“Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.” —Ambrose Bierce
The attempted coup on January 6, 2021 assumed that if only Mike Pence refused to certify the indisputable election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, it would usher in—what?—the blissful reign of the new American emperor, Donald Trump? Right.
Think of it. Trump installed as monarch—not president, of course, because our presidents are elected—crowned to rule until he saw fit to relinquish the throne. Imagine nitwits like Don Junior, Kevin McCarthy, Matt Goetz, and Jim Jordan plotting to rule the nation Trump-style. Never has such a grifting, grabbing, stealing, lying, double-crossing, and mendacious gaggle of jerk-offs ever drawn breath. Add in Moscow Mitch McConnell, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the My Pillow Guy, Mike Lindell, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a self-defeating dynasty of authoritarian ignorance. What could possibly go wrong?
A better question is what did this sad collection of bigoted boneheads think was going to happen? That Lord Trump would benignly bestow fiefdoms and castles on them, reinstitute slavery, and sanction beheadings? Would they jockey for position at the foot of the throne to back-stab one another for a smile from the Caliph of Combover? Did they ever consider the vicious personality aberrations of Emperor Donald? What about his habit of throwing anyone under the bus who disagrees or disobeys? Or his penchant for playing his sycophants against one another for entertainment? No, I think his fawning coterie of parasites never thought of that. Hell, it was just too much fun planning the riot, ushering the rioters into the Capitol building, and cheering them on from their hidey holes.
There are no answers to my questions. But we can be thankful that the Jan 6th would-be insurgents never thought it all through, and that they were too inept to pull it off.
Memo to the guys and gals who stormed the Capitol that day: you will pay a price for your blind stupidity. You say you want a revolution? You’d have been better off to stuck with the one that got started in 1775.