They Still Walk Among Us … WHY???

The majority of the people who have been charged with attacking Congress and the Capitol on January 6th are not in jail.  On average in the U.S., only about 25% of people charged with a crime are released while awaiting trial, but among this bunch of thugs and white supremacists, 70% are out on bail at this time.

Eric Munchel, known as “Zip Tie Guy”, who was photographed wearing tactical gear and carrying wrist restraints in the Senate chamber, was released in late March, along with his mother, after an appeals court questioned whether he posed any danger outside the specific context of January 6th.

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man photographed with his foot on Nancy Pelosi’s desk, was released in late April, nearly two months after screaming during a court hearing that “it’s not fair” that he was still in custody when “everybody else who did things much worse are already home”.

Legal experts are predicting that a substantial swath of the alleged rioters may not serve any prison time at all, even if they are convicted or plead guilty.  According to Erica Zunkel, associate director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School …

“I’m both surprised and not surprised. Most of these people are white. The majority of people in the federal system are people of color.”

And there, no matter what other excuses we may be given, lies the crux of the matter.  Racism rears its ugly head, even in matters of treason, of attempting to overthrow the government, in matters of attempting to murder the U.S. Constitution.

At least 440 people have been arrested on charges related to the January 6th attack, according to the justice department, including at least 125 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.  Of those, 330 or more have been released from custody pending trial.  44% are charged only with misdemeanors, such as entering a restricted building or disorderly conduct.  BULLSHIT!  Each and every one was a part of a larger movement that was intended to murder people such as Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, and worse yet, to murder whatever shred of democracy remains in this country.  They fully intended to take away our votes, to turn the tables and hand over the Oval Office to the biggest thug of them all!

Richard Barnett has a webpage soliciting donations for his legal defense!  Barnett breached the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, put his nasty feet on her desk, stole her mail, and left her an obscene note, and yet he is not behind bars today.  According to the website …

For a $100 donation, “Richard will send you an autographed picture of him sitting in Pelosi’s office personally addressed to whomever you like. Richard sends his deepest thanks & appreciation for any amount of money. His employment was terminated because of public pressure to fire him after his arrest.”

The site also says that “He is instead asking those who disagree with him to reconcile the federal government’s all-out prosecution of January-sixers with its failure to prosecute the 200+ Code Pink demonstrators” from the Cavanaugh hearings.  The site also notes that this is a private campaign, as GoFundMe refused to allow his campaign.

And then there’s Federico Klein, a former State Department appointee of the former guy who participated in the attack on January 6th.  Klein was still working for the State Department on January 6th when he helped lead the assault, physically fighting against the front line of officers, even assaulting officers with a riot shield he’d stolen from them.  According to the Court filing …

“Klein’s willing and enthusiastic participation in violence against police officers protecting a lawful proceeding of Congress, for which he is charged with multiple felonies – including a crime of violence – weighs heavily in favor of detention. Not only was his individual conduct and encouragement to other rioters violent and dangerous, but his actions heightened the overall violence and dangerousness of the day.

Notably, one video captured Klein encouraging other rioters to attempt to breach the Capitol by shouting, ‘We need fresh people, we need fresh people’ multiple times.”

Arrested in March, Klein was released on an unsecured bond last month, and worse yet, it is reported that Justice Department lawyers are considering offering a plea deal to Klein.  Say WHAT???  WHY???  This is a man who served as a political appointee in the State Department from 2017 until his resignation on January 19th, 13 days after he attacked Congress.  This is a man who had taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, who had top security clearance!

On Friday, the United States Senate, by its action to deny the establishment of a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6th, told us that they do not take the assault on our government, on We the People, seriously.  They told us that We the People no longer matter.  It appears that the Department of Justice and the Courts feel the same as Congress.  So, are they going to simply give these people a slap on the wrist and tell them to behave, give them the freedom to do the same or worse after the election in 2024?  Think about it.

38 thoughts on “They Still Walk Among Us … WHY???

