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Friday, January 29, 2021

Turning D.C. into the Forbidden City

The Capitol in Washington has long been off-limits to the riff-raff in the general public. Oh, there are tours, sure, but after the January 6 Incident, Pelosi and company want to crack down. They want to protect their building from the people.

The New York Times reported, "The acting chief of the Capitol Police called on Thursday for vast improvements to security on the Capitol grounds, including permanent fencing and 'the availability of ready, backup forces,' setting off a debate over how far to go in hardening the iconic location against continuing threats.

"Soon after the statement by the acting chief, Yogananda D. Pittman, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington issued a statement resisting permanent fencing and extended reliance on a military presence in the wake of the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"Lawmakers in the past have generally resisted turning the Capitol into a heavily secured fortress, wanting it to remain as open as possible to the public. The House and the Senate and other federal agencies have moved to conduct their own studies of the security lapses on Jan. 6 and are likely to have further recommendations.

"But the conflicting visions set out by Chief Pittman and Ms. Bowser underscored the tension between making the Capitol as safe as possible and continuing to provide access to a towering symbol of democracy."

Congress has its own police force. Now its police force wants its own army, or as Chief Pittman called them ready, backup forces.

The White House already is fenced off.

Good luck visiting the Supreme Court.

This is no more about security than those 25,000 National Guardsmen were on Inauguration Day. This is another show of force. This is another barrier between the people and those elected to represent them. You can see why a Liz Cheney, who elected to represent Wyoming, had no hesitation in voting to impeach a president 70% of her state's voters supported. Twice.

Democrats also want to grant statehood to DC. I suggest we just call it the Police State.

The Capitol is beautiful. It was crafted to be a tribute to freedom. Now it is a cathedral to a government of the government, by the government, and for the government.

Walling off our public buildings is symbolic of the divide between voters and the people we elect.

36 comments:

  1. “It was a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests. Even the streets leading up to its outer barriers were roamed by gorilla-faced guards in black uniforms, armed with jointed truncheons.”

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    1. Sounds like Bard College after it Went Woke.

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      With apologies to Cicely Tyson:

      "The autobiography of Miss J. Yogananda D. Pittman, with an authorized, concertina-wire tipped and guarded Introduction by Nazi Yogananda Pelosi, now on sale at Washington DC locations, all of which you are forbidden to enter - ACCESS DENIED!"

      First they shut down the Detroit election ballot building, denying access to the poll watchers.

      Now this.

      A year from now, we might all be rooting for Al-Qaida!

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    2. "A year from now, we might all be rooting for Al-Qaida!"

      Yeah, that's occurred to me too.

      If "Antifa" figures out that they're on our side by summer, then Al-Qaeda might figure that out by this time next year...

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    3. I feel ya, DR. That’s actually from the LibCommie How-To Guide, Orwell’s 1984, describing the Ministry of Love...you know, Room 101 and all that.

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  2. The best part about the Capitol fence is that will forever be a monument to their fear of The People. Remember, less than 1% of the citizens on the Mall that day even crossed the outer security perimeter. Most who entered did so by accident of getting drawn along with a few bad actors. Most stayed within the ropes when traversing statutory hall.

    Of course, if the people wanted to take over the real government of the US, they would overrun a few buildings in Silicon Valley.

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    1. They'd get lost on the way to California and end up storming the Buddhist temple in Stafford, Texas.

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  3. Locking up congress is long overdue.

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    1. You mean locking up the unhinged criminals in the House and Senate is long overdue.

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    2. "That's what the man said!" God bless Arnold Stang (the actor-comedian, R.I.P.).

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    3. Lyn5, if you lock them all up the VERY few that are decent are just collateral damage.

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  4. Time to go Galt. Not a fan but we don't participate, cooperate amd ignore. all the crap coming out of DC is unsustainable. I was talking to an old USFS firefighting friend, and the idea of an electric Chinese made wildland fire pumper is not possible. As are all the other crazy that is coming out it is unsustainable period. They have overstepped their bounds. This effort is doomed to fail.

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    1. Unless we all stand together we shall all swing separately.

      Something like that.

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  5. I find it interesting that 20 years after 9/11, the capitol building *still* does not have shatterproof glass in the doors and windows, and no way to lock down sections of the building so wandering people can't wander. I've seen credit unions with more reliable security.

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    1. And that is what has TPTB soaking their Depends. The Capitol security was just find until the Capitol police opened the doors for the Antifa "visitors". The MAGA people there were played for suckers. The entire country needs to take note of that and how it really went down. Fortunately the video is out there even beyond the power of censorship, and once on the internet it's forever.

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  6. "Walling off our public buildings is symbolic of the divide between voters and the people PLACED INTO OFFICE VIA RIGGED ELECTIONS."

    Fixed it for ya. :-O

    (And seriously, if they were legitimate, they wouldn't be so afraid of the citizenry...)

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  7. Nothing screams democracy like an armed fortress. DC needs to be destroyed.

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  8. “Democrats also want to grant statehood to DC. I suggest we just call it the Police State.”

    DC ... “Das Capital”

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  9. Frankly we should all thank Lizzy Cheney for awakening millions to realize how easy it is to primary her ass. She's now behind in polls by almost fifty percent already!

    Just don't stop with her or its all futile.

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  10. You know... in this day and age, why do we even need a capitol/capital for the legislatures to meet in?

    As we've learned during the plague, everyone can stay home and meet virtually. That cuts down on building expenses at the (now-former) capitol/capital, eliminates travel expenses and second-home (in the capitol/capital city) expenses, keeps them closer (literally!) to the people they represent, and keeps them spread out so that lobbyists and other elite-class fellow travelers can't have them all in one place for easy access.

    (Yeah, I know to ask that question is to answer it for now... but it sure would in future be a great way to undo the elite class and turn Capitol Hill into a museum...)

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    1. I've been advocating this since reading Asimov and Heinlein in the 1960's. See The Naked Sun by Asimov--everyone meets by holographic projection.
      Let's go one small step further and require "Representatives" to actually live and work in their districts.

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    2. Going to a virtual Congress/House assembly would make it easy to not only watch over what they’re up to -,w/o C-Span involvement, it would also more importantly make it possible to go back to more reasonable House of Representatives apportionments ALA the thirty-thousand.org movement. This would help ensure proper representation, not just who commands enough big donors to get elected. The same technology could make virtual town hall meetings a thing.

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  11. We went to dc a couple years ago, I told my wife I'd like to see it before it's owned by China. I was half-kidding.

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  12. We went to dc a couple years ago, I told my wife I'd like to see it before it's owned by China. I was half-kidding.

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  13. Yogananda? You must be kidding. No theyre not. Good grief

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  14. I am “I once walked unescorted through the Capitol years old”

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  15. "...the divide between voters and the people we elect."

    Did we?

    D.C. is increasingly the Imperial Capital of the Federal Empire, which governs its conquests less than it oppresses and loots.

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  16. Didn't Harry Reid, back in 2008, say that the new Capitol visitor center would mitigate the aroma(s) of the smelly touristers who could be screened before coming into the holy of holies?

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  17. My wife has always wanted to go to New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco and a few other large Liberal cities. I have never wanted to go. Now she doesn't want to go. Thank God. My/Her bucket list can now purge these piece of shit cities that have gone to pure garbage!

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  18. An Ironic Curtain has descended around the Capitol....

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  20. No longer a Capitol but a Citadel.
    The visual statement is clear. We your masters are here and will crush any dissent.

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