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Di Leo: An Insurrection, By Any Other Name…




By John F. Di Leo - 

What is an insurrection?

Merriam-Webster says it’s “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.”

That’s pretty good, but it requires knowing what “revolting” is (other than the major television networks’ current primetime lineups).  Merriam-Webster is helpful here: a revolt is “a determined, armed uprising.”

What does this mean in today’s context?

For the past year, the Left has been united in a continuous drumbeat that conservative supporters of President Trump staged an "insurrection" at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Did they?

Now, we should remember that President Trump was indeed holding a peaceful rally about a mile away on the Capital Mall that day, with tens of thousands of participants supporting him with their presence and their cheers. 

But this isn’t about that rally. 

This is about a small splinter group of a few hundred people, with considerable evidence indicating that a few instigators (not Trump supporters; apparently FBI or FBI-associated entrapment operatives) drew a bunch of participants from the Capitol-end of President Trump's rally to join them in marching up to the Capitol building, and pushing their way inside to make sure the politicians saw the demonstration and heard their anger.

This small crowd was essentially unarmed (a couple waved crutches threateningly, but most only had cellphone cameras… practically none appeared to have firearms or even knives), and was mostly unorganized, other than accepting the organization of the building itself (many, maybe most, dutifully walked through the velvet ropes that the Capitol has for visitors, after all. Have you ever seen revolutionaries walk in single file, honoring velvet rope paths?).

They didn’t shoot up the place; remember, the ones who entered were unarmed (the few armed ones, assumed to be government entrapment operatives, interestingly, never entered the building with the crowd they were encouraging to do so). 

Not one elected official or bureaucrat was shot at.

Not one member of the capitol police was shot at.

Not one unit of the United States Armed Forces was even present to defend the Capitol (remember, President Trump had requested military presence that day to ensure the peace, and Democrats turned him down).

Does that sound like an insurrection?

A crowd entered the Capitol, and the entire government folded and fled before them, because the powers that be (The capitol police? Speaker Pelosi?  Who knows?) knowingly exaggerated their presence and scared our Members of Congress out of the room before this ragtag bunch of angry tourists arrived. 

Are we to believe that our Congressmen were actually scared of unarmed protesters? Of course not. The Congress itself was lied to; they were told the “threat” was armed, violent, dangerous – when in fact it was nothing of the kind.

Let’s return to our definitions.  What is an insurrection, really?  Examples will help.

In the mid-1760s, a political opposition developed in what was to become the United States, against a tyrannical King and Parliament across the Atlantic.  That opposition took a decade to fully develop, and in 1775, the Continental Congress did indeed commission a Continental Army, which, along with the individual militias of the thirteen states and the armies and navies of some powerful foreign allies, staged a world war against Great Britain for eight years.

That was an insurrection.

A decade later, in 1789, the Paris Mob rose up and started fighting with the nascent elected government known as the National Assembly, essentially taking over a peaceful revolution and rendering it violent, going mad with power, killing thousands of nobles, priests, writers, scientists, and anyone else who had the misfortune to come into view, until the streets literally ran red with blood. For years.

That was an insurrection.

In February, 1917, demonstrations and riots in Russia led to the abdication of the last Tsar; that was an insurrection.  By October, the Bolsheviks had eaten away at the struggling White Republican government, and finally overthrew it in a violent takeover, resulting in the unspeakable evil known as the Soviet Union. 

That, too, was an insurrection.

Throughout the 1950s, Soviet supporters in Cuba organized an insurgency, eventually overthrowing the Batista government and establishing the bloodthirsty Castro regime in that one-beautiful island. That was certainly an insurrection.  And then throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Soviet funds and Cuban personnel spread through the third world like an invasive cancer, planting and nurturing communist revolutions wherever they imagined they saw potential weakness.  From Panama and the Dominican Republic to Algeria and Angola, they sent troops, guns, ammunition, and death, destabilizing and toppling multiple governments in the service of their Soviet masters.

Those were certainly insurrections.

By contrast, what happened in the United States, on January 6, 2021? 

Hundreds of people walked into the US Capitol – most were invited in, as many Capitol police were given orders to stand back and let them walk in.   These people entered the building without a plan, arrived at the halls of Congress expecting to shout slogans or shake picket signs – they hadn’t thought anything through; most had no plan at all – and they found, instead, a basically empty room.  Congress had fled before them. There was nobody there to chant “MAGA” at.

It was, by any measure, a dud.

