PERRY: Your eyes weren’t lying, America, the nation nearly fell to dictatorship Jan. 6

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FILE – Police with guns drawn watch as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In trying to read the tea leaves swirling in the 2022 smoldering cesspool of American politics, one year after our own citizens attacked the U.S. Capitol, we keep overlooking the same problem: The Jan. 6 insurrection was a symptom of our malaise, not the cause.

Even before Donald Trump set aside his lurid personal life for that cornball ride down an escalator in New York, the generations-long conservative-vs-liberal policy war had taken on a new and garish direction. It was about the time the Republican Tea Party marched their soldiers into the Capitol about 2010.

It’s when rabid flag wavers began calling themselves “patriots” in earnest. Most were thinly veiled bigots of one flavor or another. Many were outright and vocal racists.

The naked racist attacks on Obama and his family, especially the birtherism bandits, were the hallmark of a tribe that just became increasingly cruel and brazen, paving the way for Donald Trump. 

These people were loud about “others,” which especially included people not born in the United States, or, worse in their eyes, born here to immigrants who were undocumented.

There never seemed to be any kind of hard and fast platform from the caucus. Anything that served the purpose of elevating stuff like gun rights, Christianity, prayer in schools, ending abortion, slicing taxes, boosting the military or packing up immigrants and shipping them anywhere but here, was good stuff.

At first laughed at and dismissed for their cruel, vulgar propaganda, it eventually became their stock in trade.

Trump used it to leverage motivated Republican voters and snag the 2016 GOP nomination, much to the chagrin of millions of distracted conservatives.

The movement elevated a herd of stellar humans, besides Gingrich, such as Minnesota Congressperson Michele Bachmann, Colorado’s own Tom Tancredo, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.

Whether their flagrant populism and “‘murica-ism” ever did anyone any good was lost in their increasingly shrill racist taunts against former President Barack Obama, fueled by the explosion of social media.

Trump didn’t bring the Tea Party mentality to government. He galvanized it with his own brand of mental illness, corruption and deceit. Trump used the power, the prestige and the credibility of the office of U.S. president to normalize the very autocracy and fascism Americans abandoned Britain for and have since fought against around the world.

Drained by years of senseless and corrupt banter by people like Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson and Glenn Beck, most Americans just started tuning out of politics.

Most of us rarely, if ever, read anything of depth or consequence. Newspapers, just like this one, beg for people to pay attention and pay for the news. Even the last bastion of shallow insight, TV news, has become something fewer and fewer people pay any heed.

We get our news from Facebook posts, Youtube video commercials and maybe a trickle of something from Yahoo.

For one day, however, that shifted. On Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump, foaming at the mouth with lies about being cheated out of a second term in the White House, drew his rabid mob to Washington.

Every radio and every TV station forced us to watch in revulsion as Trump worked up the mob with outlandish lies and notions, and then told them to march to the Capitol and take care of business. He publicly told Vice President Mike Pence to execute a coup against the U.S. government.

The entire world watched as Trump instructed his army of misfits to install him as America’s first dictator.

Had his MAGA freak show just wandered back home, it would have been an unnerving event, warranting a barrage of ways for Congress to prevent such a thing from ever happening again.

Instead, as every single one of us watched, while it unfolded, the crowd became a rioting mob and seized on the Capitol.

To this day, Trump and his corrupted and delusional followers try and tell hundreds of millions of Americans that what they saw for themselves, often filmed and photographed by the perpetrators, wasn’t a violent, murderous attack on the very seat of our democracy, intent on upending the valid votes of millions demanding Trump and his cronies vacate the premises.

Everyone witnessed the treasonous violence and arrogance that nearly ended America’s gold-standard of democracy: the peaceful transfer of power.

The entire nation watched a majority of Congress and Vice President Pence fight and ultimately win the battle over insurrectionists determined to bring dictatorship to America.

You didn’t dream or misunderstand a damn thing. America was invaded by a horde of its own citizens but won the war against them and their own failed commander, Donald Trump.

