Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Maybe I'm Wrong...

The warm up acts for the "Save America March" were really heating things up from the stage.

“Today is the day American patriots start takin’ down names and kickin’ ass.”- Mo Brooks

 “You have an opportunity today. You can be a hero, or you can be a zero.”..."These guys better fight for Trump. Because if they're not --Guess what? I'm gonna be in your backyard in a couple of months"..."This isn't their Republican Party anymore. This is Donald Trump's Republican Party!" - Donald Trump Jr

 "Every single thing that has been outlined as the plan for today is perfectly legal ... it is perfectly appropriate given the questionable constitutionality of the Election Counting Act of 1887 that the vice president can cast it aside....Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent. And if we're wrong, we will be made fools of. But if we're right, and lot of them will go to jail. So -- let's have trial by combat" – Rudy Giuliani

This "kickin' ass" and "trial by combat" rhetoric would have gone spectacularly well before Hitler's "Beer Hall Putsch" in 1923. 

Not a peep was heard about a protest or demonstration. These words were never uttered, but threats to Republicans who accepted the election results were. 

There were seditionist co-conspirators in the House and Senate who promoted the Big Lie that Trump pushed to incite the terrorist insurrection. And they did it AFTER the storming of the Capitol.

Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, John Neely Kennedy, Roger Marshall and Tommy Tuberville all carried through with objecting to the electors.

This treachery will only just incite MORE radical Right terrorism. More Americans will die because of these traitors. ANY Republican unwilling to admit Biden won the election fairly is an enemy of truth, democracy, and the people of the United States.  

I digress.

Down the street at the "Save America March" rally stage, the American Fuhrer fanned the flames of rage and gave the mob its mission:
"We will not take it anymore and that’s what this is all about. To use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal...We’re not going to let it happen. Not going to let it happen. And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore".

The agitated crowd chanted, “Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump!”

This tells us there was more than protesting on many of their minds. There were militia, military and police tactical planners in the mob coordinating their assault. Some of the mob had weapons and flexcuffs. They were enraged and psyched for confrontation.

Thousands followed their leader's orders and marched, primed to fight for their leader’s Big Lie. What resulted was not an exercise in Constitutional freedom of speech. It was an assault on the Constitution. It was insurrection. It was a coup. It was treason and it was a terrorist attack. 

But wait. I’m just a progressive cursed with an open mind.

Maybe I'm wrong.

Perhaps a Trump supporter can explain to me how protesting OUTSIDE would "stop the steal, not let it happen, and take our country back", DURING the certifications taking place INSIDE.

I just can’t see it. 

Maybe a clear-eyed Save America Marcher can straighten me out?

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