• Occupied D.C.: Quite Different from Similarly Controversial Inauguration Four Years Ago

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    Surge Summary: As serious and legitimate as are the concerns of possible violence on Inauguration Day … 25,000 National Guard troops in the nation’s capital? Quite a contrast to the reaction to a heated atmosphere during the 2016 swearing in of newly elected President Donald Trump. Salt in the wound,  Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)  has expressed concern about a danger the guard might pose to President Joe Biden (!). They are, after all, mostly white and male. Sounds like “racism” and “sexism” in action, no? 

    by Gary Bauer

    The incursion into the Capitol Building two weeks ago was awful.  It was wrong.  The people responsible not only smeared all those who came to Washington to demonstrate peacefully, but they empowered the left to cast aspersions on all 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

    But I also don’t like what I am seeing in the nation’s capital today.

    While every inauguration is a high security event, at least 25,000 troops have been deployed to Washington, D.C., with the explanation being the fear of violence.  But what they have effectively done is to shut down free speech and the right of assembly.

    Washington, D.C., looks like an occupied war zone.  Entire blocks of the capital have been locked down and closed off.  Just two areas, limited to 100 people, have been designated as “First Amendment zones,” an Orwellian term if there ever was one.

    What a contrast to Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago, which my wife and I experienced first-hand.  The chaos on the streets was not pretty.

    For weeks leading up to the inauguration, left-wing groups vowed major disruptions and protests.  On the day itself, many entrances to the parade route were deliberately blocked and thousands of conservatives were blocked from attending the parade.

    Throughout the day, there was violence in the streets of Washington, D.C., as hundreds of leftists rioted.  People leaving the inaugural balls were physically attacked.  Few of the rioters were prosecuted.

    I don’t like the apparent enthusiasm coming from the Pentagon for this unprecedented troop deployment in our capital, especially when there was a mini-revolt at the Pentagon when President Trump wanted to send troops to our border to stop people from illegally entering the country.

    And, of course, just a few months ago, leftists laid siege to the White House and injured dozens of Secret Service agents as they attempted to breach the White House perimeter.  It was difficult to get National Guard troops deployed then to defend the White House.

    When Sen. Tom Cotton wrote a column in the New York Times suggesting more aggressive measures were necessary to save lives and livelihoods amid last summer’s rioting, the snowflakes at the Times revolted.  His article was pulled, and at least two editors were forced to resign.

    Yesterday, the country celebrated the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  After King was assassinated in April 1968, rioting broke out in virtually every major city, including Washington, D.C.  More than a thousand people were injured, and more than a dozen were killed in Washington.  Whole sections of the city were burned down and not rebuilt for many years.

    During all of that chaos, fewer than 14,000 federal and National Guard troops were deployed to Washington.

    Rep. Steve Cohen used the occasion of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to undercut everything King stood for.  King’s dream was for every American to be judged based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.  But Cohen did the exact opposite.

    Cohen expressed his concern that large portions of the National Guard could not be trusted to keep Joe Biden and Kamala Harris safe.  Why?  Because the National Guard is mostly white and mostly male.

    And because white men voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, Cohen asserts that as a group the National Guard is more likely to have among their members people who may want to harm the president-elect and vice president-elect.

    This kind of racist and sexist poison will destroy our Republic.  But it is increasingly the mindset of the left.  And it is happening at a time when multiple commentators are demanding that Trump supporters be deprogrammedreeducated and cleansed.

    In a nation that was functioning properly, Cohen would have to announce his resignation for his racism or deliver an abject apology for his stupidity.  But neither will happen.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

    Image: AFP News Agency; Screen Shot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phRc1ya4fr4

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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