By: Daniel John Sobieski
The violent storming of the Capitol cannot be condoned but it must be explained as so many posturing Trump critics and haters are unwilling to do. Just what do you expect will happen when 75 million Americans are told their votes don’t matter and can be stolen without consequence or concern, that their voices don’t matter and can be silenced at will and that now they must be punished for supporting the candidate of their choice in a former free republic?
As I write this, Parler, the touted alternative to the Big Tech monopoly and oligarchy, has been knocked off the Internet by the politically connected Big Tech tyrants Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Competition is the answer, they told us. They lied to us. Big Tech would and has squelched every competitor just as they have silenced, censored, and fact-checked, the voices of millions banned from speaking on social media, as is their president, banned from connecting and communicating with their peers. Orwell’s “1984” was supposed to be a warning but for the likes of Jack Dorsey, who has repeatedly lied to Congress, and Mark Zuckerberg, who sees himself as the arbiter of truth, endangering our lives by censoring the China virus debate and threatening our freedoms by supporting censorship and lockdowns, it has become an instruction guide. One by one they are knocking us off social media, those who won’t submit to the increasingly mandated group think. They preach unity. They seek subservience.
Donald Trump was first elected because he heard and listened to and became the voice of the forgotten American. The Washington swamp, which he pledged to drain and which is now reaching flood stage, was not amused and rose up to destroy him and all who dared to support him. His supporters were mocked as deplorable and irredeemable, bitter clingers clinging to their dangerous and bigoted religion, rubes in flyover country who were supposed to just shut up pay their taxes, and stream propaganda on Netflix. Many who now allegedly cherish a peaceful transfer of power sat silently or were complicit as the outgoing Obama administration spied on the incoming Trump administration and conspired to overturn it through phony charges of Russian collusion using a fake dossier paid for by his political opponents, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton. They sat silent or were complicit in a phony impeachment over a Ukraine phone call even as the Ukraine corruption of the Bidens was ignored. Within hours of Trump’s 2016 election, the Washington Compost was headlining that his impeachment had already begun. Peaceful transition? “Peaceful protestors” rioted during his inauguration, in one famous incident setting a limo ablaze that was owned by an immigrant small businessman. Now they want to impeach Trump again so he can’t run again in 2024 this time for inciting a riot he did not incite.
Twitter banned President Trump last night, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Note the word “further,” an implied assertion that on some previous occasion, Trump incited violence….
Ann Althouse — who, I remind you, is a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin — took the time to read the transcript of Trump’s hour-long speech Wednesday and found no such incitement. It simply never happened, no matter how often the media say it happened….
The evident assumption by the anti-Trump media is that anything Trump says is bad and wrong and that anytime something bad happens, Trump is to blame. But there were some 200,000 people in D.C. for the “Stop the Steal” rally, and only a small percentage of that crowd — perhaps 2,000 people — were involved in breaching the Capitol. If everybody heard the president’s “incitement,” why didn’t everyone storm the Capitol?
Jordan Davidson at Da Fed has compiled a short, helpful list of 10 Times Democrats Urged Violence Against Trump And His Supporters.
The “mostly peaceful” protests in Washington, D.C., as liberals described the year-long Antifa and BLM riots they cheered on in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, and other Democratic run cities, gave some the excuse to storm the Capitol with tragic results. Like the Big Lie spread about President Donald J. Trump after Charlottesville that he said white supremacists were “fine people” another lie has sprung forth that he incited some of the 75 million Americans who were disenfranchised by a stolen election to riot. He did neither such thing.
Democrats and their wholly-owned media chant that by reciting allegedly false claims about election fraud, Trump incited his crowd to storm the capitol. Legal scholar and former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who defended Trump during his first impeachment, says there is a big and constitutionally protected difference between advocacy and incitement to riot and that Trump did no such thing. He would defend Trump again, said Dershowitz:
“It would be my honor if asked to defend the constitution once again against unconstitutional attempts to weaponize impeachment for partisan purposes,” Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz said that what Trump said during the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol was protected by the First Amendment and is, therefore, not an impeachable offense.
“Everything he said was fully protected by the First Amendment and cannot be deemed an impeachable offense,” he said. “To impeach him for a protected speech would violate both the First Amendment and the impeachment clause.”
