The Democrats January 6th festival of the absurd and obscene

Vice President Kamala Harris invokes attacks that killed thousands of Americans and launched wars that killed thousands more.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomes Darth Vader with open arms and takes a break for a musical interlude.  President Biden launches the 2024 campaign, and says we’re in a battle for the soul of America, except he’s on the wrong side.

January 6, 2021 was a dark day for America, when a pro-Trump mob ransacked the Capitol Building and interrupted the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in our history.  It was an event that should never have happened, and one that should be remembered, seriously and solemnly.  Unfortunately, Democrat politicians and much of the mainstream media were completely incapable of rising to the occasion with anything resembling dignity, statesmanship, or even decency.  Instead, they took the opportunity for political grandstanding, absurdly introducing musical guests, making obscene historical references, and welcoming a man they once called Darth Vader, the root of all evil in the George W. Bush administration with open arms.  All in a blatantly political effort to smear all Republicans as the enemy coupled with a lack of self-awareness and irony more suited to a preteen rich kid complaining about their plight using the latest iPhone, and so it was that Kamala Harris declared January 6th to be the equivalent of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the terrorists attacks on 9-11.

“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them — where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. December 7th, 1941. September 11th, 2001. And January 6th, 2021.” The 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are recent enough in the national memory that the details don’t bear repeating, but Pearl Harbor is distant enough in the past that a few facts will be helpful in understanding the obscenity of the comparison.  The day that will live infamy as so eloquently described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a completely unprovoked, surprise attack conducted by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft including fighters and bombers. These planes were launched from six aircraft carriers in what at the time was the largest use of these ships in history.  The aircraft carriers themselves were accompanied by two heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, two battleships, nine oil ships, 11 destroyers, and 35 submarines, again the largest of its kind to ever attack at once.  The attack had been planned by the Japanese for almost a year.  The ships crossed the Pacific Ocean entirely in secret, traveling from Japan all the way to Hawai’i over the course of close to two weeks.  Many of the bombers were armed with a never-before seen torpedo that functioned in shallow water, specifically designed to devastate ships in Pearl Harbor.  The Japanese aircraft struck just before 8:00 in the morning local time, instructed to seek the highest value targets first, including the United States fleet and to destroy American planes while they remained sitting on their runways.

In one hour and fifteen minutes, 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,143 were wounded, 188 aircraft were destroyed and 149 were damaged, nineteen US Navy ships were damaged or destroyed, including five battleships, four of them were sunk, one, the U.S.S. Arizona remains at the bottom of the harbor to this day.  Following the attack, the United States declared war on Germany and Japan, fighting both for four grueling years that resulted in 291,557 Americans dead. There is no moral universe where any of that, not one single element from the planning to the devastation of the attack itself, to the bloody carnage that followed, compares to what occurred on January 6, 2021 when the only person to lose their life on the scene, Ashli Babbitt, was an unarmed woman killed by a police offer.  To suggest such a comparison is morally repugnant on every possible level. If Vice President Harris were capable of shame, she would immediately recant and apologize, but she is not:  These weren’t off the cuff comments where we might forgive someone for unintentionally reaching for a flawed analogy.  These were planned remarks, written, edited, and approved by countless staffers and likely representatives from Biden’s team as well.  Nor is Vice President Harris alone in making this obscene comparison.  Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley said much the same thing on MSNBC, claiming “But we have film footage of happened on January 6th, and we have proof.  Dwight Eisenhower during World War II, made sure all the Holocaust camps were filmed. So we’ve got the film footage, so we’re combating the conspiracy theorists, deniers and some, you know, Trumpeteers.” He continued, “But what my worry is what do we call this and make sure we honor this day, this dark-stained day every year. So we’ve got to keep saying January 6th. I think it is like December 7th Pearl Harbor it is like the 9/11 tragedy.”

For her part, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi managed to take things from the obscene to the absurd, introducing a musical number via video in Congress to commemorate the occasion.  “We’re privileged to have a contribution from one of the great creative talents of our time, Lin-Manuel Miranda,” she said to introduce the creator of Hamilton and In The Heights, who just a short time ago wasn’t considered sufficiently woke for his casting choices. “May his beautiful words be an inspiration to us.”  Mr. Miranda opened the musical number with some recycled platitudes about unity and diversity in a pre-recorded message, saying “We’re all stewards of the American experiment, working to pass down to our children and our grandchildren a more perfect union that treats all its citizens with fairness and equity,” he said, forgetting that once upon a time barely a year ago we would have said “equality,” but why nitpick such minor details about the nature of the American experiment?  “We should never take our rights and liberties for granted…we must remain committed to finding a way forward together. That’s what I wrote about in the song ‘Dear Theodosia’ from ‘Hamilton.’ I believe no challenge is worth abandoning our efforts to unite as Americans. We will keep working generation after generation until we reach that someday.”

