Bartholomew Chiaroscuro, who has previously graced these pages, has written a sublime piece on Facebook which I want to share with you in full before offering my thoughts:
“I haven’t ‘followed’ mainstream news for at least two years, and I have known for longer than that of course that everything they write is a lie. I’ve realised since the reports that were given on the English Defence League or on Tommy Robinson that there’s no difference between the The Guardian and The Sun in terms of what they support and who they protect. The only difference is one of tone. There isn’t a right wing press. There isn’t a right wing party. There are people who sneer, and people who smile, but both want to gut you like a fish. That’s the media. And it’s true of all the TV channels too. The Trump Presidency didn’t make me realise there was a Swamp. It just showed me how deep the Swamp is.
“Despite this I would sometimes check them now and then. I’d check them to refute them. I’d check them in the spirit of ‘know your enemy’. Today I can’t bear to do that. I can’t bear to look at headlines that will all repeat the same lie. I don’t want to read the words ‘Far Right’ ever again. I don’t want to yet again see a level of hypocrisy and dishonesty that makes Satan seem like a cordial and reasonable alternative. I know exactly what every report will be saying. You know it too.
“Trump is a madman. Trump has unleashed the forces of fascism. Trump wants to be a dictator. Trump is destroying democracy. These are terrible days because of Trump. If only everyone will now reject Trump. Look at what Trump has done. Trump is wicked. You are wicked. The US flag is wicked. The US is wicked. The only way to heal your wickedness is to reject Trump. Etc etc etc. On and on it goes, just like the corruption, just like the gaslighting. And the ‘right wing press’ will be saying it just like the ‘left wing press’. And the ‘right wing party’ will be saying it just like the ‘left wing party’. Find a sliver of difference between the words of Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi. Find a different voice in the media. You can’t.
“And all this, with bare faced and almost incomprehensible malice, will be said seriously, piously, self righteously by people who uttered not a word of condemnation when statues were pulled down, when neighbourhoods were burnt down, when months of riots went unpunished, when black and white innocent people were murdered. All this will come from the people who saw Black Lives Matter (BLM) kill innocents, and then told you BLM are a noble cause and you must kneel to BLM. All this will come from those who put a BLM banner on their accounts, on your screens, and on their pages.
“The same people who told you Portland was mostly peaceful while the flames lit the sky will tell you now: ‘This is Trump’s fault. This is your fault. You must never think for yourself. You must never vote for anything else. You must not see the lie. You must not oppose the lie. You must not be you. You must wither and die and give your country up. You must submit.’
“And the meek little mice, the frightened fools, the friends on your threads who describe themselves as mainstream conservatives or rational independents or objective neutrals or ‘One Nation Tories’ or any of the other code words for people who are actually moral and intellectual cowards, will say the exact same thing as the people who are BLM, and Antifa, and Marxists, and Globalists, and crooks and liars. Word for word.
“And none of them, unlike my friends, unlike the good and the wise and the discerning people who think for themselves, will note that the same Antifa figures who were seen in left wing riots are photographed at this ‘right wing riot’. None of them will ask how five layers of security are breached so easily. None of them will think. Only you will do that.
“Don’t get me wrong. If any Trump supporter or indeed any patriot or real conservative in the world stormed the media or the politicians now I’m on their side. 100%. It’s justified now, it’s warranted now, it’s even needed now. But like you I also know that even if we don’t, even if obvious plants and actors and our enemies do these things, we will be blamed anyway. Trump can demand peace, and you will be told that he declared war.”
“Trump can demand peace and you will be told that he declared war” is exactly right. As an unarmed protestor, Ashli Babbins, lay dying having been shot by Capitol security, Trump tweeted a short video.
“I know you’re hurt,” Trump said. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”
This is what Twitter did to that tweet:
It was later deleted entirely.
There are fair wars, legitimate disputes, reasonable but conflicting claims. People can disagree in good faith. This is not one of those sorts of conflict. There is absolutely nothing of good faith in labeling a clear, calm call for peace as a provocation of violence. I find it sickening.
I felt sick again when I dipped into the proceedings in congress. A congressman, I don’t know who, was making a highly moralistic and lofty speech: he was raised on respect, he said. The protestors storming the chamber showed disrespect to democracy in their actions, he said. The senators lodging objections to the contested votes were disrespecting the will of the people, he said.
Duplicity of this magnitude is staggering. The temerity of these people to desecrate the democratic process and then accuse those protesting the desecration of desecration themselves is nothing short of demonic.
It’s not misguided. It’s not an honest disagreement. It’s not a difference of opinion. We are in a battle between good and evil of the highest order. It’s not a battle we can afford to lose.