The People's House is now a crime scene

Bruce Maples (bruceinlouisville@gmail.com)
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Our corrupt, deranged president, his sycophants, and the silence of his complicit enablers set the stage for the January 6th crimes in the People’s house.

As America watched in real time, federal laws were broken by seditious thugs:

  • 18 USC 2383: Rebellion or Insurrection
  • 18 USC 2384: Seditious Conspiracy
  • 18 USC 2385: Advocating overthrow of Government
  • 18 USC 351 – assault on a member of Congress
  • 18 USC 842 – Explosives (the RNC and DNC pipe bombs)
  • 18 USC 930 – firearms in federal facilities
  • 18 USC 1361 – damage to gov’t property
  • 18 USC 2112, 2114 – robbery/burglary of federal property

Our crazed president immediately praised these criminal seditionists for their attempted coup of our government.  “I know your pain…We love you. You’re very special.”

Donald Trump has debased and defiled the presidency. He has launched blistering attacks on Democrats, on judges he disagrees with, journalists who analyze him, and the intelligence community. Those attacks helped incite the treasonous behaviors on January 6.

Trump urged his supporters for weeks to descend on Washington, D.C., to stop what he insisted was the “stealing of the election.” The event and “occupation” of the Capitol building was planned for weeks on web sites such as “The Donald.”

After Trump’s sedition speech on January 6, his supporters ceased to be protestors and became seditionists when they crossed the threshold to the Capitol building. According to social media posts, their mission was to come armed and ready to occupy the Capitol, take Democrats hostage, hold kangaroo mock trials, and seek their sick form of justice.

Don’t let Trump’s latest video fool you as he criticized the seditionists. And don’t you dare believe the conspiracy theorists who are saying that “Antifa” or Joe Biden caused the violence.

Trump and his enablers are like arsonists who set a fire, pour accelerant on it, bask in the glory of the blaze, and show up at the end to help put it out.

Many of these principal enablers are now working overtime to fool you by distancing themselves from Trump as the country has finally awakened to see the carnage.

Let’s not forget Senate Majority leader McConnell’s complicit behavior. Robert Reich, former Labor secretary, lays it out. “No person has done more in living memory to undermine the functioning of the US government than the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Many of these deranged rioters say the government has left them behind. They have been led by Fascist activists’ intent on destroying our Republic.”

In his sad-faced speech on the Senate floor January 6, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke of overturning the votes of 155 million voters, saying ”It would damage our republic forever.”

Guess what? McConnell has been overturning the votes of millions voters by allowing bipartisan bills to sit on his desk. He is one of the problems that manifested itself on January 6. He is the second person on the “Accessory before the Fact” list that America needs to hold accountable.

We must not dare praise Mitch McConnell or anyone complicit in this sedition which has been percolating since Trump announced his candidacy. By his deafening silence, McConnell has “aided and abetted” Trump’s rhetoric of violence: refusing to call witnesses during his impeachment trial; putting young, unqualified judges on the bench for life; and allowing this Grifter-in-Chief to steal taxpayers’ dollars to pad his pocket at every turn.

Maybe the worst of the worst, freshman Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo), the silver-spooned Stanford and Yale Law graduate, who raised a power fist in support aimed at the seditionists. And during the assault on the People’s house, he and Ted Cruz sent out fundraising emails!

Remember, Hawley was the senator who, along with Ted Cruz, initiated the objection to the electoral votes of the swing states that would delay the final certification of Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris victory to please Trump’s base.

Lastly, there are troubling questions about the Capital Police, Homeland Security, and Interior resources who seemed to stand down and “help” these seditionists make their way into the Capitol building.

The picture at the Lincoln Memorial before the Black Lives Matter march speaks volumes about the disparity of rights based on race that must be addressed now. About 100 military dressed “soldiers” from Homeland Security, National Guard from about a dozen states, Park Service officers, Metro DC police, Secret Service, and Capitol police, ready to shoot! Where were they on January 6?

“I guarantee you if that [January 6] was a Black Lives Matter protest in D.C., there would already be people shackled, arrested, or dead,” said Joy Reid, the MSNBC host.

There are too many “accessories before and after the fact” to list, all of whom will be working hard to hide their involvement. But, in the age of social media, we can hope that quotes, pictures, and hashtags will lead law enforcement to the perps.

The most important lesson, though, is this: all these complicit enablers should be held to account and punished to the fullest extent of the law. We must do this if we want to restore our foundation that “we are a nation of laws and not men.”

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