JANUARY 6, 2021 WAS A POLITICAL PROTEST, NOT AN INSURRECTION
On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published a pamphlet called “Common Sense.” Paine published anonymously because the idea of questioning government was considered treason. Paine famously described government, “. . . even in its best state, as a necessary evil, and in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Paine also warned that “the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.” We argue, this remains just as true today as it did in January 1776.
On January 4, 2021, Richard Barnett set out for Washington, D.C. to make his case for independence from tyranny because like many other Americans he believed the result of the November 2020 Presidential Election was an intolerable one. On January 6, Richard marched over to the Capitol building after President Trump’s speech ended, not because President Trump asked him to, but because Richard wanted to exercise his First Amendment right to petition his government for redress of grievance and have his voice heard.
Richard arrived at the Capitol Building after it had been breached during President Trump’s speech, and found himself in a second wave of protestors when he was swept inside the open doors. He admits that he ended up in Speaker Pelosi’s office, put his feet up on one of the desks, smiled for the reporter’s camera, and left her a non-threatening note that the prosecutors purposely misquoted in court papers. Richard believes that his actions were not criminal, certainly not warranting a 10-year sentence the government is seeking, but rather a constitutionally protected form of political protest. This is evidenced by the fact that he carried the American flag across the threshold of the Speaker’s office (which the government has yet to return to him), did not assault or injure any officer, nor did he destroy any property while inside the Capitol. Those few who did should be held accountable.
Richard values the free marketplace of ideas and understands that many Americans disagree with his actions. He is not asking for their support. He is instead asking those who disagree with him to reconcile the Federal Government’s all-out prosecution of January-sixers with its failure to prosecute the 200+ Code Pink demonstrators who showed up to disrupt Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court by blocking hallways and occupying offices. He is asking why organizations like GoFundMe refuse to allow him to raise money, while Black Lives Matter- Los Angeles had $3,112,570 in its GoFundMe account as of May 27, 2021. He is asking how Susan Rosenberg a pro-Marxist terrorist convicted of bombing the Capitol Building in 1983 had her sentence commuted by Bill Clinton, ended up overseeing the transfer of more than $10 million to Black Lives Matter, an organization that became increasingly violent during Rosenberg’s tenure. And why the Obama Justice Department dismissed its indictment against her co-conspirator Elizabeth Duke who is still on the FBI’s Most Wanted List as a fugitive!
Richard is asking for the support of America’s Patriots, who love this country and are unafraid to criticize the double standard of prosecution laid out in the abovementioned facts. Patriots who have the courage to back him as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life. Men and women who embrace the American values of love of God, country, freedom, family, individualism, privacy, and capitalism. The rights protected by the First and Second Amendments. The values that our brave soldiers have fought and given their lives to protect. The kind of America that stands up to the evils of communism and socialism, not bows down to it.
Richard is also asking for the support of persons who object to the narrative that the seventy-five million people who voted for President Trump are uneducated, non-sophisticated, ignorant, voiceless, penniless, and afraid. He’s asking for the support of those agree with the absolute fact that the vast majority of the people who went to the Capitol on January 6th did so peacefully and did not participate in an insurrection. In fact, no one was ever charged with insurrection!
RICHARD NEEDS YOUR HELP ON TWO FRONTS
First in his legal fight. Richard’s lawyers are fearless and will continue to aggressively engage the government at every step in the legal process. His lawyers recently secured Richard’s pretrial release, and in doing so got the D.C. District Court to disregard its previous decision to detain him. Richard’s lawyers wholeheartedly believe that Richard’s prosecution is political and that they can beat the Government at trial. The Department of Justice’s prosecution of January-sixers has now become the biggest in its storied history. As such, the DOJ’s budget to prosecute Richard’s case is unlimited. Consequentially, the DOJ will stop at nothing in order to bleed Richard Barnett’s family and defense team dry, because it knows that Barnett will win at trial. Do not let this happen!
Richard also needs your help with his family expenses and his bills. Prior to his arrest, Richard was a top salesman at a company where he worked for over fifteen years. His employment was terminated because of public pressure to fire him after his arrest. And as you know, Richard was unable to make ends meet from January 8, 2021 until April 27, 2021, as he was unlawfully detained pretrial during that time. He was originally arrested in Arkansas and given bail. Bu then, in the middle of the night, he was taken by US Marshals to Washington, D.C. where the Chief Judge of the Court denied him bail and forced Richard to spend several months in jail, where he was regularly roughed up by prison guards, denied medical treatment, and held in solitary confinement for long periods of time. Thankfully, his attorneys got another judge to overturn that ruling because Richard was not a danger to the community or a flight risk as the prosecutors argued.
Because of this, Richard’s family is struggling financially and needs your help. Mark Twain said: “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot” Contribute today to Richard’s family and show the world that poverty should not be the penalty for patriotism. For this is only the beginning of a long fight with the federal prosecutors!
“I have not yet begun to fight!” Captain John Paul Jones refusing to surrender to British naval forces in 1799.