Jan. 6 Anniversary Exposes Two Opposing Truths


OPINION – The rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building one year ago exposed a widening, terrifying, ugly rift between the far right and far left political factions in this country leaving our beloved Republic in peril.  

This nation has never been more divided with no clear middle ground upon which to build. The far left Socialist Democrats see the Jan. 6 rioters as insurrectionists hell bent on destroying the country.  The far right hard-line Conservative Republicans see the government headed by an illegitimately elected socialist as hell bent on destroying the country. 

The corporately owned national media created a simple narrative; Jan. 6 Republicans bad and therefore wrong, Jan. 6 Democrats good and therefore right.  Words matter and the national media has stuck with that narrative to this day.   

From CNN: "They (Trump & his supporters) have falsely claimed all of the rioters were unarmed. They have falsely claimed the people at the Capitol merely held a "protest" against an election they falsely claimed was fraudulent. They have falsely claimed the rioters were welcomed into the Capitol by police officers.

    They have falsely claimed the riot was orchestrated by left-wing groups or the FBI. And they have falsely claimed nonviolent rioters are being jailed as "political prisoners."

    From Newsmax: "Unbridled violence across the nation, a disputed election, distrust of the mainstream media, and a sense that hypocrisy was everywhere among elected officials — all helped set in motion the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

    In the aftermath of this day — when laws were clearly broken and behavior was at best uncivil and at worst violent — the media and Democratic politicians have advanced a disputed narrative of “insurrection.”

    “Jan. 6 started as a peaceful protest that became unruly and at times violent,” says Jack Thomas Smith. “But it was not an insurrection. The protesters didn’t seek to overthrow the government and did not bring firearms into the Capitol.”

    Neither side can see a middle ground; a space where compromise is a decent word and a situation where decent individuals in leadership positions from both sides can sit down across the same table, break bread and focus on our commonalities; those uniquely American qualities that make us one whole nation.  

    It is an historic fact that the country has been divided politically and philosophically since before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  The nation's greatest disgrace was the Civil War where states left the union and brothers fought against and killed each other over the politics of slavery and states rights.  

    This nation would not survive another such 'Civil' war.  

    The truth for the Socialist Democrats is that the rioters who stormed the Capitol that day, the groups they belong to and anyone associated with them are guilty of treason.  

    The truth for the Conservative Republicans is that the rioters that day were patriots fighting the corrupt government which was stealing an election behind closed doors.  

    Those truths and the individuals who hold to them are irreconcilable.  

    The facts are an over-zealous group of Trump supporters were at a Trump Rally in Washington supporting their defeated candidate.  They were encouraged to walk to the Capitol and protest that defeat outside.  

    The rioters who stormed past the security barricades injuring Capitol Police and broke into the Capitol building committed a crime.  Everyone who went into the Capitol building uninvited that day are guilty of trespassing at the very least.  

    The Capitol police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt is at least guilty of manslaughter.  

    The Democrats and the national media are guilty of pursuing a narrative that ALL Republicans are traitors by association, a charge which in and of itself is seditious.  

    No matter who is guilty of what, the events of Jan. 6 2021 shook this Republic to it's core and the effects will be felt for decades.  

    I will be sharply criticized by both sides for this article.  There is no common ground; no room for each extreme side to see the events of that terrible day through the lens of the other side.  Democracy has been gravely wounded and both sides continue to twist the knife to this day.  

    There are two sad truths in this country today.  And until those sad truths can be reconciled, the Republic remains in peril of collapsing from within.  

    Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln said it best: 

    "In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed -

    "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

    I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

    I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

    It will become all one thing, or all the other."


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    ME Someone, Wed, 01/05/2022 - 20:53

    Trying to get ahead of all of the prosecutions and evidence/proof of the attempted takeover won't change the fact that it has basically been proven that it was a planned attempt at preventing a legal election from taking place. 

    This "publication" gets worse and worse every year, and this "piece" (opinion) is just more proof of how far this place has fallen in an attempt to get readers to engage. I guess Joe was the person that held this place to a (somewhat) higher standard than it has become since he left. Which is actually saying quite a bit, but at least he acknowledged that Biden won, and trump lost; some of those, like Yantis, can't even grasp that fact. 

    You have to notice that there are no sources or evidence for anything that Yantis is saying, that is simply because there is no proof whatsoever of any fraud regarding the election, even in all of the republican run investigations that have taken place, if there was you certainly would have heard about it.

    I may go through every "point" that Yantis here is poorly attempting to make (such as Biden being "socialist", without even understanding what "socialism" is, like most republicans), but I will have to gather resources first and it will take time.


    Don't take my word for it, this is what the trump appointed republican FBI director said about January 6th,

    "act of domestic terrorism"


    ME Someone, Wed, 01/05/2022 - 21:07

    As of Nov. 3rd  the problem Trump had to solve is this:  "How do I retain the presidency even though I lost the electoral college?"

