The Democrats’ Exploitation of Jan. 6 Gives Away Their Game

Ben Shapiro, The Daily Signal

January 6th will be celebrated with all of the pomp and circumstance Democrats and their media partners can conjure up. CNN plans an entire special around the anniversary, titled “Live from the Capitol: January 6th, One Year Later”; the show will feature the “heroes who protected our democracy in the face of an insurrection,” and will include interviews with such luminaries as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and January 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

Also, President Joe Biden (Vice President Kamala Harris) are likely to pay tribute on Jan. 6. Pelosi also organized an array of events in memory.

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You might be wondering why Jan. 6, deserves so much attention. One need not downplay the events — the horrifying image of rioters bashing police officers with metal poles, storming through the halls of Congress shouting for Mike Pence—in order to recognize Jan. 6 for what it was: an ugly but not pivotal moment in American history.

The event resulted in one direct death—rioter Ashli Babbitt was shot by a Capitol police officer—and some $1.5 million in property damage to the Capitol building; the Capitol was cleared within hours of the riot, and Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promptly presided over the certification of the 2020 election. People who tried to break into the Capitol, or simply trespassed on it were sent to jail.

While the Black Lives Matter Riots of 2020 caused $2 billion worth of insured property damage and likely billions more uninsured damage, two dozen deaths, and a political backlash against police resulted in an unprecedented rise in the number major city homicides. There have not been any commemorations by CNN or Harris to date. Harris and Biden also did not give speeches. Harris even mentioned a day of honoring police officers who kept rioters under control.

What is the secret to Democratic-media’s obsession with Jan. 6, 2006? It’s political opportunism. Democrats aren’t even hiding the ball. The Democrats are facing the likely possibility of a 2022 Midterm Wipeout. To stop Republicans from overthrowing democratic institutions and rigging electoral votes, they need to devise a plan.

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January 6 is for the opportunistic Democrats the excuse they need to make use of the whole weight of the party in order to force a fundamental revision to Senate rules and Federal Elections. As Politico reported this week, “Democrats are hoping that Thursday will be more than just a day of remembrance. In the Senate, we hear from well-positioned sources, there’s a desire to take the opportunity to supercharge the party’s long-stalled voting rights legislation—possibly even using the anniversary to try to get Sens. Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, to go nuclear on the filibuster or embrace rules changes.”

To prevent future similar events to Jan. 6, the electoral village needs to be set on fire. As The New York Times editorialized, “Every Day Is January 6 Now,” arguing, “the Capitol riot continues in statehouses across the country, in a bloodless, legalized form that no police officer can arrest and that no prosecutor can try in court.”

Federalizing election procedures that are constitutionally granted to states is the only possible solution. This would allow for the corruption of ballot harvesting and long periods of early voting. It also allows voters to vote universally and without verification.

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Perhaps because Democrats are able to read what is written on the wall. They also know November 2022 will come soon. The hope is that Americans won’t be able to invoke the Jan. 6 specter repeatedly and will allow them to usurp power, break rules and revise voting procedures. It won’t work. It should show Americans who Democrats really are and what their priorities are for Jan. 6.

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