As I and all of us witnessed live and streaming direct into our minds, thousands of citizens met in Washington DC on January 6th, 2021. It is one thing for people to exercise their First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble, express their grievances and protest. Before the day was over – we all witnessed in pure disbelief and outright fear, thousand if people violently enter the US Capitol to begin literally an insurrection, a hostile takeover of the government. This insurrection was set into motion solely because their designated leader did not win the election. No one can dispute this as fact. We all saw it happen before our eyes.
Amazingly now, after this all happened by coordinated effort and expressed execution by their designated leader they want to claim they are not domestic terrorists and they did not commit an overt act of insurrection and deliberate acts of sedition against the US Government. Suddenly after their mentally weaponized zealous intoxicated acts of violence, they want to proclaim they are not domestic terrorists and they did not commit an act of domestic terrorism. Not so fast my friend, not so fast.
So let me get this straight. They knew what they were going to do once they arrived in Washington DC. They planned this efforts for months. They knew as they began their mob like assault on the steps of the US Capitol their goal was to possibly kidnap and/or kill sitting members of Congress plus the Vice President of the United States. But now since they’ve been charged they’re doing suicide or claiming they were justified because their ‘president’ told them to do it? Yet now, as the arrests being to get closer and closer to all involved – they dare to evoke the plausible deniability defense of ‘I was doing what I was asked to do… doing what I thought was the right thing because the man in charge told me to do it…’ Wait – did I miss something? Are we not all held accountable for both our decisions and our actions? Does this only apply to some who have to follow the letter of the law and others who feel the letter of the law does not apply to them since they will not face prosecution for their decisions and or actions no matter what happened as a result.
As much as I want to have compassion and understanding – those who chose this destructive course of action as domestic terrorism – they knew it was wrong when they started down this dark path. Of a truth, in a previous election cycle in the not too distant past – they chastised those of us who legally protested the results of a certain previous election [Gore vs Bush] which did not go in our favor, an election which was fraudulently stolen. Yet we did not storm the US Capitol. We respected the process; we disliked the results and still respected the democratic process. Those who committed this act of domestic terrorism did not share or have compassion, evoke reason and understanding when they destroyed federal property, committed criminal trespass injured and/or caused the death of law enforcement and their collective actions resulted in the loss of innocent life.
They were not up there to talk and or reason with those of opposing views. They went up to Washington DC, entered into the US Capitol seeking to harm and or kill the Vice President of the United States, active members of the US Congress who were all duly and properly elected in the same manner their candidate lost his election. I am sorry what part of insurrection, committing acts of destruction of federal government property, stealing federal government documents and technology and the possible effort to deliberately kidnap sitting members of the US Congress being ‘a real patriot who honors, upholds and justly will defend the Constitution against all threats – foreign and domestic?’ Please do understand the threat of a domestic terrorism against this nation state is the worst form of terrorism. It totally undermines every aspect of how this nation seeks to exist, function and operate as a society of “due process and just laws.” A democracy does not and cannot exist where the enthralled mob can dictate and demand a democratic process be altered to conform to their enraged will. This is not a democracy, it is an authoritarian state.
Since when is kidnapping, political assassination by a mob milita ‘good and noble thing to do for democracy?’ Did I miss some a memo saying this democratic republic with a citizen representative form of government is no longer in effect? Is now the United States a banana state democracy with global nuclear strike capability? Do we only take out and apply the Constitution of the United States and the electoral process when it only favors one side or does it represent the rule of law for all sides to follow? Answering this goes along way in determining how we see ourselves as a nation, how we really want to govern ourselves as a ‘civilized society, a nation state of laws.’
Commiting acts of insurrection acts of sedition against other citizens, acting as a domestic terrorist mob in no way or capacity makes want to sit down and make rationale sense of it all. Forgive me – it is is very hard to elicit feelings of compassion and/or sympathy for anyone who went down this path on January 6th 2021. This was not only an attack on the democratic process, it was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.