    Let's start by reverse engineering the problem...

    How do I retain the presidency even though I lost the electoral college?

    The only viable path to victory is to force a contingent election whereby congress decides who is the next president.(we've already checked and you have 26 votes the exact number to win.)

    How do I force a contingent election?

    At this point the only viable way is to make sure that the conditions required to certify the electoral college are not met.

    How do I make sure those conditional requirements are not met?

    If you can interrupt and delay the certification for even 1 day then its legally arguable that the conditional requirements will not have been met.

    How do I interrupt and delay the certification for even 1 day?

    The VP is the lynch pin to the electoral college process.  You have to keep the VP from completing the electoral college certification process on the 6th of January.

    How do I keep the VP from completing the electoral college certification process on the 6th of January?

    Get the VP to leave the capitol before the electoral college certification is complete.

    How do I get the VP to leave the capitol before the electoral college certification is complete?

    The VP has to want to leave the capitol.

    How do I get the VP to want to leave the capitol?

    If his life and the lives of his family were at risk he would want to leave the capitol. 

    How could his life and his familys lives be put at risk?

    If he and his family were in the capitol building and it came under attack their lives would be at risk.

    How could the capitol building come under attack?

    A protest could easily get out of hand and become a riot aimed at the capitol building.

    How can I make sure there is a protest on the day of the electoral college certification at the capitol? 

    Announce a rally to be scheduled on January 6th at the capitol and promote it heavily.

    But Pence is my VP hes been 100% loyal to me. Even if there was a riot, why would the people attacking the capitol turn on Pence?

    We would have to give the rioters a reason to turn on Pence.

    How do we give the rioters a reason to turn on Pence?

    Have a very publicized meeting just before Jan 6th and ask Pence to just overturn the electoral college even though the states already certified the results. All while knowing it's not within Pences constitutional powers and that he will not agree to do it. Then blame him very publicly when he actually doesn't do it. Blame him while the riot is happening even.

    How do we know the protest will have enough time to turn into a riot that will cause the evacuation of Pence before the certification? 

    We will call friendly republican senators during the electoral college certification and get them to object as much as possible as to delay the certification as long as possible.

    How do we make sure the protest will turn into a riot?

    Hold a rally before the protest and really convince the crowd that if the electoral college is successful in certifying the election the country will be destroyed and they will have been cheated out of an election. Tell them its time to kick ass and take names. Tell them its time for trial by combat. Tell them its their last chance to save America.

    How do we know the rioters will invade the capitol?

    We would need to communicate with protest organizers in the crowd that could lead and incite the rioters.

    How would the riot leaders know where to go once the capitol is breached?

    We need friendly congressmen to give protest leaders a "tour" of the capitol before the certification.

    How would we communicate with both the friendly senators and the protest leaders in the crowd?

    We would have people keep in touch with protest organizers on the ground and also set up a command center where calls could be made to senators and others.

    How would I keep the national guard from deploying and stopping the riot before Pence evacuates?

    You would have to place people in charge at the pentagon who will delay deployment of the national guard.

    That sounds like it could actually work. 

    ME Someone, Wed, 01/05/2022 - 21:07

    So the plan is:

    Step 1. Convince a large number of supporters that mass election fraud caused the election to be stolen from them.


    Step 2. Replace Mark Esper with Chris Miller as acting head of DoD at the pentagon to delay the national guard.


    Step 3.Announce a rally to Stop the Steal scheduled on the same day at the same location where the electoral college certification is taking place. Have the rally end right before the certification begins. 


    Step 4. Before the rally setup a communications command center at the Willard Hotel.


    Step 5. Right before the rally, have a meeting with Pence and ask him to ignore the electoral college results and send the election to congress. The morning of the certification before the rally send out a tweet again encouraging Pence to hand the election to trump. (knowing full well he wont do it.)


    Step 6. The day before the rally have friendly congressmen give "tours" of the capitol to protest organizers.


    Step 7. At the rally, have speakers use very violent rhetoric to really stir up the crowd and then direct them to march on the capitol.


    Step 8. During the riot tweet that Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and Constitution." 


    Step 9. In the command center where calls are already going out to senators to get them to object to delay certification, begin having people communicate with protest organizers on the ground to lead and incite the crowd to invade the capitol and turn on Pence. (the capitol is breached and "hang mike pence!" chants begin)



    Step 10. Watch and wait for Pence to evacuate the Capitol to escape the invading rioters calling for his death.


    Step 11. Once Pence has left the Capitol and the conditional requirements to certify the electoral college are not met, argue that legally the election has no alternative but to be declared a contingent election. Whereby congress would then have to reconvene and vote to elect the next president instead of voting to confirm the outcome of the electoral college.


    Trump retains the presidency.

    Luckily step 11 didnt happen. It all almost did. If Pence had just evacuated Trump would be president right now. Pence literally got all the way to the car and then refused to get in. That's how close it came.


