The mob violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was deplorable and disgusting. It is the antithesis of a free society that wishes to remain free. Any supporter of President Trump and his policies must denounce this horror with even more vehemence than they denounced the riots of last summer, but the two are not equivalent.

President Trump has stoked these fires of resentment and his weak comments after the breach of the Capitol, which resulted in five deaths and at least 70 arrests, were insufficient and lacked the power of sincerity. In this, President-elect Joe Biden sounded more presidential in his statement. He called it an “insurrection.”

Criminal.findlaw.com gives a definition of what happened Wednesday: “Incitement to riot is when a person encourages others to commit a breach of the peace without necessarily acting themselves. This may involve statements, signs, or conduct intended to lead others to riot.”

By any fair measurement, President Trump’s rhetoric, especially since the Nov. 3 election, has incited people to distrust their own government and the way our leaders are selected. At the extreme, which is what we saw on TV Wednesday and repeated nonstop on cable news, he gave permission, even encouragement, to extremists to practice the kind of behavior they denounce when their political opposites behave this way. He even trashed his loyal vice president. In a tweet he called Mike Pence “weak.” Compared to the president’s rhetoric and character, Pence is Superman. Et tu, Brute?

The rioters — and the president — have claimed the mantel of “law and order” and “support the police” and yet when it came to obeying the law, preserving order and respecting the police they would have none of it.

Conservatives and evangelical Christians, like myself, have for too long rationalized that ignoring the president’s language and behavior was tolerable because of his policies. There comes a time, however (even at this late hour) when one must ask one’s self if this was a Faustian bargain that overwhelmed legitimate policy disagreements.

I have been called a traitor, weak, a relic of the past and words unrepeatable in the newspaper because of past criticism of President Trump for lesser things, but in order to retain one’s credibility a standard of right and wrong must be sacrosanct. On Wednesday that standard was jettisoned by people who claim to adhere to it.

The excuses, the comparisons with what the left does and the “whataboutisms” won’t cut it this time. This is not conservatism. This is not Republicanism. The Republican Party was founded largely as an anti-slavery party. Too many among today’s members and among conservatives (not always the same thing) have become enslaved to the person and personality of Donald Trump. This is not hero worship. It is idolatry.

Conservative principles and ideas are not the property of any one person. It is undeniable that President Trump has done many good things for the country, but at what cost?

Republicans have lost their claim to be the party of balanced budgets. Do they also want to lose their claim to be the party of morality and “family values”?

During the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy used a line that still rings in my ears since I heard it as a young college student. About his opponent, Richard Nixon and the Eisenhower-Nixon administration, Kennedy said, “We can do better.”

We CAN do better than the mob violence that occurred in Washington. We CAN do better when it comes to the way we speak to fellow Americans. And as much as it pains me to say so, because I have flirted at times with making this bargain with the political devils, we can do better than Donald J. Trump.

2021, Tribune Content Agency

(27) comments

Donald

Who knew?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu6PH9E5jiA

[beam]

Driller

freeride, Do you think only Democrats were hiding behind their seats. Looks like the Republicans including No Spine Cline took the Capitol Police's advice and hid. An example, did Pence's wife and daughter deserve to go through all that ignorance? I didn't see any Republicans coming out in front of the mob and try to stop them?

freeride

driller, it was shameful to see both Republicans and Democrats cowering like scared rabbits and just think, these are the folks who send brave young men to war. It now is being reported that a leftist antifa thug (who was arrested) was yelling at security saying people were being hurt when in fact at that point no one was seriously injured. Thats when a security agent shot and killed an unarmed woman who was jumping on a door. The whole incident was ridiculous and obviously staged....how in the world could they enter one of the most supposedly secure buildings in America with nothing but flagpoles and backpacks?

Driller

freeride, the Con Don supporters were lucky more of them were not shot. Why do they say they were listening to Con Don? I heard half the rioters were Antifa people. They painted on white faces and wore MAGA hats. I guess you are going to tell me facing a mob like that you wouldn't have been scared. If you try to tell me that you are a liar!!

