Mike Pence, Ashli Babbitt, and Ted Cruz: Where do We go From Here?

By Wayne Allensworth

This is Mike Pence:

And after the events in the capital this week:

Z-Man has written an excellent piece on what transpired at the capital.

Some excerpts:

“Yesterday, Ashli Babbitt was shot in the neck and died while protesting inside the Capitol with other protestors. A group of angry Trump supporters had got into the building and were making a racket. This is not an unusual occurrence. During the Kavanaugh hearings, Democrats organized mobs of screeching women to harass Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Party media was there to celebrate it as the purest expression of democracy. It was power to the people time.

That was not the case yesterday, according to the media. Instead, it was a direct threat to ‘our’ democracy. This is a bit ironic in that the protests are over the obvious corruption in the election system. The direct threat to democracy is the people demanding their elections be fair and honest. That’s why Ashli Babbitt was inside the Capitol making a racket. Her whole life she had been told this was how citizens angry at their government demand redress when the system fails…

Ashli Babbitt was not some drug-addled degenerate, like we saw last summer, when the ruling class unleashed their mobs on us. She was a veteran, serving 14 years in the US Air Force, and she was a high-level security official throughout her time in service. She was like most of the people at the protest, in that she had bought into what she was told about America. So much so she signed onto serve in the military and go overseas in various deployments.

Like most of the protestors, she was there because she had spent her life playing by the rules and defending those rules. She was there because the people in charge of maintaining the rules have been violating those rules. They ignored the official corruption in the 2016 election and they laughed about the grotesque fraud that was plainly obvious in the 2020 election. Like the rest of those protestors, she was angry that the politicians were not following the rules.

For her trouble, she died in a pool of her own blood inside what is supposed to be the people’s house in America…The video, for those interested, is here

Of course, unlike George Floyd, Ashli Babbitt will not get three nationally televised funerals and be treated as a fallen hero. That honor goes to drug-addled criminals who overdose in police custody. In this America, patriots who served their country and exercise their rights get gunned down by agents of the state. This woman, this patriot, bleeding out in the halls of the Capitol, murdered by an agent of the state, is the perfect image of what has gone terribly wrong in America…

Be angry, but also remember Ashli Babbitt. The Republican Party will not remember her or even mention her name. The media will work hard to make sure you forget her name and how she died yesterday. Dissidents need to remember her so we never forget why we are angry and why we are dissidents.”

The piece ends with this quote from Jefferson:

We have had 13 states independent for 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. 

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz described Ashli Babbitt and people like her as “terrorists.”  By the way, reports of a police officer dying of injuries sustained in a clash with Trump supporters are false. See the items here and here.

I agree with the Z-Man that the anger of the Trump people was justified—that does not, however, mean that they acted prudently.  Our own Tom Piatak has echoed Talleyrand in noting that their actions were a major blunder.  Christopher Roach concurs. Mr. Roach has noted that the Trump supporters at the capital were only following the example the left has been setting since the 1960s.   He further noted, however, that “guerilla theater” has worked for the left only because leftists have had the support of “media, big business, and other institutions of power.”

We know full well that the events at the capital will be treated as something far worse than the leftist riots that have rocked major cities for months. And they will likely be used to justify a crackdown on patriots.  True, the establishment had been planning to tighten its grip regardless, but the MSM portrayal of an “assault on democracy” this week has given the Blob even more ammunition to use against us.

There will be more clashes.  There will be more violence, and our side will be vilified in the strongest terms.  We are going to have to be smart about how we proceed. Our focus should be on trying to organize our people at the state and local level, and on when, where, and how to resist.  The impulsive rushing of the capital—even if it was spurred on by provocateurs—was a mistake.

At the same time, we must understand that there is, as Mr. Roach put it, “No reason to believe that any right-wing political activity that accomplishes anything will ever be given a ‘fair shake’ in the ‘optics’ department.”

We can’t allow ourselves to be paralyzed by concerns about “optics,” though prudence is called for.  We do have to be smart and disciplined in deciding on how and when to act.

 Wayne Allensworth is a Corresponding Editor of Chronicles magazine. He is the author of The Russian Question: Nationalism, Modernization, and Post-Communist Russia, and a novel, Field of Blood.  

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