is based on the location of the person viewing the tweet, as explained in this article in Adweek.
Based on this information, it appears that the breakdown of the barricades began at least 12 minutes before Trump’s speech ended, by people who were over a mile and a half away from Trump. Although the loudspeaker system was massive, it is doubtful that the people bringing down the barricades could hear Trump from the loudspeaker system. Extremely vivid videos of the prelude to and a breach of barricades and entry into the Capitol Building are here and here on a YouTube channel that identifies ‘independent photojournalist Jon Farina’ as the videographer. It does not appear that people in the crowd was listening to Trump’s speech over their phones. The phones are mostly seen when being used to take pictures and videos. The videos show plenty of faces of people who should be arrested for defying the law. But where is the evidence that they were incited to do it by Trump’s speech?
Where indeed? The transcript of the speech is here. I’ve read the entire speech. There is nothing in it—nothing—that could remotely be considered an incitement to violence generally, to say nothing of an incitement to do violence at any specific place or time. It’s more than clear President Trump’s intention was for people to peacefully walk to the Capital, and by their numbers—around a quarter million—and support for the Constitution and the rule of law, try to stiffen the spines of Republican invertebrates. That alone is horrifying to federal politicians. To them, “the people” are an abstraction, occasionally useful in pushing a given narrative, but when a quarter million or so Americans actually show up and express their opinions, it’s insurrection! It’s Pearl Harbor! It’s a coup attempt! It’s the end of democracy!
Actually, it’s a great opportunity and excuse for future oppression. It was a set up, and as usual, Republicans bought it hook, line and sinker.
Speaking from the non-existent and extra-constitutional Office Of The President Elect, Gropin’ Joe Biden read from the Teleprompter Elect:
What we witnessed yesterday was not dissent, it was not disorder, it was not protest. It was chaos. They weren’t protesters, don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It’s that basic, it’s that simple,
No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, … they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that had stormed the Capitol,’ Biden argued. ‘We all know that is true and it is totally unacceptable.’
This is what happens when one spends most of a year in their basement. Notice Gropin’ Joe just implied the Capital Police are racist.
Despite the fact BLM and Antifa were committing numerous crimes, including assaulting the police, the only person the Capital Police injured–shot and killed–was a white, female veteran. That’s one more person killed by the police than was killed in every BLM/Antifa protest in America thus far.
In the hundreds of genuine BLM/Antifa riots in the last year alone, those “protestors” were essentially left alone. A handful were arrested, but D/S/Cs, including Kamala Harris, not only supported them, they raised money for their bail, so they could immediately return to rioting. Thousands of police officers and others were injured. Soros prosecutors uniformly dropped charges.
What’s most striking about this supposed “insurrection” is its general politeness. There is video of capital police parting barricades to allow the crowd in:
There is also video of capital police opening doors to allow the crowd in (by all means, take this link and see for yourself):
Once inside, virtually all of the “domestic terrorists” politely kept within the velvet ropes, stopped to view the paintings and statutes, to take the occasional photo or selfie, and to enjoy the grandeur of the Capital. There were, to be sure, a small number of agitators/criminals. Some in the crowd—and these were the real thugs attacking police, damaging property and in general, behaving as Antifa/BLM do—were appropriately masked, dressed in black, wearing body armor and helmets, wearing gas masks, carrying various tools on their belts, carrying backpacks, and obviously prepared to cause as much trouble as possible. Some were clearly dressed to carry out the false flag operation we now know was planned in advance. Many MAGA hats and Trump posters and banners were brand new, not a part of anyone’s wardrobe.
We now know many in the crowd verbally and physically stopped Antifa types from attacking the police and doing damage. It was never more than a tiny portion of the overall crowd, which was genuinely peaceful, that was involved in crimes. And of course, those that committed actual crimes should be prosecuted. I’m tempted to say they should be subject to the same standards of law Antifa/BLM thugs have experienced, but that is certainly not the rule of law. And from where comes the D/S/C’s new-found love and respect for police officers?
CNN’s muscularly dimwitted Chris Cuomo demanded to know this:
Of course he doesn’t know. It’s in the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis mine]
The fundamental difference between Antifa/BLM and the Normal Americans that protested on January 6th is clear and stark. Antifa/BLM “protest” to break the law. D/S/Cs support them. The Americans that met in Washington protested to demand Congress uphold the law. Congress and the courts ignored them.
Some are calling the event “the end of democracy.” Nonsense. Federal buildings, including the capital, have been occupied before, as have state capitals, and far more violent “insurrections” have happened, as during the Kavanaugh hearings. In all of those actual riots, D/S/Cs have either remained silent, or been actively supportive of genuine domestic terrorists. Go here to Legal Insurrection for a good review. And go here to NBC News, to see how the Government dropped charges against actual thugs who tried to burn down Washington on the occasion of Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
These are the people that cheered the destruction of hundreds of statues of great men, as much symbols of America as any building. They are the people that not only did not decry lawlessness, but raised money for the bail of actual criminals. It’s hard to claim to be on the side of the angels when you’ve cheered—or remained silent about—billions in property damage, the destruction of businesses and lives, and even murder. Yet D/S/Cs wrap themselves in the flag they despise, and demand the repressive measures of the Soviet Union, updated to the social media age.
