In my column yesterday morning, I said that Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol has given the establishment the pretext to escalate the divide even further. There can be no de-escalation now. To mix my metaphors, the floodgates have opened and there’s no putting the genie back into the bottle.
But the fact is, they don’t want to put the genie back into the bottle. Instead, they’ll use that genie to wish for an even bigger genie.
Yesterday, this is what I warned would happen:
Big Tech will crack down so hard on conservatives, it’ll make our teeth rattle.
Trump himself has been suspended from Twitter over his tweets from yesterday afternoon. And the next time one of his tweets violates their capricious terms of service, he will be permanently banned.
Politicians will use what happened yesterday as a pretext for limiting free speech and freedom of assembly – and boy, did they get the perfect pretense for coming after our 2nd Amendment.
What’s worse, the media will triple-down on vilifying and marginalizing the working class voters who made up Trump’s base. That, in turn, will only further radicalize them.
The people who swarmed the Capitol yesterday will absolutely face jail time – unlike the BLM/Antifa rioters who burned and looted their way through DC this summer. And that disparity in “justice” will only anger and radicalize normal Americans even further.
It didn’t take long for me to be proven right.
By Thursday, the escalation was well underway. They wasted no time exploiting Wednesday’s events. No time at all.
Members of the Squad are demanding that the freshman Black Lives Matter Congresswoman’s resolution to expel every Republican who voted to challenge any state’s electoral votes be passed.
How is that de-escalation?
Well, it’s not.
Sarcasm can be a useful tool in the hands of Tim Pool.
The truth is, we can’t make this stop.
De-escalation is not possible because they don’t want de-escalation.
And as loath as I am to make comparisons to Nazi Germany, the Establishment is using Wednesday’s events like a modern-day Reichstag Fire. It is their pretext for doubling and tripling down.
Yesterday, I saw this report from Politico reporter Sam Mintz:
But of course. It isn’t enough to accuse them of being “domestic terrorists;” now they want the government to label them domestic terrorists and bar them from flying.
And don’t think the exploitation is limited to Congress or huffy stewardesses who don’t want to mix with icky Trump supporters.
Yesterday Simon & Schuster, who was set to publish a book by Senator Josh Hawley about Big Tech censorship, released this idiotic statement:
After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator John Hawley’s forthcoming book, THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH. We did not come to this decision lightly. As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibilities as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.
What absolute nonsense. And what astounding irony. Simon & Schuster is censoring a book on censorship.
I wonder if it upset Simon & Schuster’s delicate sensibilities over “democracy and freedom” when earlier this week Antifa swarmed Josh Hawley’s home and terrorized his wife and newborn child.
Probably not. Because some “dangerous threats” are totally okay.
Josh Hawley had nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol. Not one thing.
But it doesn’t matter, does it?
Like the Reichstag Fire, what happened on Wednesday is a golden opportunity to marginalize and villainize anyone on the Right. And these guys are going to make full use of it.
There won’t be any attempt at de-escalation because they don’t want de-escalation.
And don’t think airlines or book publishers will be the only ones openly seeking to ban people on the Right from participating in free speech, free assembly or the right to participate in our economy.
Because they won’t be.
Banks, property insurance companies, mortgage companies, Big Tech, you name it – they’ll all use Wednesday as a pretext for shutting out anyone whose politics doesn’t conform with those in what Jesse Kelly calls “The System.”
Even the incoming President-elect and his President-elect-in-waiting chose to eschew de-escalation in favor of throwing more fuel on the fire.
Both Biden and Harris used their response statements to complain about the disparity in treatment between Black Lives Matter rioters and the people who stormed the Capitol.
Because at a fractured time like this, the way to “restore the soul of the nation” is to further divide it with craven and disingenuous what-aboutism.
Jesse Kelly had an excellent rebuttal to this on his show last night:
Jesse’s right. There is a disparity, only not in the way Biden or Harris contend.
