When Germany was just on the cusp of becoming Hitler’s Germany, the Nazis needed an event that would fit their narrative.
That narrative was the near future was so threatening Hitler needed extraordinary power to save the nation.
Rather than wait, the Nazi’s created their own event and arranged for the burning the seat of the lower house of the legislature.
The resultant Reichstag Fire of Feb. 27, 1933 paved the way for Hitler to assume absolute power in his adopted country.
The situation here in the United States last year was different.
The left was out of power and needed an issue that would make Donald Trump vulnerable in November. Then came a virus which blew up into a pandemic.
Thus, the OpMedia and Democrats turned a virus that was 99.8% survivable into the "Reichstag flu."
Once Trump lost it was obvious that the left was going to be a collective sore winner.
Revenge and punishment were definitely on the agenda.
Only a pretext was needed.
Then Trump himself gave the left the Reichstag Riot where a few hundred of his rowdy, angry and violent followers breached the grounds of the Capitol and invaded the building.
The leftists in charge of our government have used that one-and-done riot as a pretext for what looks like a permanent crackdown on conservatives.
As this is written thousands of National Guard troops are still garrisoned in Washington, D.C. and hastily built razor-wire fencing is keeping ordinary citizens away from the buildings and officeholders their tax dollars have made and continue to make possible.
If we recall correctly, the USA went to Iraq to bring democracy to an authoritarian country.
What appears to have happened instead is the authoritarianism have been brought back to America. A Pentagon spokesman estimates the cost of keeping troops in the armed camp that is D.C. approaches half-a-billion-dollars.
There is no threat to the Capitol that could not be thwarted by using the thousands of law enforcement officers that are already there.
The troop’s job is to send a message to Trump voters.
And the message is the left is in charge now.
If they can turn Washington, D.C. into an Iraq-ike Green Zone without any pushback from our country club conservatives, just think of what they can do to individual Trump voters.
-- Michael Reagan and Michael Shannon, Feb. 13 Newsmax column
(Hey, at least Reagan admits that Trump lost the election and instigated the Capitol riot, though it's somehow not Trump's fault that the riot forced new security measures at the Capitol.)
(Also, the one in three people whose coronvirius symptoms linger well past the typical two weeks might not want to hear Reagan blithely dismiss the virus as "99.8% survivable."