The Epiphany MAGA-Style
I don't have much to say about what happened yesterday. The people who organized the demonstration and those, like the President, who merely agitated for it, must have known that whatever took place would play into the hands of the incoming administration and the media that represents them. Even if not a single law had been broken, they would have been portrayed as sore losers who cannot accept the results of a free and fair election.
Of course you will say, "It wasn't fair! We wuz cheated." Of course you were. That is the history of electoral politics here and everywhere. Ask Caesar and his honorable nemesis Cato. The ancient Athenians knew that elections would insure the electoral victory of the wealthier parties. "Don't get mad, get even" is a reasonable political maxim, but it requires more self-discipline and maturity than Donald Trump and his supporters are capable of.
There is a reason I have been mostly silent on the election results and wrote only to caution people against the counsels of despair. There are enough unhinged people in America, on both sides, to match all the Muslim terrorists in the world. Getting people worked up enough to take their grievances to the street is not only stupid: It is evil. The woman who was shot is praised by her husband for being a patriot. This is populism at its best--hooliganism in the service of republican virtue.
"Oh, but if she were black, there would be Hell to pay," we hear on all sides, and even at the breakfast table. So what? As Clyde Wilson said years ago, in response to people complaining that a disproportionate number of white murderers received the death penalty: Who cares? It is always a good thing when serial killers are executed. If otherwise respectable white Republicans want to act like Antifa agents of chaos and destruction, what else can they expect.
A few days ago, a Facebook friend I know personally, asked what choice I left honest Americans except armed insurrection. I answered with a joke: slingshots against F-16's armed with nuclear weapons? There has been altogether too much foolish talk of this sort from Maga-hat wearing sports fans and TV watchers, who think they can rise up in a Velvet Revolution and defeat the forces of evil. They cannot. Indeed, they cannot even manage to steal back an election.
I am sorry--as I can be for a perfect stranger--for the dead woman and her family, but her death was the point at which the illusions of populist revolt ran into the gigantic wall of state power.