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Posted By: Magnante, 1/18/2021 9:17:19 AM

The last time I checked, this was the USA. A free country. A country where, when mobs of thugs were destroying Minneapolis, Portland, Kenosha, and other cities, the media reacted in horror at the suggestion that a few National Guard troops might help return calm for the residents trying to live peacefully in their homes, do business as much as possible in the circumstances, and stay afloat during a pandemic. As Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler said when offered federal troops to quell the violence, “This is not the America we want.” The very idea is repugnant! Now, I am seeing pictures of Washington DC preparing to inaugurate Biden

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Reply 1 - Posted by: franq 1/18/2021 9:24:07 AM (No. 664841)
Despite theories to the contrary, I believe the large NG presence in DC is just a leftist stunt. Purely for optics. They are whipping the "Capitol Riot" hysteria up to 11. These troops are not going to arrest Biden and place Trump back in power.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mofongo 1/18/2021 9:25:22 AM (No. 664843)
Of course the author’s question cannot be answered on American Shrinker because discussion is verboten. We all know nussink.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jhpeters2 1/18/2021 9:39:15 AM (No. 664854)
Transparently ludicrous. People are watching this marxist charade. In another article there was a request from the Xiden team to disarm the NG stationed near where the chinese president elect will be taking the public oath of office. Not kidding. Why the heck would they announce that? Why the heck would the secret service allow them to announce that, if the threat was in any way remotely possible? Absolutely ludicrous.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 1/18/2021 9:42:36 AM (No. 664858)
We know what is going on, Terry. You know, that "C" word. Hint "C" = Corruption. Meanwhile, I left the pubbie party last week by changing my voter registration to Unaffiliated. For what it is worth, I still plan to vote in future elections, just not sure for who or what for.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo 1/18/2021 9:53:47 AM (No. 664872)
The razorwire and the armed National Guard make a great photo-op background for the new Politburo. It will be great to compare annually to see who has been unpersonned from the previous year.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bigfatslob 1/18/2021 9:54:44 AM (No. 664875)
Like an air show I always like a good stunt this is a big one. Trying to keep the coup alive with good optics. Trumps supporters stay away this is a joke parading around as seriousness. I wish all the republicans like Ted Cruz would stay away but then they are republicans and join the enemy in the Uniparty.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 1/18/2021 10:00:44 AM (No. 664885)
The irony of the fence around the Capitol as the incoming administration condemns the wall on our border - which almost looks flimsy in comparison. This show of force is tantamount to the false prophet's strong-arm tactics during closure of the government. We must learn to respect those in charge.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: jacksin5 1/18/2021 10:04:05 AM (No. 664890)
My only question is, Are the troops and fences going to stay in place until 2024?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 1/18/2021 10:04:24 AM (No. 664893)
The Elites were shaken to their core by the skirmish at the Capital on the 6th. Before, they thought the rubes in flyover country were too stupid and bovine to fight. Now, in typical coward fashion, they've overreacted and turned D.C. into a police state to protect themselves. Also, it is likely that counter demonstrators would outnumber supporters at Biden's inauguration. Can't have that. Anyone with information is free to provide it to AT through an email to the editor. I've done it myself several times, and they write me back and thank me within 24 hours.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: pros7767 1/18/2021 10:07:54 AM (No. 664900)
I'd like to believe this is a stunt, but I don't think it is. We have transformed from the free United States of America to a communist version of China. They will keep DC locked down in perpetuity.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: John C 1/18/2021 10:16:06 AM (No. 664911)
It is all planned so that Pres. Trump can never hold another rally, after all they leads to terrorism.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 1/18/2021 10:23:20 AM (No. 664917)
And now they've got their panties in a wad about "infiltrators" in the National Guard who may be there.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Italiano 1/18/2021 10:26:49 AM (No. 664920)
I'll pass on watching the farce of an inauguration. I have no desire to experience what French patriots must have felt watching the Nazis goose-step into Paris in 1940.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: chumley 1/18/2021 10:31:41 AM (No. 664925)
My older brother was detailed to guard Jimmah Carter during one of his stops at an Air Force base. They took the bolts out of all the guards rifles. I guess they feared the military more than they feared some miscreant.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 1/18/2021 10:33:44 AM (No. 664926)
When did AT stop taking comments?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Quigley 1/18/2021 10:39:33 AM (No. 664931)
As others have observed it’s optics for political theater. One hopes the dims care about the country even 5%. Doubtful though. Perpetual threats of virus and perpetual threats from Trump and his supporters are the memes of the future. It’s hard to imagine how this could play out well for anyone but the power mad who are employing these strategies. I know people who are still duped. I presume These Gullibles will remain perpetually duped.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Strike3 1/18/2021 10:53:49 AM (No. 664942)
This is a show, not unlike everything the democrats have staged for the past four years to attempt to impress upon the people that they are the annointed rulers and they have power behind them. Let them have their inauguration show. We have 75 million people who have the real power - if only we can collectively decide to use it instead of becoming democrats' sheep. We will soon have some decisions to make.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Sandpiper 1/18/2021 10:54:35 AM (No. 664943)
