Who are the Heretics Spouting Rhetoric?

In Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1839 play “Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy“, his character Cardinal Richelieu, a statesman attempting to prevent his assassination, says in Act II, Scene II:

“True, This!
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Behold, the arch-enchanters wand, itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless!

Take away the sword, States can be saved without it!”

And while pens of the ink or electron variety are strong, spoken rhetoric, being more immediate and personal, may be stronger still. The clever use of intelligent rhetoric is a necessary skill for anyone seeking or keeping power or influence, and that includes activists, protesters, insurrectionists, revolutionaries, anarchists, and even Presidents, Presidential wanna-be’s, CEOs, and even the Press.

The problem with rhetoric is that it can be used for good or evil, to build or destroy, to motivate or chastise: A problem which will persist as long as humans exist.

And so, while the Democrats in the United States Congress attempt to pass – in record-breaking time if successful – an Article of Impeachment against President Trump for “Inciting insurrection” based on his “rhetoric”, it might be helpful for them to consider these rhetorical statements made by their own leadership:

Any faction in America that would put a gun to the head of 310 million people and say ‘If you don’t do it our way, we will blow your dreams away, we will blow a hole in the American economy’, that is un-American. That is not how we do business, and we refuse to bow down to those tactics.”
Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, at the Liberal “Rebuild the Dream” rally, July 28th, 2011, Washington DC

“Let’s restore power to the voices of the people, not the pockets of the privileged few…My wish is that you will be disruptors when necessary, and that you enjoy every moment of it.
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, May 17th, 2004, in Berkeley, CA.

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”
Former President Barack Hussein Obama, September 17th, 2008, in Elko, Ohio.

If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl.”
Former President Barack Hussein Obama, June 13th, 2008, in Phily.

“These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, May 17th, 2004, in Berkeley, CA.

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
Former President Barack Hussein Obama, October 26th, 2010.

“If you start off with the notion there’s nothing you can do, well why don’t you all go home then, man? Or let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it. Because we have to be able to change what we’re doing within our system.”
- President-elect Joe Biden, June 17th, 2019, at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington.

“We have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
- President-elect Joe Biden, October 24th, 2020, in a video posted to Instagram

Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up.
- Former President Barack Hussein Obama, during the 2020 primary campaign, as reported by Politico

Now consider perhaps the most “inciteful” statement made by President Trump on January 6th, 2021:

“Together we are determined to defend and preserve government of the people, by the people and for the people.
- President Donald J. Trump, January 6th, 2021

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