There is no doubt whatsoever that politicians in America understand the art of optics. Posture is everything in Washington DC, and through the added layer of media spin these elected representatives volley beautifully subtle and brutally blunt bits of play toward one another.
It’s like a chess game where the opponents aren’t even looking at the board, but rather insinuating their moves through cobbled-together anecdotes and analogies for more vague than the one your author is making here.
Tucker Carlson gets it, and he’s unafraid of calling it like he sees it.
And what he’s seeing right now in DC is a whole lot of Democratic messaging.
A partial transcript from his Monday night episode, discussing the massive military buildup in DC:
And it’s truly a national force. The Guardsmen you see in Washington have come from every state in the Union, as well as from Puerto Rico. And the question is, why is that? There’s no practical or operational justification for it. For decades, Washington, D.C. has the highest per capita law enforcement presence in the country and one of the highest in the world. So there was no need to fly in troops from Alaska to keep the city safe.
But keeping the city safe was hardly the point of the exercise. The murder rate in the District of Columbia has risen with terrifying speed over the last six months: men, women and children shot to death in the streets. But no one in charge seems to care about that or even notice their deaths.
So no matter what they are telling you, those 26,000 Federal troops are not there for your safety. Instead, unmistakably, the Democratic Party is using those troops to send the rest of us a message about power: “We’re in charge now.” We run this nation from Honolulu to our colony in the Caribbean, and everything in between very much, including where you and your family live. Do not question us. Men with guns enforce our decrees, we control the Pentagon.
Of course, give the political law of exponential-ism, this just means that the next guy will have to do it up even bigger.