Wednesday, January 13, 2021

John Jalsevac gazes into the maelstrom.

 And it makes him angry.

Me? Some, but more despair.

Reason no longer reigns anywhere. Overreaction breeds overreaction and so the cycle reinforces itself.

"The avalanche has started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote."

Nevertheless, his thoughts are worth a read. Here's a sample:

Trump repeated his accusations against Pence at the rally on Wed[nesday] morning. “If Mike Pence does the right thing we win the election,” he said. He even dared to suggest that if Pence didn’t do what he said, it was because he lacked “courage”.

Pence responded with a statement explaining why he couldn’t do what Trump was demanding he do. Clearly, he was right. You’d have to be insane or delusional to think the framers of the Constitution or the 12th amendment intended to grant the vice president the authority to do what Trump was demanding Pence do. (“Hey, let’s give unilateral authority to reject legislatively-certified electoral votes to the politician whose continued position and power depend on the outcome of that vote! What a great idea! Because a little tyranny never hurt democracy, amiright?”) Which is why it has never happened in the history of the country.

According to reports, during the ensuing riot some of the rioters rampaged through the Capitol looking for Pence, so they could string him up. Some of them built a gallows in front. A day later, “hang Mike Pence” trended on Twitter.

If you don't need to visit DC or your State capital next Wednesday...don't. I know someone in who works for the State in Lansing, and the word has been passed to stay away from the office that day.

 

3 comments:

  1. Trump repeated his accusations against Pence at the rally on Wed[nesday] morning. “If Mike Pence does the right thing we win the election,” he said. He even dared to suggest that if Pence didn’t do what he said, it was because he lacked “courage”.

    That's an idiosyncratic use of the term 'accusation'.

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    1. I also notice the sentence structure to insinuate that "hang mike pence" was the fault of all those supporter (who would have been banned off Twitter that day).

      I'm still trying to find any analysis over the trend's participants but that was hardly the first time violence against politicians had been wished for on twitter.

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  2. Your Babylon 5 quote has been on my mind lately.

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Be reasonably civil. Ire alloyed with reason is fine. But slagging the host gets you the banhammer.

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