The storming of the Capitol

Nearly half of all registered Republicans and roughly one-fifth of registered U.S. voters think the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was justified.

Max Blumenthal, who was one of the few reporters to mingle with the protestors, found that they were disproportionately former military, former police or current police.

This is bad news.  Coups and revolutions succeed when police and troops turn against the government.

I do not predict or fear a coup or revolution anytime soon.  What I do fear is a low-intensity insurgency that will provide an excuse for a crackdown like that following the 9/11 attacks, except that hard-core MAGA Republicans rather than Muslims will be the targets.

The equal or possibly greater danger is the alliance of progressives and WOKE Democrats with the FBI, CIA and the rest of the national security establishment and with Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media companies to set limits on freedom of expression.  Only the naive will think that the crackdown will be limited to the extreme right.

I confess that I underestimated the threat posed by Donald Trump.  I always thought he was too lazy and disorganized to become any kind of dictator.  I thought the danger of Trump was that he would be a kind of John the Baptist who would pave the way for a real dictator to come—someone with Trump’s demagogic talents, but without his self-destructiveness.

What I failed to see were his ability to stir up rage, both among his supporters and his enemies, and the strength of the Trump cult, which may well live on after Trump the man passes from the political scene.

All of this could have been averted if there had been sufficient security at the Capitol on Jan. 6.  The Capitol police were too few in number to block the invasion, and some of them were sympathetic to the invaders. 

I generally believe in Heinlein’s Rule, which is to never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.  But if somebody did make a decision to allow the invasion to happen, what was their purpose?  Did they sympathize with MAGA Republicans?  Or did they want to create an excuse for a crackdown?

LINKS

The Storming of the Capitol by Peter Moskos for Cop in the Hood.  [Added 1/25/2021]

Breach of Capitol Was a Military Operation, an interview of Max Blumenthal, founder of the Grayzone, for Black Agenda Report.

After the Capitol Riots, the Last Thing We Need Is Another War on Terror by Spencer Ackerman for The Daily Beast.

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2 Responses to “The storming of the Capitol”

  1. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    It is likely that both sides are secretly glad this to happened. The left will use it to justify a crackdown on the first and second amendments, essentially saying that humans cannot handle freedom.

    The right will use it as a recruiting tool. Curtailment of constitutional freedoms plays into their narrative. They will say, “I told ya so!”

    They will say, “This is what the left wanted to do all along.” And they will be right. The left always takes every opportunity it can to expand the power and scope of government at every level. Of course, so does the right. It is just a different set of freedoms they would curtail. They are, however, unified in the belief that the 1st amendment has to go. (Although I think it is interesting that the right did NOT use COVID-19 as an excuse to tighten control over the country. Those controls would go against the sentiments of the right-wing base.)

    This is not an assertion that there’s a great conspiracy behind all this. Nobody planned it out. Nancy Pelosi did not conspire to set the stage for an insurrection that could conceivably have led to her demise not did Trump intend that the demonstrators should launch a bloody putsch that could not possibly benefit him.

    The Democrats, remembering the image of capital steps lined with soldiers for the BLM protests were too worried about the “optics” of beefing up Capitol security. Trump sounded like more like an old fashioned union organizer than a wannabe terrorist. I have heard far worse things out of the mouths of congresscritters from both sides.

    I do think it probable that a few instigators had planned to do something terrible. There was possibly even conspiracy with a few members of the capitol police. The overall weak security gave them an opportunity to seize. The crowd merely got swept up in the madness. I’ve seen soccer games and rock concerts that produced similar results with no planning at all.

    I have found an interesting blog. Laci Green seems to have a handle on what’s going on in the world. She is a favorite of mine. She falls in the liberal-libertarian corner of the political spectrum. Here she discusses the polarization of America and offers up ranked-choice voting as one of the ways we can start to pull things together. You might find her interesting.

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  2. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Another thought. Being military or police does not make you politically right wing. However, left wing people very rarely take up these professions. In fact they tend to hold them in deep disrespect. So of course, Those institutions will contain proportionally more radicalized right wingers because the left has surrendered the field.

    A similar thing has happened in academia. A liberal preponderance has militantly organized to make even moderately conservative educators feel very unwelcome. And the more left it leans, the more disrespect the right has for it and the fewer right wing people are willing to participate in higher education at major public institutions.

    I think both of these trends can clearly be traced back to Vietnam where the ball really started rolling.

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