Other views of what happened at the Capitol
Virginia Democrat Senator Tim Kaine wasted no time taking to local news and social media via video conference to echo disreputable national networks in blaming President Trump and his supporters for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. This, they did not do, according to actual participants at the Stop the Steal rally.
It’s worthy of note that Senator Kaine had no criticism for former president Barack Obama, who inspired Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa militants to incite violence and mayhem in many major U.S. cities, either during or after Obama’s tenure in the White House. Kaine would probably hope we’d forget that his own son was arrested in a violent confrontation at a Trump rally in Minneapolis in 2016.
Many of the nearly 1 million people who attended the Stop the Steal rally—organized to protest systematic voter fraud in the November elections—were warned in advance that there might be trouble. ACT for America President Brigitte Gabriel notified fellow patriots days ahead of the event that BLM and Antifa militants were leaving Portland and Seattle for the Washington, D.C. rally and that they would be wearing MAGA hats in order to blend in. Gabriel warned attendees to be especially aware of their surroundings.
My friend Randy Gilbert attended the Stop the Steal rally last week and said on Thursday, “Everything yesterday was very peaceful and normal. We had prayers, songs, and patriotic chants. It was very typical of all Trump events, but many more Trump supporters attended. While standing near the reflecting pool, I saw four or five young guys, dressed all in black, but wearing MAGA hats. They walked by us with skateboards and in five years of attending Trump events, I’ve never seen a Trump supporter with a skateboard.” Randy told a bystander, “That is Antifa.”
He said, “One of Antifa guys shouted as he walked by, ‘Come on, let’s storm the Capitol!’ Fortunately, no Trump supporters were following them when they walked by us.”
Another attendee, a retired Special Forces sergeant major said, “The rally was calm, reserved, tears flowed; the people love their president but more so, they love their country. They were introspective. I spoke with Iranians, French, Germans, Chinese. I was with people from 20 or more states. On the opposite side, I watched Capitol Police fire pepper balls, mace, and CS (pepper spray) into a crowd that was standing, not aggressive. As far as I’m concerned, the police were the aggressors antagonizing, abusing the MAGA crowd.
“When the 40 to 100 punks that showed up got off four different charter buses, made their way forward, it looked like the police let them in, almost invited for a guided tour. Some MAGA people followed that bunch in, but were not the instigators. It looked choreographed to me,” declared the Army veteran.
Wednesday evening, in Special Reports, news anchors from the three major networks expressed their disgust without facts or actual reports from participants who were present. At length, they lodged bitter condemnations against President Trump and the patriots who attended the Stop the Steal rally. These same professional journalists offered no condemnation, nor even any criticism of BLM and Antifa goons who rioted in U.S. cities early last year. In fact, those riots, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of innocent civilians and several police officers and hundreds of burned-out and looted businesses, were uniformly described as “mostly peaceful” despite witness accounts to the contrary.
Members of Congress from both political parties echoed the media’s seething condemnation of the violence, failing to distinguish between instigators and rally participants, some of who simply followed along to see what was happening. Congressmen and senators, commenting from the safety of the House and Senate chambers, refused to acknowledge their own roles in setting the stage for the tragedy by allowing the rights of the people to be stolen and by their own false and incendiary remarks against the president and his supporters throughout the past four years.
With non-stop news coverage disseminated at the speed of light, a lie can now compass the earth before the truth leaves the harbor. But once truth arrives, it bursts forth with blinding clarity.
For all the sanctimonious remarks from members of Congress, they have failed. They have failed to represent the people with honor and integrity. Many have used their offices to enrich themselves. Some have committed crimes with impunity. This is common knowledge.
But when the government turns its power against those they’ve sworn to represent, protect, and defend, whether in the chambers of the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the White House, or any government agency (as we have seen with the NSA, FBI, DOJ, and CDC), the cries of the disloyal ring dissonant.
Great social changes that begin peacefully with a noble cause or justified grievance, often require the force of violence to enact. The American Revolution and the Civil War followed this path. And while we all desire that the Make America Great Again campaign can avoid this course, that decision is largely dependent upon the actions or failures of state and federal governments and the courts, and not the citizens who have been robbed, maligned, and cheated.
Here in America, wrong cannot be permitted to perpetually triumph. For this reason, the suggestion that there is never a place for violence to establish righteousness or to reclaim stolen constitutional freedom is as foolish and it is cowardly.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted to have said, “We need a revolution every 20 years just to keep government honest.” If that is true, America may be long overdue.
Timothy P. Buchanan