Midnight in the Republic, Volume 8


Despite the concerted efforts to place the stain on others two days earlier, it will be Friday, January 8, 2021 that history should rightfully record as the moment “The End” went hot.

Consider that the very strained Union now stands at the edge of, not being governed, but being ruled by the completely corrupt and demagogic troika of Biden, Schumer, and Pelosi in the elected seats of power, a joke of a Supreme Court, a compliant and reliably incurious “watchdog” media, and the big tech overlords who, if not wholly “owned” by hostile foreign interests, are at least overtly anti-American to the core.

We didn’t get here by accident and there is clearly an agenda at work. I suspect this is not going to end well.

[Photo credit: Michael Yon.]

Over the top? Conspiratorial? Fear mongering? Well, both signals and noise late this Friday evening have not been promising:

Twitter Boots Trump After Dems Ask, Now Glenn Greenwald Warns About Troubling New Biden Moves

[Glenn Greenwald]: Biden has said he plans to make a priority of passing a law against domestic terrorism … [to] fight against ideologically inspired violent extremists and increasing funding to combat them.

[Glenn Greenwald]: Liberals who are behind the Biden/Harris plan to initiate this new War on Terror, this time with a primary domestic focus, won’t need to study what neocons did with the first War on Terror to learn those old tactics against critics. Neocons are their full allies in all of this.

Joe Biden Compares Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to Actual Nazis

[Ian Miles Cheong]: Joe Biden invokes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels when referring to Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley. Healing and reconciliation.

The Purge Is Here: Twitter Banning Influencers on Right, Removing Followers

[James Woods]: Twitter, the “public forum” for free speech, has deleted 15,000 followers from my account in the last few hours. There is no point engaging in a national conversation on a “forum” that is in actual fact a propaganda organ. God bless America.

(Much of this information filtered in today in Ricochet comments…I apologize for not digging those up for a proper “hat tip.” These links were much easier to find.)

There is much in all three of those links to scare you.

Then add this:

and this:

TODAY, SILICON VALLEY SETTLES ALL FAMILY BUSINESS: Google suspends right-wing app ‘Parler’ from Google Play Store.

Earlier: Apple Has Threatened To Ban Parler From The App Store.

UPDATE: Steve Bannon’s podcast shuttered by YouTube over false 2020 election claims.

From a Paddy S comment comes this tweet:

Very clearly an orchestrated attempt not simply to silence one man, but to silence millions of people in one fell swoop. … They think you’re the enemy.

And this charge from the still-sitting President:

“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump wrote. “Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long. I predicted this would happen. …”

And I will add in the attacks on elected Republican officials:

HERE COMES PERSECUTION: The Left is moving into position to suppress all dissident voices.

(Note: Some real Grade A demagoguery if you follow that link to the source.)

…and Clarence Thomas (I’m sure Fraudulent Joe remembers him):

The Left Is Now Targeting Clarence Thomas for Destruction

So much is coming so fast. None of it good.

Finally, I do not believe this would be done lightly:

Into the abyss…

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Of course, this chaos will also serve to memory hole the real story of the stolen election of 2020 and ensure nothing is done to disrupt their finely tuned controls on the system:

Mark Levin: January 6 is the day we learn whether our Constitution will hold and whether congressional Republicans care

… After the 2016 election, the Democrat Party, its various surrogate groups, and eventually the Biden campaign unleashed hundreds of lawsuits and an unrelenting lobbying campaign in key states that had previously been won by President Trump, taking unconstitutional measures intended to stop President Trump from winning these states in the 2020 election, thereby literally undoing this critical constitutional provision. What had been carefully crafted at the Constitutional Convention and clearly spelled out in the Constitution was the main obstacle to defeating President Trump and winning virtually all future presidential elections. The problem for the Democrats was that in several of these battleground states, the Republicans controlled the legislatures, while the Democrats controlled state executive offices. The Constitution was not on their side. Therefore, they used the two branches of government that were to have no role in directing the appointment of electors to eviscerate the role of the Republican legislatures.

