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Today’s blacklisted American: Republican candidate for Michigan governor arrested by FBI

Ryan Kelley: a target for arrest for being a Republican
Ryan Kelley: a target for arrest for being a Republican

Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: One day after President Joe Biden joked on television with Jimmy Kimmel about “sending [Republicans] to jail,” the FBI arrested Ryan Kelley, one of the Republicans running for Michigan governor, on misdemeanor charges for daring to stand on the steps of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, but never entering it.

Kelley is charged 17 months after the Jan. 6 riot and on the same day the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is to hold a primetime hearing Thursday to present never-seen video, new audio and a mass of evidence following a year-long investigation by the select panel.

The criminal complaint obtained by Fox News Digital charged Kelley with: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against person or property in any restricted building or grounds; willfully injure or commit any depredation against any property of the United States. All are misdemeanor offenses. [emphasis mine]

The videos appear to show Kelley on the steps of the Capitol, encouraging the demonstrators, but do not show him entering the building ever, or doing any damage or committing any violence. In other words, he was there to express his first amendment rights “to petition the government for the redress of grievance,” an action the Bill of Rights expressly forbids the federal government from interfering with in any way.

And even if Kelley had committed some minor misdemeanors, who ever heard of arresting someone for such charges, seventeen months after the fact?

This is a down-right totalitarian action by the Biden administration, using the FBI to arrest its political opponents not for any real crime but for daring to challenge the rule of Democrats — during an election campaign. Having discovered during the Trump administration that they could get away with spying on Republicans and drumming up false charges to politically smear them, the Democrats and its allies in the federal government have moved on to the next step, using those false charges to arrest their opponents.

Gird your loins. Things are not going to get better in the next five months. All polls show that the Democrats are going to be badly defeated in the November elections. These power-hungry thugs however cannot tolerate defeat, and are going to use every tool in their toolbox — now including police power and military force — to prevent it.

More arrests are coming. So will efforts to block the candidacy of any viable Republican candidates. So will efforts to falsify election results. It is now the goal of the Democratic Party — and its mindless minions like Jimmy Kimmel — to rule without opposition, for all time. They will stop at nothing to make sure that happens. Count on it.

I would also say that if I lived in Michigan, I would now consider Ryan Kelley my first choice for Michigan governor, hands down.

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  • Cotour

    Up to and including murder.

    They will become more and more Nazi like the closer the midterms get.


  • Brian

    Ya I don’t remember where I saw it a couple of days ago, were the FBI was referred to as becoming the Gestapo if not already, in relation to the Peter Navaro arrest.

  • David Eastman

    I fully expect massive shenanigans before, during, and after the mid-term elections. And assuming there is any kind of protest or demonstration where people step one millimeter over “the line”, THAT will be the issue, and the pretext for even greater shenanigans come 2024.

  • David Eastman: “shenanigans” What a quaint word. Makes arrests, riots, faking votes, and threats of assassination sound so mild.

    Don’t take this wrong. I am not criticizing you. I just think we need to stop making believe these thugs don’t have the power to overthrow our democracy. They not only do, they have every intention of trying. This ain’t shenanigans, it is the work of jack-booted fascists.

  • Cotour

    Here is a little interesting something for you:

    “BREAKING HUGE: Otero County New Mexico Votes to Remove Dominion Voting Systems, Zuckerberg Drop Boxes, and Other Election Machines!”

  • Steve Richter

    Defense of all the Jan 6 protesters should be based on the 1st amendment right to petition government for redress of grievances. Implicit in that right is the obligation of government officials, in this case, congressional leaders, to listen to and respond to the grievances.

    Laws which restrict access of the people to government buildings and meeting places are in conflict with the 1st amendment petition and protest right. What that means is that a protester cannot be charged with trespassing on government property when they are there to petition the government. Especially when the government officials are ignoring and refusing to hear their grievance.

    Every person arrested, placed in pre trial detention and especially convicted for actions related to the Jan 6 protest should immediately appeal to the supreme court. Make the case that their constitutional right to petition government/attend a protest rally has been violated.

  • Phill O

    I have just read “Preaching in Hitlers Shadow” and am working on “For The Soul Of The People” both about the Christian church’s persecution from 1933 on during the reign of Hitler.

    The similarities are incredible!

  • Alton

    This is in addition to disqualifying the three Republicans that were ahead of him in polling Data from the Primary ballot.
    Two Stories:

    5 Michigan GOP candidates for governor disqualified from ballot after board deadlocks

    Michigan Supreme Court upholds disqualification of GOP candidates

  • Doubting Thomas

    US Supreme Court has just today found that undated mail in ballots in Pennsylvania can be counted despite that PA law clearly states that undated ballots are NOT eligible for counting. So, SCOTUS has just decided that it doesn’t matter what rules a state legislature passes, it all can be waived, if somebody cries loud enough.

  • John

    People of Michigan. You know exactly who to vote for now.

  • Milt

    From what I have observed of the Stalinist show trial now taking place in the Capitol, I would have to agree with Robert’ s assessment that we are going to be in for some very rough sailing. As he predicts, “Things are not going to get better in the next five months. All polls show that the Democrats are going to be badly defeated in the November elections. These power-hungry thugs however cannot tolerate defeat, and are going to use every tool in their toolbox — now including police power and military force — to prevent it.”

