This is an interesting article from the Atlantic. I'm not sure what to make of it.



They Dont Look Like Extremists

Just who stormed the US Capitol? Though members of extremist groups were present, Robert A. Pape and Keven Ruby write for The Atlantic that after leading an in-depth study of 193 people charged criminally, theyve found the Jan. 6 mob didnt resemble typical extremists.

The average age of the arrestees we studied is 40, Pape and Ruby note. Two-thirds are 35 or older, and 40 percent are business owners or hold white-collar jobs. Unlike the stereotypical extremist, many of the alleged participants in the Capitol riot have a lot to lose. They work as CEOs, shop owners, doctors, lawyers, IT specialists, and accountants. Strikingly, court documents indicate that only 9 percent are unemployed. [M]ost of the insurrectionists do not come from deep-red strongholds ... more than half came from counties that [President Joe] Biden won.

The riot, Pape and Ruby conclude, revealed a new force in American politics: a mass political movement that has violence at its core and draws strength even from places where Trump supporters are in the minority.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archiv...remists/617895/


It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.