When you start with a desired conclusion, filling in the blanks to support it can get weird.
Critical thinking is the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment. It involves the evaluation of sources, such as data, facts, observable phenomena, and research findings.
What the Democrats are doing is not that.
It is not really that surprising that the Democrats persist in calling the 1/6 event an “insurrection”, especially when you consider how their minds work. You see it in their support of Critical Race Theory and even in how they are pushing “white supremacy” as the greatest threat to the Republic when, on a good day, it would be tough to find enough actual white supremacists to fill up a school bus.
Let me see if I can break it down.
Look at their position on CRT – there are mountains of statistical evidence about the overall performance of racial groupings that contain information on cognitive abilities (of the overall group) that have nothing to do with education, environment or family systems that have strong correlation to the economic status of all racial groups, several of which do much BETTER than white Americans (as a group).
But the left ignores that data and says to themselves, “It has to be racism! That is the ONLY explanation!”
It is pretty painful to watch them try to explain why teaching a white child he is always the oppressor and then teach a black child that he can never succeed because the little 6 year old is going to hold him back is not teaching the kids that they will become lifelong enemies due to their race.
Similar to their thinking on CRT, they approach “white supremacy” the same way. The Biden administration has not done us the courtesy of publishing their definition of “white supremacy” but in general, I believe the thinking is “We are the champions of black America because we know what is best for them, the Republicans oppose our policies, and the only reason to oppose something that helps other people is because they hate them. That makes them racists and we know racists are mostly white supremacists!”
Again, all evidence to the contrary is never considered – like the policies are just bad for everyone of any and all colors – and they settle on the idea that the only possible opposition is due to white supremacy.
The “insurrection” accusation follows exactly the same thought process. It couldn’t be all the shady election changes due to the “pandemic” or that certain states violated their own constitutions to allow massive mail-outs of ballots to God only knows who. No, that couldn’t be it.
It couldn’t be that there were weird, statistically unexplainable swings in vote counts at very odd hours or that ballots are alleged to have been handled in weird ways – counting was stopped and restarted for no apparent reasons. Not that at all.
Nor could it have been the allegations of the counting of mail-in ballots that had no creases in them from being folded to fit into an envelope or that the ballots had perfectly filled in ovals that looked like they were Xeroxed (for the younguns, that means “run through a copier”).
Couldn’t be that the cowards on the Supreme Court punted on numerous lawsuits, hiding behind “lack of standing”.
Nope, the only reason for the upset was an unarmed army comprised of QAnon shamans, the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers (and apparently agents of the FBI), wanted to violently overthrow the government by taking Pelosi’s laptop, her podium, breaking a few windows and zip-tying and kidnapping a few folks.
That is the only way you get “insurrection” out of the 1/6 riot.
But none of that is true. Not one fraction of an inch of any of it.
You know about Occam’s Razor – when one is faced with two competing theories, the simpler explanation of an entity is to be preferred.
This is Macco’s Razor (razor is a palindrome) – the opposite of Fr. William of Ockham’s process – when one is faced with a preconceived conclusion, the weirdest and most complicated situation is the one most likely to be correct.
These are that.
And that is why your head hurts when you have to think about it.