Why The Riot At The Capitol Was No More An Insurrection Than Wearing A Hat

By now you’ve surely read countless articles and seen countless videos about the Jan. 6th capitol riot (or insurrection, if you see things that way). And of course you have heard many people wishing to describe it as an attempt at stealing all that we hold dear. Or perhaps an attempt to overthrow the government. A common term used by those who choose to over-hype the events of that day is ‘insurrection’. Those left-leaning individuals who wish they could live in a world in which those who agree with them are actually evil and it’s not just in their imagination. To them, ‘insurrection’ is the chosen word because it seems to carry rather lofty notions of an evil sub-class undercutting the tenets of freedom and righteousness by attacking and subduing a select few who stand for good. However, the use of this word, instead of even more intense words like treason, revolution, or terrorism is a very deliberate choice typical of the common left-wing coward. This is because the word carries little-to-no concrete meaning, and thus can be used to describe almost anything with no repercussions on the user if they get it wrong. So what does it mean?

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The meaning of the term is especially vague, which is why the left so desperately clings to it. Depending on which definitions you use, it can mean war or fashion-forward thinking. Oxford Languages nicely defines several terms that will help us understand just how non-committal the left-wing use of the term ‘insurrection’ really is. They define insurrection as a violent uprising against an authority or government. They define an uprising as an act of resistance or rebellion; a revolt. They define a revolt as rising in rebellion. And finally they define a rebellion as an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler. You may have noticed in the last part the use of the word ‘established’, which makes these terms no longer applicable as the left claims the majority of the rioters that day were supporters of the established ruler at the time. And it is at this point in any conversation you might have with them that their cowardice really shines through, as there are alternative definitions, even from the same source, that can make it applicable. Also, notice how the harsher definitions I’ve listed above apply perfectly to the riots experienced throughout the country in 2020 and which still continue in 2021. You don’t see the left calling those insurrection, do you? But that’s beside my point.

To really wiggle their way into a series of definitions for the various parts of the term ‘insurrection’, those left-wing individuals who wish they could be living in fear of -something- evil get slightly creative. By cherry picking from Oxford Languages and Merriam-Webster, one can come up with a definition for insurrection that actually does fit. All aboard the semantics train. Merriam-Webster defines insurrection as an act or instance of revolting against civil authority (we’ll leave out the part about “or an established government” to really give it that left-wing spin treatment). Oxford Languages defines revolting as to rise in rebellion. Oxford Languages defines rebellion as the act or process of resisting authority, control, or convention. So now we have our “soft definitions” that won’t count as libel if we hurl them at those we disagree with and it turns out it’s not true. Hiding behind the alternative definitions of very serious terms is a classic left-wing move, like calling someone a fascist for using gendered speech. So the insurrection playbook is as follows: resist convention, “rise” while doing so (whatever that means), and make sure it has something to do with politics, which just about everything does.

One who wears a funny hat certainly resists convention, as people don’t conventionally wear funny hats. To go out in public wearing such a hat definitely counts as ‘rising’ because just about anything counts as ‘rising’ as long as you weren’t doing it yesterday your amount of resistance to convention certainly rises if you’re wearing one today. Think teenagers wearing edgy t-shirts and dark eye shadow. That kind of rising in rebellion. And to top it off and make it really fit you could put some words on the hat to make it relevant to government. There you have it, wearing a MAGA hat is insurrection, even if they don’t actually look that funny. A lone person wearing a t-shirt with governmental social commentary is committing an act of insurrection. Basically anyone who disagrees with anything the government is doing and states that opinion is committing an act of insurrection by these definitions. Thus insurrection means nothing and everything at the same time. When a leftist uses the term insurrection they are trying to convey the harsh definition and are hoping for the political victory that comes from tricking people into thinking the harsh definition really applies. But when you press the leftist about their use of the term, they shrivel. They will assure you they meant the soft definition that applies to everything political, which certainly makes one wonder what they’re so worried about? Those who committed crimes during the capitol riot should be prosecuted for those crimes, absolutely. However, what transpired that day was no more an insurrection than wearing a hat.

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Tom D

Right wing. Very opinionated. Just want to write this stuff down somewhere.