A mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol building on Jan. 6, abruptly halting a session of Congress that was supposed to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Just hours after Trump encouraged the crowd at a rally to “take our country back” and his lawyer Rudy Guiliani suggested “trial by combat,” hundreds of people clad in Trump gear, some carrying Confederate flags, climbed the steps of the building, breached barricades, broke windows, and entered the halls of the Capitol — an insurrection that threatened the lives of lawmakers inside.
Two hours later, Trump posted a video to Twitter stating that while the election was stolen, “you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our people in law and order.”
But it was too late. Moments before Trump’s statement, one person was shot and later died, according to D.C. Emergency Medical Services, with at least five others being transported to the hospital. And uprisings had already spread to other parts of the country.
Now, the GOP is leading a new revolt – to deny that the attack on the Capitol ever happened. And for what reason?
In a move of extremism, the Republican party has decided to cling tightly to the tactics that former President Donald Trump started. They have called the Jan. 6 insurrection a complete hoax and some even calling the insurrectionists “tourists.”
What was once the party of the great Abraham Lincoln, has now become the party of Trump.
At one point in time, Republicans supported a larger government. They helped to fund infrastructure, helped create the university system, and helped to settle the Western states. They assisted in the formation of our national currency and protective tariffs.
Republicans opposed slavery and joined in the advancement of social justice.
Then 1936 happened and Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt won reelection. The New Deal started taking shape which would end up pulling us out of the Great Depression through major reforms including regulation of financial institutions, the founding of welfare and pension programs, infrastructure development and more.
Literally, in the middle of the 1930’s, Republicans and Democrats switched sides. Republicans became the opposition and Democrats became the party of the people.
We could only dream that one day Republicans and Democrats might both come to the same conclusion and share in the common interests of the people. Perhaps, one day, both parties would unite under one flag and know that all this time, all they’ve done is nothing but fight over issues that hinder the people from moving forward.
September 11, 2001 was the closest we came to having a united government. Now, even after a violent and deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, our government in more divided than it was prior.
Our government is in turmoil under this Congress and nothing is being done to unite Congressional members to help them to finally see eye-to-eye.
The people of this nation still need to stand together, even if our government isn’t fully there. We must continue to stand strong and see that the Republican party is blinded from reality.