January 6 can happen here

Written by Brenda Schimke

It’s called the ‘big lie’ as 88 million Americans still believe Donald Trump won the presidential election.

The ‘big lie’ reached a pinnacle on January 6, 2021 when Trump supporters—children in tow—attempted to attack the Vice President, Senators and members of Congress with assault weapons, sledge hammers and molotov cocktails to overthrow their democracy.

There’s no mystery about January 6, the 5-year lie about a rigged election came to its logical conclusion of violence and insurrection.

Everyone needs to read, ‘On Tyranny’, by Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University if you care about truth. It gives 20 lessons using Hitler, Putin and other strong men as examples. It’s pocket-book sized and readable in one sitting. Written in 2017, it clearly foreshadowed Trump and his gang of anarchist thugs.

History reminds us that Trump could not overthrow a democracy on his own. It takes the direct or complicit help of corporate elites, educated lawyers and financiers, republican political leaders and elected officials, rouge soldiers and police officers, social media companies, propaganda media outlets and the masses who buy into the big lie.

Republican lawmakers are today working hard to ensure it will be those on the ground in the Capitol building who will pay the price. As the propagandized freedom fighters go to jail, the instigators, the elites, get a wrist slap or receive presidential pardons.

Snyder’s point number 10 is ‘Believe in Truth’. May it be a wakeup call for every right-wing political leader, including Premier Jason Kenney, who routinely uses the republican tactic of driving wedges between people and regions through lies, half-truths and fake news to foment rage and anger.

We, the masses, need to ponder Professor Synder’s words before we unintentionally slip down the rabbit hole and fall under the spell of propagandists and cult leaders.

He wrote, “To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.”

In politics, lies matter. I went back to Kenney’s New Year’s Day news conference. In every situation where Kenney speaks, no matter what topic, he takes potshots at Prime Minister Trudeau and Opposition Leader Rachel Notley. 

That day, when he and his team were 100 per cent wrong to travel internationally and he was arguing it wasn’t that bad, he took time to slam Prime Minister Trudeau—something about not enough rapid testing at airports—and called the ND opposition—you know the ones who had no caucus members travelling during the holiday season—liars for pointing out Allard’s ministerial responsibility for vaccine distribution. 

Kenney boldly stated, “Allard is not directly involved or responsible for the vaccine program.”

That was a lie. The Minister of Municipal Affairs—then Tracy Allard—was responsible for emergency management and her deputy minister is in charge of the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine. 

Kenney made himself responsible for the personal travel decisions of his MLAs, yet says Allard isn’t responsible for her department’s work! Come on, how stupid do you think we are?

Why should these constant barbs and lies concern us?

Just mentioning Trudeau or Notley in conservative circles today exposes a scary level of vitriol hatred, that’s why! 

January 6 events happened after years of cultivating a bogus ‘enemy of the people’.

An ardent conservative, Dave Rutherford, said recently, “Kenney has lost his moral compass.” 

Unfortunately, Kenney’s one-man road show, slimy truthfulness, divisive politics and unaccountable leadership is a growing problem for peace and unity in Alberta.

 

Brenda Schimke

ECA Review

About the author

Brenda Schimke

Schimke is a Graduate with Distinction from the University of Alberta with a BCom degree. She has lived and worked in Alberta, BC and Ontario.