    As Victor Davis Hanson observes, we are watching the Sovietization of American life in real time, and our new Stalinist Overlords can be expected to use whatever means may seem expedient, including the deployment of the police and the military, to avoid facing the kind of electoral rebuke that happened in San Francisco on Tuesday.

    If you were a Democrat looking at current polling numbers, what would *you* do to remain in power? At the very least, you would conclude that “normal” elections cannot be allowed to happen — again, lest what happened to former DA Chesa Boudin also occur in your district — and the Democrats are already laying the groundwork to assert that since “fair” elections cannot be held in November, therefore (by executive order or because of some new “crisis”?) they shouldn’t be allowed to take place at all. (As Joseph Stalin is reputed to have said, “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.” Or who conducts the elections / allows them to take place. Likewise, as in the case of Ryan Kelley, only “reliable” candidates can be allowed to run for office.)

    One thing seems fairly certain; the Jacobins who have taken power in Washington have become accustomed to ruling by fiat and/or the
    naked application of force, and they are not going to simply give up and cede their power to others because the electorate now has a severe case of buyer’s remorse. What would Joe Stalin do?

    Rough sailing, indeed.

  • Jeff Wright

    If running for office-first change your name to ‘Hunter Biden’ and they’ll lay off. An easy fix!

  • Brendon Carr

    I fully expect that one or more of Trump’s Supreme Court appointees will be assassinated during Joe Biden’s term.

  • SDN

    Brendon, it will happen between now and the election is my prediction. After all, they’ll want the replacement in place to throw them the midterms.

  • James Street

    From the humor / satire site The Babylon Bee:

    Miley Cyrus To Perform Halftime Show At Jan. 6 Committee Hearings

  • Cotour


    The rise of youth cage-fighting.

    “In less than eight hours, he would step into the cage for the most important mixed martial arts fight of his career, but first the 10-year-old needed to cut weight to be eligible. ”

    Hunger games?

    The Gladiators killing Christians, lions and tigers in the colosseum were keeping a depraved populous and their owners distracted and occupied. Not much different in what is growing in America, just turn on your screen.

    Its all related.

    The only possible hope? The Constitution as intended.

    There are no guarantees.

  • Dave

    In a directly related matter, all who have been aware of the growing tyranny should read John Ross’s 1996 out-of-print “classic,” Unintended Consequences.

  • arthur s

    the loss of control of Michigan is too concerning for the election of 2024. The idea that Detroit might actually be pressed into fair elections without governor support when the late night ballot trucks show up? The horror!

    But yes, we are living under a dictatorship. It’s not Dems alone. It’s the entire apparatus. An outsider with 0 political experience fixed the economy, ended middle eastern war, and funded out of whack entitlements all in about 2 years. This wasn’t because Donald Trump is (just) brilliant. It was because any jackape can undo a criminal enterprise when they are in control if they just stop stealing and murdering for 10 minutes.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Dave – I found your book on Amazon for the amazing low price of $249.99. A signed copy is available on the bookWorth site for a starting bid of $650.

    However, I did find it on with the following description:

    Unintended Consequences is a Libertarian propaganda novel serving as a treatise on the history of firearms rights in the United States of America, which has been compared by many public figures to works written by Ayn Rand. Originally published in 1996, the copywrite was preemptively terminated by the author, Mr. John Ross in 2009, as indicated on the more recent softcover editions of the book, which were published beginning in 2010. The text is therefore now in the public domain, though the movie rights to the work are retained by the author.

    I also found a more online readable version in PDF on .

    Thanks for the recommendation

  • wayne

    a surprisingly well done local tv-report.

    “Gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley arrested”
    WOOD TV-8

  • wayne: Typical tv news. No context. Such a thing has never happened before, not in this manner. Why no mention of the 17 month delay? The timing by the Biden administration is very suspect.

  • Cotour

    And when will you be held accountable Madame Secretary?

    “‘People Involved Must be Held Accountable’ – Hillary Clinton Pops Off About January 6 Show Trials”

    Everything we see ongoing in our country today from the Steele Dossier, to Trump Russia collusion, to the Mueller investigation, to Uranium One, to political persecution and the jailing of political opponents, to the allowing and instigating by government agents (See: Ray Epps) the escalation of the Jan 6th riot, etc., etc., its a long list, it all really leads to one person, the person that the 2020 presidential election was “Stolen” from, Madame Secretary, Ma Barker, Hillary Clinton.

    When will you be held accountable, Hillary?

  • Alton

    Ma Barker already holds the American Record for felonies at over 100,000 (emails one felony for each).

    World Record is a tie ? between Genghis Khan, Chairman Mao, Stalin and Adolf…..
    50 million Each…..

  • wayne

    Mr. Z.,
    Fair enough, ref tv-news.

    I was looking at it as someone who is only moderately informed on our upcoming primary election.
    ->10 republican candidates wanted to get on the primary ballot, 5 of those were rejected due to alleged problems with canvassing signatures, leaving 5.
    ->Primary ballots are already on the way to the printer (and Kelley has not been convicted of anything) so he will be on the ballot.
    -I’m not seeing anything that he is charged with, that would prevent him from serving, if eventually elected.

    What usually happens in Michigan– RINO’s collude to pick off any non-rinos, and then proceed to collude with the democrat party.

    Tangentially– gasoline (regular unleaded) spiked last week to $5.199 on the SW Michigan coast.

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