Insurrection, January 6th

On January 6, 2021, something happened.  Something big.  The United States of America was in the final stages of its 2020 presidential election.  Its new President was to be inaugurated in two weeks.  Distrust in the integrity of the election filled the air.  In an expression of distrust, some people entered the Capitol.  Some entered through windows without permission.  Some entered through doors with permission from the Capitol Police.  None were armed.  When all had left or been removed, people everywhere asked themselves “What just happened?”.

The soon-to-be inaugurated President, his Party, and his supporters in media and big tech quickly answered the question with certainty.  What just happened was an “insurrection”.  By definition, that means it was an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States of America.  They immediately circled their wagons by deploying twenty-five thousand armed military and a seven-foot-high razor-wire-topped metal fence around the Capitol.  They felt it necessary to defend themselves against the insurrection they perceived.  This was no small matter.  This was a declaration of war against their perceived insurrectionists.  Whether it was an act of self-defense or an act of oppression is a question for historians to debate.

What is not debatable is this: the soon-to-be inaugurated President, his Party, and his supporters in media and big tech perceived a large-scale attempt to overthrow their control of the United States of America.  Their perception is their reality.  They truly believe there is a large-scale attempt underway, to overthrow their control of the United States of America.  They truly believe there is large-scale hatred against them, coming from a large-scale contingent of We the People.

Or do they?  If they truly believed January 6th was an insurrection, why haven’t they charged a single person they arrested with the crime of insurrection?  The answer stares everyone in the face.  Clearly they don’t believe January 6th was an insurrection.  Clearly they’re using the label of “insurrection” for political purposes — as they use the labels of “deplorables” and “Whiteness” and “racist”.

It doesn’t take an historian to see the obvious.  Self-defense and oppression are two sides of the same coin.  The United States of America is at war with itself.  Gone is “government of the people, by the people, for the people”.  Gone is “E pluribus unum”.  The President, his Party, and his supporters in media and big tech tell us so.

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