We easily succumb to manipulation

Editor:

The events on Wednesday, Jan. 6, just show how primitive our brain remains (in some, anyway) and how susceptible we are to manipulation (Qanon, Trump, religions).

I’m sure every Republican/Libertarian is proud of what went down Wednesday. Some might think it’s a laugh. I equate it with what religions have done throughout history – inciting their members to kill.

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire 

These people are abusing the First Amendment, using it to $profit$.

According to the BBC, many of the fake news websites that sprang up during the U.S. election campaigns have been traced to a small city in Macedonia, where teenagers are pumping out sensationalist stories to earn cash from advertising. 

Qanon is spreading outrageous lies, fomenting hate, preying on the mentally unstable regardless of the damage being done. I think that is pure evil.

Qanon claims America is run by a cabal of pedophiles and Satan-worshippers who run a global child sex-trafficking operation and that Trump is the only person who can stop them. That is so off the freaking rails, what can ya say! It’s all nonsense.

And just for the record, between 1994 and 2020, there were 893 terrorist attacks and plots in the United States.

Overall, right-wing terrorists perpetrated the majority – 57% – of all attacks and plots during this period, compared to 25% committed by left-wing terrorists, 15% by religious terrorists, 3% by ethno-nationalists, and 0.7% by terrorists with other motives.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, right-wing extremists killed at least 330 people over the past decade, accounting for 76% of all domestic extremist-related killings.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a new database of nearly 900 politically motivated attacks and plots in the United States since 1994 includes just one attack staged by an anti-fascist that led to a fatality.

In that case, the single person killed was the perpetrato

Oregon State Police have confirmed that republican Rep. Mike Nearman did open a door to allow Patriot Prayer demonstrators into the Oregon State Capitol building on Dec. 21, 2020, where they vandalized the Capitol, breaking panes on glass doors.

They also attacked journalists covering their rally protesting restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19. They clashed and used pepper spray against police officers. 

I say expel Nearman. His action put all inside the Capitol building in danger.

If any elections were stolen or questionable it was both elections of George W. Bush (2000 Gore and 2004 Kerry).

The impeachment should be for the federal crime of “seditious conspiracy” not “incitement of insurrection.”

Seditious conspiracy is committed whenever two or more people conspire “by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States,” which is exactly what took place on Wednesday.

Also, those who attacked the Capitol did so with the explicit purpose of preventing Congress from carrying out its legal duty to certify the election, thus committing another form of seditious conspiracy: conspiring “by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.”

Diane Daiute

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