How anyone can call the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol anything but an insurrection is beyond me.
Maybe they don’t know what the word insurrection means. The dictionary defines it this way: “a violent uprising against an authority or government.”
Clearly, there was violence. Clearly, it was an uprising. Clearly, it was against the government of the United States.
Those involved wanted to stop the certification of the electoral college that cemented Joe Biden’s win in the November 2020 presidential election.
The uprising didn’t work.
But it did help to further divide the country. It helped to further erode our democracy with people continuing to believe the election outcome was fraudulent. They can’t believe their guy lost when court after court, election official after election official, recount after recount have affirmed Biden the winner.
It’s alarming Republican governors are replacing state election chiefs because they didn’t like the outcome. It’s alarming lawmakers want to tighten the screws on voters’ rights to the point it is difficult to even get to the polls to cast a ballot.
These actions also erode a democracy.
I now firmly believe those following Trump are in a cult. It’s not about being a Republican. It’s about following one irrational man who doesn’t even care about them. Trump is an evil shit stirrer who relishes autocratic control.
Autocrat by definition is: “relating to a ruler who has absolute power.” Autocratic style is: “taking no account of other people’s wishes or opinions; domineering.”
Each day that goes by our democracy is eroding. To think that it is being undermined by people within the walls of the Capitol is frightening.
Now a year later, I feel angrier than I did last year. I wrongly assumed everyone involved would be arrested by now, if not behind bars. This includes elected officials who were involved; from Trump on down. The fact that some of the culprits are still in Congress is mind boggling.
My last hope is the congressional committee investigating the insurrection will come up with definitive proof of who knew what when, what they did or did not do, and will make people accountable for their actions.
Most everything these insurrectionists did Jan. 6, 2021, was broadcast live on television and the internet, with footage aired around the world. Still photographs also captured the scene. People on the ground wrote about the event. Plenty of participants shared their personal experiences, proud of their involvement as they posted selfies on social media.
How anyone could think the actions of this group were justified is beyond me. I suppose one has to be a white supremacist or a Trumpster to believe the actions of the mob that day should be condoned, even celebrated.
It’s time to stop letting the Trumpsters dictate the narrative. It’s time to get involved. It’s time to elect people who understand, respect and want the United States to be a democracy. We must keep doing our part to ensure Black Lives Matter, that the truth is taught in schools–not revisionist history, and that equality for all becomes a reality.