I wasn’t going to write a post today, and I’m scheduling this for noon, so as not to interfere with my guest poster, too much.
But having talked to friends about a brainstorm this morning, I realized it needed to come out today. It needs to be out there.
These were the same friends with whom I had a betting pool on “Secret police and political arrests in 5 months.” I regret to say, I lost that bet. In the surreal times we live in, apparently the right bet was “day one of this fraudulent and anti-American administration.”
Or, for sure, day six. And for secret police, wholly in the service of the regime — prepare to be shocked — read a law-breaking, aggressive and absolutely invulnerable FBI.
WASHINGTON DC – A prominent activist in the Stop the Steal movement who spoke at a rally held by backers of President Donald Trump in Washington the day before the storming of the Capitol was arrested on Monday on charges that he took part in the riot.
Brandon Straka, 44, was arrested on a felony charge of interfering with police during civil disorder. The self-described founder of a movement to “walk away” from liberalism was also charged with unlawful entry into a restricted building and disorderly conduct.
As for “storming” the capitol — very funny, pull the other one, it plays jingle bells — because we do have video of the police opening the doors, and the only people captured actually breaking windows seem to be antifa members, who have — of course– been released without a blemish on their burnished record.
So he’s being charged with entry into a “restricted” building, which happens to be the US capitol. And “disorderly conduct.” — which appears to consist of being captured on video saying “go, go, go.
There’s also, apparently “witnesses” saying he told people to take the shield from a police officer. Or something.
Okay, first, let us be rightly understood: the capitol, where the deliberations on the people’s business take place is not and will never be a restricted building. It can be a building under occupation by people who have forgotten their oath to the constitution, and yeah perhaps having forsworn their duty as Americans, let alone elected (so, how many do you think were elected fraudulently?) representatives of the American people, they should be restricted from entering the capitol until they can explain to us what in the name of light fandango they think they’re doing.
The “crime” so far as there was one on the sixth was putting up barriers and locking the doors to the people wanting to watch their representatives selling them down the river into dictatorship by certifying votes in a fraudulent election. Of note, leftists have “stormed” the capitol on the regular, because of a vote they don’t like, or because they took it in their bizarre, deformed minds that some representative had said something they didn’t like. Not a single one of those people, who have stormed the capitol with signs, with costumes, with papire mache puppets have ever been arrested.
Not a single one of them was also shot through the neck, as was Ashli Babbit (#sayhername) for reasons no one understands, in a crime no one is investigating, and by someone who will never be arrested for her cold blooded murder.
Which brings us to Brandon Straka, again. Arrested by the FBI. For what amounts to “crossed the street at the wrong place.”
If I remember correctly Brandon Straka is gay. And he’s about to vanish into the hell of prison, a prison chosen by the FBI which means his life and definitely his health is at risk.
Will he ever see the light of day as a free citizen again? I don’t know.
Look, it sounds insane. “Entering a restricted building” — remember all those nuns in the 70s who kept breaking into nuclear facilities? — and “disorderly conduct” should warrant AT THE VERY MOST (and given the circumstances of the non-riot and the fact the government are acting like Chinese oligarchs even this is doubtful) a two hour talk with the FBI. Not an arrest.
But we’ve seen General Flynn imprisoned for years on ridiculous charges. We’ve seen the continued, illegal, Constitution violating persecution of President Trump.
Brandon Straka, arrested on risible charges has far less ability to defend himself. He’s voiceless, since, as one of the founders of Stop The Steal he was banned from social media at the same time president Trump was. And he certainly has no bottomless pockets. And any lawyer defending him will next be targeted for destruction.
And that’s when it hit me. The secret police is here. It’s here under the guise of our own institutions and under the very thin veneer of law.
This is how totalitarians do it. They know “normal people” will recoil from “entering a restricted building” and “inciting”. Even though these are ridiculous charges.
In China people disappear forever for inciting revolution, which sometimes means they are Christians, or perhaps that they remarked on the resemblance between Emperor Xi and an evil, sh*t eating Winnie the Pooh. (Only they’re far more polite than I am.) And no one complains and no one says anything because, of course, who wants to associate with criminals.
Auxiliary understanding of this: I am probably the only person in this blog right now who has participated in mass protests. I am almost certainly the only person who has participated in illegal mass protests. Illegal, btw, because the government at the time said there was an “Emergency” and protests were banned. (At the same time “spontaneous mobs” of communists were blocking streets and setting fire to things. Stop me when this sounds familiar. Those were of course not illegal because “spontaneous. Oh, and the national emergency was that the government really, really, really wanted us to shut up. Now ask me why I’ve been screaming for a year that I’ve seen this before.)
