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As the one year anniversary of the January 6th Capitol riots arrives, the GOP continues to pretend it never happened, perpetuating the election fraud myth and undermining the party’s credibility with voters. —Michael Ramirez

Good morning,

As a reporter in 2012 I witnessed a peaceful protest that turned into a riot over a Michigan labor law. I can tell you how easy it is for professional agitators to splinter off hotheads who then turn to violence. Despite having a tent torn down around our ears in December 2012 and the very small, (a dozen or so) Americans For Prosperity supporters threatened by thousands of union-supported rioters, Democrats were able to successfully present the AFP in a bad light.

Democrats similarly have been able to utilize the Jan. 6 riot as a tool to shame Republicans whilst ignoring their own culpability for endless riots that have plagued the country for the last two years.

In Who Are the Real Insurrectionists? Victor Davis Hanson details how elite leftists wave around the Constitution only when it suits them:

…who is trying to federalize election laws in national elections contrary to the spirit of the Constitution? Who wishes to repeal or circumvent the Electoral College? Who wishes to destroy the more than 180-year-old Senate filibuster, the over 150-year-old nine-justice Supreme Court, and the more than 60-year-old, 50-state union? 

Who is attacking the founding constitutional idea of two senators per state?

The Constitution also clearly states that “When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.” Who slammed through the impeachment of Donald Trump without a presiding chief justice?

Never had a president been either impeached twice or tried in the Senate as a private citizen. Who did both?

The Left further broke prior precedent by impeaching Trump without a special counsel’s report, formal hearings, witnesses, and cross-examinations.

Who exactly is violating federal civil rights legislation?

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in December decided to ration potentially lifesaving new COVID-19 medicines, partially on the basis of race, in the name of “equity.” 

The agency also allegedly used racial preferences to determine who would be first tested for COVID-19. 

Yet such racial discrimination seems in direct violation of various title clauses of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

That law makes it clear that no public agency can use race to deny “equal utilization of any public facility which is owned, operated, or managed by or on behalf of any State or subdivision thereof.” Who is behind the new racial discrimination?

In summer 2020, many local and state-mandated quarantines and bans on public assemblies were simply ignored with impunity—if demonstrators were associated with Black Lives Matter or protesting the police.

Currently, the Biden Administration is also flagrantly embracing the neo-Confederate idea of nullifying federal law. 

There’s more, and the whole essay is very much worth reading. Hanson concludes:

We are in a dangerous revolutionary cycle. But the threat is not so much from loud, buffoonish one-day rioters on January 6. Such clownish characters did not for 120 days loot, burn, attack courthouses and police precincts, cause over 30 deaths, injure 2,000 policemen, and destroy at least $2 billion in property—all under the banner of revolutionary justice. Even more ominously, stone-cold sober elites are systematically waging an insidious revolution in the shadows that seeks to dismantle America’s institutions and the rule of law as we have known them.

Let’s hope that Republicans figure out how to confront their own bedeviling issues and learn how to win again. —Melissa Praemonitus

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More of what we’re reading today:

Police Faked “Proud Boys” Chatter — D. BEEKMAN, SEA. TIMES

The cult of Jan. 6 — EDS, EXAMINER

The price of dissent — CHRISTOPHER RUFO, CITY JOURNAL

The Liberal Fantasy of the Capitol CoupSimon Cottee, UnHerd

Need to Get Answers for What FBI Was Doing on Jan. 6 Stephen Bannon, War Room

Defense: Whitmer ‘kidnapping plot’ deteriorating as FBI loses credibility The Center Square

Don’t Cry for Activist Teachers Getting CaughtAbigail Shrier, Substack

Omicron and the Return to NormalcyConor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

How Dems Are Avoiding Accountability for Rigging ’20 Mollie Hemingway, Federalist

The Problem With Liberal Tech Giants Censoring ContentWashington Examiner