An Angry Mob Storms Congress
: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government
On Wednesday afternoon, a large crowd gathered outside congress to protest the 2020 election result. Donald Trump gave a speech, once again claiming widespread fraud, and told his followers he would not concede. Soon after Trump left the stage, the protestors began their march toward Congress. They breezed past Capitol security, smashed windows and kicked down doors, eventually managing to enter the Chamber of Senate. As funny as it was to see a protestor making off with the Speaker’s Podium, the lingering feeling from Wednesday’s chaos is of sadness. What started as a peaceful gathering turned into the biggest assault on democracy in recent history.
The situation was created by weak and selfish leadership. Four years of lies, fear mongering and dangerously divisive rhetoric created the environment for this kind of violence to occur. To see a rioter with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk, and another falling off the upper level of the Senate Chamber, is complete disrespect of a sacred part of our society.
Democracy is flawed, but it’s a system we should all hold dearly and protect at all costs. It’s the best attempt at a fair and equal society humanity has ever made. To (literally) piss on that, is to piss on the thousands of years of struggle to make a better world for all of us.
The election wasn’t stolen. There is absolutely no evidence of fraud, which is why every single one of Trump’s lawsuits have been thrown out in every state he filed them. So, for him to not only continue to pedal his lies, fail to concede his presidency, then incite an angry mob to storm congress, has to be one of the worst acts by a sitting President, ever.
Broken windows can be fixed, but human life, once lost, is gone forever. Five people died on Wednesday, including a 35-year-old US Air Force Veteran. A Police officer was also killed in the violence, and a pipe bomb was found on the grounds of Congress. Donald Trump is directly responsible for those deaths.
Calls for impeachment have rung out. This still may happen. Many have also suggested invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which allows power to be given to the Vice President if the elected President has become unable to lead.
Some have called this a coup. It wasn’t. We need to be careful of the language we use in these situations. To misuse words like ‘coup’ reduces their impact when a coup really is happening.
Was this terrorism? The Oxford dictionary defines terrorism as:
the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
So yes, it probably was terrorism. People died – it was violent. The mob had Trump flags and MAGA hats – it was political.
It’s worth asking if this had this been a Black Lives Matter protest, would the police have been taking selfies with protestors? I think we all know the answer to that one.
In some ways this situation was funny. But, just as we’re disgusted when a Church or Mosque is violated, so too should we be when our temples of democracy are desecrated.
Thankfully Trump’s presidency is over. He’ll leave behind a legacy of division and violence, and will rightly go down as one of the worst Presidents in history. Let’s hope Biden’s time in office is less eventful.
Boston Dynamics’ Dancing Robots
On a lighter note, Boston Dynamics, one of the world leading companies in robotic engineering, released a video of three of their robots dancing together.
And HOLY SHIT is it scary?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly impressive. The technology they’ve developed is a stunning example of human ingenuity, however, I can’t help but to imagine a Terminator-like-scenario playing out when those things become sentient.
Boston Dynamics are currently working with DARPA, the technology development department of the US military, to create robot soldiers.
Elon Musk once said that we’ll need strobe lights to see them, they’ll move so fast…
Anyway, enjoy the dancing robot video…
“violent revolutions do not so much redistribute wealth as destroy it. There may be a redivision of the land, but the natural inequality of men soon re-creates an inequality of possessions and privileges, and raises to power a new minority with essentially the same instincts as in the old. The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionists are philosophers and saints.” – Will Durant
Will the world become a more ordered, or more chaotic place in the 2020’s?
Thank you, loyal reader, for getting to the bottom of The Patterson Post #10.
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I hope you enjoyed this week’s analysis of the world. What a wild start to 2021 right? Ah well, all we can do is focus on enlightening our minds and improving our character’s.
Much love, and be humble.