"A show trial is a public trial in which the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt, and/or innocence, of the defendant. The actual trial has as its only goal the presentation of both the accusation and the verdict to the public so they will serve as both an impressive example and a warning to other would-be dissidents or transgressors. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than corrective and they are also conducted for propagandistic purposes. The term was first recorded in 1928." wiki on show trial
"National Guard troops deployed in Washington, D.C. for the Biden inaugural in the wake of the storming of the Capitol last week have been authorized to use lethal force, according to a report by U.S. News that cited a Defense Department official. The D.C. National Guard had issued a statement Wednesday that troops under its command had been authorized to carry weapons." gateway pundit
"Is there something in the character of politics that makes it illogical, a “blood sport”? Is that why it is called an “arena”? Perhaps a brief look at early American history might give a clue.
From the beginning, Americans were fiercely independent, passionate, but deeply divided. Only about one-third supported the revolution; the majority were either neutral or remained loyal to the British (“Tories”). A fierce internal terrorist campaign raged throughout the war between these two groups of Americans. So intense was the divide that a British Chaplin was moved to write that,
'These Americans, so soft, pacific and benevolent by nature, are here transformed into monsters, implacably bloody and ravenous; party rage has kindled the spirit of hatred between them, they attack and rob each other by turns, destroy dwelling houses, or establish themselves therein by driving out those who had before dispossessed others.' [Note the word “rage.”] "political hysteria"
It appears to me that Schumer has in mind to try former President Trump in the senate with John Roberts presiding. IMO this is unconstitutional. As Alan Dershowitz said on the TeeVee today, the prospect of such a procedure should be horrifying to all. Why? If the congress can try a private citizen and bar him/her from holding federal office, then whichever party controls the congress can simply bar significant opposition figures from office by re-defining the meaning of statutes, imputing motive where there is none and through guilt by association. This all begins to smell like Stalin's show trials in the 30s in which he killed off his Old Bolshevik comrades and the leadership of the Red Army. Trump will always remain vulnerable to the civil courts. The Dems fear that Florida or federal courts in Florida will not extradite him? They should live with that in the interest of maintaining the Union.
We now have most of downtown Washington, DC transformed into a Green Zone on the Baghdad model. 25,000 federalized National Guard troops plus various kinds of cops occupy that zone. 25,000? How about 1,000? How about 2.000? What do they expect, an attack on the Biden inauguration platform from the other end of the Mall? The bridges from Virginia are closed by order of his majesty Ralph Northam. We live here under Ralph's imperial decrees in a vast outdoor prison. The ability of the imperial authorities to wall us up, each in our own crummy little domain bodes ill for the future.
Not for the first time am I disgusted by the susceptibility of those I thought my countrymen to waves of hysteria. German and then Communist spying in WW1, Prohibition, internment of Japanese descended citizens of the US in WW2, McCarthyism, the 2K fantasy in which people waited for the end of civilized life, 9/11, after which the whole country went into a profound funk and stumbled about terrified of the NEXT ATTACK. And now, we have the Left's desire to destroy opposition, the opposition of 75 million citizens and to do it through mass mobilization of political hysteria.
This will never be the same country again. We have lost the talent needed to maintain a federal republic. pl