Five dead, at least one murder, feces strewn about the Capitol, stolen laptops and Ipads, smashed windows and broken doors, ransacked offices and stolen property and a sitting President deliberately trying to subvert the Constitution of the United States in the middle of a coup – sounds like something you’d expect in the banana republic of Bumfuckistan. But it’s all happened here in the United States.
Due to the actions of the mob, the United States now joins the list of failed governments that could not adequately protect their own government.
Surprised? I am not. Most of the assumptions people have about the United States are dead wrong. Whatever ‘exceptionalism’ you once believed in, it’s likely gone. But this is not a article about our failed state, which failed because of the blindness and apathy of the people who being blind to the truth and being indifferent to the crimes to the truth being committed all along prior to this recent coup attempt.
We only have ourselves to blame, collectively. The complicity of the Capital Police pales in comparison to the complicity of the American people. And the complicity of the American news media pales in comparison to the complicity in the ‘alternate news’ universe that helped spread the baseless lies.
There are guilty parties all around. And there is going to be lot of finger-pointing. But what won’t happen but should is every American should stand in front of a mirror and say “I did this”. Through inaction, indifference, apathy and the fear of being criticized, Americans by the hundreds of millions utterly failed America right at the critical time when she needed us most.
This is not just the fault of political leaders, police officers and security contractors. They’re the ones stuck with dealing the the symptoms of the disease I’ve long labeled as connedspiracy theory. Most of these people are not even a part of this disease, but they cannot escape its effects either.
The rise of disinformation and false memes, connedspiracy theories and outrageous claims didn’t happen in a vacuum. This all came about with the willing participation of hundreds of millions of Americans over years and years. And most of those who did not participate in these thought crimes didn’t do anything to help put a stop to them either when they were encountered, which was clearly totally unavoidable.
Media companies were happy to oblige with the flourishing of connedspiracy theory, making hundreds of millions of dollars (at least) through the deliberate promotion of false and fake memes. These employees and staffers, managers and bosses, CEO’s and stock holders, content providers and online censors are also very guilty of failing America. They ALL acted as enablers, just like Trump’s closest loyalists did for the President to help spread his lies.
I think it is too easy – and lets everyone else off the hook to simply say “they did this” without realizing our own culpability. Sins of omission and silence are almost as bad as committing the crime yourself. We failed to silence the dishonest liars and put a stop to the phony memes and connedspiracies that resulted in one of the worst days in U.S. history. Definitely not the very worst as crimes of genocide, mass slaughter and attacks are still among the very worst this country has both seen and done. But the reverberations of January 6, 2021 will be remembered and considered for a long, long time to come.
We are being asked, “How did we get here” by a media that still can’t grasp their own culpability, but I honestly think we know already. We simply allowed it to happen. We were complicit, and hundreds of millions were willing participants. To say otherwise is to ignore the bald-faced truth.
Post-coup discussions are raging right now all over the StupidNet with few people offering anything more then more connedspiracies, more spin and more useless allegations. In other words – adding fuel to the fire that got us all here in the first place.
What we need right now is some common sense, cooler heads and reason to replace rhetoric and accusations. I’ve no doubt that those who are primarily guilty will pay the heavy price for the crimes they’ve committed. But I have serious doubts that Americans will have learned their lesson and stop participating in connedspiracy theory. Therefore, it’s not over yet and we’ll have to suffer these staggering fools and their thought crimes again and again and again. It might even spill over into more violence, which many people are still promoting.
The best thing you can do is what I’ve always advocated – walk away and have nothing whatsoever to do with the people and memes that are tearing America apart. Don’t tolerate connedspiracy theory in your own home or in your business dealings and transactions. Don’t participate on social media and make any kind of a contribution to the lies and deceptions whatsoever. Don’t further their fame in any way.
As part of the mental health crisis and examination that we now need on a national level, we need a national boycott of connedspiracy theory and every false meme, claim, conjecture and straw argument that arises. Ultimately, no matter what else we do, the only way out of this mess is to stop propagating it. It’s not rocket science, but in a nation that refuses to consider the lives and health of their fellow citizens, it’s probably too much to ask and too much to expect. So it’s not over because enabling, indifference and participation and the general apathy of the larger public still exist and may even still be growing.
I wish I had “better news”, but this is my take on what we’re still facing. More of the same – and worse. Yes, I know, I am repeating myself (again) with this saying, but I have to, because it is so appropriate here. We haven’t faced up to our responsibility, culpability and accountability for what has happened as a nation, and to be honest, I doubt that we will.
Good video here: