The people that were arrested at the Capitol riots are demanding a pardon from Trump because they are facing prison time. Do you think it's fair they get a pardon while the taxpayer has to pay for the repairs?
Answered by: Steven Wolk
To some extent I feel sorry for the people, or at least some of the people who tried to overthrow the government. Many of them were brainwashed by listening to Trump whine about the unfairness of the election and how unfair it was of judges, including judges he had appointed, to throw his case out of court simply because he had no evidence of fraud. His lies were amplified by Fox commentators trying to make another million dollars off of their gullible audience, and by fringe right commentators on social media, and by their friends and pastors.
But these people didn’t reach outside their protected bubble of disinformation and try to obtain facts. They didn’t analyze the information to find the logical fallacies. They didn’t consider how perverse and ridiculous the lies were. Did anyone ever ask themselves “well, if there was evidence, why would anyone wait for a big reveal and not be a Republican hero and bring it to court right now?” And then answer the question with the obvious “I guess there is no evidence and therefore the election was legitimate.”
Do you remember the guy in the photo below? His name is Edgar Maddison Welch. He drove from NC and went into a Washington DC pizza parlor with his gun because in his world he had heard a story that Hillary Clinton was part of a child porn ring in the pizza parlor’s basement. Sounds pretty preposterous right? Well, that’s all he heard over and over and it confirmed his beliefs about the “evil Hillary”. He didn’t check to see if the story was true. Well, he understands the truth now. He plead guilty and is doing his time.
The seditionists who tried to overthrow the government didn’t do the work that citizens are supposed to do. For example, I think that most of Fox is absolute propaganda, but I still watch some jackasses like Hannity, Dobbs, and Carlson, but much prefer the legit, straightforward facts reporting of John Carl. I read WSJ articles. I know that these people frequently won’t agree with what I think is the truth, but that helps to check my assumptions.
We all have a responsibility to find the truth and even more so if we plan to do something so radical as try to overthrow the government. They didn’t do it. They deserve prison.