What was there to be seen was undeniable, unmistakable and untenable.
The question now is who saw it. And it’s a given that the American Ostriches who most needed to see it, didn’t. Because they chose not to see it in order to extend their willful and shameful ignorance and fantasy.
But it was there to be seen. And it was conclusive.
The Big Lie? He knew it. Everybody knew it. They all knew it was “bullshit.”
The riot? It was anything but spontaneous. It was a vicious, violent, armed insurrection spawned by seditious conspiracy.
It was all coordinated, premeditated criminality. “Stand back and stand by.”
He encouraged the violence. He liked the violence. He reveled in the violence.
He failed to stop the violence, when he could have done so at any time. People died. Other lives are forever scarred.
He didn’t call in the National Guard. Pence did. But then Trump wanted credit for it.
He told the insurrectionist traitors that he loved them and that they were “special people.”
He was fully willing and even eager to sacrifice the vice president of the United States. He said the mob that wanted to hang Mike Pence “maybe had the right idea.” Consider that. He thought that a lynching at our Capitol was “maybe the right idea.”
Free and fair elections that enable and even celebrate the peaceful transfer of power are the foundation of our government. Not a man. Not a flag. Not an anthem. A principle. And he defiled it.
Groundlessly and wantonly attempting to overturn an election in order to illegally remain in power is by definition an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States. It was an attempted coup. It was treason, literally and legally. But it almost worked. And it might work next time, because the American Attack Ostriches remain as malignant as they are willfully blind.
Sadly and certainly, the defense of the indefensible will continue and even crescendo. This vacuous and insidious apologia is devoid of substance, of course, grounded only in grunts like “hoax,” “fake news,” “media bias,” “political” and “nuh-UHHH!”
Sorry. “Is, too.”
Starting the very afternoon of Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the gaslighters have told us that we didn’t see what we saw. That it wasn’t what it clearly was. That it was no big deal, or even that it didn’t happen at all.
And even if something happened, that was then and this is now and we need to “move on.” Let’s “stop living in the past.”
This isn’t the past. Our current survival and our future fortunes are in immediate, clear and present danger.
It didn’t work last time. But it very well might work next time absent a national recommitment to real “American values.”
What was there to be seen Thursday night was undeniable, unmistakable and untenable.
The question now is who has the courage and integrity to see it, and to see it for what it is.
I think the formal, legal term for this insidious and treasonous conspiracy is now officially “bullshit.”