Two notes: 1776 wasn't the start of a revolution in defense of Democracy. Indigenous and Black and poor people of that era would not think of it as that. In addition, Britain already had a democracy. The colonists didn't get to elect members of parliament…
but again, when the US was established, women, the poor, Black people, and Indigenous people had no representation, so show me some who cared about King George and "taxation without representation."
2. You can't start a paragraph with "The bad news is" when your previous 25 paragraphs were filled with bad news, and in fact, your entire essay is.

These errors aside, this essay by Zeynep Tufekci is really really good: you should all read it.…
I hadn't remembered this section correctly:

"Boebert intended to compare the “Stop the Steal” rally to the Revolutionary War against England, and those who gathered on the Ellipse to the patriots who fought the redcoats in defense of their liberty."

That's even worse.
Colonists didn't fight the Revolutionary War for liberty. They fought for power. Tufekci, in that paragraph, conflates colonists defending their liberty with colonists defending democracy and they weren't defending either.
Boebert shouldn't be described as standing on the wrong side of that precedent, since it didn't have a right side.

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Proposing calling the Trump insurrectionists and Trump supporters in general neo-Confederates. I don't have a problem with somewhat imprecise terms. Just add neo which means new therefore implies changes, not just reprisal. Confederates were terrorists, racists, and slave owners.
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