The dictionary defines insurrection as “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government”.
The word “insurrection” immediately brings to my mind, The American Revolution, The French Revolution, The Russian Revolution and other such events in history. An insurrection is violent and ends up in one of 2 ways:
- The squashing of the rebellion where its leaders are imprisoned and/or put to death.
- The overthrow of a ruling entity where its leaders are imprisoned and/or put to death.
An insurrection accomplishes something, even if nothing more than to let the leaders know that the people have grown weary of their lack of leadership. Sometimes it fuels the fire that drives others to take up the banner of freedom and fight.
On January 6th, 2021, a large group of people marched on the Capitol of the United States. They were able to get past security and enter the capitol building where there were reports of some violence and the shooting of a protester. According to posted video, for the most part these people entered, took some selfies and then left.
It was a very strange ordeal. It sure sounded loud. It sure looked chaotic. It sure appeared staged. I don’t even know if it was an actual protest. Security was at a minimum, barricades were nothing more than short, portable fencing and there didn’t really seem to be anyone, with any real authority, anywhere to be found.
Apparently it’s much more difficult to board a commercial aircraft than it is to gain unauthorized entry into the U.S. Capitol.
Regardless of all of the fact or fiction that came out of this event, one thing remains clear: Politicians and the media keep calling it an “insurrection”. They refer to it as an insurrection at every opportunity they can. They keep pumping it up as being akin to the great revolutions or coup attempts in the history of the world.
If this Capitol Event were an insurrection, the insurrectionists didn’t have an inkling of a game plan. They didn’t have any way of disarming and/or eliminating any threats against their advance. Fortunately for them, they didn’t need to as “Security” pretty much let them in. They didn’t have an exit strategy or any sort of demands that needed to be met before they gave up control. Nor did they have any plan to effect a change of government.
The Great Insurrection of 2021 accomplished nothing. That is except to give politicians a platform to fear monger and barricade themselves in.
If the French Revolution were handled like The Great Insurrection of 2021, there would still be a King Louie running that country.
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