We generally refrain from commenting on current events until the passage of time can better inform us. Now however, we are moved by current events to warn of the ongoing narrative that is measurably eroding civil society in the United States.
The recent remarks by the sitting vice-president go beyond all reason in furthering that narrative. By comparing the January 6, 2020 demonstration at the capitol with the truly world shaking events of December 7, 1041 and September 11, 2001, she affirms that we have left the comfortable world of a constitutional republic and are plunging blindly into the chaos of a Kakistocracy.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition, defines Kakistocracy:
- Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
- Government by the worst men in the state: opposed to aristocracy, government by the best men.
- Government by the worst men.
We are not ignoring the gender narrative. The dictionary uses the masculine noun “men” to collectively mean human beings without having to dwell on the meaning of “human.”
January 6, 2020
History will eventually sort out the meaning of January 6, 2020. For the time being it seems that it is being used as a cudgel to beat up on “them,” the Trump revolution, right wing extremists, insufficiently woke, anti-vaxers, 9/11 truth, Big Foot, conspiracy theories, cranks, global warming denialism, GMOs, JFK assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald, polling…
Something happened on January 6, 2020. What it was is probably not what is being discussed right now. For those who now believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the lone gunman, here is a good start into some of the players on January 6.
Why has conspiracy become a bad word? Add the word “theory” after it and the phrase conspiracy theory has become part of our lexicon to demean skeptical people who clearly see the incongruity of something and have the temerity to question authority.
But a conspiracy is just a legal definition: An agreement between two or more persons to engage jointly in an unlawful or criminal act, or an act that is innocent in itself but becomes unlawful when done by the combination of actors. (https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/conspiracy)
What was the demonstration at the capitol on January 6, 2020. It was certainly NOT Pearl Harbor!
It may have been a conspiracy.
Here are some links that question whether the government (FBI) was complicit in exacerbating the situation. Remember, it was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration by citizens exercising their constitutional rights.
The New York Times articles online prompt you to subscribe. Is it worth it? Probably not!
The Hill will tell you what the New York Times said.
Synopsis from Revolver:
What is really known?
Many questions remain about the subject of Harris’ speech. Regardless of what the conspiracies are, who is found guilty, or who are “confidential human sources” and “undercover employees,” or “unindicted co-conspirators,” the inescapable fact is that hyperbole reigns supreme.