It was nothing less than what you saw, what we all saw.

Don’t let people like Colorado Congressman Ken Buck snidely persuade you that the insurrectionists were just “knuckleheads” who got a little carried away. Don’t let people like Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert persuade you that she doesn’t perpetuate Tea Party racism and hatred by fanning her flaming “patriot” fanhood of “we the people,” with endless diatribe about Muslim members of Congress being part of a “Jihad Squad,” or that the presidency was swiped from Trump by election fraud, which never happened.

Don’t let everything millions of Americans have worked for, suffered for and even died for fall away for something so preventable as the societal disease embodied by Donald Trump and his posse.

We are so much more than this insurrection and the minority of people who tried to pull it off and are working to try again.

You saw what happened when you weren’t paying close enough attention. Rest assured Trump and his gang will attempt to finish the job if you turn away now.

Follow @EditorDavePerry on Twitter and Facebook or reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected]

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Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
5 months ago

There never seemed to be any kind of hard and fast platform from the caucus.”

::proceeds to then list a bunch of cultural and political issues and policies they promoted::

Geez, Dave, do you even proof-read this treacle before you post it? If you’re going to dissemble like this, at least try not to immediately contradict yourself in the very next sentence.

“Drained by years of senseless and corrupt banter by people like Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson and Glenn Beck, most Americans just started tuning out of politics.”

LOL, no. If that was the case, you and your side wouldn’t be constantly whining about “divisiveness” while simultaneously demanding that your political agenda be shoved down everyone’s throat whether they like it or not.

“You saw what happened when you weren’t paying close enough attention. Rest assured Trump and his gang will attempt to finish the job if you turn away now.”

Translation: “We’re staring directly in the face of getting waxed in the mid-terms because our histrionics and entitlement complex are repulsing people, so please get out there and vote for Democrats to try and minimize our losses.”

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago

Wow! That must have ticked off every moment of Democrat fear mongering victimhood since the dawn of time. Well done, we all need a good laugh now and then.😁. Now try reporting the news without a bias.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago
Reply to  NIck Campbell

Seems to me that, except for opinions – which is a columnist’s domain – there is pretty clear unbiased reporting here. Trump and his cronies did plan the rally, specifically to deny the legitimacy of the election and its result. He did urge the attendees to march on the Capitol and to ‘fight like hell.’ Hundreds of his followers, including organized right-wing groups, did invade the Capitol, assault law officers, and declare murderous intent. News cameras and insurrectionists’ own social media postings recorded the destructive and violent actions of the rioters.

Many Republicans are now doing their best to sweep that day out of memory, or to diminish the threat it posed to our country. As they and their enablers continue to push the big lie, and refuse to hold Trump and his enablers accountable, the motivating forces that led these traitors to attempt a coup still live on.

Concern for our democratic form of government should not be a Democrat concern solely. Where do you stand?

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

I guess you and I don’t see eye-to-eye on a few thing’s and there’s nothing wrong with that. You call it an insurrection and I don’t because I don’t feel they were there to overthrow the government. If it was an insurrection, then why didn’t they try to overthrow the White House? It’s a much smaller target but I guess nobody wanted to get shot and there was almost no chance at the Capitol. There were 3 requests for the National Guard prior to the Rally but the Democrats won’t release the records that would definitively set the record straight once and for all why the Capitol was left unprotected. Is it possible that certain factions of the government purposely created a situation where the building was only protected by a skeleton crew while others in the crowd incited the protesters to enter? Why did it take so long for the public to find out who shot Ashli Babbitt? How many protesters were taken into custody carrying guns? Your statement that “Many Republicans are now doing their best to sweep that day out of memory”, makes me think of the “mostly peaceful protests” that plagued the country where billions of dollars in damage was done, statues torn down or defaced, businesses looted and burned down, and 30 lives lost. Today Kamala likened January 6th to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 which should outrage all Americans. They created a situation to exploit and they’re still using it.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago
Reply to  NIck Campbell

Whenever I hear ‘Is it possible..’ connected to something political, I know I’m usually in for a spewing of conspiracy theories. You don’t disappoint, Nick. But you did leave out the Jewish space lasers, tsk, tsk.

