What Capitol Insurrection?

This morning, Marcy Wheeler shared a blog post featuring an entirely ordinary image from the January 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection, and it hit me.

A horde of Republicans decked out in the defeated Republican president’s flags and banners invaded the US Capitol to break shit and attempt a violent insurrection.

Months later, it’s like that never happened. Politics is carrying on exactly as it would had there been no Capitol Insurrection.

This seems like it’s as simple as this can get. America is a zombie failed state, just shambling along braindead waiting for the next chainsaw, as demonstrated in a few simple lines without resort to any of my charts, timelines, or arm-waving jeremiads.

Since the latter items are the primary fare here, however, a few notes on potential rebuttals or excuses and why they are nonsense:

“But consequences for Trump.” Like being impeached a second time, which by itself is just a statement? Or being deplatformed by social media companies which are already starting to readmit him?

“But corporations suspended donations.” Corporations, which manufactured a big PR splash with narrow pledges to pause funding of Republicans who voted to overturn an election, are already abandoning those pledges.

“But investigations take time.” While I could, of course, be wrong, I believe it’s foolish to expect that investigation and prosecution of Capitol Insurrection participants will have any kind of political consequence. It feels like “Mueller Time 2.0″ or even a cyan-colored Q*anon; “the mass arrests of our political opponents are coming, just wait.” Even if multiple Republican members of Congress were charged with crimes and convicted, I see nothing to convince me that it would move the needle, politically.

I don’t know what would move the needle, politically, off its current straight-toward-doom compass bearing.

The reality is that the Republican “Party” is now a dangerous cabal committed to smashing representative democracy. Once again: a horde of Republicans decked out in the defeated Republican president’s flags and banners invaded the US Capitol to break shit and attempt a violent insurrection, and ex-president Trump is out bragging about his past and future attempts to overturn democracy, and remains revered by Republicans.

American culture seems absolutely immovably stuck inside a conceptual framework where Republicans simply cannot suffer real consequences, no matter what they do, because the Republican Party is considered an irreplaceable component of the political system. Congress is broken, because Republicans won’t vote for anything other than sabotage, and quite a lot of Democrats prefer deferring to Republican obstruction rather than acting in the absence of sacred “bipartisanship.” They won’t stop using this ridiculous word, constantly reinforcing the idea that Republicans are indispensable whereas acting without them is suspicious.

This week, the House Speaker proposed giving Republicans—who just lost the House, the Senate, and the presidency in addition to being the ultimate source of the fucking insurrection—fifty percent membership on a commission to investigate the Capitol Insurrection.

This is absolutely senseless, and there is no indication that “waking up” is on its way soon. To the contrary, it seems more and more that most of society drifts along in a trance when it comes to political expectations; once in a while something can shake some people out of the trance, and a few of them even reevaluate, but even they mostly slip back into trance. I’m not even referring to the normies, I’m referring to the highly engaged:

I conclude that I have no idea if there even is a way to stir people from the trance, no matter what I might say. I certainly have no idea what it would be. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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