ANALYSIS – As Part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts’ dangerous plan to suppress an entire political party, Pelosi has now claimed that: “The enemy is within the House of Representatives,” referring to her fellow Republican lawmakers. “We have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress,” she said.
Congressmen have long been allowed to carry firearms at the Capitol, but not on the House floor. But this rhetorical escalation by Pelosi cannot bode well for President Biden’s calls for ‘unity,’ nor for the future of our two-party system.
It also appears to intentionally mirror what former Democrat Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently warned about certain Democrat politics and ex members of the intelligence community, being ‘domestic enemies’ of the United States in their plot to use the Capitol riot as a pretext to create a ‘police state.’
As part of this ‘police state’ we have seen the massive militarization of security at the Capitol, which has now been extended for weeks afterwards. And now we are seeing calls for permanent security fencing surrounding the Capitol, ‘the People’s House,’ along with other significant security enhancements.
After apologizing for her agency’s “failings” in keeping the Congress secure on Jan. 6, the new Capitol Police chief, Yogananda Pittman, called for permanent fencing at the House and Senate.
“In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces in close proximity to the Capitol,” Pittman said in a statement.
This new security proposal follows a controversial Department of Homeland Security warning about the growing threat of “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” driven by “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives.”
But lawmakers have a history of beating back calls for ringing Congress with a fence, writes Olivier Knox at the Washington Post ‘The Daily 202.’ They argue that this would send a message more akin to “Fortress Capitol” than “the People’s House.”
To her credit, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, a vocal Democrat, immediately came out against the security recommendations, saying on Twitter “we will not accept extra troops or permanent fencing as a long-term fixture in DC.”
2/ When the time is right, the fencing around the White House and U.S. Capitol, just like the plywood we’ve seen on our businesses for too long, will be taken down.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 28, 2021
“Visitors and D.C. residents alike love the unsecured grounds — the view of the National Mall, the park through which the Supreme Court can be seen,” notes Knox.
Meanwhile, the Architect of the Capitol notes on its website:
Since 1983, increased security measures have been put into effect, including the installation of barriers at vehicular entrances. However, the area still functions in many ways as a public park, and visitors are welcome to use the walks to tour the grounds.
Let’s hope that Pelosi’s planned ‘police state’ fails to come to fruition, and the Capitol remains ‘The People’s House.’