Donald

America’s ruling class was content with one Party rule as long as it consisted of a Republican wing and a Democratic wing which prioritized the ruling class’s interests. With the unanticipated win of a candidate that was neither Democrat nor Republican, and worse – appealed to American working families -- that apple cart was turned over.

To avoid such an unpleasant turn of circumstance in the future, they are all in for replicating California-style One Party rule.

Having once again gained near complete control over the government through the efforts of those who supported the Harris-Biden ticket and looked the other way concerning fraud, the ruling class will want to do this quickly, prior to the 2022 ‘elections’, so how best to do it?

The DNC controlled government will be told to enact or do through executive order, and the corporate media will to told to aggressively promote:

Mass amnesty and allocation of greencards to illegal aliens, shortened green card-to-citizenship waiting period, elimination of citizenship test, packing the SCOTUS, elimination of the Electoral College, futher criminalize wrongspeak, and open the borders to anyone from a non-Western country. At least that is what they would like to do. What they have planned for week 2 is up for grabs. [beam]

Donald

Well, I'll be darned! Guess I'm better at reading their intention than I thought. Scary.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/12/kamala-harris-immigration-green-cards-daca-citizenship-458455

[sad]

DeftCurmudgeon

Nailed it.

freeride

The violence that took place at the capitol was wrong but it was minor compared to what happened during the summer in D.C., Seattle, Portland and many other cities in this country. A few windows broken...a few police harassed and one or two beat up one supposedly died from injuries....a few items stolen and a desk or two moved around....HORRO'S! The 6 people who died? Two died from health issues...heart attack and stroke...one unarmed woman shot by a coward policeman...one woman they are not sure but they think she was trampled...and a cop who died from injuries. Come on people don't be fooled by the lefts attempts too turn this into something comparable to Pearl Harbor. Heck they don't even know if the people who actually broke windows and beat up cops were Trump supporters. Almost a million people there and not one fire was started, no police cars burned or over turned, nothing outside the capital building was destroyed....how can anyone with any moral compass think this was the tragedy the left is trying to make it out to be? No one should have broken windows or physically harmed police or entered the capitol but it has no comparison to the destruction in D.C. when antifa and blm rioted and its a shame what the left is doing and we all see it and yet too many Democrats are going along with it because they think it will favor them in the end...I disagree!

LVW

freeride: Denial is not just a river in Egypt! The difference is the President of the United States riled up his supporters to march on the Capital to attempt to overturn an election, and violence ensued.

DeftCurmudgeon

Can't really "overturn" what was fraudulently won but I'll admit that Trump telling all those folks to show up in DC spiked any chance to put the evidence in the national spotlight.

Not nearly as much death or destruction as was caused by the Democrats in the last six months but what's done is done.

Now we get to see how the -real- totalitarians wield power.

Should be fun.

LVW

Sorry, but the idea that Democrats "caused" that is false. In fact, Dem politicians condemned violence. For example, your soon-to-be president, on May 31, said, "Protesting such brutality [talking about Floyd] is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not."

DeftCurmudgeon

Oh, look - the BLM terrorist that helped kill the AF vet got busted.

https://noqreport.com/2021/01/14/blm-instigator-of-capitol-riots-john-earle-sullivan-arrested/

Imagine that.

LVW

Lol, quality reporting by the noqreport. Did the “instigator” carry all those Trump nuts to the Capital, ya think?

freeride

LVW, That is just not true and I think you know it but you are going along with the deception to make Trump supporters look bad. I listened to his speech and in no way did it make me feel like destroying anything or hurting anyone. I know several people who were there and they felt the same way. It is now being put forth that leftists (one has been arrested in Utah) instigators started the whole thing. I know Trump supporters went inside the capitol but many just took a few pictures and left and some did engage the police, but this was no coup or attempt to take over the govt. even the most naive brainwashed dumb dumb knows better than that. Again, when the truth comes out it will more than likely put egg on the face of the Democrat party and again it will be too late....thats how they always plan it!

