Woulda, coulda, shoulda

You’ve all seen the hysteria, the hyperbole, the agenda-driven misrepresentation. Now have a gander at what might have been.

The FBI isn’t alone in claiming the January 6 Capitol protest was the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11. A substantial share of nominally Republican politicians has joined that chorus. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went so far as to say that Donald Trump will have “a place in history” for the Capitol riot: “They could have blown the building up. They could have killed us all.”

If only.

When Graham says this, he knows perfectly well that he is lying. Trump asked the hundreds of thousands of Americans who came to show their support to walk with him peacefully to the Capitol. He made “peaceful” explicit. Nonetheless, every corrupt politician and newscaster in America has been able to find the violent subtext buried somewhere in Trump’s speech.

Well, try this on for size: Suppose if, instead of saying “let’s walk to the Capitol peacefully,” Trump instead had said what everyone accuses him of saying. Suppose he’d said, “The election is being stolen from us and I’m not giving up power.” (Remember how the Left fantasized Trump would have to be removed from the Oval Office by force?) Suppose Trump continued: “I am calling on my supporters to defend my presidency with violence. Come to Washington. Bring your guns! Bring every weapon you can lay your hands on. Don’t let anyone stop you. No justice, no peace!”

If only.

What do you suppose would have happened then? Do you think that the only person to be shot that day would have been an unarmed protester? If Trump had one ounce of the autocratic, dictatorial tendencies the press accuse him of having, he need only have asked his supporters to defend him with force. They would have.

It’s hard to say what would have followed, but it would not have been pretty. If Trump had actually encouraged violence, the “Capitol Riot” would have been a bona fide riot. We wouldn’t be able to count the death toll on a single hand. It would take hundreds, or thousands, of hands. If Americans had come to Washington actually seeking to “kill them all,” as Graham so despicably insists, you can bet that they would have succeeded in killing at least some.

By some estimates, 1.5 million Americans showed up on January 6 to protest the theft of their right to vote. They were angry as hell, but overwhelmingly peaceful. Even with the FBI in maximum repression mode, there has been a grand total of 127 arrests. No one burned cars or besieged police stations. What, in contrast, would a million-and-a-half Antifa have done to Washington, D.C.?

Hundreds of thousands or even millions of Americans would have answered a call to arms from President Trump. That he never made such a call is patently obvious, most of all to the liars and blackguards who make these accusations. They feel safe to say whatever they want because they know that Trump is a vastly better man than they: Trump believes honestly (and in my view correctly) that he won reelection. He believes the most powerful office in the world was stolen from him. Yet he loves America far too much to bring it to violence on his account. His accusers know this, or else they wouldn’t dare utter a peep—because it would actually be dangerous for them.

How ironic, then, that Trump’s sincere patriotism and reluctance to thwart the coup against him by any means required should result in the permanent loss of the very nation he so cherished. Now, all anyone can do is watch as the dismal drama plays out to its unhappy ending, with all the horror and grief that will inevitably ensue after the curtain falls. We’ll never really know all the reasons for it, but whatever they were, Trump’s failure to “cross the Rubicon” didn’t come without its own cost, and it was steep.

Another point worth mentioning: Whereas Trump loves an America that has ceased to exist, Leftards have always reserved their allegiance for a muzzy dream of some future “America” that bears absolutely no resemblance to the one conceived, created, and bequeathed to us by our Founders.

8 thoughts on “Woulda, coulda, shoulda

  1. The Capitol “visit” was proof that America is governed by consent.  Had the folks wanted to, they could have taken the building down, brick by brick.

    Next time?  They might.  Which is why the Swamp is scared.

  2. If Trump had actually encouraged violence, the “Capitol Riot” would have been a bona fide riot. We wouldn’t be able to count the death toll on a single hand. It would take hundreds, or thousands, of hands.

    Darn. Threaten me with a good time.

    1. About 2 million on the federal side alone.
      250K more in North Carolina, 7 million + across the states.
      Approaching 10 million directly employed by federal, state, and local government. That’s about 9.5 million more than needed.

  3. Churchill warned Britain numerous times about the dangers growing in Germany and to nip it in the bud. He also warned that the Soviets were no better. Britain and then the US ended up in War anyway and then after we took care of the Nazis they threw Churchill to the curb again.

    I’m wondering. Had Trump or someone else called for it, would a million people showed up armed on Jan 6? Or, like the British people, we didn’t have the stomach for it, until it came down to the existential moment when Fight was the only option left.

    Apres Trump, what have we?

    1. My vote is for “…until it came down to the existential moment when Fight was the only option left.”, especially when we are all fat and happy. Sometimes real pain is required before one engages in more pain.

      Plain and simple, actions need to fit the problem. IMO, the current problem is the oligarch overlords and they can be harmed by simply not buying their shit. There are all manner of remedy’s that can occur before the shooting starts, or parallel to it.

      The shooting at one level begins shortly with the failure of the jury to find Chauvin guilty of murdering the criminal home invader drug addict and deadly overdosed George Floyd.

      Burn, baby, burn.

    1. If we actually followed the Constitution I don’t think we’d have any of these problems. The problem with the “primacy of the States” is also that individual States felt they could violate the Unalienable Rights of their residents because the Constitution didn’t apply to State law. That is what they chafe at. Federal Law, The Constitution, constrains them.

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