Is There a “Texit”?

Closing Thought–19Jan21

We have heard of Brexit where the UK will leave the European Union (EU)….and there has been rumblings of secession here in the US.

secession refers to a big break-up — a formal split, an official “Good-bye to you!” — among political entities.

Secession occurs when persons in a country or state declare their independence from the ruling government. When a dissatisfied group secedes, it creates its own form of government in place of the former ruling government. Secessions are serious maneuvers that lead to, or arise from, military conflict.

I have given my thoughts on the threat in previous posts…..https://lobotero.com/2021/01/06/secession-again/ Any background to this is within the post.

Now after the violence and destruction that occurred at the Capitol on 06 January the home of Ted Cruz, Texas is thumping its chest yet again….

On the second Saturday of every month, Karl Gleim marches at the Alamo battle site in San Antonio. He lays a ceremonial wreath to mark Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico in 1836 and the Texas secession effort he supports today.

“It’s not any particular president or political party or any particular person who’s either an idiot or not, as the case may be, whatever,” said Gleim, a retiree who started his monthly marches at the Alamo eight years ago.

“My opinion is, I’m tired of the BS and the stuff that’s been going on for so long and looking at the idiots we’ve been dealing with in Washington for so long,” he said. “Screw that. We can do better than that, locally.”

Texit, as it’s become known, is poised for a major boost this week with the expected introduction of a bill in the state legislature to put the question of secession to voters in a November 2021 ballot referendum. 

https://www.insider.com/a-texas-lawmaker-wants-texit-secession-on-the-ballot-2021-1

I say let them go if that is the wishes of the people…..they will come back.

Really?

Do they truly want to lose the benefits that being part of the United States provides?

Lunatics!

I put these people in the same idiotic category of the Ancient Aliens  nerds and Flat Earthers.

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More Pardons?

Today is Donald Trump’s last day as president of the United States. (Celebrate when he is gone)

Trump has been on pardoning frenzy for the last couple of months as the leader of the Free World and his last in office may be NO different.

Word has come out that he plans many for his last day.

President Trump’s pardoning spree will continue until pretty near the bitter end, sources say. Three people familiar with the matter tell CNN that the POTUS will issue somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 pardons and commutations on Tuesday, his last full day in office. He has until noon on Wednesday, Inauguration Day, to grant clemency. Aides don’t currently expect that list to include himself, members of his family, or his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, though they warn that could change; all of the above had been speculated as possibilities. Rather, CNN says the list will include “white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others.” Sources tell the Washington Post the names are largely expected to be “uncontroversial.” Trump granted clemency to 49 people in the week before Christmas; the total number of his presidency so far is 94, mostly friends and allies.

Not many specific names are being reported, other than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a prominent eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who is jailed on health care fraud convictions. He is seen as “wealthy and influential” in South Florida, CNN says, and sources say that’s a common theme in the list: “Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him,” one says. Julian Assange is not expected to be on the list, and it’s not clear whether Steve Bannon will be. Trump met with daughter Ivanka, Jared Kushner, and other aides at the White House Sunday to discuss the list, which is seen as fluid and could change before it’s finalized. As for why he isn’t likely to pardon himself, a source tells Reuters there’s a concern that could make him look guilty regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Once again he will pardon people that can be of benefit to him….not those people that necessarily deserve a pardon.

Will any of the 06 January crowd be included?

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“It Is My Right!”

I am sick of morons claiming they are losing their First Amendment rights!

That is what I am hearing from many of the Hard Right d/bags when asked about their breaching of the Capitol and committing crimes in the name of the First Amendment.

Actually they are full of crap!

What they did was seditious….that is not a right.

First Amendment….Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There is your key….” peaceably to assemble”…..the events of 06 January were NOT peaceable!

Like the torrent of video clips showing that last week’s terrorist attack on the capitol was more coordinated and more violent than its conspirators would want you to believe, the same conspirators are now pleading two narratives to cover their rear. One is that they were only exercising their First Amendment right to protest. The other is that the Black Lives Matter protests and riots didn’t draw the same scrutiny.

The right to protest is not in dispute. If that’s all the mob had done, its rights would certainly be defensible and protected, and everyone from the ACLU on down, including me, would defend that right. We’d be taking bets about how dull the Biden inaugural would be by now, not impeaching a president and witnessing one of the FBI’s most extensive manhunts in history. 

Let’s assume the protest had remained peaceful. Even then, a protest isn’t an end in itself. It’s about a message. It should be judged accordingly. The KKK or any other neo-fascist organization has the right to march downtown. But it remains a despicable organization with a reprehensible purpose. It does not have a claim to any moral ground just because it’s exercising its First Amendment right. The mob gathered in Washington last week with an equally despicable and indefensible purpose: to overturn a democratic election decided by 81 million voters, certified by 50 states, reaffirmed by 60 court decisions and the attorney general. So it wasn’t a protest, since there was nothing to protest. It was the fabrication of a coup that became an armed insurrection. Insurrections are not protected by the First Amendment.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/01/16/no-open-sedition-not-first-amendment-right

Doing what Trump and his mindless supporters do manipulate the facts and the narrative will not change that these people committed sedition and that is a high crime.

DO NOT use the Constitution to try and justify what crimes they committed.

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Insurrection Update

The last day before Biden’s oath ceremony and the sane part of the country is holding their breath.

I was not planning on writing too much more on the attack on the Capitol….but a wealth of news keeps pour out…..so I feel I must update my readers to the situation and the breaking news around it.

