Where Were You and What Were You Doing When United States Democracy Was Attacked
Today this question isn’t about Pearl Harbor and WWII, or 9/11 and Al Qaida. Today it’s about Americans attacking our own Capitol.
The only other time the Capitol Building has been breached was by the British during the War of 1812.
This unprecedented event is happening today because 45 has promoted fear, anger and violence for four years. Now that he is on his way out, he is determined to take Democracy with him.
Trump supporters, stoked by him earlier in the day, have done the unspeakable. They have attacked not ONLY the Capitol Building, and the Senators inside, but Democracy itself. He told demonstrators shortly before they scaled the walls of our Capitol, that the election was stolen and they should do something about it.
In my many years of supporting and participating in protests, I’ve never seen this level of violence by the demonstrators themselves. Previously, millions have gathered in front of the Capitol and the White House in Washington D.C. for equality and social justice, for the right to vote, and indeed to be considered as people with full rights in the United States. Those millions of protestors did not commit violence, much less break into a secure government building with firearms, toxic gas, and incendiary devices.
President-Elect Biden was the first to speak out today. Not the lame-duck President who should have addressed the country and demanded calm and reason. The lame-duck asked them to go home, but only after reiterating his vitriol that the “election was stolen.”
Biden said, “Presidents’ words matter. They can incite or they can inspire.” It’s indelibly clear today that Trump’s words for four years have indeed incited what can only be called sedition.
President-Elect Biden called this event seditious. Former President George W. Bush called it an insurrection. Sedition and insurrection are treasonous activities. And they were inspired and incited by the man who we allowed to become the President of the United States in 2016.
Our children and grandchildren will ask us where we were and what we were doing when Democracy was attacked by our own fellow Americans. We must decide now, that whatever we were doing, wherever we were, that we will never allow another President to descend into madness and incite violence in our country.
We can also send those packing in the next election, those who enabled and supported him, all the way to the scaling of the Capitol Building. We see you Cruz, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Kennedy, Marshall, and Tuberville.
We see you, and we will remember. We will remember where you were and what you and 45 were doing on the day Democracy was attacked.