Who Engages in Real Sedition?
I see a large demonstration that a few bad actors turned into a riot. I see some nutcases – not many – who like to produce and participate in violence – some presenting themselves as pseudo patriots and some infiltrating the demonstration from the left to provoke violence.
Among those few bad actors are people who may believe in a violent overthrow of the American government. They are dangerous, but the pathetic mission is absurd. No one – no group – has even come close to endangering the constituted authority of the Republic. There was no chance – none – of ever stopping the certification of the Biden election and the scheduled inauguration of Biden as President of the United States.
Hell … they did not even delay the congressional certification of the election by the Congress for more than a couple of hours. The idea that the events on Capitol Hill was an insurrection … coup d’état … sedition might make a good libretto for a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, but hardly describes what was going on.
But let us consider sedition.
By simple definition, it is inciting and organizing people to violently overthrow an existing government. The word generally describes SERIOUS efforts to take down the government – not merely protests against government.
If the riot we saw on Capitol Hill was seditious, then so were those many, many iconic left-wing riots that disrupted our major cities for generations.
Let us consider some of the recent violent outbreaks across America. If we do a comparative autopsy of the Capitol Hill riot, we notice that the vast majority of the protestors were peaceful. Only a small percentage went on the rampage — and it was localized and short lived. There were no Days of Rage and night-after-night of looting, burning and destroying.
There was significant physical damage and unfortunate deaths – as is too often the case with riots. Real insurrections, rebellions and acts of sedition are generally marked by open conflict and many deaths. Insurrectionists not only come armed to the teeth, they use those arms.
Those on Capitol Hill made no attempt at occupying the Capitol for more than a few hours. Even the most violent nutcases left the scene before nightfall. There were reports of explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and weapons of all kinds, but for some reason they went unused.
If you want to apply sedition to the riot on Capitol Hill, how do you not see sedition in the past summer’s civil unrest?
Look what happened on the west coast.
Violent mobs erupted in anti-government, anti-American protests. We could see that in the burning of the American flag and the toppling of statues symbolizing the history of our nation. They were attacking America – as they so often proclaimed.
Those mobs seized American territory and declared it their free state in which the laws of America did not apply. They took control of a police headquarters. They barred the municipal police from entering what they called their autonomous zone – meaning independent from the United States.
As part of their take-over, they rioted, burned and pillaged entire neighborhoods of good citizens – destroying businesses and homes. People were injured and killed.
When they attacked federal property with guns, rocks and Molotov cocktails, city officials demanded that federal law enforcement stand down – leave the city. In a bizarre twist of logic, they blamed the presence of police for provoking the rioters … ooops … I mean insurrectionists.
Public officials – who should have been protecting the public – were often out in solidarity with the rioters. For sure, they were enabling the progress and continuation of the assault on the government and the American rule-of-law by their passive reaction. Were they part of the insurrection like they say officials were in D.C.? The mayor of Washington, D.C. demanded that the National Guard get out of the federal district as mobs pillaged and destroyed. The St. Louis mayor refused to deploy the National Guard even though the governor called upon them. We saw the same pattern with Democrat mayors across the nation.
How many times have we seen scenes of rioters destroying entire neighborhoods as the local police were standing on the sidelines as observers – as ordered by city officials? And how many of those news reports laid blame on the police who were attempting to protect the innocent? How many Democrat prosecutors dropped all those cases against arrested rioters, looters, arsonists and vandals?
Thankfully, the riot on Capitol Hill was not as bad as many others we have witnessed across the nation.
The big difference is how Democrats and the media hypocritically described it.
Once the damage and death came to the establishment’s front door, the rhetoric and the reporting completely changed.
The Washington establishment did not give a damn about those poor folks in the riot ravaged neighborhoods – the business owners who lost their livelihoods and the people who worked for them, who lost their jobs. The establishment did not care about the neighborhoods that would suffer the physical and economic scars of the riots for decades.
Most of the looting, burning and deaths from rioting have occurred in Black neighborhoods. This shows how little the left really cares about the disadvantaged citizens who live in the ghettos they rule over. It is just more of the disturbing level of racism by the progressive left. As long as the violence and damage are confined to Harlem and not Park Avenue, the leftwing establishment does not care.
When CNN’s Chris Cuomo rhetorically asked, “Who said protests have to be peaceful?” Was he engaging in sedition? Were all those “occupation” events insurrections? Were the autonomous zones attempted coups?
While the left-wing media professes fealty to the truth, they engage in narratives based on political bias, disinformation, censorship and outright lies. The blatant hypocrisy seen in the reporting of the MANY violent riots and attacks on the people in the neighborhoods – compared to the mendacious sensationalized reporting of the Capitol Hill Riot — can easily be recognized by any person of average intelligence and an iota of intellectual integrity.
So, there ‘tis.