The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is seeking phone records from telecommunications companies as part of its investigation. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told the telecommunications companies not to comply with the Congressional requests and threatened that if they did, the GOP “would not forget it” once they are in power. This is a brazen act of obstructing a congressional investigation. The Department of Justice must address this promptly or else there likely will be more obstructive conduct by McCarty and perhaps others, as lawlessness begets lawlessness.
INTERVIEW: Brian interviews his first Republican guest – Congressman Adam Kinzinger – to discuss the January 6 select committee and the future of his party.
The demonstration at the Capitol on January 6 was mostly peaceful, in the same sense that a spear is mostly not pointy. But the point of the spear is its salient feature. If you look at a long wooden pole without a point on either end, you call it a staff. With a point, you call it a spear.
Similarly, there may well have been 10,000 peaceful demonstrators, who were just out for a stroll on a brisk January afternoon. But that does not lessen in any way the guilt of the 500 or so highly motivated and highly organized insurrectionists, nor the guilt of those who wound them up and organized them.
Q: Wasn’t the demonstration at the Capitol “mostly peaceful”?Michael Forrest Jones The US Army and Marine Corps have a 9 to 1 “tooth-to-tail” ratio. (The actual number may vary by branch of service, but that’s the average between the services.). For every guy out on the front line or out on patrol with a rifle engaging directly with the enemy, serving on a tank or artillery crew, on an aircraft dropping bombs or intercepting enemy aircraft, or otherwise “in the s**t”; 9 people are required back in the rear to support him.
These are mess cooks, clerks, some (but not all) medical personnel and engineers, people who run the comms, people who provide the electric power and fresh water, people who handle the logistics, transportation and supply, even people who do the laundry. These people are frequently referred to as “fobbits” (they are put up and work in a well-protected Forward Operating Base, and rarely venture outside the wire), or “pogues” (POGs, persons other than grunts). They are deployed with the forces, are away from family and friends back home; they are in a risky location not completely out of harm’s way, and they share many if not all of the same hardships, and provide essential functions to the front line units, so they rate at least that much respect. But even over there, while there’s shooting going on, they have a relatively “peaceful” existence and are just doing their job of supporting the fighting troops or Marines.
By your “mostly peaceful” standard . . . any WAR that we get into is “mostly peaceful”!
“Mostly peaceful” doesn’t get it when ten percent of a group is getting destructive and violent (and only ten percent actually killing people and breaking things, with the other participants serving in support roles, is all that even the Army and Marines seem to think it takes to fight a war), and if that’s what you’re there to support, then you’re just as foul as the people there who are actually getting destructive and violent.
Certainly, like the rest of us, you learned back in high school and college, that when you’re at a party and things are starting to get a little too wild, it’s time to go home — stick around and you’re going to end up getting into trouble, right along with a lot of people there who you just know, from the way things are going, are going to get into trouble later in the evening. If you were in that crowd in Washington on January 6th, why didn’t you think of it on that day?
And if you were too much a part of that crowd . . . Donald Trump is not going to help you out of this one. Quite the contrary, he’s going down with you.
And that’s just the way it should be.
The Constitution of the United States is the fundamental law that makes our country what it is. It embodies the design that makes the nation we know and love to function in ways we count on it to work. It is the basic agreement that we all agree, whatever our other differences, to go by. If you take up arms against the constitutional order of the United States as those people did on January 6, if you attempt the use of force to prevent its functioning as provided in the document, or if you adhere to and support and give aid and comfort to those who do, you become an enemy of my country.
And we have a problem.
I have written on this subject several times, not just about the Capitol “event” but also about BLM supported protests.
In each demonstration there is a range of people. Many demonstrations are peaceful throughout because the participants have peaceful intentions. I know people disagree, but the actual data on BLM protests show that the protests were largely peaceful. There were protests that were marred by violence, and after investigation the facts often showed that the violence was the result of a small group of anarchists and of white supremacists who wanted to counter the protests. Thus, although BLM gets the blame in certain quarters, it often is not at fault.
Similarly ,in the Capitol demonstration there was a range of participants. A significant number of the participants were not involved in violent behavior. It is true that the reason for the demonstration was a false premise, that the election was stolen, but that does not alter the fact that many people did not want to, nor did they, participate in the trespass and violence. There was, however, a gathering of participants, generally white supremacists, Qanon, and similar groups, who actively planned and contemplated a violent trespass and takeover of the Capitol. How many has not yet been completely determined, but the nature of the planned activity, the setting, and the results set this event apart, for obvious reasons. (This is why the DOJ both during the Trump administration and now in the Biden administration believe that the white supremacist and related movements pose the greatest threat of domestic violence. So in this instance the entire demonstration catches the blame. One should note, however, that this analysis does not necessarily absolve those who stoked the passions of the demonstrators, both before and the day of the demonstration. That remains to be analyzed when the investigations are concluded. That is why a thorough investigation needs to be conducted.
Sure, except for the pipe bombs and the bear spray and the hanging gallows and the destroyed property and the rioting and the assault on police officers and the feces smeared on walls and the zip ties and the white supremacists wearing the Camp Auschwitz stuff and the confederate flag and the calls to execute Pence and members of Congress , it was totally peaceful.
I’m sure I’m missing some details here but seriously, in what universe was that “mostly peaceful?”
BREAKING: Joe Manchin just came out with an unreal response to Republican obstruction.
Something like half of the country believes occupying a room in the Capitol gives you functional control over the United States government.
We might have a fake news problem. https://t.co/sgDHwM1cQ0
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) May 26, 2021
It’s not because they would have been in the room, it’s because they would have killed the Senators they found there.
Some of them were intent on killing Pence and Pelosi. Try to keep up, bruh.
Is your point that those who occupied the capital didn’t disrupt our government? That if they gained access to the representatives and carried out their threats everything would still be cool?
Breaching the floor of the Senate” means getting into the the building before it was evacuated, to start “arresting” members of congress to prevent them from voting, and/or steal the certified EC votes. That was the plan of many. They got within a minute or two of success.
Yeah, so storming your living room wouldn’t be a threat to you?
“Serious threat” and “functional control” are not the same thing. Police officers were beaten with lead pipes, attacked with stun guns, and stampeded. The mob was only a few wrong turns away from doing the same to Representatives and Senators.
I think you’re forgetting the part where the commander in chief of the United States refused to leave office after a lawful election, is that part of the funny too?
Rep. Andrew Clyde who called the Capitol Riots just a “normal tourist visit” was caught in photos barricading the doors and absolutely terrified. John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian discuss on The Young Turks. Watch LIVE weekdays 6-8 pm ET. http://youtube.com/tyt/live
Read more HERE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politi…
“Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.) last week downplayed the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, comparing the mob’s breaching of the building to a “normal tourist visit.””
BREAKING: Tim Ryan just gave a MUST-SEE speech demolishing Republicans over the January 6 commission.