Sedition on the Hill [PHIL-OSOPHY]
This post is about the decent protest supporters who came to Washington, D.C. from across the country, frustrated because they don't trust the integrity of national elections and they feel their voices are being either ignored or ridiculed by a media they don't trust or clobbered on social media in their community. Some are small business owners who've been mauled by the pandemic and some are folks convinced that President Trump understood their plight better than anyone.
They weren't part of the professional street guerillas adept in scaling walls, or smashing and destroying property, although some of these unoppressive participants did follow closely behind the trouble-making ninjas, making them just as guilty as anyone. Back home, these are the people who stand up for law enforcement, not attacking them like they were at the Capitol.
The storming of the Capitol was without a doubt the poorest thing for a group that came there for conciliation but will return home in a worse position than before because they'll have to share in the blame of the uprising. And even though the majority of them had nothing to do with the rioting, they'll be harnessed with the baggage of the assault they didn't commit.
It's an unwinnable situation for them, as it is for Trump as well. In the plunging days of Trump's tenure, one of the worst-case scenarios will come to pass for him: "Loose lips sink ships."
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