Driller

freeride, More information is coming out and it looks like Con Don's supporters really wanted to kill Pence and other Congressional people. If you had friends that didn't feel like destroying anything, they weren't able to to stop the Con Don supporters that did want to destroy property. I'm sure you could have found people in the riots this summer, that felt the same way your friends did, but they got the same results as your friends did at the Capitol. Either way, it doesn't make it right on either side. You must not be watching what happened on Jan 6. Even FOX is showing Con Don supporters over running police, beating them with flag poles and other objects. and destroying the Capitol. You are quite delusional, face the facts Con Don incited these idiots and the riot. Even Kevin McCarthy said Con Don needed to take responsibility for causing this attack on the Capitol.

LVW

freeride: Two things: (1) I don't believe Trump foresaw that his nutty followers were going to actually storm the Capital hunting Congressmen and the Vice President. (But he has been playing with fire for quite awhile with his baseless claims and finally got burned.) (2) It is nonsense to claim that the Capital "siege" was caused by anyone other than nutty Trump supporters, like QAnon followers, Proud Boys, and various other delusional lunatics who list themselves among the cult of Trump. You might find the odd lefty lunatic along for the ride, but it was a Trump crowd.

Driller

freeride, this post is what I would expect Con Don to post. Too stupid to give a reply!!

bootsielawson

Love it when they show their true colors, just means more failures to primary out of a job. Not a word about the 33 people murdered, 11 federal buildings damaged, millions of dollars worth of businesses and homes destroyed. Knees harris bailing out rioters, not a syllable. Cowards

prodigalson

Great post Bootsie. I agree.

LVW

Et tu, Cal? Another 11th hour awakening, another rat fleeing Trump's sinking ship.

DeftCurmudgeon

The GOP is fleeing its base, and it ain't coming back.

prodigalson

Yep. Trump has pulled the curtain back on who these RINOs really are, and they are trying desperately to demonize Trump as the source of their problems. But you're right Deft, it's not working with the base. Trump's voters have been the foot soldiers of the party, and unfortunately, they have been abondoned by the Globalist GOP elites. They will pay dearly for this, as will the rest of the country. I think the Republican party as a national force is pretty much done.

DeftCurmudgeon

Yep, once President* Xiden throws open the borders to the "huddled masses" and hands them citizenship and a prepaid VISA card on the way in the GOP may never win another presidential election.

The Dems may not even need to get their fraud on next cycle.

Donald

I think you are pretty much spot on, Mr. prodigalson, but I will suggest that there is a good possibility that what is “done”, may very well be the current crop of RNC politicians. I guess we will know when primaries for 2022 take place. Of course, it may not make any difference by then.

LVW

Indeed, this is amazing to me (from the New Yorker): "...even after Donald Trump lost his party the White House and Senate, inspired an insurrectionary mob to storm the Capitol and kill a cop, and earned the open enmity of Republican leaders, he still boasts the support of a supermajority of his party's base."

freeride

LVW, Obama's hateful rhetoric toward law enforcement during his presidency was directly responsible for many innocent law enforcement officers losing their lives and the hate speech still goes on today.....talk about inciting people. The notion the left would push the narrative that all cops are racists...even black ones...is sickening, then to watch them cower behind their seats and desks like little school children during a bombing drill was hilarious. What did they think a few unarmed flag waving people were going to do? Now lo and behold they are praising the police and handing out pieces of garbage medals to the National Guard troops who are sleeping on the floor, eating cold dinners, and away from their families to protect these clowns. Using this incident to scare people into believing something horrible will happen at the inauguration....the only thing that would happen is no one would show up so they've shut the city down to keep that embarrassment from happening.

prodigalson

Excellent post Dant. I agree with you.

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