January 6, 2021 was one of the most humiliating days in our nation’s history. The knuckle-draggers that stormed the Capitol, looted and desecrated the very home of our democracy, and live-streamed or posted about it on their social media, are not patriots in any imagination of that word. They were not “saving the Constitution”, heroes of their own Disney spin-off movie. No, they were throwing a temper tantrum, which should come as no surprise as they hero-worship and idolize our spoiled, thin-skinned, soon-to-be-unemployed President; maybe he will get a $600 stimmy on the way out.
There are two facets to this humiliation, the way I see it. The first is that our economic system and government thrives on machines of death and destruction. Our number one export to the world, our number one employer at home, is death. The military-industrial system is so interwoven with our way of being that we don’t even discuss it anymore, we just assume drone strikes and warfare is part of the cost of living day to day with our “freedoms”, and we hardly blink when 41 Democrat senators side with Mitch McConnell to block desperately needed $2,000 payments to Americans but help him pass a nearly-trillion dollar defense spending plan. All of this money sent down the proverbial rabbit hole year in and year out, and yet cosplaying wannabe-Captain Americas and satyrs managed to breach and occupy our Capitol building for a period of time. What, exactly, is that money doing? Defund the police? Hell, defund ALL military-industrial facets.
The second humiliation is on so many friends and family that, for years and years now but especially in 2020, have used the “but it should never turn into violence and looting and rioting” defense. I say humiliation because this riot/act of terror on January 6 has all the hallmarks of their favorite whiny excuse. Violence? 5 people dead, possibly more to come. Looting/damage/vandalism? Sure, we will take some of that. Harming police? Almost 60 officers wounded in the line of duty, Chief of Capitol police has resigned due to their incompetence/selfie-taking officers, and one of those dead is an officer. Yet, mysteriously, I don’t hear condemnation coming from those same people that were so “gee, shucks” and biting their fingernails about protests over last year’s summer of rage and discontent at our broken, racist system.
What, oh WHAT, could be the difference? I think a silver lining (well, second silver lining, people getting fired and having their lives ruined for their behavior on January 6 is more like a platinum lining) out of all of this is that forever, and ever, and EVER, the sniveling “but it shouldn’t turn into riots or damage” is shut down/shut up/PWNED (shout out to my gamer crew). Even more annoying to me is that the protests last year were against a system that has violated and murdered our black and brown citizens since the INCEPTION OF OUR COUNTRY, and the mindless nonsense of January 6 was because they didn’t get their way in an election that, really, probably won’t change much in the way of how business is done in this country to begin with (more on that another time).
So, shame on everyone that participated in the rioting January 6. Shame on everyone that has since posted some lame video about how they think they are defending the Constitution or American way of life or some other BS that they have listened to on Mark Levin’s podcast. How can you be so stupid as to not even pretend to know that the American forefathers CELEBRATED the peaceful transition of power because of the tyranny they had experienced before founding America? You absolute dunces. I can’t even begin to understand what you thought you were going to achieve, but you have managed to humiliate us even further than we even thought possible.