My Heart Hurts

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 072021

Like millions of other Americans, my heart hurts for our nation following the violence at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. My heart hurts and I am ashamed of the country I fought and bled for.

The right to peacefully protest is protected by the Constitution of the United States, but nowhere does it allow damaging and storming a federal building, assaulting officers of the law, or interfering with the due process of government. What we saw yesterday was not a peaceful protest. It was anarchy.

To see one of the most sacred bastions of our democracy invaded by thugs, and that’s what they were, thugs, is both sad and infuriating. This went from a protest to an attempted coup, and the people taking part in it, as well as those who encouraged them, are traitors and criminals.

And don’t even start with the nonsense about what other protesters did somewhere else. John Dillinger robbed banks, that doesn’t give you or me an excuse to do the same thing.

The pictures of armed security personnel ready to use deadly force to protect our duly elected congressional representatives, of thugs swarming the Capitol, will go down in history, just like pictures of the Twin Towers falling, the dead students at Kent State University, and the attack on Pearl Harbor. They will define us in this place and time. The only difference is that what happened yesterday was not an attack by enemies from outside our country, it was by enemies from right here at home.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Free Ride, the thirteenth book in my pal Ben Rehder’s popular Blanco County mystery series. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. – Isaac Asimov

Nick Russell

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  8 Responses to “My Heart Hurts”

  1. Sadly, I think this is just the beginning. I don’t support any of this but I fear it will get worse but that said, I hope I am wrong.

  2. We consider the United States as our Second Home and truly feel your pain.
    Be Safe and God Bless America.

    It’s about time.

  3. Thank you 100% in agreement….. Now two mend the tears in the American flag and fly it high

  4. I love my country so I cried. However, this was foreseeable after Charlottesville and listening to Trump’s false narrative (lies) about the election and his constant attacks on the media. When the supporters hear only Trump’s voice it is very dangerous for the nation. Jefferson concluded that if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter”. People at that Rally were constantly told not to listen or read an independent press so they heard only Trump’s lies. They became cult members rather than informed citizens. I just listened to Biden on an independent Justice Department and I see hope on the horizon.

  5. Stick your blog up your ass you fat communist! When the revolution comes next week people like you will be remembered.

  6. Bring it on, Alan.

  7. Yes and being against and those that support it has already cost me family relationships. However I didn’t serve 4 years to turn a blind eye on things like this. I was so upset when I turned it on I was shaking..

  8. The end is near with our nations four year nightmare ride on the psychotic,and amoral cowards train – we all must prepare mentally for a painful hump up the hill to recovery under the leadership of President Biden and his administration.
    Damn the buffoons and moral cowardice of all who supported and participated in the shameful terrorists activities in our nations capitol this week.

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