In Pennsylvania, considered the battleground of the battleground states, the Democrat governor, attorney general, and secretary of state made and enforced multiple changes to the state’s voting procedures, all of which were intended to assist the Democrats and Biden. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, whose seven justices are elected, has a 5-2 Democrat majority. (In 2018, there was a big push by the Democrat Party to fill three of the seats with Democrats, and it succeeded.) Just months before the general election, that court rewrote the state election laws to eliminate signature requirements or signature matching, eliminate postal markings that were intended to ensure votes were timely, and extended the counting of mail-in ballots to Friday at 5:00 p.m. (state law had a hard date and time — election day on Tuesday, which ended at 8:00 p.m. ET), thereby fundamentally altering Pennsylvania’s election laws and nullifying the federal constitutional role of the Republican legislature.

In Michigan, among other things, the Democrat secretary of state unilaterally changed the state’s election laws with respect to absentee ballot applications and signature verification. Indeed, she sent unsolicited absentee ballot applications by mail prior to the primary and general elections. State law required would-be voters to request such ballots. She intentionally circumvented the Republican state legislature and violated the federal Constitution by issuing over 7 million unsolicited ballots. Furthermore, a court of claims judge, appointed by a Democrat, ordered clerks to accept ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within 14 days of the election, the deadline for results to be certified. The ballots would be counted as provisional ballots. The state legislature had no role in these changes.

In Wisconsin, the Elections Commission and local Democrat officials in the state’s largest cities, including Milwaukee and Madison, changed the state’s election laws. Among other things, they placed hundreds of unmanned drop boxes in strategic locations in direct violation of state law. Not surprisingly, the locations were intended to be most convenient to Democrat voters. In addition, they told would-be voters how to avoid security measures like signature verification and photo ID requirements. These bureaucrats and local officials bypassed the Republican legislature in altering state election procedures.

In Georgia, the secretary of state is a Republican. Regardless, as explained in the Texas lawsuit brought against Georgia and the three other states mentioned above, “on March 6, 2020, in Democratic Party of Georgia v. Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State entered a Compromise Settlement Agreement and Release with the Democratic Party of Georgia to materially change the statutory requirements for reviewing signatures on absentee ballot envelopes to confirm the voter’s identity by making it far more difficult to challenge defective signatures beyond the 22 express mandatory procedures set forth at GA. CODE § 21-2-386(a)(1)(B). 71. Among other things, before a ballot could be rejected, the Settlement required a registrar who found a defective signature to now seek a review by two other registrars, and only if a majority of the registrars agreed that the signature was defective could the ballot be rejected but not before all three registrars’ names were written on the ballot envelope along with the reason for the rejection. These cumbersome procedures are in direct conflict with Georgia’s statutory requirements, as is the Settlement’s requirement that notice be provided by telephone (i.e., not in writing) if a telephone number is available. Finally, the Settlement purports to require State election officials to consider issuing guidance and training materials drafted by an expert retained by the Democratic Party of Georgia.” Georgia’s Republican legislature had no role in these electoral changes resulting from consent decree.

Consequently, in each of these four battleground states — and there were others — whether through executive fiats or litigation, key, if not core, aspects of state election laws were fundamentally altered in contravention of the explicit power granted to the state legislatures and, therefore, in violation of the federal Constitution and the process set forth for directing the selection of electors. And this is before we even get to the issue of voter fraud. That said, in many instances, ballots that would have been rejected or, if counted, evidence of fraud, were now said to be legal — not by state legislatures but by those who unilaterally changed the election laws. …

Go read the whole thing. (Better yet, print a hard copy for safekeeping.)

(See also Volume 1, Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5Volume 6, and Volume 7)

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  1. philo Member

    Clarity (and the best thing to grace the Main Feed in months):

    Anger, Misdirected and Misplaced

    I will again strongly state how much I condemn what was done and how strongly those guilty should be punished. But I don’t plan to do it again. It is an argumentative game of distraction and misdirection I am quite tired of, thank you. It would have been nice if all the violence and destruction of the several months before had been treated the same across the board as well as the political spectrum.

