This wasn't the post I planned to bring you today, but then I didn't plan on a group of armed insurrectionists trying to overthrow the government, or in this case, stop the transfer of power. Certainly, anyone that has been paying even casual attention for say, the last forty years would have been aware of the rise in these militia groups. I can remember hearing about it camping in Michigan in the early 80s. Still, understanding the potential, and seeing it play out on CNN is one hell of a shock. Honestly, I'm not sure how much inciting it actually took-these people have been spoiling for a fight for decades, they just have an influx of new, eager recruits. That's not to say the Orange One doesn't bear some responsibility because, of course he does.
What happened was shameful. I won't say it was doomed to fail because we've all seen governments fall without a shot being fired, so who knows what direction it could have gone. What I do know is that there was nothing patriotic about it. Confederate and Nazi flags being carried into the United States Capitol is the anthesis of patriotic action.
Largely, I'm posting this not because I have anything to offer that isn't re-stating the obvious, but because I don't want what was essentially domestic terrorism to go down the memory hole nicely re-branded as a "protest".