I shouldn’t be surprised

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Brian Sicknick was reported to have died from injuries during the capital riot by the New York Times. Now, almost a month later, the Times has issued a correction. Twice, they reported that he was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher, citing “law enforcement figures.” Well it turns out that he had a stroke, according to the head of the Capitol Police Union. KHOU reported this on January 8th, and was subsequently ignored. The New York Times ran with the story, continuing to escalate the rhetoric and the raise the temperature, spurring the Democrats in Congress to rush through a second article of impeachment, and then taking up the first month of the new Biden administration with essentially a show trial and an unsurprising acquittal.

The corporate media has been corrupted. There is no freedom of the press in the corporate media. The incestuous relationship between the government and the media for several political generations is perfectly evident, and now it’s unsurprising to see how regularly the story matters more than the facts. They would rather talk about the “evils” of the previous president than the broken promises and radical agenda of the current administration.

HR 127 is heading to committee, a bill by Sheila Jackson Lee that would create a federal registry and make gun ownership practically illegal for most Americans. 6,000 National Guard troops are still in the capitol, and there is consideration by Robert Salesses, the assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security, to “maintain some level of National Guard presence on the Capitol ‘at leat through fall 2021,'” per National Review. President Biden has signed more executive orders in his first week than the last seven administrations combined.


Biden in an ABC town hall and was quoted as saying in response to George Stephanopoulos’ question regarding tax increases.

“No, well, I’ve got to get the votes. I got to get the votes. That’s why — you know, the one thing that I — I have this strange notion. We are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, “Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.” Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.

from ABC News town hall 10/15/2020

That’s the full quote from his statement. Fact checkers would rule it as “MISSING CONTEXT.” We need consensus. That’s the part of the quote that I would rather get stuck on. Using executive orders means that you’re doing things without consensus. Sure, we can focus on the dictator line, but what’s the point. That intentionally inflammatory language is meant to create defensiveness on either side, and that’s not really productive.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like the federal government is showing more and more that they can’t represent us, and it is becoming clearer and clearer that the rich, powerful, and well-connected are the ones pulling the strings. Don’t take my word for it, just read what Molly Ball wrote. The government is incentivized to cater to the people that give them money. Not because it is the right thing to do, not because it will benefit their constituents, but because the people they are connected to will support them, or, heaven forbid, oppose them if they grow either a conscience or a spine.

Good morning all those who have woken up. Welcome to the fight.

By Patrick Woodland

I write about the things that have impact on me.

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