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