UPDATE: Since I wrote this article, an astonishing 35 House Republicans broke with leader Kevin McCarthy and voted for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6—this even though the bill didn’t include or even so much as reference the ongoing violence of Antifa and Black Lives Matter that has dwarfed anything that happened at the U.S. Capitol that day. The hypocrisy of this vote stinks of Banana Republic politics. A list of the Republicans who voted for this monstrosity is at this link. They all deserve a rhino-plasty—that’s my new catchphrase for being primaried and kicked out of Republican politics. (They can keep their noses, just not their seats in Congress.)
If you were to stage an insurrection on the United States government, would you (a.) simultaneously attack the power grid at multiple points, turning out the lights across the country, or (b.) dress up like a horned Star Wars character at a comic book convention and enter the Capitol building—unarmed—as if it were Halloween?
You don’t have to be an experienced insurrectionist like the late Muammar Gaddafi—who was armed to the teeth during his, needless to say—to know the answer.
What occurred in Washington on Jan. 6 was about as far from an insurrection as I am from being a spaceman living on Mars.
Were those people stupid? Sure.
Were they juvenile? Rather.
But were they insurrectionists? You’ve got to be kidding.
And that’s leaving out the obvious detail. that the only person who got killed in this so-called insurrection was a Trump supporter shot by a Capitol policeman—we still don’t know who. Then there are the videos that show other Capitol police waving the demonstrators—including that “dangerous” Chewbacca guy—into the building as if it were a national holiday and they were rubbernecking tourists from Kansas.
In fact, these people were the true patriots, trying, in their clumsy way, to get their country back—or what they thought was their country.
The real insurrectionists are the people accusing them of insurrection. They, the accusers who are demanding a “commission” be formed to study this non-existent insurrection, are the ones taking over our country and imposing their will on the people.
And they’re doing this after an election that has never had its fairness investigated and about which no one can say—other than pronouncing an opinion as fact—who was victorious.
They have, as the courts would say, no standing.
So calling these demonstrators insurrectionists is projection taken to the nth power by our contemporary “liberals” and “progressives”—terms wrapped in scare quotes in this instance to prevent the continued desecration of the English language.
Speaking of the deliberate misuse of our language, these same modern liberals are people who likely grew up praising George Orwell’s prescience in “1984” and “Animal Farm,” but are now unaware that they have become true avatars of the former’s “Ministry of Truth,” all the while happily enacting roles in the latter.
They’re the new fascists “sans le savoir” and are busy giving quarter to their brother and sister totalitarians around the world while claiming the greatest danger to our country comes from the people they call “white extremists,” such as the misbegotten guy with the horns or the other “must-be-worse-than-a-serial-killer” goofball who had the temerity to put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk.
Never mind the genuinely violent maniacs running around Portland and Seattle, damaging as much as they can of persons and property for over a year and making those once-beautiful cities virtually unlivable. No one pays attention to them—especially Democrats. No one locks them up without bail for months.
In actuality, said maniacs as well as the Jan. 6 accusers; the Biden administration, whoever runs it; and their ever-so-willing cohorts in what we formerly might have called the Department of Justice are doing many things far worse for our country than those hapless clowns who entered the Capitol could have even conceived.
Now the administration—the same progressive thinkers who killed the Keystone pipeline from Canada minutes after inauguration, throwing tons of people out of work, dissing our Northern neighbor, and helping cause our recent gas shortages—announced they are lifting the sanctions on Russia’s controversial gas pipeline to Europe. This is a form of treason compounding utter stupidity.
Of course, these are the same repellent, tedious ideologues, such as Reps. Schiff and Nadler, who were nattering on endlessly—more accurately lying endlessly, as it turned out—about Trump’s supposed collusion with that same Russian government.
But there’s no sense rehashing that, because it’s already clear no one important will be prosecuted for this incredibly undemocratic crime against our nation and its people—government spying on a presidential campaign and then on the president, all based on fraudulent, forged documents out of Russian intelligence—the kind of thing Stalin’s NKVD would do, only our FBI is led by dreary, self-interested bureaucrats nowhere near as interesting or clever as Comrade Beria.
The Department of Justice and the FBI are bad enough, but things have gotten far worse. These same people are gutting our military in the pursuit of these “extremists,” opening the door wide for the renewed Axis of Evil—China, Russia, and Iran.
Xi Jinping—easily the most powerful man in the world at this point, with expansionist goals across the globe and out into space—must be laughing as the U.S. military continues its slide into “wokeness” in a most astonishingly self-destructive manner, as if the real problem for the United States was internal, not Communist China.
From Revolver: “On February 3, 2021, in the wake of the ‘deadly events’ of 1/6, Biden’s new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a 60-day stand-down and total purge of the U.S. military’s rampant, undefined ‘extremism’ problem. Though the details of this purge were always kept vague and framed in apolitical terms, it was immediately obvious the target would be MAGA—with the buzzword ‘extremism’ tagged onto various proxies for Trump supporters, conservatives, and opponents of globalism of all stripes.”
The man in charge of this “extra-governmental”—to avoid First Amendment conflicts—jihad is Bishop Garrison, senior adviser to the secretary of defense for diversity and inclusion, no less. Oh, mighty Orwell, where are you now?
So what exactly is a “white extremist,” this seditious prey they’re hunting? Someone should ask our attorney general to define what he meant when he said they were the greatest present threat to our country. But I’m sure no one will.
If you think I’m hard on the Democratic Party, well, I am. I can’t stand them. And I was once a Democrat.
Unfortunately, today’s Republican Party isn’t much better, as Tal Bachman tells us succinctly on American Greatness in his article “The Republican Party Sucks”.
With the exceptions of Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, none of them stood up for the Constitution and electoral fairness on Jan. 6.
And now these same cowards have to oppose the calls for this phony “commission.” It’s up to us to put as much pressure as possible to make sure they do.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on Parler as @rogerlsimon
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