Banana Republicans Running Amok

American mass media, case in point:

Violent mob, incited to riot by enraged lame duck president who stirs them up with a speech exhorting them to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol and ACT, storms Capitol building, overruns police barricades, smashes windows to gain access while others scale the walls of the building. The mob, vandalizing federal property (the rationale for federal goons squads breaking heads in Portland) runs through the halls of the Capitol, breaks into Congressional offices, shuts down a Constitutionally mandated session at which over 150 insurrectionist Republican members of Congress are hard at work, angrily and seditiously [1] obstructing the official certification of a fully certified election and preventing the peaceful transition of power.

The Vice President and the members of Congress and their staffs are rushed out of the chamber as police guard the doors with guns drawn against the insurgents. They are hurried to a secure location. A quick-thinking Congressional aid grabs the envelopes containing the votes to be certified. As this scene of horror unfolds, the inconsolably enraged president maintains public silence, sucking his teeth and watching the mayhem on TV, presumably from his bunker under the White House.

CBS news reporter, describing this scene in real-time, which apparently included violence toward reporters (Enemies of the People) and breaking of some of their equipment, refers to this mob of violent criminals as “protesters”. (In fairness to CBS, within the hour they’d begin using the more accurate “rioters” to describe members of the violent mob of enraged insurrectionists)

Well, everybody’s got a point of view, I suppose. Mine? I fervently believe that up in heaven Jesus is looking down on these rioters pretending to be Christians, filled with righteous outrage. The Prince of Peace finally can take no more, implores His Father “Dad, for the love of Christ, smite these violent, hate spouting motherfuckers taking our names in vain! Smite them for sinfully carrying my name into this hateful battle for fascism, snarling it through their filthy lips as justification for their hatred. Smite them for being complete fucking assholes! Do it, Dad! You smote Onan and his brother for less than this — come on, man! Rain down some hellfire and brimstone on their dirty asses!”

Sekhnet contrasted the hands-off treatment these rampaging right-wing berserkers were getting from police and National Guard with the full anti-riot mounted charge, swinging batons, deployment of flashbangs and pepper spray used to clear peaceful protesters for Trump’s Bible photo op back in June. Imagine the police reaction if this crowd had been partly black. Can you say INSURRECTION ACT, Mr. Barr?

Oh, yeah, by the way, easily forgotten in the stench of this paroxysm of personal and political rage (on a day Georgia elected a Jew and a Black to represent it in the Senate) the riot was also a COVID super spreader event, not one of these very fine, screaming people wore a mask over their spewing mouths.

Let us hope this is a tipping point that proves that lying, inflammatory Nazi-type rhetoric used by some very fine people, who are rightfully (or even wrongfully) angry, leads directly to Nazi-type mob behavior. Let us stay focused on getting the now functional Congress and a non-psychotic president to do the right thing, fix some of the “soft norms” Trump routinely relieved himself on in the name of Bill Barr’s unaccountable Unitary Executive. Very fine people, on both sides, on both sides, even though some of them, well, are pretty much also Nazis and spineless opportunists.

Oh, by the way, this is the Georgia statute that could have been written to describe the felony Mr. Trump committed the other day during his hourlong perfect harangue of his supporter fellow Banana Republican Brad Raffensberger (who became a national hero simply for refusing to break the law):

Universal Citation: GA Code § 21-2-604 (2016)

(a) (1) A person commits the offense of criminal solicitation to commit election fraud in the first degree when, with intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony under this article, he or she solicits, requests, commands, importunes, or otherwise attempts to cause the other person to engage in such conduct.

Charge him, try him (play the entire tape at trial, it’s perfect), convict him (his self-pardon won’t help him in Georgia), lock him up (for not less than one nor more than three years) as it is written:

(b) (1) A person convicted of the offense of criminal solicitation to commit election fraud in the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than three years.

And because language actually matters (“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state and similar moronic presidential non sequiturs notwithstanding):

Amok:

1: in a violently raging, wild, or uncontrolled manner —used in the phrase run amok — rioters running amok in the streets Conditions had allowed extremism to run amok. 2: in a murderously frenzied state. 

Amok | Definition of Amok by Merriam-Webster

[1] Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward rebellion against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent toward, or rebellion against, established authority. Wikipedia

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