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By Patrick J. Buchanan on 03/04/2021

Patrick J. Buchanan: Who Really Imperils the Republic?

Earlier by Patrick J. Buchanan: The Left Are the True "Domestic Terrorists"

"That attack, that siege" of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, "was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism."

"Domestic terrorism," said Wray, echoing his boss.

For what had been President-elect Joe Biden's reaction to the Capitol riot?

"Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It's that basic. It's that simple," said Biden.

Yet, the phrase domestic terrorism conjures up events from our past far graver than a four-hours occupation of the Capitol. Nat Turner's rebellion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City.

The near assassination of Harry Truman at Blair House by Puerto Rican nationalists, Nov.1, 1950. The shooting and wounding of five congressmen from the House gallery on March 1, 1954.

The 1974 bombing of New York's Fraunces Tavern—where Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers—also the work of Puerto Ricans demanding independence. Four died there and 50 were injured.

Yet, in the "domestic terrorism" at the Capitol, no protester set off a bomb, toppled a statue, or fired a weapon. Of the four who died that day, all were protesters. Ashli Babbitt, 35, a 14-year Air Force veteran, was shot to death by a Capitol cop as she tried to force her way into the Senate chamber.

A rioter and law-breaker, yes, but a terrorist who deserved to die?

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By Patrick J. Buchanan on 03/04/2021

Patrick J. Buchanan: Who Really Imperils the Republic?

Earlier by Patrick J. Buchanan: The Left Are the True "Domestic Terrorists"

"That attack, that siege" of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, "was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism."

"Domestic terrorism," said Wray, echoing his boss.

For what had been President-elect Joe Biden's reaction to the Capitol riot?

"Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It's that basic. It's that simple," said Biden.

Yet, the phrase domestic terrorism conjures up events from our past far graver than a four-hours occupation of the Capitol. Nat Turner's rebellion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City.

The near assassination of Harry Truman at Blair House by Puerto Rican nationalists, Nov.1, 1950. The shooting and wounding of five congressmen from the House gallery on March 1, 1954.

The 1974 bombing of New York's Fraunces Tavern—where Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers—also the work of Puerto Ricans demanding independence. Four died there and 50 were injured.

Yet, in the "domestic terrorism" at the Capitol, no protester set off a bomb, toppled a statue, or fired a weapon. Of the four who died that day, all were protesters. Ashli Babbitt, 35, a 14-year Air Force veteran, was shot to death by a Capitol cop as she tried to force her way into the Senate chamber.

A rioter and law-breaker, yes, but a terrorist who deserved to die?

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By VDARE.com Reader on 03/02/2021

Earlier: Michelle Malkin At AFPAC II: “Bloody, But Unbowed”

AFPAC II was three times as large as AFPAC I, pulling in 600 young people. And I mean young! While I was waiting to check in, one of the cheerful young men asked me how old I was. I’m thirty, and I must have been in the oldest one percent! He nodded, saying “Everyone is so young here! Early 20s I think!” When I told my boss this story, he said a young man should know better than ask a lady her age. Funny thing is, I’m used to answering this question at political conferences, like AmRen, but this is the first time I felt OLD!

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By John Derbyshire on 03/01/2021

Politicians with courage (in Spain)    In the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, February 9th-13th, video footage was shown of events in the Capitol building during the January 6th protests.

I had things to say about that video footage in my February 12th podcast. They were not very kind things. I spoke of the congressfolk "scampering off to safety under the guidance of armed Capitol Hill cops while an un-armed mob filled the corridors."

I quoted a friend's email from earlier in the year, one that had made such an impression on me, I'd posted it here on VDARE.com at the time. Here it is again.

Not a single person had the courage to go out and confront a man wearing buffalo horns flanked on either side with what looked like cast tryouts for Duck Dynasty. Had one person done so, he would now be the frontrunner for the presidency in 2024.

That February 12th podcast brought in an email from a different friend, reminding me of a real attempted coup forty years ago this month.

This was in Spain, February 23rd 1981. Francisco Franco had died five years previously after almost forty years of authoritarian rule. His chosen successor was Juan Carlos of the old Spanish royal family, who set about liberalizing Spain in the direction of a constitutional monarchy. Juan Carlos appointed 43-year-old Adolfo Suárez as Prime Minister in mid-1976.