    • Ah yes … Teddy Roosevelt … walk softly and carry a big stick … the good ol’ days! I long for the ‘good ol’ days’ when politicians gave a royal hoot about the people they represented. Or … were there ever such days? The memory dims … perhaps it was all a dream …

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        • Until recently, I thought the present level of corruption and disdain for We the People by politicos was sure to become a thing of the past at some point. Now … I’m pretty sure it’s here to stay. Why? Perhaps they have enough power at this point to override good governance. Perhaps the level of ignorance among We the People has risen to the point that they will buy any can of lies if it’s packaged pretty. And perhaps this nation deserves what’s coming, though there are some of us who don’t, but we won’t likely survive anyway. How’s that for a bright outlook?

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  1. I don’t want you to expend tears on my behalf, Jill, but it is getting to be too much to comprehend. The Democrats are supposedly in power in both Houses and the White House too. Yet the Republicans are still running the show. Until something is done, you are the laughing stock of the world. And that makes me cry.

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    • Sigh. I am deeply ashamed of what the country I was born into has become … or perhaps always was. I no longer recognize this country … and yet … perhaps it is I who have worn blinders and never saw it for what it really was. Whenever I hear someone say it is “the greatest country in the world”, I spit in their face, for it is not … never was. Perhaps in my next life I can be a Canadian wolf. I no longer belong to this world.

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      • Dear Jill,
        You belong to the world. As long as human intelligence does not destroy it, it will be here for trillions of years.
        You belong to the universe. As long as intelligent beings do not somehow destroy it, it will be here for trillions of trillions of years.
        You belong to the cosmos. It will always be here, in all its dimensigns and phases and whatever else it has that we puny humans cannot even imagine. No one can destroy the cosmos.
        Belonging to the United States, that immaterial. Nations come, nations go. Nations fail. Empires fall. But the ground beneath our feet is always there, whatever humans choose to call it. Keep your feet on the ground, Jill. It will not fail you.
        Humans, we are as ephemeral as snowflakes. Life is eternal. Be a part of life.

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  2. I am going to say this once, and only once. The United States of America is no longer worth my time and energy. Between your outrageous pro-gun laws, and your inability to run a responsible government, I no longer want to be neighbours with you. (All italics are not to mean individuals, many of whom I consider good friends. But collectively, you stink!)

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    • You know I agree with you. Anybody that entered the Capitol without legitimate purpose on that day should be in jail and stay there for anywhere from a year to a lifetime, depending on their level of involvement. How much you want to bet that nobody … NOBODY … serves more than a few months? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  3. Hello Jill. This says a lot about the US, the people who did this, and the party that shouted at everyone that they were the moral police demanding people take responsibility for their actions and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I am not sure I recognize the US at this point. There is no tolerance for diversity or difference of opinion, but if you attack the building that houses our government and threaten the elected lawmakers of the party you hate all is forgiven as you are a good white citizen? Hugs

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    • It sure as hell does! It speaks volumes about this nation and it’s “leadership”. I’ve been saying for a few years now that I no longer recognize this country, and it’s true. I thought we were better than this, but white supremacy and other forms of bigotry seem to be growing exponentially. Were it in my power, I would leave this country today. Since it isn’t, I hope to make just a small, microscopic bit of difference in whatever time I have left on earth. Some days, though, I’m ashamed of being (mostly) white. Hugs

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  5. Jill, welcome to the new Republican party. Here are your bylaws – “My rights are more important than your rights. Lawlessness is more than fine if it protects my rights. Lying is OK if it lets me win. Conspiracy theories are fine if it diffuses scrutiny of my transgressions. Finally, Donald Trump knows more about any topic, in the history of that topic, than anyone else, in the history of mankind.” If you have any questions, please call Don, Jr. Keith

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    • You’ve pretty much summed it up in a nutshell. My only question is … why haven’t the general public (the Trump-supporting arm of it) awakened and realized that there is nothing in this for them? If they did, we could relegate the current GOP to the annals of history pretty quickly.

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      • Jill, here is a good example to your point. In this gig and part-time economy, access to health care coverage is essential. If the ACA was done away with, all of these people who were using the coverage would have suffered. What they do not realize is employers do the gigs and part-time stuff to NOT provide benefits to these workers. So, it is a good example of the base voting against their economic interests. Keith

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        • That’s an excellent example and you are so very right. Perhaps what it boils down to is education, that the average John Doe doesn’t understand, and the GOP is doing everything in its power to ensure that they keep not understanding.


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