Opinion: Another Day, Another 1814

An ornery Trumpee stares down a DC National Guardsman. (Photo by Yolanda DeFazio/Special for AmericaJR)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

~~~Thomas Jefferson in The Declaration of Independence

All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”

~~~Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf

Nothing will stop us…..”

~~~Ashli Babbitt, USAF Veteran

I’d rather die than give you control…”

~~~Nine Inch Nails from the song “Head Like A Hole”

Revolutions are infinite.”

~~~Yevgeny Zamyatin, Author of “We,” a dystopian novel of a world of harmony and conformity within a united totalitarian state


Boy, oh, boy! The St. Bartholomew’s Massacre Day sure craves drama on its anniversaries. In 1814, on its 242nd grim anniversary, The White House and The Capitol Building were burned to a crisp by the Brits. If I offend anyone by using that term, I could use John, Paul, George or Ringos. Or would it be Ringoes? Where is Dan Quayle when you need him?

Then, in Prague in 2006, Pluto was ignominiously demoted on August 24th. A trifecta of outrages. Pluto was the first planet discovered by an American, by the way. Clyde Tombaugh of Illinois. His grandnephew is Clayton Kershaw, who just won his first World Series ever – with the Dodgers. And, yes, Clayton was outraged about Pluto. Kimmel asked him about it.

Now, in 2021, with a new anniversary in the works, on January 6th, The Capitol Building was stormed on behalf of our President, who has seen and cited video and first-hand accounts of fraud on General Election Day 2020 that Big Media and Big Tech and Big Swamp refuse to acknowledge is being absorbed by millions. Just keep denying with your Big Lie. Shameless elitist scum who think the American people are stupid and should be led by the nose from cradle to grave. Trump’s appeal is not hard to understand. They had to do something. So take a page from Hitler and run with it.

As someone who loved the study of Constitutional Law whilst in law school, something about Big Tech reaching over from the Freedom of the Press Clause of the First Amendment to censor The Freedom of Speech Clause of the First Amendment, impacting the entire American population, seems not only ungrateful, but unconstitutional – if they can be shown to be an agent, feeder, or unequal beneficiary of governmental largess. And, a new law or Amendment should be passed to make the Bill of Rights apply to private businesses doing business in America. Otherwise, we live in a virtual fascist nation. Congress needs to rein in private companies who suppress the free speech of employees, including making people hide their tats, or just not hiring them. Don’t be lame, people. At least think about it the next time you lick one of your free stamps.

I heard a CBS Radio reporter say the Trumpees came to DC to maraud. I don’t think he understands how a mob works. Also, he is maligning all Trumpees. He’s probably never read Freud. Maybe the Cliff Notes the night before his Psych Final in undergrad. On No-Dose, of course.

I stayed up practically all night for my Art History Final. I remember Professor Bissell gave us a clue for the name of a Picasso he was showing us a slide of. The Reservior.

At the rally the morning of January 6th, by The Washington Monument, there was a mixed assortment of Trumpees of all races and ethnicities who had one thing in common. They thought, and probably still think, a sitting President was robbed of his second term. Big Media and Big Tech and Big Swamp consider this a Thought Crime. Surely, they will be, if not already, on AOC’s List.

It’s not that hard to wrap your head around. What if the same thing happens to AOC in 2032? Would that be okay? Could you live with Ivanka or Donald Jr. as President as the result of Dominion helping Republicans as a result of a hostile takeover or perhaps a simple portfolio swap?

So, not sure if my timeline is exactly right, but work with me; I’m flowing, Holmes, first, the Trumpees arrived, peacefully, gathering cautiously, then Trump spoke shortly after noon, never once urging the Trumpees onto violence, or even trespass, then Pence put the kibosh on their hopes, and then, and only then, with the pain and self-righteous wrath of an aggrieved mob of colorful Trumpees, adorned with patriotic beatitude, did they decide in the classic mob way, perhaps with stealth agitators for all we know, to storm the Capitol Building like so many Bastilles. Not every Trumpee crossed that line. And some who did did not do any damage or assault anyone, either. Those who did must face the wrath of the justice system since their little revolution failed. I guess Trump is no George Washington.

I’m just saying don’t demonize all Trumpees. I like Trump; but I’m mad at him for messing with ANWR. I told him I voted for him on Twitter; but, he’s still being heartless when it comes to the arctic wildlife that calls that incredible refuge “Home.” Luckily, the oil lease sale, also on January 6th, failed spectacularly. Big Oil didn’t even show up. Just some small fry. But they did buy some leases, so Biden needs to act on that quickly. The Senate should be doing stuff for the people, too, and not wasting time trying Trump for being generally tremendous. Yeah, he should’ve worn a mask a lot sooner; but he did stop flights from China – something Biden’s masters would’ve vetoed.

But I can’t pretend like Big Tech, Big Media, Nancy Pelosi, and The Squad that there wasn’t a slew of shenanigans on Election Night and its immediate aftermath. I was the only kid in my kindergarten class in Detroit that didn’t think the lady in the bunny suit was the Easter Bunny, too.

Then Ashli Babbitt was shot in the neck by a D.C. cop with an AR-15 as she tried to enter the Senate Chambers. I don’t want to rag on cops in this piece. Many of you know my dad was a cop in Detroit. His nickname was Ratman. So was his dad, my grampa. He didn’t have a nickname. Everyone called him Harvey. Being a cop is a thankless job; and my heart goes out to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who was murdered by a maniacal Trumpee – not that they all acted manically; but that one definitely did – although it may’ve been in self-defense to some degree. One can argue all revolutions, or most of them, at any rate, require a bit of bloodletting. That may be. It is what it is. I didn’t write the book on revolutions.