This is what Trump really said, after reciting a list of documented unconstitutional election law changes, vote tampering, manipulation, and fraud, as reported by the Palm Beach Post:
“And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,” Trump told the crowd. “And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”…
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved,” Trump said. “Our country has had enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.”…
He further said: “You’re the real people. You’re the people that built this nation. You’re not the people that tore down this nation.”
The president did also say: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
And he added in a bit of irony: “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.”
“Peacefully and patriotically” were not words you heard when progressives formed their “resistance” against Trump or as our cities burned in Antifa and BLM led riots. The George Floyd/BLM protests cost 1-2 billion dollars in damage. They protested in over 140 Cities. Dozens of people died and over 14,000 were arrested, a federal courthouse in Portland was burned, as well as a historic church in Washington, D.C. but only the Capitol Hill protestors threatened our democracy. Really?.
And the leftist mobs and their leaders wanted more, as PJMedia pointed out:
Do you still need more proof that Democrats have been advocates of political violence for some time?
In August of last year, Squad member Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), said there should be “unrest in the streets” over President Trump and the GOP for turning a “deaf ear” to Americans’ concerns.
“This is as much about public outcry, organizing and mobilizing and applying pressure so that this GOP-led Senate and these governors that continue to carry water for this administration, putting American people in harm’s way, turning a deaf ear to the needs of our families and our communities – hold them accountable,” she said.
“Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up,” she continued. “You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
This election was stolen, even though the media will deny the evidence of electronic tampering, ignore the testimony by people sworn under oath before Congress and legislative committees, ignore the signed affidavits of witnesses to widespread and systemic fraud, ignore the complicity of RINO Republicans like Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and statistical anomalies that boggle the mind and are mathematically impossible unless engineered by human hands.
Consider what the 75 million Americans who voted for Trump, and the rest of us for that matter, have been through. for the last four years. From day one of the Trump administration, the mainstream media ignored any pro-Trump news and later any anti-Biden news. They trumpeted phony Russian collusion stories and phony Ukraine meddling charges, ignoring Joe Biden’s very real quid pro quo threat to save son Hunter Biden from a Ukrainian investigation.
Social media and Big Tech giants like Google, Twitter (whose Jack Dorsey is a worse threat to our democracy than Hitler or Vladimir Putin), and Facebook shadowbanned and “fact-checked” us to death, deleting our posts, hiding our posts, and even deleting our accounts altogether.
In the age before cable, there was an iconic sci-fi program called The Outer Limits whose opening featured a series of test patterns, flickering screens, and a narrator who solemnly intoned, “Do not attempt to adjust your television set. We will control all that you see and hear.” Today that is a chilling reality as social media giants like Twitter routinely censor what people can see and hear on their sites.
Twitter and the other social media giants need to know that George Orwell’s “1984” was a warning, not a technical manual. Its insidious form of censorship goes beyond what even Big Brother could have dreamt of. It constituted an in-kind political contribution to the Democrats and the Biden campaign. Meanwhile, Joe Biden hid in his basement, knowing the fix was in.
Media and big tech controlled what we saw and heard. Now they want to control everything we say and who we can say it to. They ban President Trump from social media. They hide the Hunter Biden dotty. They shut down the social media account of the New York Post. They control who we can talk to, what we can say, and even to a certain extent what we are allowed to think and believe.
The vendetta, the purge, and the retribution have begun. People are being fired for wearing MAGA hats, for having been at a Trump rally, or for expressing support on social media. Liberals in and out of Congress have called for denying Trump supporters seats in Congress, business contracts, or jobs in government and the private sector. There have been calls for compiling lists of Trump supporters to isolate them, reeducate them and punish them.
These are the 200,000 people who peacefully assembled in Washington D.C. to hear the president. These are the 75 million voters who voted for Trump and now condemn their disenfranchisement. Perhaps we should call then the silenced majority. Now voiceless and voteless, they have seen their constitutional rights stripped from them under the guise of fighting a virus that escaped from a China lab and was allowed by China to spread worldwide. They have lost their freedom of religion, their freedom of speech, their freedom of assembly, and forget freedom of the press. They are the new huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.
They are now the resistance to tyranny.
*Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.