This July 4th, Let’s Remember What Patriotism Isn’t

Fuck every single one of these people involved in storming the Capitol and the people giving them cover. Watching this little shit show, I cannot help but marvel at the discipline of the Capitol Police and how well they stuck to the rules of engagement, and how this “riot” could have been contained Texas ranger style, if a few key people had been either pulled from the crowd and detained and/or shot from the start. It’s not hard to figure out who, many were at the front of the line, some even with megaphones. Of course, the building was cleared in 20 minutes once the guys with the heavy weapons came out, and it was clear they were prepared to use them. If that had been true from the beginning, this little farce wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

So, happy Fourth of July. If you think this is patriotism and are celebrating the beating of police by a crowd with greater numbers and when the police have their weapons holstered due to “optics” and the subsequent turning of tail when the odds start looking like they are not in the mob’s favor, I’d suggest you spend some time this holiday rethinking what qualifies as patriotism and courage.

Short-Bus People

“The attorney for ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley says that his client and other accused Capitol rioters were uniquely vulnerable to being misled by former President Trump’s lies, TPM reports.

Said Albert Watkins: “A lot of these defendants… they’re all fucking short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they’re fucking retarded, they’re on the goddamn spectrum.’

He added: ‘But they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers—they’re part of our country. These aren’t bad people, they don’t have prior criminal history. Fuck, they were subjected to four-plus years of goddamn propaganda the likes of which the world has not seen since fucking Hitler.'”

—Taegan Goddard, “Capitol Rioters Cling to the ‘Trump Defense’.Political Wire. May 18, 2021.

Definitely in the running for quote of the year.