Snark aside, the important point (IMHO) is this: Today’s action is exactly what you would expect when you have a dominant institutional/media culture that celebrates or at least excuses political violence from the left. Do you think you get to do that for free? You can’t spend a year watching cities burn, government buildings repeatedly assaulted, police ordered to stand down, etc, and not provoke a backlash.
Just saw that a white woman was shot and killed by the capitol police. Am I supposed to go riot somewhere?
Another way of saying all that is this: If you condemn political violence by your opponents, but not by your supporters, you don’t condemn political violence.
Another observation: Much commentary today to the effect of “Had they been a BLM crowd, they would have been gunned down on the spot. This is all an expression of white privilege”. Setting aside that the one white woman was killed, that seems almost exactly backwards. Did we not just spend 2020 watching authorities bend over backwards to avoid coming down hard on BLM, etal, nationwide? This gets to the cultural poison that is found in the “woke”/”critical social justice”/”anti-racism” stuff. When you aggressively re-introduce racism into a culture, bad things happen.
Interesting video from Eric Weinstein:
And last thought (and a well-worn one) as long as I’m stringing these together: The steadfast refusal of our dominant institutional/media culture to recognize that Trumpism happened for a reason is the most dangerous thing that has happened in American politics in our lifetime.
Instead of recognizing that there are real people with real grievances…and recognizing that Trump didn’t manufacture those people or those grievances, he was just the first to make it into a political force…the message has been “You’re deplorable. You’re racist. You’re on the wrong side of history. Shut up. Go away. Just go die somewhere.”
That’s not going to make it.