Jan. 6: One Year Later

One year ago, rioters stormed our nation’s Capital trying to stop the proceedings of Congress, which was in session at the time.  It was the first time since the War of 1812 that violence had been used to storm the seat of our government.

January 6, a date like September 11 that needs no year to tell people what you are talking about. Many people and news organizations are doing pieces reflecting on that dark moment in our history. Yet rather than offer my own reflections, I thought it might be worthwhile to hear what others are saying, mainly some of those who participated in the riot, now that they have had a chance to reflect. Some of these are below, and also comments today from two prominent scions and pillars of the Republican Party.

Participants:

“My conservative creed still remains the same. However, the system of governance, a constitutional republic, and the processes in place for deciding who sits in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk transcends any one candidate or party. That peaceful transfer of power and the method set out for achieving it are worthy of protection. My message to fellow conservatives, or any American dissenting with the current administration, is that we must continue our work within the confines of the system and condemn the actions on January 6th as atrocious.”

—-Devlyn Thompson, of Seattle. Thompson, who pled guilty to assaulting a police officer with a baton.

“I have realized that we, meaning Trump supporters, were lied to by those that at the time had great power, meaning the then sitting President, as well as those acting on his behalf.

“They kept spitting out the false narrative about a stolen election and how it was ‘our duty’ to stand up to tyranny. Little did I realize that they were the tyrannical ones desperate to hold on to power at any cost, even by creating the chaos they knew would happen with such rhetoric.”

—Robert Palmer, of Largo, Florida. Palmer who threw a fire extinguisher at and attacked police officers. 

“I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a great future and I’m not going to jail.” She told NBC News in an interview published this week that she was being scapegoated “like the Jews in Germany.”

–Jenna Ryan, of Frisco, Texas

“The entire experience was surreal. I trusted the President and that was a big mistake.”

—Leonard Gruppo, of Clovis, New Mexico and a former Special Forces soldier

Two long-time pillars of the Republican Party and conservative politics, speaking today on the one year anniversary of the attacks on our seat of government and its elected representatives:

“I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution.” Adding that the Republican Party’s leadership is “not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for ten years,”

–Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as Vice President, a member of the Cabinet of three Presidents and a five-term Republican member of Congress. (Quoted in Politico)

“To move beyond Jan. 6, 2021, we must put country ahead of party….

We Republicans have a heavier burden. I’ve been a Republican my entire life, and believe in what the Republican Party, at its best, has represented for decades. There can be no soft-pedaling what happened and no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy. Love of country demands nothing less. That’s true patriotism.”

–Karl Rove, long-time GOP political strategist, campaign manager for President George Bush and member of the Bush Administration (Writing in an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal)

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