Let’s begin with the lawmakers that have assisted the insurrection….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she wants to know whether any of her colleagues helped the mob that stormed the Capitol last week. That would put them in criminal jeopardy, she said. “If in fact it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection, if they aided and abetted the crime,” Pelosi said, “there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecutions.” Suspicions have been raised by House Democrats that Republicans gave tours to rioters before the attack, and they’ve asked Capitol Police to see visitor logs. “That will be looked into,” said Pelosi. She also said she’s asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to assess security at the Capitol, per NPR. “We must subject this whole complex to scrutiny,” Pelosi said.

onoré was critical of the efforts to counter the rioters last week, per WVUE. “It’s like the Capitol Police was doing security by Zoom,” he said. The general added: “I’ve just never seen so much incompetence, so they’re either that stupid, or ignorant or complicit. I think they were complicit.” Steven Sund, who resigned as chief of the Capitol Police after the attack, said Friday that he believes the mob’s assault was part of a coordinated attack. In discussing the insurrection, Pelosi became emotional about the showings of bigotry in the Capitol, especially the “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt one rioter wore. “To see this punk with that shirt on and his anti-Semitism that he has bragged about to be part of a white supremacist raid on this Capitol requires us to have an after-action review,” Pelosi said.

The serious crime of sedition is now being talked about more and more…..

The acting US attorney for DC says Capitol rioters could face charges under a Civil War-era sedition law. The law was last used in 1995, when 10 Islamic militants were convicted of seditious conspiracy—a crime involving forceful opposition to government authority or seizure of government property—stemming from a plot to bomb New York landmarks, including the United Nations and FBI building. “Conspiracy was a layup because of the nature of the terrorist cell we were targeting,” Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor who secured the convictions, tells the AP. He says it’s logical that sedition charges would be brought in “an organized armed assault on the Capitol,” particularly one seeking to block the certification of electoral votes. But if they are, prosecutors will need to prove participants conspired to use force, McCarthy says.

In September, Jeffrey Rosen, now acting US Attorney General, suggested “rioters” taking part in racial injustice protests could be charged under the law, which was enacted to arrest those who might continue to fight the US government after the Civil War. He said proof of a plot to overthrow the government wasn’t necessary. But federal prosecutors on Thursday did mention a “violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government” in the case against Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka “Q Shaman” and Jacob Angeli, per Politico. Michael Sherwin, acting US attorney for DC, says he’s ordered prosecutors “to build seditious and conspiracy charges related to the most heinous acts that occurred in the Capitol,” per NPR. “Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,” prosecutors wrote, reports Reuters.

I have made my thoughts public here on IST…..I want to see all identified to be prosecuted and if found guilty they should be given maximum sentences with NO time off for any reason.

Any lawmakers should censured and then banned for public office.

Then there are the radical right people at the breach…..FBI has IDed some as neo-Nazis…..

“dozens” of people who are currently on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database were in Washington D.C. to participate in the January 6 coup. An unnamed source told the Post that many are suspected white supremacists who had previously been entered into the database following prior interactions with state agents or informants.

The revelation that the domestic intelligence agencies knew that neo-Nazis and fascists were going to be in D.C. further exposes the lying claims of figures such as Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, who stated the day after the coup that “no intelligence” suggested a threat to the Capitol. There is no doubt that hundreds of people within the sprawling military-intelligence apparatus were aware of who was going to be at the rally and what their intentions were.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/15/poli-j15.html

Should this include the SCOTUS wife?

I say YES!

If she participated in any way then she needs to pay the ultimate price.

Now the long time Trump supporters have been said to be ass deep in this conspiracy…..you will recognize the names……

Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn all participated in efforts to promote the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” event that ultimately devolved into a riotous and deadly melee at the United States Capitol, leaving five dead and causing Trump to become the only president to be impeached for a second time.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/longtime-trump-advisers-connected-groups-rally-led-capitol/story

More people to add to my list of “Show No Mercy”!

The face of the Far Right Sen. Hawley penned an op-ed defense of the vote on 06 January….

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) penned an op-ed Wednesday defending his decision to object to the Electoral College results of two states as he faces pushback from critics who say he helped fuel last week’s violent mob in the Capitol. 

Writing in the Southeast Missourian, Hawley looked to separate his objections from last week’s riot, noting existing questions among some Missouri voters over the presidential election’s integrity. 

“Let me say again, as I have said before: the lawless violence at the Capitol last week was criminal. There can be no quibbling about that. Those who engaged in it should be prosecuted and punished,” he wrote. “Lawless violence undermines the democratic process by which we settle our disputes and threatens our democratic life. That applies to mobs of any and all political persuasions. Mob violence is always wrong.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/534054-hawley-pens-op-ed-to-defend-decision-to-object-to-electoral-votes-amid

Nothing this traitor has to say should be any interest to a citizen.

One of the movers of the insurrection of 06 January was that un-American bunch of morons that call themselves QAnon….

The reaction to QAnon by many on the Day of Infamy…it should scare the crap out of Americans….

The right-wing demonstration turned violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. The Venezuelan government stated: “With this unfortunate episode, the United States is experiencing what it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression.”

Some half of the active electorate voted for Trump, who believed the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. The other half of the active electorate was abhorrent about what happened in Washington on January 6, speaking with semi-religious reverence about the desecration of sacred institutions. They believed, in contrast, that it was the 2016 presidential election that was stolen. The Russians were the culprits then and, for the last four years, they supported politicians ever.

The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It

Will these Trump loving toads survive the aftermath of their actions?

QAnon as a named community or specific entity might be dead. This doesn’t mean the effects of this three-year old militant Magaist spiritual movement are gone. The collection of agitators and agitated has mutated, dispersed, and retrenched into something more dangerous: a networked social body on a death march to civil war. Jan 6 was its opening salvo.

QAnon’s Afterlife: A Holy Civil War

I think it is great that social media helped create this breach and now it is helping find and arrest the idiots.

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