I for one am shocked, shocked, that ineffective political gestures are being used to vent away the divisive energy flowing under our society. Well, maybe not that shocked. This op has been cooking since November, and the socials have been pointing at this particular date for a while now. If the most malleable and invested members of society are getting gas through their computer screens in the form of all-or-nothing radical reactionary proper propaganda, it's going to go somewhere.
On January 6, 2021, an office building got ransacked. Furniture was toppled, even stolen. A bunch of the ransackers took selfies and set new profile pictures. Pieces of paper were scattered. Mail: stolen. Fried chicken was vended. It was overall a very good day for television.
The thing about office buildings is that they don't actually do anything by themselves. They are a location for things to happen. This live action role play was uninterested in actual power, the so-called "coup" had no intention to control or destroy, only to make a gesture. They didn't go to where the decisions were being made, they went to where the photo ops were at. It was a totally empty action, impossible from the origin of the plan, not meant to wrest control with a wave of people, but to get seen and heard. They might as well have been blowing kisses at the camera crews.
Priorities are a funny thing. Back when it was gamestops getting bricked, when it was clothing stores being vandalized, we had homebrew heroes crossing state lines, armed and amped to stand on someone else's ground and hold it. Our American love of private property gleams brilliantly in our hearts, it roars like a riding mower. If you would dare bonk a skateboard against BoA plexiglass, the boys would be there to regulate. And yet, when the central complex of the nation's capitol was under assault, no masked vigilantes arrived to save it. I guess Congress isn't as important as a strip mall.
And so the quote-unquote "storm" descended. Walked in, and aside from some fatalities and a few dozen arrests, just walked out again. Stole office knickknacks and fed DC photographers. An inert, pointless action that was not ever actually intended to change the election, but to support an elderly TV actor's ego. "See? They know the truth too!" he might say afterward. Maybe get a footnote in a textbook half a century from now. Politics is performance, and we're getting to the point where even civilians are performers. It's not the death of democracy, it's not a full-on coup, it's just a larp, and most of them looked like they were having a good time.