In conversation with Mutti on Monday, she asked “Should I report X [a person in Gran’s neighborhood] to the FBI. Um….., I said, “Tell me more?” I know the neighborhood in a way Mutti does not. So, yes, the people one block over, who still keep their Trump/ Pence 2020 and Trump Law & Order election signs on their lawn, dedicated GOP, but not domestic terrorists. I wasn’t sure what to say about X. X lives a couple blocks away but I knew immediately who she was talking about.
X put a flagpole on the front lawn. A giant flag pole. And then put up a yellow Gadsden flag. A big flag. It’s been there for at least 3 years. Mutti said she noticed the flag was gone the Sunday (Jan 3) after New Years. It hasn’t been back since. And too, the house has been all dark. And all the cars are parked there, as if they are away. Um…. “Tell me more?”
On Friday, a brand new American flag appeared on the pole. But the house is still dark, the cars haven’t moved. It’s still like that today. She thought perhaps X, and his flag, had gone off to attend the Capitol Insurrection. I told her if X and X’s Gadsden flag had been at the Capitol, and was still not returned therefrom, X was likely “visiting” with the FBI already.
Don’t get me wrong, if I thought X and X’s Gadsden had been at the Capitol, fled afterwards immediately, returned home and rehung the Gadsden? I’d have phoned up the FBI tip line myself. But at this point, it seems to be taking care of itself. It’s not like X has ever tried to hide X’s viewpoint. Hence the flagpole in the front yard. Everyone knows. If X’s actual neighbors, who know X personally, want to report X….so be it.
I’m frankly less concerned at this point with Gadsden wavers — who got so frightened by what happened they had to pivot and call someone 5K miles away to run out, buy an actual American flag, and hang it up at their house — than I am with the leaders of insurrections. But before I get to them, I want to talk about Mike Pence.
I consider Mike fully complicit in what happened. He’s Enabler In Chief. Did he do the right thing and certify Biden’s win? Of course. What choice did he have if he wanted to keep his political career going and at the same time get rid of his 2024 competition [the current POTUS]? This was the first tile he had to knock over to get POTUS45 out of his way. As for the 25th Amendment? No, he won’t do it. Because that would leave the POTUS free to run again. That would tank his 2024. So, no 25th. Again, politically, he’s thinking of 2024. He has to get rid completely of the POTUS. That means impeachment and conviction. That’s Mike’s end goal.
If you’re thinking Holy @! It’s just politics. The big set piece is constructing his political narrative in a way to win over all of the POTUS’s White Evangelical Christian base. And this is where things get fun. I suspect, very soon, there’s going to be a pivot in the WEC camp. It’ll be lead by WEC pastors who’ve been friendly to Mike since the year naught. They’ll say they’ve heard from God. They’ll move the WECs away from the POTUS as Cyrus narrative, to a “POTUS as Saul and VP Pence as David” narrative.
The Cyrus narrative worked great, for getting the POTUS installed. But it’s hard to maintain now. But if pastors start casting the POTUS as Saul, God’s chosen but flawed leader, who eventually is abandoned by God, then encircled by Israel’s enemies and commits suicide (along with his son Jonathan, thus ending any possible family succession)? Oh yeah, that’s a keeper for so many reasons.
Pence is already the classic David. To WECs, he’s at the court of Saul, but not at all like Saul (he’s exactly like Saul, but that’s another story). And of course, since the Capitol Insurrection? When the POTUS tried to goad his followers into killing Pence for him? It’s the same narrative as in the Bible when Saul tries to kill David. It can’t get any more on the nose. It won’t take a biblical scholar to make this jump. For Pence, it’s a way to blame everything on a scapegoat and not take any blame himself.
I don’t think POTUS45 will commit suicide. If he lands in jail, then yes maybe. But actual suicide doesn’t matter. For the WEC contingent, the Democrats impeaching and convicting the failed POTUS, a second time, will be viewed as “Saul” being “surrounded by God’s/America’s enemies.” Once convicted, the POTUS and his family will be political toast. But, here’s the good part, to all those WECs. God will have used “God’s enemies” to bring down God’s failed chosen one. Their own hands didn’t bring Saul down. So, in their view, they’re not to blame for anything (except, you know, choosing Saul over God).
So all the WECs and Pence will still be morally clean once the POTUS is gone. Pence is now free rise, “as God always intended.” But let’s not beat around the bush here. While all this is great for Pence, the reality is, these WEC leaders desperately need Pence. They have to pivot hard for Pence as David because they need to keep their own power in tact. After a suitable day or two of the rending of cloth and tears, those WEC leaders will need a new reason for their continued existence. One which allows them to claim their failure (backing the failed POTUS45) was really a God-ordained win.
Pivoting to Pence as David, allows them to save face. They can continue on and rebuild, with Pence. Nothing has to change for them – nothing. And what’s the GOP’s role in all this? Well, as the WEC core pivots to Pence, it pivots away from POTUS45. This frees up the traditional GOP in the house and senate, to land on POTUS45 like a ton of bricks. They are free to impeach and convict with impunity. They can proceed to wall off and purge out the POTUS-loyal among them. They can restructure the party to lock the fringe loyalists out of the RNC and out of GOP primaries.
That’s how I think this will play out in the core WEC circles. It’s a narrative that works for everyone, except of course the loyalist extremists wanting to overthrow the government. So…..
…back to the Capitol Insurrection….I want to be clear here, because the news media hasn’t actually touched on this. What happened on Jan 6, didn’t start on Jan 6. And I’m not talking about the months of GOP pot stirring to get extremists stirred up. No, no, no. I’m talking about the staging prep for and ramping up of the insurrectionists which culminated on Jan 6. But all that started Jan 2nd, and really up ticked on Jan 5th, right on the National Mall, all in plain view. To understand thing, all you have to do is read the rally permits. Which I did. And I hope the FBI did.
You can find these at the brief outline of the rallies Washingtonian article by Andrew Beaujon. This includes Scribd links to the full permits. You should look at every security person/groups name, every speaker listed, every bit of these permits. They tell you a @load about what was going on. But I’ll try and nutshell it all for you here.
The ginning up of people begins with the Rally to Revival. Staging for this event began at 5 am on Jan 5th and was to be over and ended at 11:59 pm that day. Trucks and equipment for the event, including “security,” are running around all that time. They provide their own security. Their own. Look at the list of names of the speakers (some of which are misspelled — Robert Stone, actually Roger Stone). Look at what they are talking about during their rally.
If the FBI really wanted to find suspects, they should be combing through these speakers networks and mailing lists. Because it goes to reason the speakers’ followers came to see them speak. Duh.
Several news sites showed a clip of people going up the Capitol steps dressed in military regalia, in an organized chain (above, red blocks), and asked: “Who are these people?” I would direct your attention to the speaker named Robert Patrick Lewis, head of the 1st Amendment Praetorians. Don’t know what he does? He brings together former military, former cops, and intelligence veterans and trains them to protect the 1st Amendment. Uh…yeah.
So when people say, “These people forming a chain looked trained.” Uh …. yeah. One would expect his trained, by military, police, intelligence and then by him, followers to be there to hear him speak. Anyone at the FBI talking to them?
You know who else spoke there at that same rally? Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. And, the following day, Jan 6th, after the Secret Service told everyone hiding and under siege (including Boebert) not to text or call anyone, Boebert texted out “The Speaker’s been removed from the chambers.” Alerting the people who wished to kill the Speaker to search elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that’s conspiracy to attempted murder.
Now have a look at the second permitted event for Jan 5th. The Silent Majority, but not your grandparents SM. They list one speaker, for 500 people? Pretty small for a majority. Nevertheless, the SM are permitted there from Jan 5 at 10 am till Jan 6 at 7 pm. That’s their permit. Two days of rally speeches? For 500 people? And during those 2 days, they set up and break down on both. So trucks and equipment moving around both days without any questions asked. For 500 people?
But here’s the fun part, the security, as written, from the permit:
LL.Volunteers and Staff: All, staff, volunteers and, exhibitors involved with the activation will be issued some form of identification. Permittee has indicated that volunteers will be identified by Silent Majority hats and black jackets and will help maintain order among your participants.NPS permit 20-0271
Now take a look at this picture from the NYT below. It was taken Jan 6th from a video entitled: ‘They Got a Officer!’: How a Mob Dragged and Beat Police at the Capitol. Have a look at the cowboy hat to the officer’s right (your left). See the fellow in the nice black jacket. See the logo on it? It’s the rising star and logo of the Silent Majority. Looks awfully like one of those SM volunteers just there to help maintain order, is doing something quite different.
Perhaps the FBI could ask for list of the SM’s “security volunteers”?