There is a …. logic to protests. Would Brandon Straka, on his on ever have dreamed of going somewhere where a policeman told him he couldn’t go? I’d bet you money he wouldn’t.
But in a crowd, there are pressures you don’t see. And it’s very easy to lie with video, much less “witness” to paint someone as violent.
For instance, I was once caught up in a crowd stampede as someone shot into a crowded plaza and a person maybe 10 feet from me went down. I was frozen for about a second, and then I was running. And if my mother hadn’t kept her cool, grabbed my arm and pulled me flat against the wall, as people ran past me, I would either be part of the crowd who trampled two people to death on the underground passage, or — had I fallen (I’d already lost one shoe) — one of the trampled. If there had been cell phones at the time, and the recording were made from the “right” angle you could show me as the leader of a mob intent on trampling. Or something.
The other fact to take into account is that while the left hates all opposition, they hate it even harder when those they consider “theirs” break from the plantation. I still receive hate mail ranging from wild accusations to bizarre put downs (it was a great shock, for instance, to find out that as a bestseller, with a 20 year career and thirty some books brought out in traditional publishing, with two major awards to my credit and having made a … working wage from this almost every year, I am a “never has been who failed to break into traditional publishing.”) I get hate and attacks all out of proportion with being a minor blogger and a writer of amusing fiction. Why? Well, I’m an immigrant from a Latin country, a woman, with an advanced degree in the liberal arts, and making a living in an “artistic” profession.
I BELONG to them, you see. How dare I dissent.
Brandon Straka is in the same boat. His very existence denies the left’s deep held conviction that you are a widget defined ONLY b the groups you belong to and that as a member of a “victim group” you must of course support them.
By his very existence he encourages other people to come out of the political closet and speak out. And on top of that, he DARES create something to encourage others to walk away.
Which probably explains why they had to silence him almost immediately.
This too is the logic of totalitarianism: silence the prominent voices that contradict your philosophy.
And they always accuse the arrested of something that the people at home, paying no attention might think it’s fair. Like you know “entering a restricted building” or “inciting violence.” Always. Do you think totalitarians tell people “Yeah, we’re arresting him for daring to speak”?
No. there is always an excuse. (Remember the film maker arrested in the middle of the night because they’d decided to blame his deranged movie for inciting the Benghazi attacks? Which even if they had, frankly, what the hell does that even mean? Why would an American citizen curb his speech because some insane savage might take it into his head to kill people?
What they used was that he had been forbidden from putting up movies (heaven knows why) and was therefore in parole violation. And as we know parole violators get picked up by the police in the middle of the night, with the news stations alerted.) There is always something to make the timid and law abiding shy away and disclaim knowledge.
And you guys know the process as well as I do by now. Unless you’re ante-fa caught in flagrant being brown shirts on the streets, damaging property and hurting private citizens — in which case Commie LaWhorish, the Vice Fraud of the US will pay your bail and you somehow will end up without a blemish on your record — being arrested by a government (or a deep state agency) that has a grudge against you means you will never see the light of day again. They’ll interrogate you until you’re so confused you contradict yourself, and then they’ll hold you on perjury. They’ll come up with ridiculous charges which suffice, because it’s not like you’ll ever be tried by a jury of your peers. And depending on where they put you, your life and health will be destroyed. And if you don’t happen to be a millionaire, you have no hope of escaping the hell you plunge into. You are, in fact, as much a political prisoner as those in China or Cuba.
First they silence you. Then they arrest you on charges so laughable that you don’t think of defending yourself. And then you disappear.
Like the evidence of fraud in the elections, the courts will find reasons to dismiss the case — no matter how ridiculous — so that the actual lack of evidence of your alleged crimes is never examined. And if needed the press will demonize you, just as they exculpated the (caught on camera) merry fraudsters of November.
And then you’re done. One by one they remove anyone who dares speak out, leaving only the amorphous mass who don’t want to associate with “criminal activity.” As a friend pointed out this morning, soon not denouncing Trump loudly enough for imaginary crimes will be criminal activity.
By the way, this is the whole point of again trying President Trump on charges so ridiculous that they are not even in the same universe as sanity. (Saying to be peaceful means revolution. Or something.) Because then they can arrest everyone who went to DC on the forlorn hope that their representatives would listen to them and not certify a glaringly fraudulent election as “insurrectionists” and “trying to overthrow the government.” Which makes you a terrorist. One of those dangerous “right wing domestic terrorists” that all our agencies are gearing up to go after.
The secret police is here. Thought crime is here. We are all Brandon Straka.
And what are you going to do now, precisely? Take to the streets and protest against them? Why, you insurrectionist. Do you seek to overthrow the government?
Wake up. It’s started.