The die is cast. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:
Her name is Ashli Babbitt.
On January 6th, 2021 the Trump Era of U.S. history ended. Nothing will be the same after the events on Capitol Hill. There is no going back. That much is obvious.
The shock of those events wasn’t Trump calling a rally of his supporters to the Capitol or that they were seething with anger over what is clearly a stolen election.
The shock was that they “aimed to misbehave” after coming to the realization that the America they thought they lived in no longer existed.
I’ve said many times in 2020 that this election was the last chance to keep a lid on their anger. It was, in their minds, their last non-violent way of choosing the rules they lived under.
As long as the results looked even remotely fair they would be willing to accept them and make the best of it. That’s the contract right?
But they would not accept fraud.
Because fraud is theft. And theft is force. Theft is ultimately violence.
So everyone clutching their pearls today over the ‘violence’ of January 6th needs to remember that violence is baked into this story at every level.
In fact, the worst pearl clutchers are the ones whose power is most threatened, i.e. Congress, and the cowards unwilling to stand next to those facing them down.