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I do not know what really happened in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 . . . and neither do you. First reports are seldom conclusive, often confused, sometimes flat wrong. We live in an environment where people have learned to spin and twist every institution and form of media, seeking to shape our society through our ever more intrusive politics. Not only is history written by the victors, so is the entire current narrative, especially as supposed conservatives have joined the left in enabled a handful of billionaires to use the commanding communications high ground to silence and even drive out of business any effective dissent.
I first heard that Trump supporters had stormed Congress and someone was shot. Then I heard the shot was fired not by a “bitter clinger” with a gun but by a Capitol Police officer. Then I heard Congressman Louie Gohmert call the Sean Hannity radio show. He reported that he was on the phone with the Capital Police the evening of January 5, and was told they had intelligence that Antifa was showing up on January 6 wearing pro-Trump gear. Perhaps so. This too ain’t necessarily so.
Before all this, as I sipped my morning cup of coffee, I listened to Mike Rowe’s latest The Way I Heard It podcast episode, released on January 5. “Episode 181: Off by Roughly Two Trillion” was a thoughtful reflection of uncertainty in our world, occasioned by repeated errors or possibly learning across media, academics, politics, science, and medicine. Take a listen, if you will:
In such uncertainty, how might we judge what is so? Past performance does not necessarily predict future performance. Things change. Yet, we would be willfully blind not to notice the behavior of the very large March for Live every year for decades. We all know that the Tea Party movement, when it was a mass protest movement, was known for its tidiness and peaceful conduct. We all know, or should know, that Trump rallies have been boisterous but peaceful affairs.
We know, by contrast, that the left’s street wing has engaged in organized violence for decades. They refined their techniques and tactical skills over repeated operations against economic summits. The “mostly peaceful protests” of this past summer were vehicles for small, disciplined violent groups, coordinated by secure communications and supported with logistics and transportation. The small violent elements used the mass of peaceful people as cover.
False flag operations are a real thing. Disrupting and discrediting peaceful movements by infiltrating with violent actors and instigators is not mere fiction. In this instance, on Epiphany 2021, we just do not know.
AND. Whatever the truth of this day may be, there is a lesson that those who would resist creeping or rushing socialism must learn. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and early 1960s was fiercely self-disciplined. It was not a bunch of volunteers just showing up in a mass. There was real organization and internal discipline to prevent the white supremacist Democrats and J. Edgar Hoover from discrediting them with violent acts caused by infiltrators or by hotheads. Civil disobedience is hard work. Conservatives/populists have stunk at consistent civic engagement and at sustained, organized action. This must change, and not in the form of another grift, another boondoggle with high-paid executives and staffs.
It appears that the breach of Congress occurred before President Trump finished speaking, miles away from the breach. Not that this inconvenient truth will matter, if it is the truth. No, those on the commanding heights have spent the last four years subverting the last election, while claiming their opposition was all very principled and not at all hatred of the great mass of American voters who produced the “deplorable” election result, that must be overcome by any means. Some of these, claiming to be conservative or Republican, have played the game of diplomacy:
Diplomacy frequently consists in soothingly saying “Nice doggie” until you have a chance to pick up a rock.
We are assured this is a matter of principle. We are told this is craven self-service. AND. It ain’t necessarily so.
On Twelfth Night, I offered a playlist for the twelve days of Christmas, ending with Epiphany. After Epiphany 2021’s rumors and reports, one very secular song comes to mind: