“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation….” – Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson
In the Declaration of Independence, the 13 American British Colonies submitted a laundry list of grievances to King George and then based upon those grievances staked their claim to sovereignty. They knew full well that the consequences of failure were likely death, and for many the consequences of success, also death. Yesterday a large contingency of supporters of President Donald Trump met in Washington DC to bolster their demands that our elections be free, fair and transparent. Upon the publication that objections would not be seriously entertained but rather enshrined in the Capitol, a contingency of angry protestors stormed the Capitol Building. Now many of these people were permitted on the Capitol grounds, and this is evident in video provided demonstrating LE opening the gates and barriers for Veterans and the like. Still another contingency seemingly forced their way into the Capitol building. I say seemingly, because it is very much in dispute how much force was required to run rampant in one of the most secure facilities in the nation, and many of the photo opportunists were known political activists not of the Trumpian persuasion. The ensuing result of the barrage is a Capitol police officer discharging their weapon through glass and into a crowd of angry protestors, killing a young woman on the other side.
Before any details were publicized, my initial response was “good!” These are people actively withdrawing their consent from the rulers, inside the ruler’s palace. A large contingency of voters objected to very brazen and unConstitutional changes to electoral law to create a desired outcome, and when their redress of grievances was not heard, they took action. This is a rich tradition in the United States and civil disobedience like occupying public facilities is one way that citizens have historically demanded their voice be recognized. All of this being said, the ensuing coverage from the Politburo is what tipped my bs meter in the direction of smoke and mirrors. A complicit press that in recent history called $2.1 billion in riot damage from the shooting of a rapist 93% peaceful, feigned outrage over voters storming the Capitol to demand their objections to electoral fraud be heard. And this was the impetus used to justify stifling any remaining dissent.
In some ways this is incident is reminiscent of the Boston Massacre. Crispus Attucks was the first victim of the Boston Massacre and the first death in the American Revolution. We don’t have many details on Mr. Attucks, but he was an unarmed minority man, mixed in with a crowd of angry protestors and agitators, and on the receiving end of state demands for submission. British soldiers acted in defense of the local customs house (tax facility) that was surrounded by angry colonists, and in the height of chaos fired into the crowd, killing 5. The young woman killed yesterday, Ashley Babbitt, was a 14 year veteran of the Air Force who served 4 tours of duty in service of her country. She was an unarmed woman, mixed in with a crowd of angry protestors and agitators and on the receiving end of state demands for submission. She swore an oath to the Constitution of the United States and perished in its defense. I hope that in time she is memorialized for living out her convictions. It is my prayer that blood need not be shed in order to create a system where participants feel obliged to lend their consent again, but the American spirit is not one of subservience to an intractable state.