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.

I Told You They Wouldn’t Like Their New Rules

And it’s obvious that Our Betters have no intention of being held to them. The mayor of Chicago ordered salons closed and then got her hair cut. The governor of Michigan signed  an order requiring social distancing as a dozen or so people crowded around her. The mayor of New York … oh, don’t let me get started on New York.

And now the supporters of #MeToo say they believe Tara Reade, but will vote for Joe Biden anyway. And Joe Biden is promising to rescind new Title IX rules requiring due process for those accused of sexual harassment while his supporters proclaim that he is entitled to due process himself.

It’s time to apply a couple of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

Our Betters need to live by same Rules they wish to impose on us, and we should be merciless in our mockery of their duplicity.

UPDATE—Glenn Reynolds writes over at Instapundit that “[e]lites today are too arrogant and entitled to compromise with those they see as beneath them.”