|Waco 1993. Democrats: Tough shit.|
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Gaslighting of history and Americans continues
It's nearly the thirtieth anniversary of the 1993 Waco massacre, a perfect time to mock children killed, 82 people burned to death, and those who honor them.
It's a perfect time to mock, if you're a Democrat.
Donald Trump is speaking today at Waco. Trump, lunatic though he remains, has a keen eye cast on patronizing Democrat fare that veers into Democrat depravity, still unpopular with folks who think massacres are odious.
From Charles Homans in the New York Times this weekend:
The attention to Mr. Trump’s choice of locale [Waco] highlights the long political afterlife of the Waco standoff. A polarizing episode in its own time, the deadly raid was invoked in the 1990s by right-wing extremists including Timothy McVeigh, often to the dismay of the surviving Branch Davidians. It has remained a cause for contemporary far-right groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy-theorist broadcaster who helped draw crowds of Trump loyalists to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, rose to prominence promoting wild claims about the Waco standoff. The longtime Trump associate and former campaign adviser Roger Stone dedicated his 2015 book, 'The Clintons’ War on Women," to the Branch Davidians who died at Mount Carmel.
So, you see, expressing sympathy for those killed, or outrage at the killers, and condemnation of Democrat political support of the killers means you're a fellow traveler of the far-right and Alex Jones.
It's the way it is now with the Democrat Party, the party of the police, prosecutors and intelligence community.
See Waco coverage in Counterpunch for a does of sanity.
Continues Homans in the Times:
'Waco is a touchstone for the far right,' said Stuart Wright, a professor of sociology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Tex., and an authority on the standoff.
He said Mr. Trump’s decision to begin his campaign there, if intentional in its nod to the siege, would echo Ronald Reagan’s August 1980 speech affirming his support of 'states’ rights' at a county fair near Philadelphia, Miss., a town known for the murder of three civil rights activists 16 years earlier.
Thirty years after the Waco slaughter there is no reaching liberals through appeals to humanity and simple decency.
Perpetrators write the history, and it becomes difficult if not impossible to recount simple facts and objective truth.
Facts and truth, Democrats call this misinformation and narrative.
Democrats and their Party press swing their political cudgel branding anyone speaking up for liberties, such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion to the right to be left alone as far-right denizens drinking in phantasms of killer racists and cultists.
This weekend, give a thought to the people slaughtered at Waco.
By the way, Joe Biden spoke against the killed, and politically exonerated the killers. Surprise.
Said Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware), commenting on Waco, as shown in Waco: The Rules of Engagement:
The record of Waco incident documents mistakes, but the record of Waco does not evidence however, is any improper motive or intent on the part of law enforcement.
Davis Koresh and the Davidians set fire to themselves.
They committed suicide.
Government did not do that.
Innocent people were slaughtered by people who find it easy to slaughter innocent people.
From Clinton, Reno and Waco: the Real Story:
In Dan Gifford’s film Waco: The Rules of Engagement, a powerful interview segment presents a sympathetic Sheriff Jack Harwell of McLennan County, Texas nearly in tears as he speaks of his experience with the Branch Davidians: 'They were all good people. They had different beliefs than others, different beliefs than I have, maybe different beliefs than you have in their way of life, especially in their religious beliefs. But basically they were good people. I was around them quite a lot. They were always nice, mannerly, they minded their own business. They were always clean, and courteous. I liked them.'I liked them too.
We all should, by acknowledging their humanity and standing for their liberties.
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