    (I sure like that.)

    …no one has to go that far to have a solid case against the voting in several key states. As valid as they can be, they are technical and like most complicated criminal activities take time to build the complete case and prove.

    But I feel there was an easily understood constitutional issue that should have settled it without going that far. All should have known of it by now. And a great deal of the drama we have endured could have been prevented by the Supreme Court actually doing its job…

    But under the “leadership” of John Roberts, the Court declined to hear that argument concerning multiple changes unconstitutionally made in Pennsylvania. Hearing that and giving a clear ruling could well have prevented the same actions being fulfilled in the other states. But the fact that it wasn’t heard means that there were not four Justices with enough clarity or courage to see that it got to the whole Court. …


    If you had any doubts about the goodwill and fair-mindedness of the “opposition”, they should have removed by the open, blatant efforts of that now empowered “left” to silence, not just President Trump but now any who disagrees. I hope some still have a little anger left over for that real tyranny after spilling so much so easily. Rush to join that “cancel culture”. I am sure they will remember you in the midst of the attempted purge that is already in sight.

    Go read the whole thing.

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  2. philo Member

    philo: …and Clarence Thomas

    Via Instapundit:

    The Left Tries Another ‘High-Tech Lynching’ of Clarence Thomas and His ‘Terrorist’ Wife After Trump Rally

    [Mark Joseph Stern]:”On the morning of Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—endorsed the protest demanding that Congress overturn the election, then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. …”

    [Daily Kos:] “What Ginni Thomas did here was akin to paying for the plane tickets for the 9/11 hijackers. How is this not “aiding and abetting” the attempt to violently overthrow our government?”


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  3. philo Member

    This is interesting,..I read this RedState post this morning, now the title reads:


    and the text has been replaced with:

    Overnight, this article about January 6th was published. Many details, opinions, and analysis contained in the piece were either incorrect or inappropriate. It has been retracted and we regret its publication.

    Based on his participation in the comments, I don’t thing the author of the piece agrees with the retraction.

    [UPDATE: Now that I have sorted the comments properly, it appears the author only made one comment following the retraction.]

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  4. philo Member

    philo (View Comment):

    This is interesting,..I read this RedState post this morning, now the title reads:


    and the text has been replaced with:

    Overnight, this article about January 6th was published. Many details, opinions, and analysis contained in the piece were either incorrect or inappropriate. It has been retracted and we regret its publication.

    Based on his participation in the comments, I don’t thing the author of the piece agrees with the retraction.

    [UPDATE: Now that I have sorted the comments properly, it appears the author only made one comment following the retraction.]

    UPDATE 2:

    RedState Retracts and Apologizes for Op-Ed Saying ‘There Was No Riot’

    The piece was widely lambasted on Twitter throughout the day Monday. CNN’s Jake Tapper posted a screenshot of the headline and quoted George Orwell’s “1984” along with it: “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” …

    The author of the RedState piece, Mike Ford, declined to comment on the grounds it’s not his policy to “badmouth [his] own team because of an internal disagreement.” On Twitter, he wrote he was “laughing [himself] silly” as users wrote to him about the redaction. …

    Just when I was starting to come back around on RedState.  Next thing you know, they’ll bring back Erickson.


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  5. Mountie Coolidge

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Is the management of Ricochet prepared to defend the site when the forces of darkness come for us?

    I wouldn’t count on it. In 2020 I posted two articles, fairly well documented, about provable, concrete election fraud in Georgia. Both of those articles got over 100 likes for main feed promotion. Neither one of them made the main page. Later I asked  a simple question about Bill Krystal: why is his podcast is still being featured on our main feed page  when he is openly toxic to conservatives. I was told that he pays Ricochet at least $10,000. (I was actually told that it was “five figures” so $10,000 is the smallest five figure number that you can come up with) and that I could take my measly little monthly subscription and go for a hike. That was when I quit going to the main feed.  I haven’t been to the main feed in probably two years now. I’m only here to keep track of a few people that I care about. Also when I do post I label the post as non promotable to the main feed. I’m mean what’s the point?

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