Redefining insurrection with a warning

The House of Representatives voted to impeach the President. This time for “high crimes and misdemeanors” and stating that the 14thAmendment prohibits a person from holding office who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the US. The Articles of impeachment further outlined that the President “engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” It can be debated whether the President incited violence. Those on the President’s side, who know the meaning of words, can legitimately say he did not incite violence and the handful who did the violence made their own decisions. Those opposing him argue his remarks were a dog whistle.

The political party in control of the House is trying to ensure that Donald Trump never runs for or holds office again. The words insurrection and rebellion do not describe what occurred on January 6. Insurrection is defined as: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government. Rebellion is defined as: open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established government. A handful of people, unarmed, is hardly an insurrection or rebellion. But the victor writes the history and solidifies the narrative. Conservatism and Trump will long carry the black mark from this unpeaceful assembly and lawless act by a small group of undiscerning rioters—no matter the facts on who instigated, facilitated or directed it. This is insurrection and rebellion redefined as a grave warning.

Consider the past five years of facts that don’t seem to matter. The Democratic Party and its leadership paid for a false dossier on Donald Trump; used it to get a warrant to spy on his campaign; conducted a highly visible and media-charged investigation on Russian collusion that found nothing; put people associated with Trump in jail; repeated the investigative narrative about a non-existent quid pro quo call with the Ukrainian President; impeached Trump on baseless charges resulting from the aforementioned; relentlessly pursued disrupting and obstructing most everything of his administration’s actions; and somehow won an election amid a mountain of election fraud evidence that was systematically suppressed by the mainstream media. Does any of this sound like insurrection?

The impeachment is perhaps symbolic of socialist regimes. When socialist regimes take over a country, they usually have kangaroo tribunals resulting in execution of the opposition. With this impeachment, the President was politically executed. It also sends a strong message to all that those in power are politically intolerant of those who dissent or disagree, already evidenced by the coordinated censorship and cancelling of diverse opinion. On one hand, they call for healing. On the other, some 74 million citizens are held in contempt because of their support for Trump. Don’t believe me? Read what they are saying. I wish it wasn’t true. It’s not fair. It’s not American. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.” Lord, show us your way.

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