In the last 11 years, conservatives have taken to the streets only twice.
In 2010, they took to the streets for polite, cheerful Tea Party rallies. The Republican party turned against them, fearful that genuine conservativism would turn off the spigot of money and perks that keep the party and its politicians happy. Thanks to Republican disdain and inaction, the movement was strangled in the cradle.
Then, on January 6, when deeply frustrated Americans went to Capitol Hill, they discovered that they would not be treated in the same way as those whose protests came from the left. Those few January 6ers who actually assaulted police officers, destroyed federal property, or smashed windows to get into the Capitol did commit crimes. Technically, those few should be prosecuted. However, because the federal government did not prosecute those leftists who’ve done the same got a pass over the past many years (escalating in 2020), equal application of the law says that non-leftists should walk free as well.
But for most people on January 6, what happened was quite different. They climbed the Capitol steps, were invited into the building by the Capitol Police, and walked through the building, staying within the areas that are always cordoned off for visitors.
Carrying a flag, staying neatly between the ropes after being invited in.
Nevertheless, the FBI devoted every resource it had to hunt them down. They’ve been imprisoned, along with physical and psychological torture, for months (a clear violation of their constitutional rights).
And last, but definitely not least, the DOJ, which is withholding 14,000 hours of video footage showing the event, is setting up charges that turn them into felons, incapable of getting jobs (or holding the ones they had on January 5), voting, having arms for self-defense, or having savings to take them into old age. Again, none of this happened to leftists who engaged in the same activities across America, including at the Capitol.
The message is obvious. Heck, in most countries conservatives never step out of line. Until they do.