How Was 5/6/22 Different Than 1/6/21?

Before we get to the little quibbles about May 6, 2022 not being a significant date, I simply picked it for symmetry. Nothing particularly significant happened that day but that is actually part of the point.

But early in May, a draft of a US Supreme Court decision around Roe vs. Wade was leaked to the public. That draft, written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, seems to indicate that the court is on the verge of overturning their nearly 50 year old ruling that legalized most abortions in the United States.

And then, Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed that the leaked draft was real but that the decision was not yet final.

Reactions from the public were fast and furious and direct and any number of protests were held around the nation. Including one outside of the Supreme Court building.

And Immediately the right wing pundits and GOP electeds started clutching their pearls and expounded on the dangers to the Supreme Court from those protests.

Ironically, the same type of fencing used around the Capitol on January 6th surrounded the Supreme Court. And the same Capitol Police were on duty. But not a soul breached the fence. Not a single police officer was injured. Not a single weapon was brandished much less used. No one was shown marching through the building waving the flag of an enemy nation. No protesters were shot or killed. No one was photographed with their feet up on the desk of the chief justice. No one built a gallows on the front steps. No one shouted that Justice Alito should be hung. No one had the National Guard on stand by.

That is all in sharp contrast to the insurrection and occupation of the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Just some food for thought before we start the next hearing on J6 this afternoon.


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