Nearly a year and a half on, I still get comments telling me that the 6 January 2021 assault on the U. S. Capitol and interfering with the normal functioning of the Federal government was a "demonstration" or a "visit."
Sure it was -- in much the same sense that trying to burn a Federal courthouse or a mob destroying a city police station is a "demonstration:" they all demonstrate criminal activity.
You want a normal "demonstration?" People did that at the official rally earlier that day: speakers, flag-waving, sign-carrying, shouts and for all I know, happy songs. The organizers got permits and everything. You want a spontaneous demonstration? That same day, people, many of them from the rally, walked down to the grounds of the U. S. Capitol, waving flags, carrying signs, shouting, etc. They had no permit, which makes the police unhappy, but this is something that does happen from time to time in that spot. It's as American as apple pie. Some members of the crowd trashed an outdoor news camera position and put the journalists to flight, which is what we call a crime, just as it would have been if they'd done the same to a tourist from New Jersey. Still, this is the kind of thing that does from time to time happen at a "demonstration."
Overrunning barricades around a building, breaking in, smashing doors and windows and putting the Vice-President, House, Senate and staff to flight while they are in the process of counting electoral votes for the next President and Vice-President? That's not a demonstration. That's an insurrection. (Nor does it matter if, as is still being claimed by some on the Right, "the police let them in." It's not true
, but even if it was, that's not a decision the police are empowered to make: the building was closed, period.)
Stop trying to sell me a crock of authoritarian shit and claiming it's Constitutional cheese. It's not, and no amount of fast talk and handwaving will change that.
And stop claiming nonsense about the 2020 election, either. I get that a sufficiently ignorant or stupid person might have doubts, but everything from the actual way voting machines work to the multiple recounts in multiple states to Joe Biden's profound lack of coattails to the narrow GOP Presidential losses in states with Republican administrators firmly in control of running the elections make it very clear to me that no skullduggery was afoot -- which puts a mob trying to change the outcome on the day of the final count of electors very much in the category of insurrection or attempted coup.
Mr. Trump's Republican party lost a lot of respect from me on 6 January 2021 and the party in general has only lost more by their behavior ever since, with a very few exceptions, men and women excoriated by their party.
With the Democrats, I have substantial disagreements about policies and politics, about specific laws and administrative actions, but we seem to be in general agreement about things like freedom of the press, freedom of religion and the normal operations of a functioning republic including free elections. With Republicans, many of their leading lights have put in a lot of work trying to undermine elections, questioning our form of government and trying to force Caesarism on our country. The party of Judge Roy Moore and Matt Gaetz has become preoccupied with a definition of "grooming" quite at odds with the actual meaning of the term while they wink at the actual sexual exploitation of underage people.
So, look, if you're still banging that tired old Trumpist drum, do so somewhere other than my Comments section. Freedom of speech protects you from government interference; it doesn't mean I have to publish any crazy thing you write.
This is the United States. You're welcome to your own opinions. You don't get your own set of facts.