It’s like when your orange idol says ‘Many people are saying…’ or ‘Someone said…’ or ‘I’ve heard…’ I know that I’m about to hear a falsehood about to go viral.

May I recommend http://www.snopes.com to you and all the other MAGAheads and ReTrumplicants that make wacky comments here? Immediately after listening to talk radio, or FOX, or logging off from NEWSMAXX or Facebook or any other less than credible infotainment, and before you touch your keyboard to help spread more lies and disinformation, go to Snopes and verify the truth of the information you received,

Could be an eye-opener, and will certainly reduce your rage.

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

I don’t have an “orange idol” as you put it or have any rage. Did you also notice that I’m not making any of these baseless claims against you. If you want to be an armchair psychologist and put labels on people to fit your cause, I would caution you because the more you comment allows others to see your rage. I wish you well.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago
Reply to  NIck Campbell

Again, consult http://www.snopes.com to forestall any embarrassment before you go off on a rant based on lies or misinformation.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
5 months ago
Reply to  NIck Campbell

You’re actually laughing? WOW! That is unbelievable.

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Believe what you want.

None
None
5 months ago

You are a hack

None
None
5 months ago

Dave Perry has zero integrity

Publius
Publius
5 months ago
Reply to  None

I would not go so far. his passion certainly colors his perception, but for whom amoung us is that not true? Within his beliefs he shows consistency. He knows sharing them will subject him to the oprobrium of some, yet he accepts that and states his beiefs for all to see. To me, that qualifies as integrity even while my thoughts on matters may be somewhat at variance with his own.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
5 months ago

Judging from the comments, I’d say mission accomplished, Mr. Perry.

Nailed it in one.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

Magnificent circular reasoning there.

Publius
Publius
5 months ago

To me, insurrectionists are made of sterner stuff than we saw last January. Insurrectionists have actual plans for seizing and wielding the machinery of government. Delusional idiots with no plan beyond their next meal do not meet my definition of the term. I agree that the inflammed passions we witnessed reflected some societal malignancy, but surely a man such as you, a man who makes his living with words could find a more accurate term. That you choose to not do so makes you an enabler of the ongoing back and forth which fosters our current angry division. It reinforces one half of the partisan rhetoric. It does not heal or move us forward as a society. You are the obverse side of the coin excoriating the reverse side of that coin, not aware that you are the same currency. Me, I think both sides are from the same bad penny. .

Publius
Publius
5 months ago
Reply to  Publius

My apologies. By characterizing the perspicacity of the participants in that event in a negative light I was inconsistent; I did not heed the very advice I was sharing.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago
Reply to  Publius

Maybe they don’t meet your definition of the term, but they meet Merriam-Webster’s – Full Definition of insurrectionan act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

And they certainly were revolting, in every sense of the word. Also, please stop with the false equivalencies. The violent ruthless mob intent on attacking our country’s foundation and core values went way beyond ‘partisan rhetoric’ and were (are?) ReTrumplicants. There is no equivalent citation for any other party or political affiliation.

Don
Don
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

How many have been charged with insurrection?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

“intent on attacking our country’s foundation and core values”–LOL, please. Your side can’t even bring up this country’s “foundation and core values” in casual conversation without complaining about how racist and oppressive it is. Funny how people who so relentlessly engage in the “critical consciousness” towards the US will wrap themselves in the flag and plead for political comity when they’re looking at getting their cheeks clapped in the mid-terms.

Your side doesn’t support these for their own sake. You only pull them out in the service of your efforts to cram your political agenda down everyone’s throat.

