It’s been on its way for decades. It seems to have finally arrived. The question is: What to do about it?
Fortunately, their hold on Congress is probably too tenuous for them to ram through the things they need to cement their power, and I suspect that the intraparty divisions this spring (and even late winter) will be brutal, and something for those who value liberty and the Constitution to take advantage of.
The upshot should be clear: The deadly storming of the Capitol building is the logical outcome of norms set by the left in 2020. By winking at and apologizing for Antifa, liberal elites telegraphed that political grievances ought to be resolved through violence.
Those showing righteous indignation now only months or weeks ago argued that the riots were “mostly peaceful” and that vandalism and looting don’t count as violence.
That’s the problem with political irresponsibility: Once the law grants quasi-authorization to hitherto-proscribed conduct, there’s no telling how events might spiral.