Monday February 15, 2021
I think it is pretty ironic that it is President’s Day weekend, with the verdict for the Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump occurring. Today, we honor two of our country’s great presidents while treason to our democracy remains unpunished. It is incredible that politics, as usual, takes precedence over truth. How can our senators stand up and vote not guilty and in the next breath say that the man did indeed incite the riot that resulted in five dead? Their actions remind me of the monkeys, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil!
Whether it is fear of their party’s retaliation or the fear that the funding for their campaigns will halt, a reckoning will someday happen. Our Constitution binds our Senators to uphold the truth and keep law and order. If a foreign dictator had incited this attack on a government building, putting our representatives in harm’s way, our populace would have demanded prosecution or even declared war. The fact that it was an acting President does not change the fact that it was sedition. Accountability takes many forms. Two Capitol Hill police officers have committed suicide since the armed conflict on January 6, while others are dealing with PTSD and their sustained injuries. How can our country survive this threat to our democracy when our leaders refuse to hold the parties responsible to the standards set out by the founders of our country?
I am sure that the Constitution’s writers are turning over in their graves. I propose we drape our national shrines in black to create awareness that our country has turned a corner. We are no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave! We instead are the country where dictators can get away with murder! Wake up, America! The German people turned a blind eye as Hitler eventually changed their country into something that they could not comprehend. The Gestapo turned neighbor against neighbor and promoted a society that murdered their countrymen. Hitler started as a political zealot who wanted to unite his compatriots and heal his nation after a devastating war. As we look back, we now realize he was an evil genius who eventually corrupted an entire government. It can happen to us, too, if we don’t start upholding our Constitution’s moral standards.
So today is President’s Day! More than a national shopping day, it needs to be a day when we regroup and begin again by writing our elected representatives. Our job is to voice our belief that our country is better than riots that kill and maim. We must state for the record that we do not want leaders who take the law into their own hands. We want to prosecute those who are guilty of subverting our laws and stop anyone who does not believe that we have the best form of government from being put into a position of power ever again. Only by our joined consciousness can we ensure that a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.