Spooked by the threat of anti-Biden trucker convoys heading to Washington, high fences will reportedly return around the US Capitol in the coming days. When President Biden gives his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, he will have no fears of hearing any caterwauling from average Americans who are being impoverished and injected thanks to his policies. Hundreds of National Guard troops will also be deployed on the streets of Washington, perhaps finally vanquishing the local epidemic of double-parking and jaywalking.
Any fence that is erected around the Capitol will be designed to protect sanctity, not safety. After the clash between protestors and police on Jan. 6 last year, Joe Biden claimed the Capitol building was a “sacred place,” while Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “the temple of democracy.” Members of Congress apparently feel entitled to impunity from protests regardless of how many laws they pass trampling the Constitution.
The fence that went up after Jan. 6 was eventually pared back and removed over the summer, and then briefly restored for the “Justice for J6” rally on Sept. 18 before being dismantled once more. It should not be erected again.
The National Guard deployment and fencing off the Capitol symbolizes the demonization of dissent that became turbo-charged since early last year, when the fence first went up and tens of thousands of National Guard troops took over Washington. Some members of Congress championed keeping the fence permanently, turning Capitol Hill into the equivalent of a supermax prison. Speaker Pelosi said every day on Capitol Hill should be a “national security event” — thereby supposedly denying Americans’ access to Congress in perpetuity.
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