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“A politically violent mass movement” is underway in the United States

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You don’t have to read Nietzsche, Hegel or the sociological discourse to conclude that “God” and America share slabs in the morgue. Our culture of maniacal gun violence fills the court and legislative files with “bleeding leads.”

Mark Meadows, slapped in contempt of Congress, did not give a statement to the Capitol Riot Committee. But a 38-page PowerPoint and offending texts were leaked, including emails from Fox News “ordering” Donald Trump to stop the Jan.6 incursion.

The old administration’s plan to overturn President Biden’s election, a sedition handbook that included false declarations of national security emergencies, fabricated foreign interference, and total invalidation of electronic ballots, has been described. Broken from memos about the election reversal by law professor John Eastman (also subpoenaed), VP Pence was designed to be a Senate stopgap for Biden’s confirmation of the election. The stalemate was based on the lie that China had somehow “taken control of our electronic electoral system,” which skewed the vote count.

Ironically, the January 6 riot and Pence’s patriotism and integrity derailed things. Given that society is so opposite to the facts, prejudicial, and sensitive to right-wing conspiracy theories, many would have fallen into the trap.

Scott Deshefy

We are on the brink of the civil violence that Northern Ireland once endured. Barton Gellman recently wrote an article for The Atlantic in which he suggested that “January 6 was an exercise” and that the GOP was actively stacking decks, in a dictatorial fashion, to decide on the 2024 presidency.

Over the past year, Gellman says, Trump and his allies have tested legal strategies to allow legislatures in GOP-majority states to challenge and reject the vote count in good faith. The processes preventing Trump from stealing the 2020 election are methodically abandoned. Even the powers of secretaries of state to certify an accurate election are summarily removed so that ballots against Trump and other Republicans can be rejected.

Dangerously, a “politically violent mass movement” has formed around the big lie that President Biden is somehow illegitimate. An estimated 21 million Americans (mostly underemployed and less educated men) not only believe in this fallacy, but also see violence as justifiable for Trump’s return to power. With around 20% of our adult population detached from reality, coordinated acts of subversion, even a coup, are numerically possible.

Fortunately, justice has prevailed in Georgia, where three men convicted of the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and other hate crimes. After essentially tracking down the 25-year-old, they will be sentenced on January 7 for his fatal shooting.

Yet, nine years after Sandy Hook, Congress still has not curtailed guns, even hesitating over a $ 170 billion a year reconciliation bill needed to tackle climate change, expand health and safety. child care and raise taxes on the rich and the corporations to pay for it. .

However, this year’s defense spending bill ($ 770 billion – more than the top 11 spending countries combined) passed easily, despite costing us an average of around 160 million taxpayers. $ 5,000 each.

Johnny Cash wrote the song “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”. For open-air states like Wisconsin, Rittenhouse’s acquittal by “Baby Face” (three hits, two deaths) has lethal implications beyond its “militia defense” absurdity. Private paramilitaries are illegal, white supremacist or not. The so-called “minutemen,” defying curfews, strutting amidst the turmoil with assault weapons, are malicious crowds in brown shirts. Notably unreliable in combat (“broken sticks,” Washington called them), militias, like the Second Amendment backing them, originally imposed slavery. Now this thug is recruiting scraps and misfits police / military, many of whom suffer from PTSD.

Thanks to the Rittenhouse verdict, people with guns can defend themselves from shooting at unarmed people, arguing that any aggressive movement signals the victim’s intention to use their own firearms against them. In Kenosha, same negligent homicide, aggravated assault; reckless endangerment did not stick. By wielding an AR-15, prompting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber to physically react (one wielding a bag, the other a skateboard), Rittenhouse’s self-defense became a “license to kill.”

“Have Gun, Will Travel” is America’s calling card now, without the intelligence and moral clarity of Richard Boone’s Paladin.

Scott Deshefy is a biologist, environmentalist and two-time Green Party congressional candidate.

This article originally appeared in The Bulletin: “A Politically Violent Mass Movement” Underway in the United States

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