A free election was held a year later, the first since the civil war of 1936-39. Adolfo Suárez' party won a plurality and he continued as Prime Minister. The following year a new constitution was approved, fulfilling Juan Carlos' goal: Spain had become a democratic state under constitutional monarchy. In the next election in 1979, Adolfo Suárez' party again won a plurality and he again continued as Prime Minister.

It's an uplifting story of an old, proud nation making the transition from authoritarian rule to representative, constitutional democracy in just four years, 1975-79. It was a rocky road, though, as I guess it was bound to be. There were some seriously disgruntled factions in the new Spain, especially on the political right.

In February 1981 one of those factions staged a coup: a real, armed coup, not just some comedians in buffalo horns committing trespass. Antonio Tejero of Spain's Civil Guard (approximately a uniformed equivalent of the FBI) with armed colleagues entered the lower chamber of Spain's parliament while it was in session.

What they were in session about was the swearing-in of a new Prime Minister. Adolfo Suárez had resigned a month earlier, facing a revolt in his party and plagued with health problems. The swearing-in roll call was being taken when Tejero and his pals stormed into the chamber.

Quote from Adolfo Suárez' 2014 obituary in the London Guardian:

Suárez displayed remarkable physical courage, being one of only three parliamentarians who refused to obey Tejero's order to lie on the floor.

One of the other two was Deputy Prime Minister and former army General Gutiérrez Mellado; the other was Communist Party leader Santiago Carrillo. Concerning the former, the coup's Wikipedia page records that:

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See also: Michelle Malkin At AFPAC: The Charge of the America First Brigade, March 2020; and from March, 2019: "CPAC AT THE BRIDGE"— Michelle Malkin's Great Immigration Patriot Speech, With Links And Video

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: Michelle Malkin has emerged as an extraordinary force in U.S. politics, transitioning from a brilliant career in conservative journalism to becoming a genuine political leader. And, much as I respect the unique phenomenon that is a Trump rally, I have to say that Michelle’s speeches come closer to classical oratory in their intellectual force and sheer beauty.

What follows is adapted from her remarks at Nick Fuentes’ AFPAC conference, February 26, 2021. Congratulations to all concerned.

See her on video here.

Good evening, America First-ers. Mommy’s home!

 Mr. Potato Head has been neutered. Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben have been erased. Statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Confederate generals, Catholic saints, and Columbus have all been torn down. Our last legitimately elected president, Donald J. Trump, has been deplatformed everywhere. But the authentic America First movement is alive and kicking, growing and spreading.

We are the world’s healthiest, most viral virus. Nothing and no one—no masks, no vaccines, no amount of censorship, not the SPLC nor the ADL, not the snot-nosed tattletales at the Washington Examiner nor the smear merchants at the Huffington Post and NBC News, not that one sniveling soy boy at the Daily Dot nor his feckless counterparts at the Young America’s Foundation and TPUSA—can keep us at bay.

The title of my speech tonight is “AFPAC II: Bloody, but unbowed.”

For the last several years, I’ve written my major national addresses around classic poetry. It’s important to read and memorize beautiful things. We stand for beauty. We should embed beauty in our minds, hearts, and souls. I was reminded of this as I listened to the clunky, pedestrian black “youth poet laureate” at Biden’s inauguration—a Jesse Jackson/Maya Angelou knock-off whose prose has the aesthetic effect of nails on a chalkboard.

Last year at the inaugural AFPAC, I chose Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade.” The year before that, at the snoozefest pay for play racket known as CPAC, I sounded the alarm over the existential threat of mass migration using Macaulay’s “Horatius at the Bridge.”

This year, for you, I chose the Victorian poet William Ernest Henley’s famous and enduring 1875 ode to resilience, “Invictus,” which means unconquerable in Latin.

Henley was chronically ill and wrote his battle cry while hospitalized with crippling tuberculosis as he awaited amputation surgery. In the second stanza, he described his stoic response to adversity. And it is that stiff-upper-lipped defiance that we dissidents must channel as the going gets tougher in the ever-oppressive age of COVID lockdowns, Big Tech censorship, anarcho-tyranny, and the twin weaponization of Nov. 4 and Jan 6.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

The fourth and last stanza of Invictus, contains one of the most famous concluding couplets ever written in the English language:

It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul.

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