Omaha World Herald Editorial on Capitol Rioting

Updated on January 12, 2021 in General Stuff
23 on January 7, 2021

Thought I would re-post this here:

My local paper ran this story:

https://omaha.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-we-must-be-united-in-revulsion-at-capitol-hill-rioters-and-lies-that-fueled/article_2eb6f6a6-505e-11eb-a624-57abcd44e782.html

To which I commented:

“We must be united in revulsion at Capitol Hill rioters and lies that fueled them”

Perhaps we could just say “We must be united in revulsion at rioters”.

Is that not sufficient? It appears that we’re inching toward a mindset that says condemnation of violence is a function of one’s attitude toward the cause the rioters proclaim. That’s a dangerous path to take, but it is exactly the attitude conveyed with the OWH headline.

Perhaps the most essential foundation to any functioning society is the Rule of Law. We talk about it, but do we really understand what it means? Do we understand the long and painful history that took place in order to create it?

The Rule of Law means that all people are judged equally: There are no “castes”. There are no “nobles”. There are only “citizens”. The Rule of Law means that the same rules apply in the same manner to all people, at all times.

Trump acted shamefully yesterday, as did the rioters. All of that deserves robust condemnation.

But let’s not kid ourselves. Those rioters walked through a door that American society opened.

Here’s one example: The Speaker of The House referred to Federal law enforcement officers as “stormtroopers”. That is rhetoric every bit as inflammatory as anything that has ever come out of Trump’s mouth, and yet where is the condemnation? Certainly not on the pages of OWH.

Another example: Last year, Chris Cuomo (prominent media figure and brother to the Governor of New York) said “show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful. Because I can show you that outraged citizens are what made the country what she is and led to any major milestone. To be honest, this is not a tranquil time.” In a functioning society, that would have been the end of Cuomo’s career, but he remains celebrated at the highest levels.

The point is made. We saw an unprecedented trend in 2020 where left-wing violence was justified/rationalized/defended because the dominant institutional voices in society considered the cause righteous. And maybe it was righteous, but it used to be understood that a righteous cause was undermined when advocates turned to violence. Did we learn nothing from MLK?

So, now that we’ve dug this trap for ourselves, we think we can put the genie back in the bottle? Good luck. Over 70 million Americans voted for Trump, and even if only 1% of them are radicalized, that’s 700,000 people. What are you going to do about THAT? Send in the “stormtroopers”?

 
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Agreed. But you know what they say, never let a disaster go unexploited.

So now they’re gunning for impeachment again in 13 days.

Because, after all, he could be back in 2024.

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The is nothing that I would add or subtract from the original post.

it’s the hand we’ve been dealt in 2020, and it’s not serving us well.

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I take it back: I’ll leave this here, to archive for posterity.

https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/07/28-times-media-and-democrats-excused-or-endorsed-violence-committed-by-left-wing-activists/

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I know from hard fought (and lost) experience in the Swamp exactly what Trump is going through. Someone a while back compared him to Churchill. Same maverick outsider stuff that made Winston great in holding Britain together in the Nazi onslaught.

Same person said that once the war was over, the English turned on Winston and threw him out. They grew weary of the personality that had fought the war and opted for less combative milquetoast.

The writer lamented that pretty much the same story was probably going to happen to Trump although at that point he figured he’d make it to term 2 before being reviled.

However, even though many English to this day continue to pillory Churchill, the rest of the world sees greatness.

If he makes it 12 days without being impeached, he may be back in 2024. Regardless, he’s changed DC and the country, possibly forever, and will similarly go down in the history books.

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There’s no doubt in my mind that Trump has been the most consequential president of our lives.

He has manifest flaws, but he saw something (and saw through something) that no one else did.

The question now is whether or not the Trump coalition has any staying power. Does it have the ability to hold together? Will it be a political force going forward? We’ll see.

The path from here (for that coalition) is hard work. Meat and potatoes politics. Front line stuff. Local stuff. The grind.

Meanwhile, we’re about to see the fragility of the democrat coalition come into sharp focus. Without Trump as a foil, they are about to discover a hard truth about where they really stand.

Going to be interesting.

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Trump’s coalition consists of 70-80 million people like me who have now been publicly shit on (again) by DC business as usual.

We’re not only about to witness the fragility of the democrat coalition, we’re about to see virtually constant reminders of how great life used to be a couple years ago. Iran’s sabre rattling in the shipping lanes. China, Russia, and others are salivating at having Joe in their pocket and ripe to push around. The virus is mutating. The anti-vaxxers are rising up. The lockdown mentality has taken over. The country’s beyond broke. Every single thing Congress does will be Kamala’s fault.

The hits just keep coming.

Couldn’t happen to more deserving people.

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Meanwhile, Biden’s first real address to the nation as pres-elect was to make this DC capitol event all about race. It’s crystal clear who’s vice president he was.

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Okay, another work day. Things that floated by on the random internet news feed all day today:

  1. Unemployment jumped 140,000 last month.
  2. Manchin (D) is taking up the lead in opposing new $2000 stimulus (missed how many trillions that’s projected to cost).
  3. On news of the jump in unemployment, Biden’s calling for another unspecified trillions in more stimulus.

Good time, good times.

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What do you think are the odds that Manchin switches parties?

I don’t think it’s likely, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near out of the question, either. 

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Oh, and Nancy starts impeachment Monday (9 days left).

Trump’s not attending Biden’s goofy assed socially distanced inauguration.

Biden’s calling for more stimulus to deal with the unemployment.

Mitch is not interested in impeachment.

There’s some kind of “25 Top Hits of Democrats Encouraging Violence Over The Summer” list sweeping the internet (that Maxine Waters is a hoot).

‘Rona’s raging.

Biden’s threatening using the Defense Production Act to commandeer more vaccine.

I’m guessing Sidhe’s estimate of Civil War is trending up.

  

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