The important Lost Causes in history have all been at heart compelling stories about noble defeats that were, with time, forged into political movements of renewal: the French after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 and the profound need for national revanche; Germany after the Great War and its “stab in the back” theory that led over the 1920s to the rise of the nationalism and racism of the Nazis; and the white South after our Civil War. All Lost Causes find their lifeblood in lies, big and small, lies born of beliefs in search of a history that can be forged into a story and mobilize masses of people to act politically, violently, and in the name of ideology.
The story demands a religious loyalty. It must be protected, reinforced, practiced in ritual and infused with symbols. What is the Trumpian claim of a stolen election but an elaborate fiction that fights to make the reality and truth of the unbelievers irrelevant. Some myths are benign as cultural markers; but others are rooted in big lies so strong as engines of resentment that they can fill parade grounds and endless political rallies, or motivate the storming of the U.S. Capitol in a quixotic attempt to overthrow an election.
How Trumpism May Endure
The Confederacy built a lasting myth of victory out of defeat. Trump and his followers may, too.
David Blight, NYTIMES
Megathread: Congress Certifies the 2020 Presidential Election for President-Elect Biden from r/politics
Got to check Twitter for Trump’s reaction.
For those out of the loop:
He will remain suspended from twitter until he deletes three of his last few of tweets.
They’re using a classic toddler parenting tactic.
“No, you pick it up. Your timeout starts when you’re done.”
That’s weird, I thought the constitution clearly stated that the election could be reversed if the loser could get a supporter dressed like a buffalo on the senate floor.
Trump supporters died today to try to stop the filing of routine paperwork.
Get fucked Ted Cruz, you seditious bastard.
Here and Now, WBUR
National security analyst Malcolm Nance says U.S. Capitol Police management needs to be fired, and the officers involved should be investigated for potential complicity in the insurrection on Wednesday.
On what he expects from the investigation going forward
“I’m not being flippant when I say ISIS is infuriated that they never came up with this idea of coming in through a mass protest, doing a hostage barricade and executing everybody inside the building because that was viable [on Wednesday]. And I don’t know if the people that had five firearms on them or the noose that was set up outside the Capitol, whether they fully intended to have a murder cell in there, who would be completely and wholly independent from the protesters, enter that building, lay siege to it and start killing people.
“Every person in management failed. Every person in that part of the Capitol Hill Police force who allowed those protesters in, who did not guard the building, failed. Now there’s a template for taking over the United States Capitol building. All you need is a mass protest of people who look like anybody other than Black Lives Matter and antifa, and you can just take over a state building. It’s happened before. And I think that in many statehouses across this country, they fear that it’s going to happen again very soon.”