How Pompeius Magnus, Cato, and the Roman Senate were taken so completely by surprise by Julius Caesar's decision to cross the Rubicon with a single legion that wasn't even his best or his most loyal. Now, at long last, I finally understand, thanks in part to this random comment from Twitter, posted in response to President Trump's speech on December 2nd.
We are seeing the last
desperate flailings of a truly frightened and trapped animal. He knows
what is waiting for him on the other side of Biden's inauguration - humiliation
in front of the whole world, many civil lawsuits, State and Federal charges,
asset seizure and prison.
Is that how the speech struck
any of you? Because it certainly didn't sound that way to me. But given the way
it almost certainly reflects the attitudes of both the Establishment and the
conservative political elite, which is that President Trump wouldn't dare
depart from the current norms concerning respect for the public perception of
democracy created by the media narrative, I don't think any of them are even
remotely prepared for what now appears to be the most probable outcome.
The courts have been
warned. The legislators have been warned. But I don't think they are listening
to the warnings, any more than a big tech company listens even when it is
bombarded by hundreds of notices from its users, because they simply don't
believe that anyone will dare to think, let alone step, outside the normality