January 20, 2021
Perhaps the Biden team was never serious about the calls for “unity”… They certainly didn’t last long.
As the nation prepares for today’s peaceful transfer of power, there’s an air of menace hanging over our nation’s capital. Instead of the usual pomp and circumstance, D.C. is bristling with barbed wire and Hesco barriers.
What’s going on here?
It’s hard to think that national healing is the Biden-Harris objective when their underlings have transformed the streets of Washington into a fortress on lockdown.
Media outlets have all been repeating the statistic that there will be more National Guard troops deployed in D.C. than both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war.
They’re sharing this to heighten the public’s anxiety of the perceived risk of another “insurrection.”
As someone who’s spent time on the ground in two war zones for the CIA, I know what security precautions for an embattled regime look like firsthand. Right now, that’s the impression Democrats want to give off in D.C.
These theatrics have far exceeded the actual threat… Yes, the Capitol Hill riot on January 6 was lawless, awful, and stupid. Anyone involved who broke the law should be held accountable.
We haven’t seen any evidence that the people who overran the Capitol had a clear, coordinated plan to overthrow the government… or that they had any idea what they would do once they got inside.
While there was reprehensible violence – including a lethal assault on a police officer and fatal shooting of an unarmed female protestor – it was fortunately very limited. The hundreds of foolish Right-wing wackos that broke into the Capitol were mostly guilty of trespassing, disorderly conduct, impeding government administration, and vandalism.
No matter what they say on CNN, this was not an equivalent threat to the British redcoats burning down D.C. in 1812.
The unprecedented martial preparations for this inauguration, however, look as though they’re preparing for a foreign military to invade at any minute.
Photos of National Guard troops sleeping on the marble floors of the Capitol building itself have gotten a lot of attention. Very few people have asked, what makes such extreme measures necessary (and wouldn’t those soldiers have access to sleep pads and bags)?
The implication of all this is clear… The Democrats want America to see D.C. as a city under siege from the Right.
They’re setting up a show of force that’s commensurate with their overblown fears of the recent “Right-wing coup” attempt from Trump voters. They’ve convinced a large number of Americans that these extreme measures are necessary because armed factions on the Right will attempt to violently overthrow the United States government.
Keep in mind there’s no actual intelligence or proof yet that such a plot is imminent… There’s chatter online from people clearly upset at the 2020 outcome who are looking to vent and maybe get some attention.
But anyone who spends five minutes online looking at the state of politics in America would be overwhelmed with the amount of angry, crazy conspiracy theories spouted from all sides of the political spectrum. And let’s not forget the four years of “Russia collusion” lunacy that was mainstream among elected Democrats and their corporate media lackeys.
From a purely security standpoint, the military preparations this week are an overreaction… D.C. may be the most heavily policed and patrolled city in America even in normal times. There are so many local and federal law enforcement agencies operating there, it’s hard to keep them straight.
While some National Guard presence at the Capitol – in light of the riot earlier this month – is understandable, there’s no reasonable explanation for the deployment of almost 30,000 troops to D.C.
Regardless of how one votes, every American should recognize Biden’s presidential inauguration is the continuation of a healthy political tradition. It should be (and almost certainly will be) a peaceful, orderly, event.
Whatever Trump voters may think of the integrity of the last election or the policies of the incoming administration, there should be an understanding that this is the way it goes. As messy as our politics may be, our system has proven durable through even more challenging times. There could even be some actual unity in that recognition today.
Instead, the Democrat Party has intentionally chosen to make the inauguration seem like it’s occurring under a state of siege. We know who they blame for it. This is being done for political leverage, and will almost certainly be the justification for more aggressive surveillance against those with pro-Trump, anti-Democrat views. They’re posing as victims now so that they can make real victims of their political opponents later. It’s a troubling time for the country.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With Editorial Staff
January 20, 2021