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The Roundup: J6 Tapes Edition
D.C. is a fount of activity these days after Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was “fired” under the leadership of conservative upstart Matt Gaetz.
After fits and tantrums, the Republicans finally elected Mike Johnson of Louisiana as Speaker.
To get an idea of why it all happened, watch this:
This weekend, Johnson began to fulfill what McCarthy promised but apparently never meant to follow through on - release over 40,000 hours of J6 tapes from all kinds of angles and views. It is undermining the Left’s narrative of the “insurrection” of January 6, 2020.
At least one Republican leader spoke hyperbolically when he said:
What do the tapes show?
So many have been frustrated at the inaction by elected leaders who promise “to get to the bottom of this,” only to appear to be submerged in the swamp themselves. Their professed intentions never materialize, and no one is held accountable for the buffoonery of the past.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
“It’s a quote routinely attributed to Edmund Burke. But it turns out falsely so. Apparently, he never uttered these words. At best, the essence of the quote can be traced back to the utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill, who delivered an 1867 inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews and stated:”1
"Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.”
IMHO, many thousands of people tried to do "something" on J6, and somehow the script was flipped,2 bad actors were present, and innocents were swept into a crafted narrative that the release of the J6 tapes will reveal.
I wrote fresh in 2020 about the incident at the Capitol:
I don't dispute that hotheads were present, that the day was traumatic for many, that injuries and death occurred. I do dispute that it was an organized “insurrection.” Does anyone really think the United States government could be overthrown by a group of people walking through the Capitol, taking selfies, stealing podiums, and wearing costumes?3
I believe the Democrat-led J6 Committee willfully ignored (and destroyed) evidence4 and that as years-long, suppressed evidence comes to light, many will be exonerated. What remains to be seen is, will the guilty be punished?
Will good people still do nothing?
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” a Quote Falsely Attributed to Edmund Burke (Open Culture: March 13, 2016)
Debunking the False Insurrection Lie by the Democrats, by Larry Johnson (The Gateway Pundit: February 23, 2021)
January 6 Committee Destroyed Records, Videos; Trump’s Rights Violated, by Joel Pollak (Breitbart News: August 9, 2023)
Capitol Police Chief Calls January 6 a ‘Cover-Up’ in Leaked Unaired Tucker Carlson Interview, by Jordan Dixon-Hamilton (Breitbart News: August 2, 2023)