But does that make it – if not a successful insurrection – then perhaps, a failed insurrection, even?  No, of course not. As we have established, to be an insurrection, there has to be some level of real violence from the perpetrators.  The perpetrators need to be shooting at the government. These people weren’t doing that; they just wanted to be heard.  The only person killed that day was Ashli Babbitt, one of the protesters, murdered in cold blood by a capital police officer with an itchy trigger finger.

The larger the country – the larger the government’s armed forces – the larger and more powerful, with more potential for violence, an insurrection needs to be, in order to have a chance.

A couple hundred people, most of whom were coaxed away from a normal demonstration down the road, none of whom were armed with firearms, simply can not be called an insurrection, in a nation of 330 million people that possesses the greatest military on earth.

The claim that this was an “insurrection” therefore seems nonsensical on its face.  Maybe a riot, at most, but even as a riot, it pales in comparison to the real riots staged by the BLM/antifa crowd in so many cities, throughout 2020 and since,  which comprised long-term takeovers, a great deal of arson, shootings, and more…  Those riots, in large and medium cities across the country, in total, cost the nation billions of dollars of property and real estate destruction and looting, cost a number of human lives in some of them, and completely destroyed multiple shopping districts and hundreds, probably thousands, of individual businesses.

Nobody in his right mind would call such a dud of an event as the January 6 capitol demonstration “an insurrection…”



Unless they knew that if they repeated it enough, frequently enough, forcefully enough, angrily enough, they could change the memory of the American people and insert a scary, violent, false memory into the public consciousness.

It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. In fact, it’s the only explanation. 

There is no way this bunch could have gotten into the Capitol building if the Capitol police had been told to stop them; we know now that they were told to stand down and let them in.

There is no way this bunch of unarmed, unorganized demonstrators would have frightened hundreds of legislators; we know now that the legislators were told to leave the room before the demonstrators arrived… before they could have a chance to see that this "mob" was no real threat.

And then, since the American public does know what an insurrection is – we know exactly what an insurrection is – if the politicians and the punditry say it was an insurrection often enough, they will convince the American public that there really was one.

It’s no conspiracy theory to call this a set-up.  There is, in fact, no other word for it.

Much of the American public now believes that a small army of violent, armed protesters shot up the Capitol building, threatening and endangering Congress, on January 6, 2021.  It didn’t happen; not a word of it is true, it doesn’t rise to that level… but the American public knows what an insurrection is, so if they are told there was one, they can be counted on to picture what must have happened.

We are witnesses to the implantation of a false memory, on a national scale.

A political party and a press corps that would participate in such a propaganda plot have forfeited their right to be respected, to be elected, to be supported, even to be listened to, ever again.

This must be the end of the Democratic Party, and of the American Left.  As this sinks in – as more and more voters realize how corrupt that side of the aisle has become – they will build a red wave on Election Day.

No wonder the Democratic Party in Congress is pulling out all the stops to change election law – to facilitate, enable, practically mandate vote fraud on a massive scale, with their national election law takeover bill. 

When the fabrication of millions of votes becomes their only chance to survive, you can be sure of one thing: the fabricating has already begun, and the side of right and honesty starts out this election already severely hampered; the Right faces a huge foundation of fabricated Democrat ballots, already in place, ready to be counted, months before a single living, breathing human being casts a single legitimate vote.

Copyright 2022 John F Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based trade compliance trainer and transportation manager, writer and actor. A one-time county chairman of the Milwaukee County Republican Party, he has been writing regularly for Illinois Review since 2009.

 A collection of John’s Illinois Review articles about vote fraud, The Tales of Little Pavel, and his 2021 political satires about current events, Evening Soup with Basement Joe, Volumes One and Two, are available, in either paperback or eBook, only on Amazon.

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  1. Pelosi and Schumer had to be in on it, they probably planned it. President Trump offered National Guard troops and they were refused. Those two are responsible for security of the Capitol building
    I believe that the legislators were moved when the “bombs” were “found” at the DNC and RNC headquarters. Nothing was heard about them after that day, but they did their job. They created the idea that the legislators were moved to protect them from the “insurrectionists”

  2. Hi. GREAT POST. Small comment. You’re quoting MW out of context. In the def of “insurrection”, “revolt” is being used as a verb not a noun. Context matters.
    Definition of revolt
    (Entry 1 of 2)
    intransitive verb
    1 : to renounce allegiance or subjection (as to a government) : rebel
    2a : to experience disgust or shock
    b : to turn away with disgust
    revolt noun
    Definition of revolt (Entry 2 of 2)
    1 : a renouncing of allegiance (as to a government or party) especially : a determined armed uprising