2021: The Year in Review
Was January 6th the last day of our constitutional republic?
I’ve been reading through the last twelve months of articles I’ve written (and stories I filed for a TV news network and tweets I fired off on my social media accounts) because I wanted to see what I got right and what I got wrong. I know what you’re thinking: possibly I’m a masochist. Besides, how many people want to remember anything about the worst year in the history of our country since The Civil War? This ought to be an annual exercise that‘s mandatory in the journalism business, but since we now live in the post-Trump era of zero accountability for corporate media shills, it’s a ritual that I might be doing alone.
It’s sobering to see how much can happen in a single year — let alone a year as diabolical as 2021. Just twelve months ago, Mitch McConnell was leading a revolt of GOP politicians against their own voters — by ignoring election fraud while trying to pass a global aid package that sent $700 billion to foreign countries ($33 billion to Venezuela! $700 million to Sudan!) but only $600 to American taxpayers. (A week later, GOP voters flipped the bird back at the GOP establishment by staying home during the Georgia special elections.) The shameless Dr. Birx announced that she was retiring after being caught violating her own COVID rules. BREXIT finally happened on December 24th — a rare defeat for the open-borders globalist elites. And that was just one week in December! The world was waking up to the news that America’s election system might not be the “most secure in history” as one infamous left-wing stooge inside the Trump Administration liked to say (just before he got fired). How could we know that we were living in the last days of our constitutional republic?
The entire year, for me, was peppered by questions that had no answers. What happened to the infamous server in Germany? What happened to the leaked Chinese Communist Party list of 2 million agents around the world? What happened to Hunter Biden’s laptop? What was the SolarWinds hack all about? What happened with President Trump’s executive order on election security? Or the ODNI report on foreign interference that Director Ratcliffe was ordered to produce? Where were the tapes the FBI pulled out of Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion? Most of all: where were the Russiagate documents that President Trump had ordered declassified by his own national security officials? The list went on and on and on. It felt like one long thread of our democracy slowly unraveling before our very eyes.
Twelve months ago, Florida was already ignoring the COVID plandemic and embarrassing all the doomsayers. An Austrian politician tested a can of Coca-cola for COVID as a stunt in Parliament, and it tested positive. Pressure was already mounting on Vice President Mike Pence to play “the Pence card” by conservative voters who had no idea who Pence really was. Senator Josh Hawley announced that he would object to the certification of election results on January 6th. Every new story about COVID seemed to be followed by a TikTok video of nurses doing a synchronized dance routine in an empty hospital somewhere in America. The last day of 2020 was Day 287 of “15 days to flatten the curve.” Who knew that 365 more such days were ahead of us?
I seemed to know. I was widely denounced as a conspiracy theorist in the middle of 2020 when I predicted that Dr. Fauci would seek to make the new DNA gene therapies (improperly called “vaccines”) mandatory. On January 3rd of 2021, Dr. Fauci publicly called for the new gene therapies to be mandatory. Lockdowns, COVID passports, forced vaccination: I was right about the entire dystopian agenda. Why had I been correct? How had I been correct? In hindsight, it seems that I paid attention to the Event 201 simulation and to the World Economic Forum’s creepy plans fairly early. Not Alex Jones early of course.
Remember all the people on the Right and Left who cheered (or said nothing) when Alex Jones was banned from Twitter in September of 2018? When Milo was banned in July of 2016? Then President Trump was banned on January 8th of 2021. And Gen. Flynn too. And Sidney Powell. All on the same day. (On January 9th, the Parler social media app went down as well — in case you can’t see the pattern.) It turns out that we were living through a lesson on why free speech rights must be absolute in our country: because “community safety” and “hate speech” are merely the cover for the Left to ban all dissident and conservative speech. We are witnessing liberalism metastasize into communism in the West under the pretext of “saving democracy” and “protecting us from hate.”
2021 was the year we all learned that when the corporate media gathers together to denounce you as a conspiracy theorist it means: you’re right on the money. (Put another way: the so-called conspiracy theorists are the only real journalists we have left.) I’ve now joined Alex Jones and Milo and Trump and Flynn and Katie Hopkins and James O’Keefe and Naomi Wolf and Pastor Greg Locke and Aubrey Huff and Alex Berenson on the other side of Twitter banishment. That’s distinguished company: presidents and baseball stars and preachers and feminist icons and New York Times journalists too.
Meanwhile, my colleagues in the corporate media spent their time in 2021 telling you that you could fly on a packed airplane but that your church was closed. That you couldn’t walk into your favorite local restaurant but Target and Walmart were always open for you. That your schools were shut down but left-wing political rallies were safe to attend. They treated CDC “guidelines” as law. They repeated with a straight face that your civil rights were basically suspended indefinitely — unless you were a member of Congress or Bill Gates. The overwhelming majority of my so-called colleagues in journalism spent the entire year celebrating this state of affairs. The stench of their treachery to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights will never be washed away.
In truth, I can’t get really get through the entire year’s worth of tweets. (Even I’m not that tough.) I’m sure that I got plenty wrong too — but I find that my tweets leading up to January 6th were filled with foreboding. I can’t read past them really. I woke up that morning and started posting things like: “Did President Trump catch the Swamp or did the Swamp catch him? Today we find out.” A few hours later I posted this: “Welcome, Republicans, to the last hill to die on.” There were at least 11 GOP senators who wanted to object to the election results in Congress, and who would call for a 10-day emergency audit of ballots in contested states. What would happen? In hindsight, there were obvious signs of violent intimidation by the Left against anyone who disagreed with them that were largely ignored by federal law enforcement and the corporate media. The night before, Democrat activists had surrounded the private home of Senator Josh Hawley in the middle of the night and scared his pregnant wife and infant daughter who were home alone.
A few hours later, I tweeted: “I’m inside the Capitol right now. Can confirm that things are getting very interesting right now.” I was escorted down to the basement with the other journalists as the police started to clash with the crowd outside. We were told at one point that the Capitol “had been breached.” I was not afraid that day because I felt that the protesters outside were not there to harm politicians or police or journalists but simply to interrupt the political process of certifying a stolen election. This is how I summed up my feelings that day: “This is an entirely predictable situation. Much of the country has been locked down for almost a year. People are going bankrupt. Small businesses can’t open. Schools can’t open. Churches can’t open. Our political elites have failed us.”
Now that 2021 is almost finished, I am horrified to see how right I was. Our political elites have spent the entire year destroying the republic. Most of our cherished democratic institutions have collapsed. The currency has been debased and inflation is now rampant. The Supreme Court has not bothered to check the other branches from running roughshod over our civil rights and has thus become a complete embarrassment. The United States is now a banana republic run by Big Tech oligarchs and Big Pharma salesmen. Dr. Fauci tells you what you’re allowed to do everyday on a Zoom call from the CDC. You may go to jail (or go free) in America today based not solely on your guilt for criminal conduct — but based mostly on your social media posts and your political affiliations. It’s not just the obvious mendacity of the Biden Administration but the silent agreement of the GOP establishment with those lies that has created this terrible, lawless void in American society.
On January 9th, I posted this pessimistic note on Twitter: “It turns out January 6th was the last day of our constitutional republic.” I hope and pray that 2022 proves me wrong.
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