    January 6th was the culmination of a premeditated plot to force the evacuation of the VP from the capitol and stop the certification of the electoral college. Trump would then have forced a contingent election that would result in Trump retaining the presidency. This scenario did not play out by chance. 

    The fact that trump made so many moves to ensure his desired outcome within the 64 days between losing the election on Nov 3rd and the electoral college certification on Jan 6th indicates that this was all premeditated. The decision to have the rally at the exact time and place to stop the certification. Ensuring there would be plenty of people to protest and riot. The placement of pentagon leadership to delay the national guard deployment. Giving the rioters time to achieve the desired goal. His very public meeting to ask Pence to deny the electoral college. His tweet during the riot letting everyone know Pence didnt do it so the rioters had a reason to turn on Pence. The setup of the Willard war room ahead of time for communications. The fact that Trump waited so long to do anything after the violence started. 

    After Nov 3rd Trump knew there was a very limited number of ways to retain the presidency with any shred of legal legitimacy. One way would be to get the secretaries of state in battleground states to change vote tallies in Trumps favor due to unproven voter fraud and declare Trump the winner of those states. He tried that, it didnt work. Trump was then left with literally one single path to victory. Stop the certification of the electoral college and force a contingent election.

    Trump knew Pence was the lynch pin in the electoral college certification process. All Trump needed was for Pence to evacuate the capitol on Jan 6th. Trump knew that and did everything in his power to make that exact thing happen. 

    Trump and company put thousands of lives at risk. From civilians that were his own supporters, to law enforcement, to duly elected members of congress, to his own Vice President of the United States, all in a bid to remain in power.

    Sooo funny that this opinion bit has woke the me nobody melting snowflakes hate again(:(:(:


    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 16:04

    On January 6th remembrance day, remember the most important thing,



    Also, trump LOST by the widest margin in HISTORY.

    A political demonstration with a few bad actors that’s all. I mean can you just imagine what the Capital rotunda would have looked like if some group like Antifa was involved there wouldn’t have been a statue left standing or a priceless piece of artwork not defaced.

    Pretty pitiful. Just a last ditch effort by democrats to salvage whatever is left of their floundering party which they’ve allowed to be hijacked by far left sociopaths seeking power above all else ;)

    Van, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 09:18

    Trump wanted to call up the National Guard but was rejected by the Democratic Speaker of the House and the Democratic Mayor of DC.  The Speaker of the House has overall responsibility in security of the Capitol.

    Lots of failures. Like you stated, Mayor Bowser had hundreds of National Guard troops available to her she put them on TRAFFIC CONTROL ;)

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 16:16

    I love how you constantly try to blame republican's actions on other people. I thought republicans were for personal accountability? Must be another one of the "morals" republicans claim to have yet never actually practice unless it is used against the people they don't like.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 15:56

    "Trump wanted to call up the National Guard but was rejected by the Democratic Speaker of the House"



    " The Speaker of the House has overall responsibility in security of the Capitol."

    Also false,


    Republicans really will believe anything if it fits their world view and what they want to be true won't they?

    Jan 6 was a top-down attempt to decertify a legal election.  In many ways the rioters or protestors or whatever definition you need to use for them stopped this process.  Navarro and the trump brain trust had a plan and the bad actors to possibly pull it off, they lost the nerve after the capital breach.  

    It's fair to say that MeMe has WAY too much time on his hands. He's now stooped to arguing incessantly with..... himself! LOL

    Yeah I understand AOC was really scared even though she was in another building entirely.

    Probably just republicans mad because they couldn’t date her lol.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 17:21

    You people truly are in love with her aren't you?

    Or is it that you can't stand women or women in power because they make you feel emasculated? 

    Has to be one of those.

    You used to do the same thing with Hillary Clinton, now you moved on to AOC.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 18:40

    There are more people here that are on the side of truth than you want to believe.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:11

    Post something that refutes what I am saying then. All you are doing is disagreeing without providing any counter evidence, probably because you don't have any.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:12

    There are no versions of the truth. I have provided dozens of evidence for my positions, you guys have not provided a single one. That says a lot.

    Van, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:11

    We know Hillary was a crook and old Bill a female assaulter.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:14

    At least she sat through a disposition on an investigation into her, trump was to scared to even show up to testify in the investigations into himself. For all of Hillary's faults she still has more courage than trump, and has proven that.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 22:30

    Alright, Post some news sources that refute what these are saying.

    OR how about you give me a list of some news sources that you trust?

    Van, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:05

    Another liberal rag, is this your only news sources liberal rags?

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:10

    Post something that refutes it then.

    You could also give a list of sources you trust, otherwise you are all words and nothing more.

    Van, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:03

    The sergeant at arms for the house and senate would not deploy the National Guard due to optics.

    ME Someone, Thu, 01/06/2022 - 23:08

    Post proof.

    Either way, you are blaming trump supporters and member of the GOP trying to prevent a legal election from taking place on someone else?

    Republicans really don't care about personal responsibility do they?

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