They claim their effort was to support their candidate who lost the election fraudulently. If election fraud occurred, which it did not, the Republican Party would not have gained seats in the US House of Representatives and all current Republican Party members in the US Senate would not have been elected. So if the election was so corrupt and rigged, how did everyone else get elected except the outgoing [now former] administration? Simple answer – the previous administration lost both the Electoral College Vote and the Popular Vote outright. The Electoral College Vote and Electoral College Certification Process along with the popular vote, the “checks and balances system” established by ‘The Founding Fathers’ – worked exactly has it was supposed to do so. This ‘checks and balance system’ was set up to avoid this nation from being ruled by a minority enraged their candidate lost.
Even during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the assassination of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy – we did not storm the US Capitol. The March on Washington in 1963, the Million Man March in 1995, the Black Lives Matter / Justice for All March of 2014, the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March in 2015, and the Black Lives Matter March of 2020 – ‘We, the People’ did not storm the US Capitol. We did not ever set into motion to commit acts of insurrection, acts of sedition against the US Government. Nor did we seek to harm law enforcement nor seek to kidnap and or possibly kill sitting members of the US Congress. Yet on January 6th, 2021 – they with coordinated action, willful intent and reckless abandon, these domestic terrorists stormed the US Capitol seek to harm, kidnap and or possibly kill sitting members of the US Congress, deliberately damaged federal government property, caused injury and death to members of law enforcement and even caused one of their own to be killed in this process. Forgive me for not having any compassion, empathy and lacking understanding for their cause. They do not have any evidence to support their oppression nor rational basis to justify their criminal behavior.
Acts of insurrection and sedition are federal felony criminal charges. There is nothing nice or easy about committing these federal felony criminal acts. Even the Constitution of the United States outlines acts of insurrection and sedition as acts of treason. They are deliberate, thought out and executed with the intent to cause physical harm and or undermine the entire democratic process. Not to mention the possible loss of life. We need to be extremely mindful and ever vigilant of this fact.
My prayers go out for the family members affected in the aftermath. Why? Because they are the ones who how have to deal with both this loss and left to explain to others why the action of one doesn’t represent them negatively towards society.
It is really hard for me to grasp on, hold on, willing to work for the espoused four tenants of democracy, equality, liberty, justice – seeking to work within this system. We have been working within and for the progressive development of this democratic system since Crispus Attucks took the first bullet in the War of Independence as a runaway slave up to present day. Only calls for us to stand up against oppression, tyranny were for us to be viewed as human beings, respected as equal citizens in this society and no longer work as an enslaved workforce since 1619. Yet others can continually change and subvert the system to fit their needs without any reciprocity, prosecution since 1619.
I say again to this nation – had “We, the People” did not storm the US Capitol during the turmoil and unrest of the Civil Rights Movement. We did not storm the US Capitol after the assassinations of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Malcom X. We did not rise up, take up arms against the government sanctioned CONTELPRO efforts to deliberately disrupt and dismantle our Civil Rights organizations and the Black Panther Party during the entire Civil Rights Movement [despite your false claims that all were ‘domestic terrorist organizations and a grave threat to democracy’]. Eventhough all our organizations have only sought equality, justice under the law – we never sought to forcibly apprehend sitting members of the US Congress, destroy federal government property. Even today, in the midst of the ongoing quest for justice in the Black Lives Matter Movement if we did such acts of insurrection and sedition which occurred on January 6th, 2021 – we would be labeled domestic terrorists, tracked down and immediately arrested.
I do apologize for the length of my thoughts. It is time for justice and for all citizens to rediscover rationale behavior. Demand and work to ensure people use reasonable thought, equal justice and real progressive leadership committed towards fixing the real issues impacting this nation state. I demand this nation to bring back rational thought, real leadership, sound public policy and compassionate forward thinking democracy back. Did not the actions seen play out on January 6th, 2021 – show you America, enough is enough?! Enough is enough. Be better, work for better and live better.