The events of two days ago were so stunning that, frankly, Thinking Man hasn’t been able to wrap his mind completely around it. Who would have ever imagined that here, in the United States, we would ever see a scene like this picture where Capitol police are literally barricading the doors of the House of Representatives to try to prevent rioters from entering the chamber.
Of course, pro-Trump rioters did get in. Congress was in session and so lawmakers had to flee for safety, and rioters broke windows, overturned furniture and damaged the very seat of our government.
If this doesn’t really bother you or if you downplay it in any way, you are not only part of the problem but you are a danger to the country and its freedoms.
And the facts not in dispute are that this came immediately after Trump’s rally, planned specifically for Jan. 6-not the 5th or the 7th-but the day Congress was in session to confirm the votes of the Electoral College. That, of course, was no coincidence. And at that rally:
- Trump called on the crowd to march on the Capital and “take back the country.”
- Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spoke and said Congress needed a ‘trial by combat’
- And Trump’s son urged the crowd to march and “fight”
Those actions and threats, by a President of the United States, are incomprehensible and if you look in Webster’s dictionary, they fit a very clear definition.
So appalling were Trump’s actions that he even his own team began to turn on him.
More than a dozen members of his Administration resigned the next day, including two cabinet members and the head of the Council of Economic Advisors. William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General, said that Trump’s actions were a “disgrace to the Presidency” and one Republican Congressman called for Vice President Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and declare Trump unfit.
I still am not able to articulate thoughts appropriately. But actions of Tuesday reinforce my opinion that, in choosing people to lead us, character matters and quite likely is the most important quality.