An Eyewitness Account


The Federalist has posted an eyewitness account by J. Michael Waller of what he saw at the Capitol on the 6th.

A small number of cadre appeared to use the cover of a huge rally to stage its attack. Before it began, I saw from my vantage point on the West Front of the Capitol what appeared to be four separate cells or units:

  1. Plainclothes militants. Militant, aggressive men in Donald Trump and MAGA gear at a front police line at the base of the temporary presidential inaugural platform;
  2. Agents-provocateurs. Scattered groups of men exhorting the marchers to gather closely and tightly toward the center of the outside of the Capitol building and prevent them from leaving;
  3. Fake Trump protesters. A few young men wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in terms of their actions and demeanor, whom I presumed to be Antifa or other leftist agitators; and
  4. Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers. A column of organized, disciplined men, wearing similar but not identical camouflage uniforms and black gear, some with helmets and GoPro cameras or wearing subdued Punisher skull patches.

All of these cells or groups stood out from the very large crowd by their behavior and overall demeanor. However, they did not all appear at the same time. Not until the very end did it appear there was a prearranged plan to storm the Capitol building, and to manipulate the unsuspecting crowd as cover and as a follow-on force.

Read the whole thing.

But I Was Told There Was No Fraud


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Those are all felonies in Texas. Rodriguez was caught on video by Project Veritas engaging in ballot harvesting. She admits in the video that what she was doing was illegal and that she could go to jail for it.

BTW, this story broke before noon today, but as of 9:45 pm ET this evening, none of the major nation media are on it.

Who Did What?


Yesterday in DC was a mess. While it appears that most of the folks participating in the various Stop the Steal gatherings were well-behaved and peaceful, there were exceptions, most notably at the Capitol. Who were the people rioting at the Capitol?

It’s been suggested that the whole thing was a false flag operation designed to turn public opinion against the Stop the Steal demonstrations. While it’s possible that there were leftwing provocateurs in the crowd, it seems that most of the rioters at the Capitol weren’t leftists. I’ve seen the suggestion that they were Alex Jones fans. That may be closer to an accurate description.

I suspect that a substantial number of frustrated Deplorables have looked at the rules that have been applied to Antifa and BLM and have decided that those they should act out under those same rules. The Old Rules required a decent respect for public order and the common good. The New Rules are about grabbing and holding on to power by any means necessary.

Yesterday’s riot reminded me of this scene from the movie Network

That’s from 1976, a low point during the Watergate/Oil Embargo/Stagflation era. Since then, things got worse and then got better but are now worse again for many Americans. It’s not hard to imagine someone making that speech in 2020.

[Mixed metaphor alert!]

The Left has uncorked several bottles over the past four years, and some rather evil genies are now on the loose. As a result, Our Betters are going have to deal with the corollary of Murphy’s Law that says once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. I wish I were wrong.

Re-Funding the Police


The Hill reports that the Capitol Police face heat following mob breach.

“What the hell was law enforcement on Capitol Hill thinking by not having secured the Capitol today?” former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked on CNBC, calling it one of his great disappointments.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), asked Wednesday evening by MSNBC’s Joy Reid if Capitol Police made her feel safe, answered “I did until today.”

Defunding the police was one of the issues Rep. Bush supported during her election campaign last year. Her position on the matter has changed with her point of view. As I noted in a post last July—

While I’m drinking my second cup of coffee this morning, I’m seeing comments on various social media suggesting that one of the things that should happen if blue cities #DefundthePolice is the abolition of security details for elected officials. I doubt that would happen. Indeed, I expect those would be among the very last police details to be cut.

Whether at a local or national level, the whole purpose of being in the Inner Party is to exercise power, and that power is exercised via the Outer Party bureaucracy to keep the Proles in line. The Inner Party will always try to have sufficient resources in place to protect itself and enforce its will, so there will always be a place in the Outer Party for those enforcers. Department A4 of the Gestapo was Protective Services. The KGB had its Close Protective Services directorate.

Outer Party resources may be shifted about, and that may reduce policing of certain activities among the Proles, but the Inner Party will always try to deploy sufficient resources to protect its interests.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. I wish I were wrong.

Math is Hard


According to Pennsylvania State Representative Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), analysis of the November election show 6,962,607 total ballots were reported as being cast, but official system records indicated that only 6,760,230 total voters actually voted. The difference of 202,377 more votes cast than voters voting, together with the 31,547 over- and under-votes in the presidential race, is a discrepancy of 170,830 votes—more than twice the difference between Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s vote counts certified.

Nothing to See Here. Move Along.


The Washington Free Beacon reports that Alex Padilla, who Governor Hairgel says he will appoint to fill out the remainder of Kamala Harris’ senate term, fought to pay out a $35 million state contract to a Biden-linked consulting firm. The no-bid contract was part of a “voter outreach” program run by Padilla as California’s Secretary of State. The state’s chief fiscal officer has refused to approve the contract because Padilla lacked the authority to grant it. Padilla has spent months lobbying to pay the firm, unsuccessfully thus far.