The cops generally did an amazing job. I don’t envy them. They didn’t make this mess. Any poll worker, vote tabulator, supervisor, or USPS employee, including management, Dominion, in all likelihood, and anyone or anything else messing with the ballots made it the colossal cluster**** that it was and is.

To understand an action you have to understand proximate cause. To understand History, you have to know your History. Nothing happens in a vacuum. The Trumpees who became a mob and rushed The Capitol Building were not only energized by the words of our sitting President, they remembered the outrages of Election Day, the hidden suitcases only brought out in the dead of night after the GOP monitors left, the whistle-blower postal worker, perhaps pressured to recant, the voting machines whose results are easily manipulated, Seth Rich, Vince Foster. Benghazi. The list of AOC.

So as they headed to Nancy Pelosi’s office, their collective mob mind had a method to its madness.

Ashli knowingly risked her life when she went for Pence, or whatever it was she saw on the other side of that door. To demonize her is too easy. She did not kill a cop. Four tours of duty with the USAF. Pence was reportedly on the other side of the broken window she was negotiating until she was cut down by a DC cop gallantly protecting our VP; well, he was our VP, now that is open for debate. I understand what he did. I am not mad at him. It came to that. And now the jig is up. It shouldn’t ever have had to come to that; but it did. Other nations like France don’t have mail-in ballots for this reason. It’s too easy to fudge like Mackinac.

Let us not forget for one second why Ashli Babbitt went to DC. She went to honor and defend our President. To fight for him in whatever way seemed best. She did not know she was going to breach the Capitol Building. She did not bring a weapon. She died a hero in what we know now was a futile cause, or was it? Those calling her a traitor are ignorant of the words of Thomas Jefferson in The Declaration of Independence that lead this article.

It was a foolhardy thing to do, perhaps, where fools rush in, they say; but such has revolution always been. The British didn’t see George Washington as a hero. They saw him as a colonious traitor. The bottom line is most, if not all, revolutions involve only a small percentage of a people. But that doesn’t make a revolutionary any less of a revolutionary.

So, the willful mischaracterization by Big Media, Big Tech, and Big Swamp of the revolutionaries as traitors is all part of the Big Lie that the November 3rd Election was “the most secure election in History.” If it was so awesome, why is Big Tech so anxious to censor anyone who questions it? What are they trying to hide? And why is Big Swamp not fighting to protect the free speech rights of the American people? Can you say “collusion?”

The anger that led to the storming of the Capitol Building was smoldering for two months. The mob of Trumpees who stormed the Capitol Building didn’t need Trump to incite them. The Big Lie inspired them. Denying the words of a whistle-blower, the funny voting machines, the fake water main break, the cheers when Republican monitors were escorted out of the tabulation centers. The numbers flipping in the dead of night. Shenanigans covered up with the Big Lie by Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Swamp.

Yes, it was wrong to kill that DC cop. It was criminal. In the heat of the moment during a revolution, tempers flare on all sides. Hindsight is 20/20. But we know Trump never called for violence, or even a breach of the Capitol. This is what Trump actually said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to The Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Later in the speech, he says, “But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.” I’m sorry; but those are not words of incitement to insurrect.  And President Trump was speaking of “election security” when he said, “And we fight. We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” When Rudy spoke of “trial by combat,” he may’ve crossed a line; but, no one cares. Big Swamp wants Trump’s head on a silver platter.

Should he be impeached? No. Should he be banned from social media? No. Should he be banned from holding public office? He might be. He’s old, anyway.

In 2024, he’ll be older than Biden is now. Our nation needs leaders in their prime. We just need to survive Biden, and probably Kamala, too. I fully expect her to get a crack at the Presidency. From the substance of her tweets and her performance in her debate with Pence, her intellect doesn’t appear very powerful.

But if America can survive these two twits, 2024 may well mark a new revolution that can truly drain the Swamp.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article are that of the writer, Mike Wrathell, and not the opinions of AmericaJR.com as a whole.

Photo by Yolanda DeFazio / Special for AmericaJR
The Washington Monument seemed to be a focal point on the morning of the 6th. (Photo by Yolanda DeFazio/Special for AmericaJR)

Photo by Yolanda DeFazio / Special for AmericaJR
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) dodged a bullet on January 6th, 2021, suffering only a graze wound as Big Oil was too scared of the repercussions should it start shooting baby polar bears in the head in their mad quest for oil under the pristine tundra. Only a few small fry operations bought some oil leases. Environment groups are hoping the Biden Administration will buy them back and enact new legislation or executive orders to ensure this travesty never happens again.
“She’s making a list, and checking it thrice.” by Mike Wrathell. Raw Color Image:  Matt Johnson.
“Bastille Day Pluto” by Mike Wrathell. Raw Color Image:  NASA/SwRI/JHUAPL/UArizona.
Pablo Picasso. The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro. Horta de Sant Joan, summer 1909 | MoMA (© 2021 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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