'People are surprised when a tactic that's proved effective by one group of people, is taken up by another group of people...
'People say 'this is not who we are.' Have you not turned on the tv since Memorial Day? This is exactly who we are...
'Nancy Pelosi told us she didn't care about old statues. Mitch McConnell said he didn't care about the names of military bases. But suddenly this old building is important now?
Steyn's point about tactics is the same point Peter Brimelow made in Ruling Class Angry Apes Don’t Like It, But They Taught America That Violence Works.
Steyn writes on his own site:
During the early evening I found myself wondering why the pundits were so insistent on standing on the Capitol's dignity. The obvious reason is that, for the most lavishly protected legislature in the world (okay, make that "legislature"), it was a total security fiasco - culminating in the murder of an unarmed woman by a (to put it mildly) totally incompetent copper firing into a crowd (which an American couldn't do in, say, Kandahar). The rubbish about the "desecration" of the "sacred" "majesty", etc, etc, peddled by Democrats and Republicans alike is designed to evade the vile reality of that grotesque act. [Emphasis added]
"This Is Not Who We Are..." by Mark Steyn, January 6, 2021
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