A close relative is an LEO for California, right now assigned to the greater Sacramento area. They have all been put on high tactical alert. However, he said there is no “actionable” intelligence of any credible threat for the state. It is for show. Unless something is planned ...?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DVC 1/18/2021 10:58:40 AM (No. 664949)
I just got a text from a friend in another state who says that their Republican party sent out a message saying that the DC government had sworn in all the NG troop as "special US marshals". I have no idea if this is fact or not. After mulling this over for a few minutes, I realized that the Posse Commitatus Act makes it illegal for military troops to work as law enforcement inside the US. But, if they were converted to "special US marshals" they would be federal law enforcement, and that would have at least a fig leaf to cover their violation of the Posse act by using NG troops as LE. Is there even such a thing as this "special marshall"? I have no idea, but like this author, the events in DC are chilling, and entirely unAmerican. Clearly something bad is happening there.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: 3XALADY 1/18/2021 11:05:40 AM (No. 664952)
Columnist Alicia Colon is on my Facebook page. She posted this morning that NG troops in DC had to have their backgrounds checked to make sure they had not supported our President.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack 1/18/2021 11:17:56 AM (No. 664959)
Minneapolis, Portland, Kenosha, and other cities, are not where the DC politicians live so no real effort to curb the CCP controlled mobs. But any threat to the politicos that send them scurrying under their desks will be met with force......cowards all.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: wangbuster 1/18/2021 11:23:46 AM (No. 664966)
Just one cog in wheel towards tyranny.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: davew 1/18/2021 11:28:10 AM (No. 664971)
A Democrat representative has put a bill in the House to make the fencing and security perimeter around the people's house permanent. I don't think even the Soviet Union were this threatened by their own countrymen.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Yuban 1/18/2021 11:28:43 AM (No. 664972)
No National Guard to protect private citizens but an army to protect politicians. Disgrace.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Manxsom Foe 1/18/2021 11:32:46 AM (No. 664978)
We are at the end of the United States of America if the NG can be ordered to fire on unarmed citizens. They took an oath upon enlistment to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and to obey the LAWFUL orders of their superiors. Unlawful orders violating the rights enumerated in the constitution are to be ignored by a lawfully deployed military. Soldiers enlist in order to protect civilians. Polident Biden must be in fear of his electorate in order to call up this show of force that has been denied citizens enduring Leftist riots for the past 4 years. This is very curious since he garnered more ballots in the election than any other presidential candidate in our country's history.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: czechlist 1/18/2021 11:36:49 AM (No. 664981)
IMO some gun violence will occur. This is just too perfect of an opportunity for the gun grabbers to pass up. The left has plenty of useful idiots who, like suicide bombers, are willing to pay any price to further the cause .
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Bazi 1/18/2021 12:18:53 PM (No. 665032)
What's going on? North Korea style optics. RSBN has on the street video tours DC. Here's one from yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1NKC3yWrso&t=209s
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Reply 28 - Posted by: planetgeo 1/18/2021 1:09:34 PM (No. 665096)
Hat tip to #25 for "Polident Biden." Excellent wordsmithing (if it's yours). Not only confirms that he is the President of "many" (i.e., more than him and Jill) voters, but also it's a name one can really bite into .
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Reply 29 - Posted by: anniebc 1/18/2021 1:45:49 PM (No. 665130)
Maybe this is a push for them to be guarded by those Chinese troops on standby in Canada. I say they should be afraid. Every single day for the rest of their lives. That's how it is for tyrants; tyrants are always afraid of a coup. Live by the coup, die by the coup; that's what they know and expect. Evil!
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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney 1/18/2021 2:37:40 PM (No. 665223)
You better check again, because this is not a free country. You get by only because they have not focused on you.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: royzzer 1/18/2021 3:01:12 PM (No. 665248)
Crazy
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Reply 32 - Posted by: red1066 1/18/2021 5:18:38 PM (No. 665349)
Outside of the planning for the destruction of the country as founded and the Constitution, not much is happening.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: udanja99 1/18/2021 5:44:10 PM (No. 665369)
#25, perhaps the pols in DC have looked at what happened to Nicolae Ceausescu when he ordered his troops to fire on their fellow citizens.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: Texpub 1/18/2021 6:02:04 PM (No. 665382)
#15 I think AT must have quit taking comments within the past few days. I read a statement by Thomas Lifson who was obviously threatened with a lawsuit by Dominion. Andrea Widburg also got slapped down. It's a shame. I wonder when they'll come for Lucianne.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Rumblehog 1/18/2021 6:08:25 PM (No. 665391)
#19, yes, 2,000 Guard Troops were sworn in as Federal Marshalls last night. https://www.flickr.com/photos/usmarshals/sets/72157717930708541/
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Reply 36 - Posted by: ragu 1/18/2021 6:47:26 PM (No. 665435)
Unfortunately, I can't confirm this, guess I'll just trust in my fellow man. Someone posted on WeMe that he has a relative who is a member of the National Guard who told him that the troops guns are not loaded, they don't have magazines, etc.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 1/19/2021 12:17:27 AM (No. 665749)
On Wed there will be hours of silence while I don't watch or hear about the fraudulent inauguration.
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