Looks like pretty much every conservablogger but me is tripping all over themselves in a mad rush to disavow the wrongity-wrong-wrongness of today’s horrendous and unacceptable events. A representative sample:
People will have different opinions on this. On the one hand, you will have people who say that the left-wing riots during the summer were met with cheer and applause by the media so what’s the point of being any better? On the other hand, this is logically dumb and counter-productive. One of the last vestiges of Trump’s movement was that his followers didn’t do this kind of thing. They kept their cool and showed their support in a way that made sense and was effective. Instead of burning things, they got out and knocked on doors. Shoving police at the Capitol while trying to storm the building accomplishes nothing but marginalizing the movement. Further, it’s simply not right. If you spent all summer denouncing violence in Kenosha and Minneapolis, you can’t now excuse this as acceptable.
Think not, do ya? Just watch me. Because one of these things is NOT like the other. Kenosha, Mogadish-apolis, and all the rest were sparked by a false narrative; incited and cheered on by the Left for purely political purposes; and intentionally allowed to take place and metastasize without interference from conniving shitlib governors and mayors, also for purely political purposes. They were part and parcel of a larger four-year campaign to, by hook or by crook, unseat a duly-elected President—a blunt-force reminder that Real Americans will no longer be allowed any say in who rules them.
Today’s uprising, in contrast, was an act of rebellion against a demonstrably corrupt, malificent, and illegitimate tyranny. It was a reaction by ordinarily peaceable citizens who, over the past two months, have watched as their last hope for a redress of legitimate grievances was denied them via a fraud so brazen as to amount to a personal insult. It all brings to mind a few questions for our esteemed (ie, non-shitlib) colleagues who are expressing such deep abhorrence for today’s “shocking violence”:
- Just how the hell do you think this country came into being in the first place?
- Is it your contention that the US government remains in accord with the blueprint drawn by the Founders in the Constitution?
- Do you believe it “counter-productive” or “effective” that Americans meekly acquiesce to the theft of the 2020 election, thereby granting tacit consent to being robbed, as well as legitimacy to the scoundrels who robbed them?
- Do you think the Founders would have been as compliant as we’ve been for so long? Based on what history tells us, do you think today’s uprising would mortify and shame them? Or would it make them proud?
- Does this Tweet from one of Herschel’s readers resonate with you at all? Even a wee bit?
One more question, which I’ll preface with Ace’s bitter musing on the murder of Ashli Babbit:
Weird, because leftwing terrorists set fire to federal buildings and laid siege to a federal courthouse for an entire summer and at no point did the police or federal troopers ever use live rounds — in fact, they barely used even nonlethal rounds. They allowed themselves to be pummeled by antifa and BLM.
But now it’s time to use live ammunition on civilian protesters, huh?
I guess the use of violent force is permissible when putting down some protests!
What a surprise, it turns out that it’s conservatives that the agents of the state are allowed to beat, shoot, and kill!
Wow, this coin we keep flipping just keeps coming up against us!
My question: if today’s “mob violence” was “simply not right,” then is the only acceptable alternative for Real Americans to just knuckle under and accept life under tyranny?
Is there any hill you think is worth dying on? Any cause or principle to which we’re willing to pledge “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor”—and MEAN it?
Not to pick on the guy or anything, but Bonchie’s next passage raises a few more questions.
I’m probably speaking into the wind at this point, but here’s what Trump should actually do. Instead of worrying about whipping up his supporters at a final rally over a lost cause, he should be declassifying literally everything that would expose corruption within the government. Further, he should be forcing the selection of a special counsel to investigate Hunter and Joe Biden. Those are actions that would actually matter in the long term. This rioting at the Capitol doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t expose anything.
Dude, SRSLY? So how much more corruption do you feel needs to be “exposed” at this late date, anyway? Is there any reason whatsoever to believe that exposing any damned thing at all is going to change anything? Or that another “special counsel” investigation either A) won’t be brought to a screeching, smoking halt right around, oh, early AM on January 21st after Biden’s “inauguration,” or B) end up yielding pretty much the same revolting caricature of “justice” that the Barr/Durham dumbshow produced?
Last question: Do Americans have the gall to go on calling it “the land of the free, the home of the brave” if they fail to resist this criminal charade and defy its perpetrators, to the very last ounce of their strength?
Update! Sarah Hoyt lays it down.
And for the record, no, I will not condemn the protesters. Should they have gone into the Capitol? I don’t know. Why shouldn’t they have? It’s not like they went and hanged the corruptocrats using their own intestines as ropes. They might — or might not. Really, do you trust the reporting? In this time, in this place? — have broken windows. And then walked, carefully between the ropes? Sure, why not. Let’s roll with that narrative. They might have made a mess of Nancy Ice Cream Pelosi’s office. Maybe. Again…. reporting?
You know what they didn’t do? They didn’t kill anyone. That was reserved for someone who shot through a door sidelight at a protester. You know what else they didn’t do? Use live ammo. You know what else they didn’t do? Trample the flag, which the capitol police did, while being begged not to. You know what else they didn’t do? shine lasers in cops eyes, set fire to the building, loot it, or shoot fireworks at people.
Spare me your pearl clutching. How do you propose we get our republic back if demonstrations are “rude?” When they committed blatant fraud in two elections, right before our eyes, and thereby abolished the representative part of the republic, and with it the constitutional part, what are you going to do? Write them strongly worded letters? Or wait till they fraud 2022 just as blatantly, while you stand around being utterly stunned?
It’s time to ditch the Marquis de Queensberry rules. It’s time to stop fighting with our feet in a bucket. Yes, what happened today was very very bad. Yes, it means that what comes next will probably come with a butcher’s bill. I have sons in military age. I’m not thrilled.
BUT the fault is not of the protesters. The fault is of the corruptocrats, yes, including the Supreme Court Justices, every one of them who found it easier to roll over for fraud and not let the ridiculous level of fraud in the elections have its day in court.
If you’re going to clutch pearls and tut tut do so at those who passed the buck, refused to do their jobs or sided with the left in the hopes of being eaten last.
The angry Americans, many of them despoiled out of their livelihoods by the elite’s Covid-19 fun and games designed to destroy the economy so they could steal the election, are the least guilty here. It’s quite likely — if G-d watches out for fools, children, and the United States of America — they’ll be held up as heroes some day.
Preach it, girlfriend. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Meanwhile, Steyn deployed Tucker’s mic to handily dispense with that “not who we are” bushwa.
People are surprised when a tactic that’s proved effective by one group of people, is taken up by another group of people.
People say ‘this is not who we are.’ Have you not turned on the tv since Memorial Day? This is EXACTLY who we are.
Nancy Pelosi told us she didn’t care about old statues. Mitch McConnell said he didn’t care about the names of military bases. But suddenly this old building is important now.
Know who brandished the “not who we are” admonishment more than just about anybody else? Three guesses.
The Washington Free Beacon has put together a video montage of Obama using his catchphrase, “it’s not who we are” 46 times.
Since there is little flexibility in his thinking, “not who we are” is likely to be used even more to delegitimize his opponents as his term in office runs down, his popularity sinks, and he becomes ever more desperate to stifle mounting criticism.
No matter how many times it’s used, it is a weak debate trick to muzzle his opponents by suggesting that no true American could possibly disagree with his point of view.
Says all you’ll ever need to know about the kind of people who say it, their real intentions, and their integrity.