The planners of the insurrection intend to cast themselves as persecuted victims of a foreign plot coordinated with FBI and Antifa.

Instead of worrying about legal defenses (which they won’t have) they’ll focus on creating an alternate reality.
The danger would be if a significant enough portion of the population comes to believe this.

My opinion is that the gravest danger to democracy is the spread of this kind of disinformation.

(By the way, one thing Flynn says is "we don't trust the institutions.")
This isn't a backup plan because they have nothing else.

This is the plan.

Democracy (the form of authority based on rule of law) depends on facts and shared factuality.

Fascism (the form of authority based on a powerful leader) is based on myth.
For fascism to take hold, shared truth (factuality or what social scientists call the public sphere) has to be destroyed.

See how this torpedoes the theory that they keep breaking laws because there haven't been "consequences"?

It blows the "consequences" theory to smithereens.
Trump won 46.9 % of the vote one year ago. I think we're looking at much more than that.

Given what we know, the support for the Republican Party should have shrunk below 40%, but it isn't looking like that.
Should have been "form of government" instead of "form of authority."
Adding @dryfly_whodat's comments as a screenshot so I can fit them all.

I'm not sure this [interesting] perspective changes my conclusion.

Does it matter if people accept the lie because they believe the lie, or if they accept the lie because they like the liar's policies?
My point is that the danger comes from a significant portion of the population (let's say 40%+ is willing to accepting, believing, or stomaching an alternate version of reality.

I believe there will be criminal consequences for the insurrectionists.

However . . .
. . . I don't believe the consequences will have the effect that people assume it will.

Again, there should be (and I expect there will be) criminal consequences. But don't expect much to change.

The far-right may get angrier . . .
. . . the single-issue GOP voters will evidently overlook any amount of lawbreaking.

My worry: thanks to the Left Twitter Democrat bashing, we may lose many Democratic voters, too, too because no matter what happens, they'll say, "Too little too late. All the fault of the Dems."
My point is the same points I've been making: Stop bashing Democrats, stop expecting criminal consequences to be the magic bullet that changes our politics, and start doing whatever you can to help Democrats win in 2022 and 2024.
Our current right-wing media got its start after Watergate on the theory that if the right had its own media, Nixon would not have been forced to resign.

People like Roger Stone saw Nixon as a victim of Left-leaning media.

They dig in a fight harder.
I believe if it came to that, the 14th Amendment would kick in preventing him from running for office.

That will make them furious.
I suppose next would be a stand-in (maybe Ivanka or Jr.) where the idea is vote for Jr. and essentially get Sr.

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27 Nov
Timothy Snyder said that shock is "pre-helpless."

The idea that doom is inevitable unless X happens removes our agency and makes us helpless. In fact, what we do makes a difference.

The closest we have to a magic bullet is a Democratic sweep in 2022, including local elections.
This person also misunderstood me.

The only thing standing between us and the return of the Trump regime is the Democratic Party -- so maybe trashing and battering the Democratic Party isn't smart.

Of course, everyone is free to talk about Democratic failures . . . Image
. . .but if a majority of voters believe the Democratic Party is a failure (or they believe the Democrats are responsible for Republican law-breaking because they stubbornly refused to Do that Something that will solve the problem) I can't see Democrats winning in 2022.
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27 Nov
I feel so misunderstood. Image
I know, right?

But don't you all worry. I've raised kids and survived teenagers.

True story . . .

Son returns from summer camp. Within an hour he rolls his eyes at me 3 times.

Me: Wasn't it nice at camp when you didn't have to roll your eyes?

Him: I rolled them anyway because I knew somewhere you were being annoying.

You'd think Twitter trolls could at least be funny.
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25 Nov
🔹The committee will be finished before November. They're aiming for Spring.
🔹The DOJ will have all the material and it continues until 2024.
🔹If the Republicans take the House, the select committee "dead in the water" isn't the problem.

I suspect the panic over the DOJ / investigation timeline comes from this idea ⤵️

First, notice the authoritarian strong-man view of the world. Must be Tough. Must LOCK THEM UP.

Second, people forget the trial stage. We don't leap from indictment to "locking 'em up."

Third, this is all based on the delusion that the criminal justice system can solve the problem of right-wing extremism.

If people think that, refer them to this video (transcript on my blog).

Wanna prevent the Republicans from taking the House?

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25 Nov
There were no voting rights before the 1950s and the 1960s.

Do people think that African Americans and women were welcomed to the polls throughout our history?

Progressives push us forward. Reactionaries push us back.

Stop whining and do your part.
People born after the 1950s and 1960 inherited (for the first time in our nation's history) an expanding liberal democracy.

Before then, the democratic institutions worked -- for white men.

Sometimes people who inherit things believe they are entitled to them.
Nope. You have to work for it.

You can't sit back and say, "If X doesn't happen it's all over."

Did Thurgood Marshall say that in the 1930s when he took on the task of ending racial segregation?

He didn't sit back and make demands.

He didn't have that luxury.
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25 Nov
I am thankful for people like @staceyabrams who work to strengthen democracy.

What if—instead of making demands and attacking the people working to save democracy—the 1000s of rage merchants spent the next year registering and inspiring new voters?

Because actually nobody promised you anything like this.

Nobody promised that criminal investigations would be carried out with "transparency." Nobody promised Congress would work fast. And the "accountability" in the Constitution is elections so bad apples can be voted out.
In fact, nobody promised you a functioning democracy. If you want it, you have to work for it.

Democracy asks a lot of its citizens. It asks for civic involvement and it asks for an informed citizenry.

Autocracy is for the lazy. You can't do anything anyway, except complain.
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24 Nov
The current AG was sworn in in March. That was eight months ago.

So far 702 people have been charged, and investigations have been ongoing.

How about: It's been almost a year and the Republican Party is tightening ranks to protect the insurrectionists?

Put blame where it goes.
"Not a single person in power has yet been held accountable."

Trump was impeached.

Trump was removed from office.

Smart prosecutors don't indict before collecting all the evidence.
(These are not civil cases. Things work differently in criminal law.)
Are we on the same planet? Trump did not simply "step down at the end of his tenure."

He did everything he possibly could to stay in office. Everything.

Guess what, people. Sometimes insurrections WORK.

Getting ousted from office is a CONSEQUENCE.
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