Last edited 5 months ago by Factory Working Orphan
NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

Wouldn’t BLM or Antifa fit the bill for the mostly peaceful protests of 2020 under this way of thinking? It’s interesting that so many of the people arrested and/or charged in this uprising were only cited with trespassing. I also hate that anyone assaulted officers and broke into the Capitol and they should be held accountable. Now that we got that out of the way, any idea how long or emphatically we’re going to have to keep discussing what happened a year ago? Let’s talk about the deficiencies of the current President for a change, there’s no shortage of issues with Joe.

Publius
Publius
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

I wanted to give you the courtesy of acknowledging I read your response.

As to your points I readily concede and fully agree the group was a mob. I concede, as it was apparent, that some in that mob were violent. “Ruthless” is a bridge too far for me. Had the mob been ruthless there would have been far more loss of life, including on the part of the capitol police and members and staff of congress, and far more property damage. As for false equivilency I was not applying the concept of partisan rhetoric to the actions of the mob, but rather to the words and viewpoint of the author of the editorial.

I stand against the incursion into the Capitol. I stand against those who beleived it was up to them to inhibit the peaceful and lawful transfer of power. I understand those people held the opinion that the transfer was not legitimate, but in this country individuals do not get to make that call themselves, they need to take their grievance to the Courts, or, perhaps as our founders did, clearly declare themselves and their intent and then stand ready to suffer the consequences. The folks who forced entry to the Capitol seem to me to lack that sort of courage of their convictions.

In short, you and I agree on what happened but I place less emphasis on the partisan post hoc interpretation. I do expect, however, having considered your remarks, that I would be happy to have you for a neighbor. You care.

vern
vern
5 months ago

Well it is so very difficult to be an Independent when Mr Perry seems to always be so far left I get whiplash. We can agree that politics are a cesspool. After that I think there is blame on both sides. The biggest reason is the lack of it… and there is no debate with out screaming hate. I think we need term limits and removal of all the insider trading and perks that makes homeless and career politicians in to multi millionaires on a paycheck that is good- but not that good.
If Perry’s comments had to look for the favorable he would fail debate. I would challenge you to have a counter-point. You want to keep this local rag running- you need to move to looking at both sides. If you want to serve Libs and left democrats then the readership would be what it is now… except me. I find it is helpful to see what flowery words you can use to dress up your pig… and it works for firestarter. Want to give me or some better writer equal time side by side FOR comments? I think many people would find it refreshing.. And maybe we could have a conversation that wasn’t Trump bashing or Party serving politics. Dang maybe at the end of the day we could have people actually work to solve problems instead of insulting the “other” people. Maybe we could find that those that signed the Constitution all fared badly… because they spoke out against the GOVERNMENT.

Nilta
Nilta
5 months ago
Reply to  vern

And yet you keep reading and commenting.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago
Reply to  vern

Here we go again with false equivalencies. It wasn’t liberals or Democrats who violently tried to overturn an election and install a totalitarian. It isn’t liberals or Democrats who are working to disenfranchise voters or install mechanisms for changing election results so that their side wins. It isn’t liberals or Democrats who deny or try to diminish the violence of January 6 or the insurrection and attempted coup. Liberals and Democrats are not the ones causing death and illness by denying science and medical advice, or trying to control women’s autonomy over their own bodies.

Liberals and Democrats are working to overcome more than 40 years of neglect of our physical infrastructure and societal safety nets. The Republican response is to obstruct and undermine. What have Republicans accomplished over the past decade? Tax breaks for millionaires and corporations. Ballooning deficits, More poverty. More crumbling roads and bridges. More undrinkable water. More global warming. More gun violence. Quite a legacy!

Perry and other opinion writers need to keep doing what they are doing and just hold up the actual words and deeds of the former president and his lackeys. How long will you and your other kindred spirits deny the hate and unAmerican rhetoric being spewed by McConnell, McCarthy, Gaetz, Greene, Gosar, Cruz, Paul, Broebert, Buck, DeSantis and the like? Do they speak for you?

When you point a finger out, look at where your others are pointing.

Don
Don
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

“It wasn’t liberals or Democrats who violently tried to overturn an election and install a totalitarian.”

