American History Is an Antidote to the Poison of a Fascist Insurrection
The Trump-incited insurgency only prevails if pro-democracy forces are divided by fear
Predicting the future isn’t possible — even when reading the tea leaves left by racist extremists. Assessing existing realities is possible, however.
In the face of violent threats from insurrectionists bent on ignoring facts and history, much of the nation is now sitting on pins and needles, or at least concerned, with an eye toward Jan. 20, 2021, and the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. With that power shift will come the long-awaited departure of the now twice-impeached Donald Trump from the White House.
What we are aware of as of today is that the sacking of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 of this year does not appear to have been a spontaneous event. Rather, evidence now emerging indicates the assault may well have been pre-organized and well-planned, including reconnaissance, if news reports now surfacing are to be believed.
What we also know is that there are now more National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., as a phalanx of protection, than there are U.S. soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria combined. In addition, the National Guard troops deployed in Washington, D.C., as of today have authorization to use lethal weapons.
No steroid-rage mob, even one infiltrated by paramilitary white supremacists and Nazis — whose training often consists of little more than using semi-auto weapons to shoot sitting cans off fence posts—is going to pose a challenge to the force now arrayed in protection of the democracy.
That is reality, and Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, replacing the failed Trump administration at long last.
But that doesn’t mean the more delusional among the Trump-incited insurrectionists won’t try something, including carrying out their violent threats against lesser-protected state capitals.
Yet, even in that scenario, if they choose to attack a “Red State” capital (a state voting for Trump in the Electoral College], say Indiana, Pence’s home state, it will be self-defeating and go against their own message—that Trump was cheated out of the presidency in a…