FBI’s Plot to Kidnap a State Governor and Blame it on MAGA fails in Court, But Already Did its Electoral Damage

FBI’s Plot to Kidnap a State Governor and Blame it on MAGA fails in Court, But Already Did its Electoral Damage. By Roger Kimball.

The very model of a modern major lie gets its comeuppance:

On Friday, April 8, the biggest domestic news came from Grand Rapids, Michigan. On that day the world learned that a jury had voted unanimously to acquit Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta of conspiring to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall of 2020. The verdict, as Julie Kelly noted in her column for American Greatness that day, was a “huge defeat for the U.S. Department of Justice.” …

The case made national headlines and, coming when it did, just before the 2020 presidential election, was clearly designed to affect public sentiment regarding the Donald Trump campaign. …

In retrospect, it seems clear that it was a sort of dry-run for that later entertainment, the January 6 worse-than-Pearl-Harbor or 9/11, Civil-War-like “insurrection” and/or attempt to “overturn the election” and/or overthrow “our democracy” at the U.S. Capitol.

There were some two dozen people involved in the “Plot to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer” saga. Fully 12 were FBI assets. They were not there to infiltrate the loser militia members. They were there to egg them on. The FBI helped to define and finance the plot from the beginning. They even set up a fake “militia” for the others to rally around. They also helped to equip, not to mention bribe, the motley crew whom they assembled for the caper. The FBI did not uncover a plot. They were prime movers in fomenting a plot. They did not so much uncover evidence against the plotters as they entrapped them. And it’s not as if this is a one off. It is part of a pattern of abuse and irresponsibility. …

The January 6 narrative is being pushed really hard — it might not die so easily:

The ultimate reception of January 6 is harder to predict. The regime closed ranks in its immediate aftermath, loudly insisting 1) that it was the most serious assault on “our democracy™” in living memory and 2) that anyone who disagreed was a “conspiracy theorist” at best and a “domestic extremist” or “domestic terrorist” at worst.

The FBI fomented Jan 6 too. Search on “Ray Epps”.

It’s my sense that that attitude has been slowly dissolving as more and more evidence to the contrary comes to light. But it is still not clear how far alternative points of view will be accorded the credence they deserve. The pressure to maintain the regime narrative has been ferocious. …

The Biden regime is the most extreme left wing government in the US for many decades, maybe ever:

It is clear that, at the moment, the primary enemy is anyone associated with MAGA populism. The definition of who belongs in that suspect class is ever shifting. A few months ago, parents who objected to local school boards endorsing the imperatives of BLM or this week’s version of sexual exoticism were on the suspect list. No less an authority than Merrick Garland, attorney general of the United States, called upon the entire police power of the state, from the FBI down to the local constabulary, to identify and ferret out “threats” and “hate speech” directed against school boards by parents angry at efforts to corrupt their children.

The publicity surrounding that imbroglio, and the success of Glenn Youngkin in making it the prime issue in his successful bid to become governor of Virginia, pushed the ill-begotten initiative into the shadows. But its very existence shows how far the radicalized state is willing to go. Ordinary parents are “domestic extremists” because they object to the perversion of their children? Really?

Will traditional civilization prevail, or is this the end?

I think we are at a sort of crossroads.

The acquittals of Messrs. Martin, Harris, and Caserta shine a light on one road out of the crossing.

The activities of the deep state and its media publicity arm describe another, less sanguine path.

The state, as Joe Biden memorably put it, has all the F15s and nukes. But the other side has the vast majority of people. No movement without recognized legitimacy can last. That’s the good news. The bad news is that “not lasting” can describe a lengthy and turbulent time.