……neither did Republicans

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

It was Nancy.

Doug King
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

beg to differ. pictures don’t lie nor their own words even today

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

It wasn’t liberals or Democrats who violently tried to overturn an election and install a totalitarian”

I guess me pointing out in another article that your side actually bombed the Capitol in 1971 and 1983 forced you to modify your previous statement on the event–“It wasn’t liberals who stormed our Capitol, beat police, called for a hanging, and tried to stage a coup to overthrow our government.”– to this current version.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago

Always hard to follow your train of thought, but let me refer you and others of like mind to http://www.snopes.com in the hope that your fever dreams will be remedied. Or does your fear and anger force you to hold on to them?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

That deflection doesn’t erase your embarrassing lack of historical knowledge, Gene.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago

Not sure what you think ‘my side’ is, or the meaning of your broad definition of ‘historical knowledge’, some of which I hope you’ll start to display. Please come right out and say what you stand for. You talk a lot about what is wrong with liberals, whom you lump in with Democrats. Please lay out your core principles, and what conservatives have contributed to the betterment of our society and our country, beyond obstruction.

Doug King
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

Plenty of other fact checkers out there as well….but I don’t think the republicans really care about facts

Doug King
5 months ago
Reply to  vern

Please, what one positive thing have the Republican Conservatives done lately?

Don Black
Don Black
5 months ago

No adults left. Both sides wacky in different ways and spend all their time tearing at each other for power. No real concern for the good of all. The racist liberal rant of the left is as damaging as the big lie about the election.

Nilta
Nilta
5 months ago
Reply to  Don Black

Racist liberal rant? You mean a threat to your white supremacy beliefs?

Don
Don
5 months ago
Reply to  Nilta

He’s a white supremacist because he doesn’t agree with me!!! Waaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

s c
s c
5 months ago

LOL!

Don
Don
5 months ago

He really wants you to believe a couple hundred unarmed idiots who were arrested and the Capitol cleared in a few hours really almost overturned our republic.

GeneD
GeneD
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

They were not unarmed; talk to the officers who were beaten with flag poles, or the ones assaulted with bear spray. Yes, the insurrectionists were useful idiots, but look behind them to their controllers, the former president and his lackeys, Eastman, Bannon, Jordan, Meadows and the others who blueprinted the attempted coup, and the collaborators who planned the rally with all its seditious intent. And the traitors who are still working to undermine our democratic norms and principles by working to restrict the right to vote and continuing to tell the big lies.

Doug King
5 months ago
Reply to  GeneD

and they aren’t done yet GeneD……they are coming around again in 11 months and if they get control the country is GONE….

Publius
Publius
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

His narrative is a bit conflated, in my opinion. Right now, and for the last year there has been an attempt to establish a narrative, not an objective one, but a partisan one. I see this from both ends of the politcal spectrum. Me, I don’t need others to interpret the events for me, I witnessed them as did most anybody with media access.

I note that no congresspersons were killed, injured, or taken hostage. I note that there was no siezing of the command and control structure meaning telecommunications or internet. I note that there was no coordination with the military, and no provisional government set up, and really no organization of the mob itself. This was not insurrection, it was the infantile acting out.

I do remember one scene from the Capitol on that day, a day when the shaman guy made his appearance and another guy left a rude message for the Speaker of the House. The scene I recall is folks filing through the rotunda. Most of them were walking along the pathways designated by velvet ropes still on the stanchions. They were respecting the implied authority of that norm. They were less than rampaging.

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
5 months ago

I think it would be better if each comment was posted in a different color, so it’s not an issue between black and white. The printed colors could randomly change based on some inane algorithm if necessary. No offense intended, have a nice day.

G Parker
G Parker
5 months ago

Just received my first hardcopy of this paper. I knew they were pretty far left; however, this was yet another “over the top” editorial. On the bright side…this got my blood pressure and heart beat elevated, so maybe there’s some benefit. 🙂