Exquisite. This is how I viewed the world as a tiny child. I grew up near an airport. I used to gaze out at the flashing red light that glowed directly from this airport. It soothed me. I saw the country with the innocence of a child. I thought it was a country wrapped in the rose glow of harmony, where bad people were few. The words “seditious conspiracy” certainly never encircled my thoughts.
But what did I know? What did any of us know? I’ve no doubt for many of you it was the same. America did have its tragedies, yes. But Seditious conspiracy? An attempted overthrow of the Government from within? I’m sure these were not thoughts of many in more idyllic times.
And yet now, those words come out of our mouths so very easily. But one thing has not changed between these days and the more innocent days of the past. That thing is this: atrocities and crimes, when done, are still very much punished.
Stewart Rhodes is the founder of the Oath Keepers. He’s a traitor and a convicted seditious conspirator. And he has just been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role on January 6.
This represents the longest prison sentence yet. And it was the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT who worked so very hard. Merrick Garland, whom so many (Not you, dear readers) have, villainized, was instrumental in bringing down Rhodes.
The judge, in this case, had bitter and harsh words for Rhodes. “You are not a political prisoner, Mr. Rhodes,” he said icily. “What we cannot have a group of citizens…prepared to take up arms in order to foment a revolution. That’s what you did.”
The Justice Department, too, had purposefully asked for a long sentence for Rhodes. Rhodes’s attorneys asked for a sentence of 16 months. How laughable that is! You don’t attempt to overthrow our government without serious consequences.
And now Rhodes is going away for a VERY long time. He will not be a free man during the next election — or the one after that — or the one after that. Perhaps he will reflect on his bad behavior. I doubt it. I doubt most of these traitors will realize the error of their ways.
But we see it. And it’s GOOD to see. The world may not be as freshly innocent, as gentle as it once was. But its mightiness, fighting spirit, and punishment against traitors who betray it are still as voluminous as ever before.