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A Year On and January 6th Has Not Been Solved

When certain events become shorthand, it is certain to become a part of the public consciousness.

A year ago today, a mob forced its way into the Capitol building in Washington D.C. They nearly stopped what would have been an otherwise mundane procedure of certifying the 2020 Presidential election. Thankfully, they were stopped and President Biden was able to take the position that the American people chose him for.

While I would love to say that the perpetrators responsible for that day were prosecuted, sent to jail, and we could move on. But we can’t. There are far too many in this nation who not only believe that you know was robbed, but that they have the right to take back “their country” as they see fit.

Earlier this week, an article caught my eye. Written by Jonathan Allen, the final line is chilling.

“Jan. 6 is analogous to the first attack on the World Trade Center that failed. We should take heed of that.”

The people behind the riot knew exactly what they were doing that day. They also know what they need to do moving forward. They are not dumb, not by any stretch of the imagination. When their plan to physically take control of the government failed, they took a less noticeable, but far more invasive route. Via gerrymandering and taking control of school boards, there are many Republicans who are too happy to sacrifice this nation and her ideals to shape it into their image. If that means taking away the rights of women, minorities, and immigrants, so be it. And even further, if that means creating a real-life version of Gilead, they would be happy to do so.

We dodged a bullet last year. The next time this happens, it will not be a bullet coming in our direction. It will be a shoulder-fired missile and its target will not be left standing.

For nearly 300 years, Americans have assumed that our democracy will last forever. Unless we take a stand, our children and grandchildren will be talking about it in the past tense.

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Peril Book Review

Up until the beginning of this year, the transition from one Presidential administration to another was a process that few outside of Washington D.C. ever thought about. That changed with the 2020 Presidential election.

Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, was published in September. Told in a spellbinding and sometimes downright scary manner, the authors detail how close this nation came to nearly abandoning our democratic ideals. Basing their narrative on interviews, transcripts, and other documents, they take us on a roller coaster ride that is solely based on you know who’s want to stay in power, regardless of the response from the voting public. It also details how unnecessarily difficult a task President Biden has ahead of him. If nothing else, this book is a warning that unless we do something ASAP, the United States of America as we know it to be maybe one day be consigned to the history books.

This book should be read by every American, regardless of where they are on the political scale. The belief that our political system is secure has been shaken to its core. We have two choices at this point in time. We can either sit back and do nothing. The other option (which in my mind is the only option) is to stand up, vote, and fight for everything we hold near and dear.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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Today’s Republican Party Could Learn a Thing or Two from Bob Dole

At the end of the day, a democracy needs compromise to survive. We don’t need to be in complete agreement 100% of the time, but we cannot be at each other’s throats all day.

Last week, Bob Dole, the late former Senator, and Presidential Candidate was remembered in a ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Among the speakers was President Biden.

Though Senator Dole and President Biden were on different ends of the political spectrum, they understood that they needed to find some sort of common ground to do their jobs. They also knew the value of real friendship outside of the office. Today’s Republican party could learn a thing or two from this relationship. Instead of being confrontational and refusing the see the other side, it wouldn’t hurt if they put down their literal armor and attempted to come to the table.

Earlier this week, newscaster Brian Williams announced his retirement. Speaking directly to his viewers, he implored his audience to put aside their differences and find a way to come together.

RIP Senator. Your contribution to this nation will never be forgotten.

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How Anyone Could Not Believe That Jan 6 Happened is Beyond Me

A political election, regardless whether it is on the local, state, or national level should be a simple process. The people vote and the winner takes office.

This should have happened back in January without any sort of trouble. But as we all know, trouble was in the form of you know and riots in Washington D.C. that happened in January 6th. Last week, the January 6th commission met for the first time.

As I was listening to the hearings, I found myself getting angry. Things like this do not happen in the United States. They happen in countries where democracy is on the brink of breakage. It only takes one final crack to replace it with a dictatorship or autocracy. What the police officers spoke of their experience that day, it was as I was there in person. The experience and description of that day was so clear, it was as if I was listening to scripted drama and not first person testimony in front of Congress.

What bothers me is that instead of seeing it for what is was and acting on the facts, most Republicans are diluting the facts to save their skins. Rep Clyde from Georgia labeled that day as a “tourist visit“. I’ve been the D.C. a number of times over the years. I hit the usual touristy spots. But I did not storm the Capitol bulding because I was not happy with the direction that the country is going.

The thing we also have to remember is that Everyone in that building had a target on their back that day. I can only imagine what might have happened if the rioters had gotten their way. It is an picture I dare not even consider.

The footage is there. We all watched it. We saw the danger and the chaos. The question is, are we will to put the partisan b*llshit aside and make sure it does not happen again? Or, do we let the fear of a minority and their used car salesman, orange colored leader dictate the course of American history?

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Thoughts On Memorial Day

There are two views on Memorial Day. The first view is that it is seen as the first day of summer, when many of us go to the pool, go to the beach, barbecue or just enjoy what will hopefully be a nice day. The second view is that today we remember those who put their lives on the line for this country, especially those who did not come home.

My first thought today is to think of the men in my family who fought in World War II: my grandfathers (of blessed memory) and my late maternal grandmother’s two brothers. Her eldest brother (also of blessed memory) passed away decades ago. Her younger brother is still alive and is very proud of the time he spent serving his country.

When we think of war, we think of the men on the battle field and the women who stayed home to take care of the family. But this was not completely accurate during World War II. Approximately 350,000 American women served their country both at home and abroad.

Last year, I visited Washington D.C. with a friend. The World War II Memorial is both overwhelming and powerful. It is the perfect reminder of the sacrifice of those who put country before their own needs. Among the various parts of the memorial, the quote recognizing the women who fought for their country is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

May the memory of those who gave their lives for this country forever be a blessing to us all. May we never forget their sacrifice and may we always be grateful for the freedoms that they died protecting.

Enjoy your Memorial Day.

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