by James Kirkpatrick, The Unz Review:
While America faces a historic crime wave, the Department of Justice is maintaining a furious campaign of persecution against January 6 protesters. It’s impossible to see this as other than politically-driven, given its total indifference to political violence from the Left. National law enforcement now operates like a political police, more interested in protecting Regime Media narratives than Americans’ lives and property. Every day, it gets harder to support a government that has nothing to offer the country’s core population but hate. This can’t go on.
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Mass murderer Ahmad Al-Issa was a Muslim immigrant reportedly on the FBI’s radar—yet this has led to no Regime Media or law enforcement campaign against foreigners radicalized by Islam. Instead, we’re getting more drumbeating about gun control, even though the banal truth is that it’s inner-city crime that’s increasing and no one is doing anything about it.
The Regime Media is attempting to weaponize the January 6 Capitol riot as a kind of Reichstag Fire. Yet facts keep getting in the way. The most obvious victim was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed female Trump supporter shot dead by a still-unnamed black law enforcement officer. But the same media obsessed with police shootings has ignored this event, unless it’s smearing her posthumously [Woman Killed in Capitol Embraced Trump and QAnon, by Ellen Barry, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Dave Philipps, The New York Times, January 20, 2021].
Other Trump supporters who died, allegedly because of underlying heath conditions, arguably exacerbated by police brutality, also received postmortem smears [Trump supporters who died during Capitol riot left online presence, by Ben Kesslen, NBC News, January 7, 2021]. Officer Brian Sicknick (himself reportedly a Trump supporter) was confronted during the protests and later died [Officer Brian Sicknick Died After the Capitol Riot. New Videos Show How He Was Attacked. By Evan Hill, David Botti, Dmitriy Khavin, Drew Jordan, and Malachy Browne, New York Times, March 24, 2021]. But prosecutors are having a hard time making the case that it was “murder” [So-Called “Assault Video” Creates Big Problems for Prosecutors in Sicknick Capitol Riot Death Case, Revolver March 31, 2021].
In fact, the whole “attack on democracy” melodrama has fallen apart. Politico just told its progressive-leaning readers to prepare for a “jarring reality check” when most of those who entered the Capitol receive little or no jail time [Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time, by Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney, March 30, 2021].
The Dem/Media Complex had invented a carefully organized “white nationalist” coup attempt out of whole cloth. The truer and more tragic story: these protestors marched under the mistaken assumption someone in power cared about them. No one did.
As proof, consider that some protesters are in jail now and have been denied bail because government lawyers successfully argued that denying Joe Biden’s legitimacy as President of the U.S. means they constituted a flight risk [America’s Political Prisoners First, by Julie Kelly, American Greatness, February 4, 2021].
Prosecutor Michael Sherwin bragged on 60 Minutes that he was leaning towards “sedition” charges for what CBS called the “assault” on the Capitol [Inside the prosecution of the Capitol rioters, by Scott Pelley, 60 Minutes, March 22, 2021]. Sherwin is now being investigated for what some have called “grandstanding,” but an opinion piece in USA Today, the country’s most widely read publication, said that he was totally right to do an interview with a television program even before trials have begun [DOJ lawyer Michael Sherwin was right to discuss Capitol riots on ’60 minutes’ interview, by Ankush Khardori, March 30, 2021].
When protesters are being tried for “sedition,” we’re entering new political territory.
None of this is to deny that illegal acts took place at the Capitol (mostly trespassing—as during the memory-holed Kavanaugh incursion). Even if Officer Sicknick died from unrelated causes, there’s no excuse for brawling with him. When there’s a riot, regardless of cause, the answer is ruthless coercion.
However, the reason such force is justified is because the rule of law has value in itself. And if we are being honest, the rule of law hasn’t existed in this country for a very long time. The government, including its Deep State dimension, has destroyed its own legitimacy.
Thus the Black Lives Matter riots should have been put down at the beginning, rather than being given political patronage and corporate sponsorship. They were not. Hence they triggered a wave of violent crime that has mostly victimized the very people BLM protesters claimed to protect. It was a catastrophic failure of government at every level to provide its basic function: public order.
We see this too in the deliberate refusal—not the accidental failure—to enforce immigration law [Former CBP Chief: Over 45K Border Crossers Freed Into U.S. By Joe Biden, by John Binder, Breitbart, March 30, 2021]. But simultaneously, Americans are told to mask up, suffer economic hardship, and endure social isolation because President Joe Biden says we have a “patriotic duty” [Biden Urges States To Maintain Mask Mandates As A ‘Patriotic Duty, by Gabe Kaminsky, Federalist, March 29, 2021].
But what “nation” Joe Biden is referring to? If the federal government doesn’t feel like enforcing basic immigration laws in the midst of a pandemic, it’s hard to fault ordinary Americans for ignoring arbitrarily enforced mask laws that the powerful seem to ignore at will [Photos emerge of a mask-less Gavin Newsom breaking his rules for private gatherings, KUSI, November 18, 2020].
Mask laws and lockdowns are just small-scall examples of the nationwide anarcho-tyranny we see every day with America’s Open Borders policies.