Now we come to the final permit, for the Women for America First’s Jan 6th rally. The big POTUS finale rally. The permit states 5K will attend, but at the last minute, like the day before, this was amended to 30K! Set up for this rally began Saturday Jan 2 at 6:30 am. So, 4 days to set up. 4 days of trucks and equipment moving around with privately provided security again
The permit for this really extends to 8 pm on Friday Jan 8. Seriously? 4 days to set up and 2 days to break down? This doesn’t sound right at all. My sense of this extended period to Jan 8th is that in some twisted vision of Rudy Giuliani’s legal world, the POTUS was convinced that if Biden wasn’t certified by Jan 6th at midnight, somehow “to save the country” the POTUS would automatically be declared winner (like Bush v Gore) by the SCOTUS Jan 7, and get another 4 years? I’m guessing here. But it’s probably close to that based on Giuliani’s weird phone call asking Tuberville to stall.
I’m also guessing a major desired outcome of the rally was violence, to get some blood shed, so the POTUS could then be seen and heard to send in the national guard and declare himself the “law and order” guy. Dictators typically rise to power by saying “You need me to keep order.” I think, the more dead bodies that day, the better to the POTUS. And it didn’t really matter to him whose bodies those were.
Remember, he’s a reality tv guy. Brought to power by the Touched by An Angel people. What’s better tv for his ginned-up, angry, at-home watching base than killing people live on tv? It’s good tv. It’s spectacle. It’s giving red meat, in the form of murdered people, to his base. Kill his own? Sure, they’re martyrs. Kill lawmakers? Sure, they’re traitors. Then he’d call in the troops and say “See, I’m law and order. You need me.”
I’m sorry if this shocks. It’s just how it is for people like the POTUS, people who view themselves and their lives through their media stream. The rallies, the people attending them, they’re all about him. They’re connected, all a part of his show. The organizers and speakers are all his subalterns. They prepped his/their followers into a frenzy at their own rallies and then handed them off to the POTUS for his rally so he could then aim the berserkers and set them loose on live tv. It’s a logical pattern of concerted action. It’s co-conspirator behavior.
How much planning to storm the Capitol was going on at these rallies, and during the setups and breakdowns? Who all was involved? I couldn’t tell you. But I imagine the best place for leaders to finalize plans and launch an attack is always on-site and within striking distance of a target – so leaders can watch. The idea that any of what happened on Jan 6th was spontaneous violence? Absurd. People were engaged, trained, and released hell-bent a targeted violent attack, by leaders who picked the target. The US Capitol and anyone in it.
We’ll know more in a few months. The FBI has over 70K tips to follow already. As for lack of briefings? You don’t want to brief a large group of all lawmakers, when it’s very apparent many lawmakers in your audience were actively involved and would seek to use your information to shield themselves and their insurrectionist friends. So, consider the FBI etc silence all part of the dance.
Mutti reports the current covid rate in Gran’s area is 1:100, one in one hundred people has tested positive for covid. A large fairground is opening to give vaccinations, but so far, only to those in 1A group. Which doesn’t include Gran. Which is totally stupid, because people over 90 have the highest death rates and when hospitals decide to “triage” people out of care, it’s the very old they send home to die. Anyone 70+ should all be 1A. At least then they’ll have a chance to live.
And a friend in LA got a US Treasury Economic Impact card, which had an exp date of 1/24 and instructions to hold onto it. Apparently the US Treasury expects the second GOP-caused market crash to severely impact the economy and well being of the millions for at least 4 years. And, apparently, the US Treasury also expects that more stimulus will be issued over the coming 4 years to combat it.
This is the state of America now. All because of 4 years of unrelenting bananas leadership of the GOP and POTUS45. All I can hope is this is the year we finally decide to finish the Reconstruction. The attack on the Capitol could not have happened if white supremacy had been killed off 150 years ago, as it should have been. Had GOP members of Congress died on Jan 6th, it would have been at the hands of the very people they had courted for votes by suggesting their extremist, violent, hate-filled world view had merit and then made policy.
It still appalls me that only when the GOP membership is about to die at the hands of their own party members, whom they stoked into violence, do they finally give a crap about extremist Christian white nationalist violence against people. They don’t care about this same violence, which they stoked and stoked and stoked, that’s been falling on everyone else for the last 5 years.
They just care about what happened to them, that day. And even during that horrible day, they still can’t bring themselves to give a crap about anyone but themselves and do the right thing. Like wear a mask in a crowded room. And after that horrible day? Still can’t lower a flag to half-mast right away for the policeman who died defending them. Still can’t flat out vote to impeach and convict their authoritarian leader who tried to assassinate them. Wow.
Jan 20th? You can’t get here soon enough for me. Jan 20 is also, Bodhi Day. The Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. And National Cheese Lover’s Day. Hmm…a little chanting, and then we’ll watch Joe get sworn in over some festive fondue, and a dry white white – because it’s Dry January still. That’s what the means right? Drink only dry wines?
I’m off WP posting till after Valentine’s now. I promised the Significant Other. See you on the other side!