The Capitol Rioters Won

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The individual rioters took a soft loss. The planners and their sympathizers couldn’t have imagined it would go so well for them.


>Trump did not impose this belief that elections are valid only if they result in Republican victory on the conservative rank and file; he was a manifestation of it. Nor are Republican officials held hostage by a base they fear; **falsehoods about election fraud have been deliberately stoked by Republican elites who then insist that they must bow to the demands of the very misinformed constituents they have been lying to.** The last thing ambitious Republicans want is to let this fire go out.


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: if we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new ones rise.” – Carl Sagan, 1995 – The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – Chapter 13: **”Obsessed with Reality”** – Page 229


> “A lot of our members, and I think this is true of a lot of House Republicans, want to be moving forward and not looking backward,” John Thune, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, told CNN on May 19. “Anything that gets us rehashing the 2020 elections I think is a day lost on being able to draw a contrast between us and the Democrats’ very radical left-wing agenda.” That gives up the game. All of it. Democrats say: “This is what Republicans have done and are contributing to do.” Republicans say: “never mind what Democrats have done or say they’re going to do, they’re going to do *this* and it’s scary” Democrats deal in facts that have happened and that need evidence to back it up (which is easy to find), Republicans deal in made up fear that is impossible to contradict because they don’t need evidence to prove things that haven’t happened yet.


We had a day weeks back at my federal agency to discuss extremism in the government (more specifically the DoD). This was obviously part of a larger mandate that this issue be investigated further. So I thought that was interesting… in theory. And initially, it was. We had someone come in and talk about how extremism takes hold, how to identify it, etc. I felt that was on point and generally meaningful. But then it basically just turned into the typical-patting-on-the-back-fest, how great we’re doing and how we’re dealing with this issue head on. Were we really? Because what struck me is that the entire day absolutely avoided talking about the obvious catalyst for these trainings — the capitol riots. It didn’t come up *at all*, until the very end of the day when an employee said how disappointed he was about that happening. The meetings started to veer into addressing racism, but it was very clear no minority felt safe speaking up in an environment full of their superiors. Eventually even that devolved really into just “let’s all get along”, being stated by the same people who never seem to understand that some things are worse than others. So that was the take-away? Be nicer to each other. Try to realize when someone might just be having a bad day. We’re all better just by virtue of doing “public service”. The whole thing was upsetting — I mean, really, a bad day doesn’t make you become a white nationalist and an hour long training isn’t going to make a grown adult stop being a racist. It’s pathetic. All of that was bad enough, but afterward I just could not stop thinking about it. We’re dancing around this issue because the capitol riot is *intrinsically* connected to Republicans. There’s no denying this anymore. Think about that. It’s huge. They want to connect things like ANTIFA to specific people and groups, but there is no clearer connection than Republicans in office to things like Qanon and the capitol riot. But how do you address that when so much of these agencies lean so Conservative? There is not another political party with such a huge representation in these federal workplaces that has these types of die-hard followers. And sure, not all Conservatives sympathize with the riot, but enough do that there’s clearly going to be some overlap. We should be talking about that, but instead it falls apart. I’m sure some behind the scenes things are going on, but what the general worker is seeing is sad. The the way this has been constructed, it’s almost impossible to get into it without talking about partisan politics. Which is something heavily frowned upon happening in any public way in these agencies. Which then makes me wonder how it’s ever really going to be rooted out. They don’t want to look in the mirror at all.