125. A Day of Infamy 2021

Thursday January 7 2021

News from January 6 2021

Not even a week into the new year and we, the citizens of the United States of America, have made another historic day to add to those of infamy. And by we, I don’t mean all of us. Most of us took on the role of being appalled by the level of violence achieved by others.

As a country, we not only created another first-time event to hit the history books, but really jumped the shark in making us look like morons while the world watches.

The news reached us commonfolk yesterday afternoon, Wednesday January 6, 2021. The event was first reported as a riot, then a coup which became an insurrection, as a mob of angry people stormed the Capitol Building in D.C. in protest of the presidential election results.

The United States Capitol Building, our nation’s noble manor of whose cornerstone was placed by George Washington in 1793, fell under attack by her own citizens. It’s not yet clear who is responsible for leading the charge, but nobody should be surprised by the finger pointing coming from all sides.

January 6 was already prepped to be a historic day. Congress was meeting in a joint session to certify the votes of the Electoral College. Scheduled for 1 pm, Vice-President Pence would preside over the ceremony by opening the sealed certificates and overseeing the electoral votes officially recorded. In times past, this symbolic task could be expected to take less than hour unless there are objections to any of the states’ certificates.

Meanwhile, President Trump has remained firm in his stance that the election was stolen from him through wide-spread fraudulent voting. He’s been clear that he has no intention of conceding, because he actually won the election by millions of votes, although no supporting evidence of this has been brought forward. He has been publicly pressuring VP Pence to overturn the results and challenge the Electoral votes by rejecting the “fraudulently chosen electors.” Pence has refused, saying he does not have the legal power to do so and will perform his ceremonial duties in accordance with the Constitution.

Yesterday morning, as the lawmakers of the House and Senate were preparing for the event in the Capitol Building, President Trump held a well-promoted “Save America Rally” to address his supporters gathered on the National Mall. In a seventy-minute speech, he placed blame on Pence if he doesn’t come through with overturning the election results and tells the crowd to “stop the steal” and “you will never take back our country with weakness.” The transcript as provided by ABC News is here.

And we are going to have to fight much harder. And Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country. Because you’re sworn to uphold our Constitution.

President Donald Trump
January 6, 2021

And Trump then sends them off to march to the Capitol and have their voices heard. A basic right due any American, First Amendment and all, but once there something snapped. People started to break through the police barriers to reach the Capitol steps, then forced their way into the building. Vice President Pence, the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, along with the members of Congress were evacuated to secure locations.

All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by a bold and radical left Democrats which is what they are doing and stolen by the fake news media. That is what they have done and what they are doing. We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.

… Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about.

President Donald Trump
January 6, 2021

Congress reconvened later in the evening and the Electoral votes were counted, challenged, and resolved in the wee hours of the morning, proving that these people are made of tough stuff.

How could this happen, we asked? How could this building, on a day like this, not be completely and totally protected from any attack, whether domestic or otherwise?

What we know at this point is that 1) there was not enough law enforcement in place; 2) property was stolen and/or defiled, including historical art; 3) people died; 4) there are countless video and photo recordings for the authorities to sift through, because it’s hitting social media already. #capitolriotselfie  

More questions than answers as these things go during the first 48 hours. But as the first unprecedented event of 2021, it’s certain this will be top news for the next several days.

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