You’re engaging in whataboutism! Ah. That’s what you call supporting the rule of law and exposing a two-tiered system of non-justice using relevant, parallel examples.
The “rioters” committed crimes! Some surely did. Arrest them if there is probable cause of actual crimes. Convict them if there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. But since the capital police actually let a great many people onto the capital grounds and building, that’s going to be a little tougher than usual.
Which crimes are deserving of punishment? Trespassing? For most of the people who, unmasked, peacefully took in the sights, that would be a bridge too far. Then there are those who arguably did commit crimes, such as throwing a bit of paper about, assault, destruction of property, even theft. At least one mocked Nancy Pelosi by sitting in her chair, which ought to be worthy of a medal rather than classified as a crime.
Are any of these crimes—including murder–more heinous, deserving of greater punishment, because of where they took place? The House and Senate chambers aren’t holy, they’re workplaces bought and paid for by the American public. The difference is when one of the peasant’s businesses or workplaces is destroyed by politically favored “protestors”out there in Flyover Country, there are no taxpayer dollars to rebuild a life’s work lost in an actual riot. The real problem is our representatives have forgotten their place in our constitutional republic. They think they’re rulers instead of hired hands, and they obviously think there’s nothing we can or should do to remind them of that or to remove them for their malfeasance, corruption, arrogance and crimes.
Federal functionaries are very worried about January 6th, at least in part, as Steven Hayward at Powerline tells us, because many of the Capital Police sympathized with their fellow Americans. Of course they did. Rational police officers would have recognized the overwhelming majority of people there were not rioters—videos suggest just that–but Americans peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.
But this is also a matter of class. It’s very much like the classic line in Mel Brooks’ History Of The World: Part 1, when a functionary exclaims: “Sire, the peasants are revolting,” and Brooks’ king replies: “they certainly are.” Our current self-imagined monarchs were scandalized: how dare those toothless, smelly, WalMart shopping, God and gun clinging Trump supporters foul the temples, the very atmosphere of the self-imagined elite?! Who do they think they are?! Americans? Free men and women? We’ll show them who’s boss!
To our rulers, the Capital building, DC itself, is the foremost symbol of their rule. The Capital building is the temple of the deep state, the symbol of their power and intention to amass ever more. That wasn’t true when their paramilitary thugs were assaulting those symbols, but when Normal Americans show up, it is as holy to them—no, more–than a cathedral is to the faithful, for the secular faith of D/S/Cs is as non-falsifiable as it is politically flexible, and can never be proved wrong. Burning a police station to the ground, destroying businesses and lives is inconsequential, the broken eggs necessary to the D/S/C utopian omelet, but treading on politically holy ground and daring to sit in Nancy Pelosi’s chair of judgment are unforgivable sins.
Deference: duties owed one due solely to their position.
Respect: Positive feelings, even praise, voluntarily given to one because of their character and accomplishments.
The approval rating of Congress hovers at about 10%. This is remarkable only in that 10% of Americans somehow approve of Congress. Congress critters demand respect when the most they can hope for is deference, which they denied President Trump and all that served in his administration. If they prove worthy of deference, respect–which must be earned every day–might follow. Unfortunately, too many in Congress find it easy to lie, to construct their own reality and demand all live in it. They fail or refuse to realize they’re dealing with people for whom recognition of reality is survival, who commit resources on a handshake, who depend on honesty, and absolutely distrust those that prove themselves dishonest. As much as they lack common sense, Normal Americans posses and use it every day, and are reasonably wary of those that do not.
Honest Americans believe in affecting change the lawful, nonviolent way. They honor the rule of law, but when the protection of the law and those ways are taken from them, they will resort to violence, and not just set piece battles between opposing armies. Strip away the Bill of Rights and they’ll take it to the front doors of the people that despise and seek to destroy them. Attack Americans personally, and they’re liable to take it personally.
January 6th was a turning point. D/S/Cs, and Gropin’ Joe, who pretends to want unity, did not seize the opportunity to demonstrate the political status quo on which we have relied since 1776 still stands. Quite the opposite. Rather than listening to Americans, rather than engaging in introspection, they are exploiting an event they set up to oppress Americans, and they’ve only just begun. This will not end well for anyone, but particularly not for those that would end the Constitution, the rule of law, and the livelihoods and lives of Normal Americans. Insurrection? They haven’t seen it yet, but they’re unwisely provoking it.