Interesting how freely the term “insurrection” is thrown around nowadays when if you observed last summer that avowed anarchist revolutionaries who wanted to overthrow the state were engaging in something like “insurrectionary” activity, you were denounced as a white supremacist— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 30, 2021
Attempting to expel duly-elected members of Congress on “safety” grounds — because their political beliefs allegedly “endanger” you — is a fitting little project for this ascendant strain of left/liberal ideology https://t.co/zLRn3h09kl— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 30, 2021
The guy you call when you need to successfully put down an insurrection: pic.twitter.com/M4Glolut1T— Casey Michel ?? (@cjcmichel) January 29, 2021
What was Grant’s response to insurrection(s) across the South? First, the creation of the DOJ—and appointing the right people to head it.— Casey Michel ?? (@cjcmichel) January 31, 2021
As AG Akerman said, the white supremacist insurrectionists were leading “war, and cannot be effectively crushed on any other theory.” pic.twitter.com/kEZFKpMPzJ
The events earlier this month were hardly the first insurrection in U.S. history, and there’s a direct through-line between the white terror-backed examples from Reconstruction and the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol: pic.twitter.com/by2mHLKxj0— Casey Michel ?? (@cjcmichel) January 31, 2021
I believe that a large part of Joe Biden’s appeal, especially to older voters, was the perception that he was a moderate who would lower the temperature of the country and that voting for him was a vote to “return to normalcy.” They were tired of the endless hysteria and polarization of the Trump presidency and wanted to move on. These Democratic voters soundly rejected the radical wing of their own party.
“The deadly siege of the Capitol in Washington, which sought to overturn a legitimate election by targeting lawmakers with assassination, was not the first attempted insurrection in American history.
During Reconstruction, a raft of attempted insurrections flared up across the former Confederacy. Violent storms of white supremacists rocked swaths of the South, all aimed at undoing the Union’s victory during the Civil War, as well as the civil rights gains made thereafter. Racial equality, civil rights protections, basic recognition of democratic outcomes — all were targets of rampaging white terrorists, using violence to launch themselves to power once more. Numbers are hazy, but dozens perished as a direct result of insurrection, part of the thousands of victims of white supremacist political violence during the era. …
There is, of course, much that is different between the insurrectionists of Reconstruction and those of the Trump era.
The white supremacist insurrectionists of the 1870s focused on just one region — the South — while the Trumpian insurrectionists have no geographic restrictions. This explains why, in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot, the FBI found it necessary to warn of potential attacks and insurrectionist activity on state capitols and federal buildings across the country. And the Trumpian insurrectionists, at least thus far, don’t yet come with the full-throated, unequivocal support of a major political party (though that may change if non-Trumpian Republicans continue to lose ground). …”
The same was true of many of us in the Alt-Right.
It was fun to support Donald Trump in 2015 and 2016. It was part of being immersed in an online meme culture. Most people were joking around and having a good time. MAGA in those days was full of positive energy which gradually faded as Trump started governing. There came a point around 2018 or 2019 or so when we got tired of the endless hysteria, chaos and incompetence.
It has been non-stop hysteria on the Left though since the 2016 election. The Russia conspiracy hoax went on for years on CNN and MSNBC. We saw all the Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence which culminated in nationwide riots in the summer of 2020. The censorship which began with banning people like MILO from Twitter spiraled out of control. Millions of people were caught up in this absurd narrative that “Donald Trump is a fascist” and that the Trump presidency was like Nazi Germany.
I think that moderates were hoping that the progressives who have gone insane over the last five years would settle down and come back to earth when Joe Biden became president, Democrats won control of Congress and Donald Trump left Washington. Instead, people like Luke O’Brien are going on CNN to boast about how the shitlord Ricky Vaughn has been arrested by the DOJ because he was like “a field commander in the assault on our democracy.” Some liberals have moved on from pushing ridiculous historical analogies like Donald Trump’s America being Nazi Germany to Joe Biden’s America being Reconstruction. Meanwhile, Antifa have continued to riot against Joe Biden out on the West Coast. The Patriot crowd has been quiet since the Capitol Siege and QAnon has been discredited.
Virtually all of the hysteria is coming from people with this phenotype:
Is there a direct line connecting the Ku Klux Klan in the Reconstruction South with the QAnon Shaman and Baked Alaska occupying the U.S. Capitol and leaving when asked to do so? If you are a “journalist” who lives in a woke echo chamber in New York City, this might be the conventional wisdom.
I would say it is a bit of a stretch. There is no “insurrection” going on in America. No one is being lynched or terrorized in Joe Biden’s America. It is just another weekend in January here in the Deep South. In reality, thousands of people are still dying every day from COVID-19, not from “domestic violent extremism.” If there is a proper historical analogy to our times, it is certainly the Spanish Flu.
Reconstruction is a terrible historical analogy. Aside from the fact that nothing is actually going on except for liberal hysteria and the country thankfully isn’t a war zone after the 2020 election, the Democrats have a razor thin House and Senate majority. Unlike Joe Biden, Ulysses S. Grant was a Union war hero who crushed Horace Greeley in the 1872 election. The Republicans came away with 199 House seats to 85 Democratic House seats and 56 Senate seats to 17 Democratic Senate seats. The Democrats also came roaring back in the 1874 midterm elections and the Republicans lost control of the House. Millions of Trump voters also haven’t been disenfranchised by the 14th Amendment, the U.S. military isn’t occupying the South and the GOP hasn’t been vanquished and has a larger majority on the Supreme Court. The 2020 election was another close, but deeply polarizing election like the 2016 election.
The Democrats have zero chance of passing anything remotely comparable to the Reconstruction Amendments. Joe Biden will be lucky if anything passes Congress aside from the COVID-19 relief bill which will likely require budget reconciliation rules. The only way in which Joe Biden’s America is similar to Reconstruction is that his congressional majority is far more precarious and historically illiterate progressives stand a far greater chance of losing it through a similar act of overreach.