Democrat's Insurrection Meme
Democrats have turned the Capitol attack on January 6 into a meme of insurrection. Democrats are demanding special committees, investigations, and commissions to understand and prevent the next insurrection. But Democrat's minds are already made up; Democrats aren't going to change their opinions. Democrats won't use their self-righteous outrage and investigative zeal to prevent another insurrection because that is impossible.
The only thing Congress can do to prevent an insurrection is to turn the United States into a police state. And the danger is that a police state will morph into a tool used against political opponents.
Democrats' insurrection meme is really nothing more than dirty politics to gloss over Democrats' political problem with violent protest. Democrat politicians want a 'commission' to investigate the insurrection only because of the optics. Incumbent Democrats would rather use images of the Republican protest at the Capitol than images of Democrat protests for their campaign advertising. Violent protests in support of a Democratic political agenda have been happening for years but the optics doesn't help Democrats.
The actual event at the Capitol on January 6 was a protest like many other protests that have occurred over the last few years. What happened at the Capitol was not unique in attacks on law enforcement, vandalism, or acts of intimidation. What happened at the Capitol is not unique in attempts to interfere with government functions. What happened at the Capitol isn't even unique in threats of violence directed toward elected and appointed government officials. The only individual deliberately killed at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a protester; live ammunition was used on Jan. 6 and not rubber bullets, flash bangs, and tear gas.
What happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 has become 'just another day in America'.
What made the event on Jan. 6 different is that Republican supporters engaged in the same type of organized, coordinated protest that Democrat supporters had engaged in for several years. Republican supporters used the same tools and methods to organize a protest as Democrat supporters have used for several years. Naturally those optics shift attention away from Democrats' violent protest problem.
The good thing that comes out of the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol is that Democrats now have political cover to address violent protests by Democrat supporters. Democrats can claim that harsh measures are necessary to prevent another 'insurrection' and blame Republicans for the need to impose those harsh measures. But those harsh measures will also be used to stop violent protests in support of a Democratic political agenda without blaming Democrats.