BTW, Harris still hasn’t resigned from the Senate, even though allowing her replacement to be appointed during this session of Congress would give him seniority over the newly elected members joining in January.

We Live In Alternate Worlds


That headline is a quote from one of three pieces I’ve read over past few days that have set me to worrying about the next few weeks. It’s from a post at The Washington Times by Newt Gingrich. He was writing about the difficulty he had explaining to a liberal friend why he was not accepting Joe Xiden’s election as legitimate.

The challenge is that I — and other conservatives — are not disagreeing with the left within a commonly understood world. We live in alternative worlds.

Indeed. While not all conservatives are practicing Christians, the philosophical underpinning of mosts conservatives’ worldview is grounded in the Judeo-Christian belief in an absolute standard of Truth and the principles of logical reasoning handed down from Greece. As I wrote in an email to David French discussing his latest French Press essay which was titled Why They Hate Us:

I wonder if it’s not the case that the Christian worldview that holds that there is an objective standard of Truth and that each of us is personally accountable for our actions leads to some of the differences in the opinions shown in the data you reference. That’s not to say that Evangelical Christians always reason correctly from the teaching of the Bible, but that the place we start from is so disconnected from marxist/neomarxist/postmodern thought that we aren’t in the same conversation as those who hate us. We’re talking at each other rather than to each other, giving different answers because we understand the questions differently.

If we cannot engage with our political opponents logically—and if they insist on making everything a power contest—then we either must get up from the table and leave the game, or we must beat them at their own game. Neither choice appeals to me.

Which brings me to the third piece, a post by Carol Brown at American Thinker. It catalogs the misdeeds of the Left over the last few years and forecasts even worse behavior to come. It’s a call to active resistance.

Who is willing to put it all on the line to save this nation?

Who among us is willing to go to jail?  Who is willing to be injured, or killed, should we attend a protest or engage in civil disobedience and find ourselves attacked without police protection?

Who is willing to travel to Washington, D.C. on January 6 to attend what could be a historic protest scheduled for the same day the joint session of Congress meets to make the Electoral College votes official?

Will the Million MAGA March on 6 January turn into something akin to the 2013/2014 EuroMaidan demonstrations in Kyiv? The incident at the Oregon State Capitol yesterday certainly shows that some on the Right are losing patience with a system they believe treats them unfairly.

I’m trying hard to be optimistic, but 2021 is starting to look even uglier than 2020.

Losing Their Grip


Our Betters were surprised in 2016 when all those Deplorables voted the wrong way. They don’t seem to understand that it was their multiple failures to keep up their end of the American social contract that led to the 2016 revolt. While they may have executed a tactically successful counterstrike in 2020, I don’t believe they’ve put the strategic assets in place to properly regain and sustain their control.The analogy to the end of the Europeans’ control of their African and Asian colonies is useful, if inexact. The Europeans were tired after the war, and they were split by significant internal divisions. Their internal struggles made them less able to maintain control of their overseas possessions. I suspect that similar internal struggles on the Left will impede their elites attempts to restore their vision of normalcy. The turf wars between BLM and more mainstream democrats or between the Squad and the old guard in Congress (or the TERF war between the feminists and the LGBTQs) will sap the Left’s ability to enforce their will on increasingly rebellious Deplorables.

2021 is going to be interesting. And very, very ugly.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Last Sunday, Jon Ossoff, one of the Democrats in the runoff elections for Senator in Georgia, was asked how he would deal with people who where illegally brought to the United States while they were minor children. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Ossoff gave a rather standard support-for-DACA answer and then kept talking.

The Democrat went on to chastise the “brutal conditions” facing workers on Georgia farms, arguing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents should be used not to detain illegal immigrants but rather to verify that such workers are treated well.

“When federal agents arrive at one of these farms, it should be to make sure people are being paid the minimum wage, working in humane conditions,” Ossoff said at the Sunday event, adding that the U.S. should “show humanity and compassion for those who are part of our society but living in the shadows.”

He seems to have acquired much of his understanding of how the government functions while working on Capitol Hill. According to his bio on Wikipedia, Ossoff worked as a national security staffer and aide to U.S. Representative Hank Johnson for five years. While I can’t find any definite information online, it may be that Rep. Johnson placed Ossoff in charge of monitoring the safety of Guam.

Texas Replies


Texas has filed a reply to the oppositions filed by Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia.

UPDATE—The Texas reply concludes—

Although Defendant States dispute that the Court should hear this action in its discretion and dispute the laws and facts, Defendant States offer no reason against deciding this action summarily if the Court rules for Texas on the facts and law.

UPDATE 2—Texas has also filed a reply in support of its motion for a preliminary injunction.

UPDATE 3—126 Congresscritters file in support of the Texas motion for a preliminary injunction.

Tomorrow is Pitching to Today


And just before bedtime on Thursday evening another brief was filed with the Supremes in the Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al. case. This one is from the governor of Montana, and he’s supporting the defendant states—which is opposed to the position taken by the State of Montana.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

—Hunter S. Thompson

I note that Governor Bullock is Democrat. I also note that although he has filed in his official capacity as governor, he is represented by lawyers from New York rather than Montana.