On January 6th, 2021 the American Republic saw an entire political party cross the Rubicon — we may no longer claim that there was a “peaceful transfer of power” between our 45th and 46th Presidents. The failed attempt at an armed-takeover of a branch of U.S. government resulted in the deaths of Americans — all in pursuit of a false reality propagated, animated, and reinforced by one political party in a desperate attempt to retain power.
I watched in horror as an angry mob of Trump #MAGA supporters — exactly the people that Hillary Clinton warned us about in 2016 — received their disjointed, hate-infused, and thinly-veiled marching orders from their commanders before they made their way from the White House to the U.S. Capitol on the same day the Congress was fulfilling its ceremonial duty to certify the presidential election. Among others, Mo Brooks, Rudy Giuliani, Don Jr., and the Insurrectionist-in-Chief himself did what they’ve been working toward for months now — but this time instead of political rhetoric and first amendment protected speech, their words translated into violence, murder, and vandalization to our nation’s most sacred building.
I was shocked, disappointed, saddened, and angry at these events unfolding on television — but I was not surprised they attempted it. The deplorables have been telegraphing their plans for weeks— the only surprises were that the mob was deranged enough to actually go through with it and how astoundingly easy the physical access of the Capitol was breached.
I’ve lived and worked in Washington almost 15 years now. The Capitol is a sacred place to patriotic Americans. It’s as “holy” a site as it gets in modern, secular politics — it’s literally the People’s House as the physical seat of our duly elected representatives in the first branch of government. It was so important to our Founders that it was given special prominence not just physically on Jenkins Hill in the District of Columbia but also as the first Article in our founding documents. And that spirit lives on today for any visitor lucky enough to make the pilgrimage and gaze up at Washington inside the grand…