These two fools hope to rewrite history and pretend that the months of violent riots that burned to the ground cities like Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kenosha didn’t happen. That police in these cities weren’t ordered to stand down, and the rioters weren’t released from jail with no charges.
All summer, politicians like Biden and Harris praised and encouraged the rioters destroying our cities. They even solicited donations to a fund to bail these violent criminals out of jail (on the rare chance they actually got arrested).
The same corporations that this week are tripping over themselves to condemn Wednesday’s incident bent a knee and offered slobbering support and financial donations to the people who destroyed our cities.
The same guilty white suburbanites and urban hipsters who are now shrieking about “white supremacist insurrectionists” while celebrating a police officer shooting Ashli Bobbit spent the summer engaged in performative self-flagellation and begging forgiveness from Black Lives Matter for the sin of being the wrong skin color.
The same people who spent the summer calling all police murderers are now bending over backwards to declare Ashli Bobbit’s death at the hands of Capitol police a “justified shooting.”
And because we can’t be rid of her ever, the high-minded Michelle Obama had to offer her two cents. She of the earnest “when they go low, we go high” demanded that all social media companies permanently ban Donald Trump from their platforms.
Never let a crisis go to waste, am I right Michelle?
De-escalation? None of them want de-escalation.
None of them want to “restore the soul of our nation” – not even the man who ran for President making that very claim.
And Unity? Well, as I said back in November “They don’t want unity; they want submission.”
They are using what happened on Wednesday as the perfect pretext to drive us to our knees and force us to submit. And if we refuse, then they will not hesitate to further marginalize and vilify half the country.
They will not hesitate to criminalize completely lawful behavior if it is done by those on the Right, while they simultaneously ignore criminal behavior by those on the Left.
They don’t care if their actions further escalate the tensions in our already fractured country.
These so-called “believers in science” don’t give a crap about Newton’s Third Law – for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This drive to escalate the tensions even further will only result in an equal and opposite reaction.
And the media will be there to ensure this escalation reaches its zenith.
Not since COVID has the news media received such a wonderful gift. And they wasted no time making the most of it.
The media aren’t just fanning the flames; they’re happily frolicking in the raging fire like a puppy in a fountain.
And like the rest of “The System,” the media will never acknowledge its own role in driving us to this point.
This is the reason Wednesday’s events left me furious. I knew what happened would be used as a pretext to crank the tyranny to Spinal Tap 11.
For ten months the country has been on lockdown. We as a people have watched as our liberties and rights get suspended in the name of “keeping us safe” from a virus with a 99% survival rate.
And while we lost our jobs, our businesses, our savings and our right to participate freely in our economy (or move about freely in our own country), they exploited those lockdowns to undermine our free and fair elections – all to rid themselves of Donald Trump.
They pushed the American people to the brink and then scoffed at the anger they fomented.
Is it at all surprising that those who have been living under this kind of capricious tyranny — who felt ignored and disenfranchised — threw caution to the wind and took the lead of those urging them to take the fight to the Capitol? No. It isn’t surprising.
Wednesday didn’t happen in a vacuum. It didn’t just spring fully formed out of nothing.
I wasn’t furious over this because “we’re better than that” or because “that’s not who we are.”
I was furious because I know who they are.
And I knew what they would do.
Because they don’t want unity.
They don’t want to “restore the soul of the nation.”
And they sure as hell do not want to de-escalate these ever-rising tensions.
Eventually the COVID pandemic will end taking away the pretext they’ve used to deprive us of our livelihoods and liberty. And these guys do not want to relinquish all that power and control they took upon themselves.
They needed a new pretext to not only continue wielding that power, but to give themselves even more power on top of it.
Now they have that new pretext, and they’re going to town with it.
How bad will this get?
I honestly don’t know, but I fear it will be unspeakably bad.
So bad, in fact, that we’ll look back at the COVID lockdowns and think to ourselves, “Boy, that was nothing compared to this.”
Dear God. “Unspeakably bad” is already warming up offstage even as you read this.
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