Not since QAnon Shaman roamed the corridors of power without a hall pass has such a crime wave flooded Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday, Capitol Hill police arrested Rep. Andy Levin, a Harvard Law graduate who inherited his congressional seat from his dad, for blocking traffic alongside Senate cafeteria workers united in the belief that impeding motorists results in higher wages.
Votaries of the culture of death also embrace the idea that offering oblations to the traffic gods brings great gifts for their cause.
The Capitol Police arrested 17 U.S. representatives, including Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), Cori Bush (Mo.), Katherine Clark (Mass.), Alma Adams (N.C.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), and Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), in an act of civil disobedience protesting the Dobbs decision outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The only man included in this strike against the patriarchy? Michigan male feminist Andy Levin.
Does he plan to commit a B&E this weekend as an encore to his two weekday arrests? Criminal-spin theory predicts such an escalation. Common sense tells us that an employee arrested twice on the clock in one work week receives a termination notice. The rare exception comes when one works in the crime industry.
A person who makes the law then breaking the law sets a glamor-of-evil example for others to follow.
Rep. Clark accused the Republican Party of trying to “take away our rights,” while Rep. Speier said she partook in civil disobedience for “the future of our democracy.” They sound a lot like the rationalizations made by many of the fruit loops who rioted on Capitol Hill so long ago that the media barely mentions it these days. Adults who do not get their way politically throw fits like children who do not get their way on 1 a.m. bedtimes, Mike and Ikes for dinner, and pet monkeys.
This is what democracy looks like?
The performative law-breaking featured the critically panned political theater of the police-escorted AOC departing with her hands behind her back as though handcuffed for photographers but then holding an uncuffed fist in the air for supporters. It lent an air of inauthenticity to the protest.
While on the subject of inauthenticity, is it okay to report as an exclusive, you-heard-it-here-first scoop that one of the politician-protesters beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher?
The New York Times did this after the Jan. 6, 2021, riot, after all. And every congresswoman arrested this week voted for articles of impeachment against former President Trump last year that falsely claimed he incited a riot that “killed law enforcement personnel.” Would the press 18 months later repeat the lie that, say, Carolyn Maloney beat a policeman to death in this week’s protest? Because 18 months after Jan. 6, 2021, the Charlotte Observer reported, on the same day the police ushered Maloney and the others off the street, on “the violence against police that left more than 140 officers injured and left at least five people dead.” Like AOC in handcuffs, the rioters murdering people, let alone five of them, did not happen. But one must admit that it makes for a terrific story.
Some may argue that the arrests amount to a ploy to highlight common ground between the politicians and increasingly alienated con-stituents. And while that thought may contain a grain of truth, a person who makes the law then breaking the law sets a glamor-of-evil example for others to follow.
Take David Hogg. He announced a run for Congress four years ago, at aged 18, to take place seven years in the future after he reaches the required threshold of 25. Perhaps to show that he fits in with his future colleagues, he histrionically heckled a Republican congressman on Wednesday who spoke about reasons why, including the invasion on the southern border, an American might feel the need to arm himself. Hogg, as he pointed his finger and raised his voice, called this racism and imagined aloud racism as a sort of default reason why mass shooters kill. A police officer grabbed his arm and removed him from the Capitol Hill hearing.
“We have a duty to interrupt white nationalists when they spew harmful rhetoric,” Hogg maintained on Twitter. “We have to. They’re using the same talking points as mass shooter manifestos.”
Rep. Andy Biggs, the interrupted of Arizona, told Tucker Carlson: “He was invited there by the Democrats—that is what I’m informed—and so he is trying to grift on this whole thing, it looks like…. And he should probably be brought up on charges. Where is that Jan. 6 committee when you need them?”
Indeed, interrupting congressional proceedings, frowned upon 18 months ago, finds itself back in vogue. Best of all, the Ashli Babbitt treatment for protesters fell out of fashion at the very moment when the in-crowd gave its imprimatur to interrupting the functions of government.
Democrats control the presidency and both houses of Congress. Yet they feel less comfortable passing legislation than protesting the power structure. Some people, namely the power structure, fail to grasp their own irony.
The same people grasp political reality.
When inflation hits 9.1 percent, the economy contracts, foreign policy disasters strike in Afghanistan, Ukraine, and points beyond, and the titular leader of the party shakes hands with Caspar, diagnoses himself with cancer, and falls off bikes, down stairs, and asleep, best to pose not at the controls but on the barricades.
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