As the post mortem examination take shape after the coup attempt instigated by Donald Trump and Republicans on January 6th, one thing is certain; there should be no illusions about full accountability.
The Republican Party long gave up on the Democratic process. For decades now, they looked at demographic data, and the party has been moving decidedly toward authoritarian rule.
They have ramped up voter suppression methods, aimed exclusively at preventing Black Americans from voting. The US Supreme Court gave the party the green light in Shelby County, Alabama Vs. Holder. In a nonsensical ruling, the court all but eviscerated the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which protected African-Americans’ rights to vote.
Additionally, the Republican party has enacted legislation at the state levels that has dramatically limited huge sections of the black community’s ability to vote.
Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and other anti-democratic activities have formed part of the Republican party’s tool-kit for decades.
As the realities of racial demographic shifts become clearer, the Republican party has become more desperate and, as a result, more dangerous to the Democratic process, as it doubles down on its decision to be the political party of white supremacy.
Simply put, the Republican party in its present form, is a clear and present danger to America’s national security. It cannot be allowed to hold power.
“A scorpion asks a frog to carry him over a river. The frog is afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that both would sink if it did so, and the scorpion would drown. The frog then agrees, but midway across the river, the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is its nature.”
In my last article, I wrote about the FBI warnings about police departments’ infiltration by white supremacists. I also talked about the fact that there has been significant evidence across the country that, at least in some departments, white supremacy is pervasive. Evidence of their influence is also evident on social media, in the paraphernalia some wear on their police uniforms, in the tattoos all across their bodies, including in places that are visible to the public.
On January 6th, the coup attempt by Donald Trump to overthrow the government through bloodshed failed, but just barely. There is talk that some of the insurrectionists were actually police officers and members of the military; at least some are past members.
The woman who was shot by Capitol police as she tried to breach parts of the building, is reported to be a veteran of the military.
There is talk that even in the secret service, Trumpism has taken root. It now means that Democrats, to include the incoming President and Vice President and their administration, should have much to worry about.
Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI Assistant Director; Author, explained that the FBI could not investigate domestic terrorists(white supremacists) as it does terror groups outside the country, because there is no domestic terror statute at the federal level.
This is atrocious. If the nation wanted to deal with domestic terrorism effectively, statutes would empower law enforcement to go after them stridently.
The sad reality is that, those who would fit snugly into the category of domestic terrorists are largely white men.
The FBI, other Federal Security Agencies, and local law enforcement agencies across the country, have systematically been focused on straw man threats. The supposed threats they dream up, are [Black identity extremists] and [Antifa].
Realistically, there is no such thing; it is a figment of the FBI’s imagination, a designation it created. When confronted by California US representative Karen Bass, FBI Director Christopher Wray could not explain what Black Identity Extremists were. Still, he was forced to concede that Antifa is not an organized group but a bunch of regular people opposed to Fascists and fascism.
In fact, the acronym ANTIFA literally stands for Anti-Fascists.
So unless one is a fascist, it is difficult to understand why anyone would be opposed to ANTIFA? On the other hand, it is important to understand that the supposed Black Identity Extremists that the FBI and local police forces are focused on are black people fighting to be heard, fighting to stop police from murdering them, even when they are unarmed and have committed no crime.
These are the people who continue to fight to have statehouses and the Federal legislature hear their cries about police violence, even against black women and children.
On these disadvantaged people of color, is where the Federal Bureau of Investigations has focused its attention. On these powerless people, is the national intelligence attention focused. That, of course, is when they have a moment to stop surveilling peaceful Muslim citizens.
White Supremacists have not only breached many departments; there are reportedly many members of white supremacist groups on many police and Sheriff’s Departments. They also managed to fool law enforcement at every level, including at the federal level, into believing that they pose no threat to national security.
During the genuine peaceful protest against police violence last summer, which came to a head after the murder of Minneapolis native George Floyd, they could be seen heavily armed, pretending to be backing the police.
They wore paraphernalia that purports to support police, even as the hue and cry of the masses in the streets continue to be against police brutality.
Black residents who live with the tyranny of police violence, their white and brown sympathizers, all knew that those militias that sided with police against their righteous protests, were already enemies against Democracy and all it entails.
The term [back the blue became a rallying cry], they wore the police flag, some cops wore their racist insignia on their uniform. Police thanked them for showing up at protests, gave them refreshments, and fail to apprehend them even when they commit murder.
Police brutalize and further assault innocent black-brown, and white protesters who ask for an end to police violence, but do nothing even when those entitled men and women commit acts of violence and aggression against their fellow citizens in their presence.
It was a match made in hell; now the police see that matchmaking was intended to deceive and lull them into a false sense of security.
What did law enforcement expect to happen with it entered into this unholy alliance with the most despicable elements of American society?
The anarchists, enemies of the Republic, Seditionists, are still there right in the Republican caucus in the house and senate. Even as Trump’s term is over, and the full reality of trump’s failed bloody coup becomes clearer, they will continue to vote down every measure that comes up to secure the nation.
America is in deep trouble; the threat to her survival lies deeply entrenched inside her. It will not go away because a racist demagogue is gone from the biggest stage.
Did Law- enforcement expect that a scorpion would suddenly forget to sting?
As Donald Trump’s coup attempt killed a Capitol Police officer doing his duty and wounded several others, the silence coming out of the White House is deafening.
Before the 2020 Presidential elections, most police Unions and Departments across the country endorsed Donald Trump.
That includes the NYPD, which has close to 30’000 members, and is the world’s largest police department.
Trump, who claims to love the police, has had nothing to say about the killing of that officer on January 6th. It was his thugs that took the life of that officer.
Imagine if black protesters murdered that officer?
The racists’ right-wing media would have worked itself into a froth, as it calls for the sedition act to be used against them. Trump’s Attorney General William Barr wanted the Sedition Act used against first Amendment demonstrators last summer. He rolled out large groups of federal officers to beat and trample innocent demonstrators so that Trump could hold a Bible upside down in front of a church.
Even though social media platforms have moved belatedly to silence Trump’s poisonous rhetoric, he still has the Presidential Press room’s from which to speak to the American people.
He could use that avenue to bemoan the death of that officer.
He chose not to, so much for supporting the police.
So much for throwing their support to a lawless fascist.
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