Of course, who he plans to unite with remains rather unclear when outside the Capitol Building President Joe Biden was delivering prepared remarks that tore into former President Trump and his supporters without actually mentioning his name, more on that in a moment.  In the meantime, the absurdity within the halls of Congress itself reached new heights when none other than former war criminal and enemy of all things noble and just, Vice President Dick Cheney appeared with his wayward daughter, Representative Liz Cheney, to receive what can only be described as a hero’s welcome.  “I am deeply disappointed at the failure of many members of my party to recognize the grave nature of the January 6 attacks and the ongoing threat to our nation,” the former VP intoned after attending a minute of silence ceremony on the House floor.  Every Democrat in the chamber approached him directly to shake his hand and pay their respects.  As The Seattle Times described it, “One by one, Democrats put aside their fierce and lasting policy divides with the Cheneys to thank them for condemning the attack and Trump’s continued effort to undermine the 2020 presidential election results with his false claims of fraud.”  Adam Schiff, he of the thousand false Russia collusion claims, who recently doctored text messages on the January 6th commission, said “It’s good to see you again.”  This is a man they once referred to as “Darth Vader,” who Speaker Pelosi herself accused of engineering the CIA torture program as recently as 2014.  The sight was so ridiculously jarring even the mainstream media didn’t fully buy it, pointing out that former Vice President Cheney was a villain up until about five minutes ago.  USA Today reported, “Dick Cheney, once a villain to Democrats, hailed in surprise Capitol visit to mark Jan, 6.”  The left leaning site, Jacobin.com was more forceful, saying “Dick Cheney Should Be in Jail, Not Praised as a Hero by Democrats.”

For his part, President Joe Biden took the solemn opportunity to officially kick off the 2024 campaign, taking direct aim at the GOP front runner, former President Donald Trump.  “For the first time in our history, a President had not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol,” he said in his prepared speech. “But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”  Nor was Biden unafraid to make things personal, adding “His bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution, he can’t accept he lost.”  The President wasn’t done telling us how he really feels either, saying “A former President of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest and America’s interest.”  “We are in a battle for the soul of America,” he continued, warning that democracy itself and the “promise of America” is at risk.”  Therefore, the American people must “stand for the rule of law, to preserve the flame of democracy.”  We must do this, of course, by embracing his preferred policies as he called for a federal takeover of elections in direct contradiction to the rule of established law, all because those rascally Republicans are trying to “suppress your vote and subvert our elections.”

“It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic. And frankly it’s un-American,” he concluded without the slightest hint of self-awareness and irony.  This man represents a party that has objected to every Republican election victory this century, calling both Republican Presidents fundamentally illegitimate the entire time they were in office.  They tried to overturn the results in 2000, 2004, and 2016.  To this day, they regularly repeat the lie that the 2016 election was rigged by the Russians in collusion with Trump.  Further, they have taken aim at almost every unique feature of American democracy over the past year, from the filibuster to the Electoral College to the makeup of the Supreme Court with our medical freedoms in between as they plan to undemocratically expand executive power to combat the pandemic.

Perhaps needless to say, the mainstream media was thrilled, immediately hailing it as a turning point in Biden’s faltering Presidency, even comparing it to Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg address in an truly astonishing, absurd, obscene display of bootlicking.  CNN’s resident propagandist Stephen Collinson declared that “Biden rediscovers his fighting spirit as he takes on Trump,” saying a political screed and personal attack was “his most authoritative moment as President” while claiming it was  speech for the ages.  I’m serious, “In generations to come, his address may be viewed either as the rallying call that saved the American experiment or as a pained eulogy for the democracy that his predecessor and would-be successor seems determined to destroy.”  Mr. Collinson concluded, “It’s a lofty comparison, but Biden’s speech sought to accomplish a task similar to President Abraham Lincoln’s much shorter Gettysburg Address. The 16th President urged his nation in 1863 to rededicate itself, at a time when democracy was under existential threat, to the ‘unfinished work’ of preserving government ‘of the people, for the people, by the people.’”

Once again, the comparison is obscene:  About 750,000 Americans died in the Civil War, a rate of 504 per day, or 2.5% of the entire population of the US at the time, the equivalent of over 8,000,000 people today.  Ultimately, one has to wonder why Democrats and progressive pundits are obsessed with war analogies featuring large death tolls.  They constantly bemoan the state of our political discourse and the increasingly virulent nature of our political values, but insist on using imagery related with the deaths of tens and hundreds of thousands, clearing indicating to their own supporters that America is currently engaged in a war against Republicans, implicitly warning them to gird themselves for battles that will leave people dead.  In fact, the mainstream media is now actively promoting the concept that we are engaged in a Civil War right now.  The only question is how violent it may become.  The Guardian declared that “The United States today is, once again, headed for civil war, and, once again, it cannot bear to face it,” and actively promoted a revolution, claiming “The crises the United States now faces in its basic governmental functions are so profound that they require starting over.”  The New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg is a little more cautious, but still insisted “it’s absurd to treat civil war as a foregone conclusion, but that it now seems distinctly possible is still pretty bad. The fact that speculation about civil war has moved from the crankish fringes into the mainstream is itself a sign of civic crisis, an indication of how broken our country is.  The sort of civil war that Walter and Marche worry about wouldn’t involve red and blue armies facing off on some battlefield. If it happens, it will be more of a guerrilla insurgency.”

In other words, do what they want or there will be blood, and they have the temerity to claim that’s American.  At the same time, President Biden is correct when he says there is a battle underway for the soul of America.  The only problem is:  He’s on the wrong side himself.

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