Most often my Sunday article is about the biggest political news of the week just ended. This week will not be one of the exceptions and there was no debate as to what that story was. Thursday’s article was written early on the morning of Wednesday January 6th. It was entitled, Before I Get Distracted. I predicted the events of the day would be a circus. I was incorrect only by underestimation. Let’s explore.
Right wing domestic terrorists, stirred up and inspired by Mo “Take names and kick ass” Brooks, Rudy “Trial by combat” Giuliani and President Donald “I’ll be with you, march to the Capital” Trump attacked the Capital Building while both chambers were in session in an attempt to stop the final certification of a free and fair election from taking place. (Note: none of the three marched with the rioters and neither Giuliani nor Trump were even at the Capital.) There is reason to believe that among other instances of criminal intent the insurectionists sought to capture and execute Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. In the process a capital Police Officer was murdered.
In Perspective Considering Recent History
As of this writing the death toll from the storming of the Capital Building stands at five Americans. That is one more American than died in the attacks on the American compound in Benghazi. From a standpoint of “productivity measured by fatalities” the American terrorists are more productive than their Middle Eastern counterparts.
The Biggest Loser
In a matter of two months Trump has managed to lose a presidential election, Republican control of the Senate and a coup against the American government. If anyone has topped that I’m not aware of it. Maybe Rick Wilson was correct when he said, “Everything Trump touches dies”?
Below I pay attention to all the members of Congress who stuck with Trump even after the attack but first I want to call out three of the most prominent enablers. Foremost among them is Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. A fundraising appeal was sent out under his name while the Capital was occupied. I’ll never defend Hawley as a man of high moral character but this is an almost unfathomable depth.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is refusing to take any responsibility for the attack. Instead he claims he is some sort of patriot defending the integrity of the vote. If you say so, Ted.
Alabama Representative Mo Brooks was among the first to claim that those who attacked the Capital were really Antifa members disguised as Trump supporters. Like much of right wing mythology it was quickly debunked. The problem is that many of Putin’s useful idiots who follow Putin’s soon be much less useful idiot, Donald Trump, actually believe and are motivated by this malarkey.
Losers And Suckers On Parade
The Trump presidency – starting with his campaign in 2015 – has been little more than an organized criminal enterprise designed to enrich Trump and a select few members of his inner circle.
In the long run there is a very good (and very sad) chance that Trump will skate for his role in Wednesday’s terrorist attack. Several people have already been arrested and many more arrests will follow. As of this writing four of the dead were Trump inspired rioters. Who are the losers?
Wednesday was a perfect illustration of one of the scams. Almost all of the participants had some sort of Trump gear and Trump profits from every piece of Trump gear that is sold. That sounds like suckers to me.
The Building And American History
The last time the Capital Building was overrun was in 1814. That was by the British Army (then arguably the most powerful army on earth) as part of the War of 1812. During the Civil War the Confederate flag never flew in the Capital; it did on Wednesday. Think about that: the flag of traitorous rebels who fought to overthrow the American government never succeeded to fly their flag in the Capital Building until Trump allies did it.
The Market Is Malarkey
Trump often speaks of the economy measured by the stock market. When he does so he only illustrates his economic ignorance. The market is a legalized gambling casino for rich white boys playing primarily with other people’s money. The Dow Jones closed up 437.80 points on Wednesday. This is a political not financial advice site but get out of the market if you are in it. It is grossly overvalued and a crash is inevitable; it is just a matter of time.
A Shameful Display Of White Privilege And The Fix Had To Be In
Some frontline members of law enforcement performed admirably and courageously. One gave his life in the line of duty. However, overall law enforcement did a horrendously poor job and the blame has to lie primarily with leadership.
The capital was largely left undefended. The initial Capital Police contingent appeared to be the size that would handle a regular day of business and visitors. When Black Lives Matter held a recent protest in DC a large riot gear clad law enforcement force was visible on the Capital steps.
There were 52 arrests Wednesday. Contrast that with the over 200 arrests of protesters during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
Compare the actions of law enforcement on Wednesday with their action in the Battle of Lafayette Park.
Wednesday the rioters who were trespassing and destroying property were often given the kid glove treatment. There is documentation of law enforcement officers posing for pictures with the rioters along with rumors of them giving the invaders directions to certain difficult to find locations within the building.
147 Beyond Redemption
After the attack Congress reconvened to resume the certification of the Electoral College results. Even at that point 147 members of Congress (listed below) declined to accept the votes of the people.
I am not excusing the many that finally saw the light for their sins of the past. I am neither a Christian, thereby given to forgiveness, nor that good of a person (I guess). But these 147 deserve mention and, in my opinion, expulsion from Congress for violating the oath they took last Sunday, the Constitution and the American concept of representative democracy.
Senators Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Rick “The Fifth” Scott of Florida, Roger Marshall of Kansas, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.
Representatives Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Jerry Carl, Barry Moore, Gary Palmer and Mike Rogers of Alabama, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert of Arizona, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Ken Calvert, Mike Garcia, Darrell Issa, Doug LaMalfa, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes and Jay Obernolte of California, Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Kat Cammack, Mario Diaz-Balart. Byron Donalds, Neal Dunn, Scott Franklin, Matt Gaetz, Carlos Gimenez, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Greg Steube and Daniel Webster of Florida, Rick Allen, Earl “Buddy” Carter, Andrew Clyde, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, Russ Fulcher of Idaho, Mike Bost and Mary Miller of Illinois, Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Greg Pence and Jackie Walorski of Indiana, Ron Estes, Jacob LaTurner and Tracey Mann of Kansas, Harold Rogers of Kentucky, Garrett Graves, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Andy Harris of Maryland, Jack Bergman, Lisa McClain and Tim Walberg of Michigan, Michelle Fischbach and Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota, Michael Guest, Trent Kelly and Steve Palazzo of Mississippi, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Jason Smith of Missouri, Matt Rosendale of Montana, Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Gregory Murphy and David Rouzer of North Carolina, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Chris Jacobs, Nicole Malliotakis, Elise Stefanik, and Lee Zeldin of New York, Adrian Smith of Nebraska, Steve Chabot, Warren Davidson, Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Jim Jordan and Stephanie Bice of Ohio, Tom Cole, Kevin Hern, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Cliff Bentz of Oregon, John Joyce, Fred Keller, Mike Kelly, Daniel Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, Lloyd Smucker and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, Jeff Duncan, Ralph Norman, Tom Rice, William Timmons and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Mark Green, Diana Harshbarger, David Kustoff and John Rose of Tennessee, Jodey Arrington, Brian Babin, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Michael Cloud, Pat Fallon, Louie Gohmert, Lance Gooden, Ronny Jackson, Troy Nehis, August Pfluger, Pete Sessions, Beth Van Duyne, Randy Weber, Roger Williams and Ron Wright of Texas, Burgess Owens and Chris Stewart of Utah, Ben Cline, Bob Good, Morgan Griffith and Robert Williams of Virginia, Carol Miller and Alexander Mooney of West Virginia along with Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin.
Please note all of the above are Republicans including much of House leadership.
I may have been long and at times a bit disjointed. I’m angry and have every reason to be so. I expect disagreements on policy; that is part of American politics. A violent attempt to overthrow the government is entirely another story. Remember I am an American, a progressive and a Democrat in that order. I have a difficult time envisioning any of the “patriots” who attacked the Capital as patriotic Americans!
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