On January 6, 2021, a mob of thousands—numbers challenging to estimate stormed the United States Capitol. Incited by the words of the 45th POTUS, President Donald J. Trump, via tweets sent out weeks before this day, via his rally speech near the White House on the very day of the insurrection. The frenzied mob took to rioting, vandalism, looting, shootings, arson, sundry tactics of terrorisms, intimidation, a brazen attempt to take hostages, a will to kidnap and execute. These activities marked the actions of this fateful day.
“We can now add January 6, 2021, to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy…The final, terrible, indelible legacy of the 45th president of the United States—undoubtedly our worst.” — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
The 45th POTUS went the extra mile during his administration to bolster the far-right extremism’s power in the United States. He, and his cronies, kept alluding to the false claims of fraud in the 2020 election. When presented in courts by his team of lawyers, no proof of fraud was found. His general aversion and failure to concede his loss of the 2020 election and the reasons mentioned above all served as tinder as he ignited the flames of insurrection on that fateful day. In the words of Wendell Phillips, “Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.” Via the barrage of conspiracy-infused thoughts, he successfully moved this mob to arms.
The mob marched on the United States Capitol to hinder, stall, and attempt to overturn the Electoral College vote count to favor former President Trump. Their goal was to seize and destroy the certificate of ascertainment (i.e., an official docket that points out the appointed electors and final vote count for each candidate that received popular votes in an election). Finally, their goal marked to pressure Congress and the former Vice-President, Mike Pence, to overturn President Joe Biden’s election.
A state of lawlessness was unleashed on that day as the crowds, like a swarm of locusts, descended on the United States Capitol building. The Capitol insurrection, spurred by the former President Trump, brought a rain of anarchy with a torrent of destructions in its wake. There were injuries amongst the rioters, the Capitol Police officers, and the Metro Police officers. There were also a few deaths recorded in the aftermath of the insurrection. A flurry of resignations followed among Trump’s administration officials’ rank and file, the Capitol Security Officials, to mention but a few.
Who would have thought that this would happen in the present-day United States of America? An insurrection incited by a seating President. The 18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection states that “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” Should they not all be brought to justice? Should the 45th POTUS walk away free from the role he played to incite the acts of January 6, 2021, against the United States of America?
“I am in the House Chambers. We have been instructed to lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks. Chamber security and Capitol Police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chamber. This is not a protest. This is an attack on America.” — Representative Dan Kildee, (D-Mich).
The 45th POTUS, Donald Trump, becomes the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives, with 10 Republicans throwing in their weight in this motion, making it the most bipartisan impeachment move in the history of American politics. He has set a dangerous precedent in the chronicle of American politics and government. Suppose he is not held accountable beyond this second impeachment; who knows what another president might do in American politics. Accountability starts with us!
There have been insurrections in the United States. Evan Andrews of history.com wrote about “6 Violent Uprisings in the United States.” First, the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection, a White Supremacist uprising in the Southern port town of Wilmington, North Carolina, against blacks and their businesses in the city. Second, the 1863 New York City Draft Riots, a protest against the federal draft lottery that allowed wealthy men to buy their way out of serving in the military for $300 that excluded blacks. Third, the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor dispute in southwest West Virginia. Fourth, the 1863 Richmond, Virginia Bread Riots, a confederate hunger riot. Fifth, the 1946 Battle of Athens, Tennessee, a politically incited bedlam. Sixth, the Shay’s Rebellion of 1786, spawned by a severe economic crisis.
The Insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, will make the history books like the insurrections listed above. With the constant prodding of the 45th POTUS, the scars of this insurrection will go into the history books of infamy. The sad thing about this U.S. Capitol Insurrection is that its fires were stoked by a sitting President who vehemently refused to succumb to a free and fair election. But instead chose to use the most excellent metaphorical megaphone in history—the Oval—emboldened by his Twitter account to incite an insurrection that bolstered the division of the United States of America.
What has happened, has happened. If we could turn back the hands of time, maybe we could have done things differently—just maybe. We must move past this horrible history and pursue peace, harmony, healing, and balance as a body politic. America is not a blue country. We are not a red nation. We are a blue and red country, and all the fifty stars must find a way to come to a mutual consensus to move forward. We are currently divided in our ideological standings as a nation. The leadership of the past four years did not help to strengthen our union. We must move past the failures of the years gone by if we must continue as the United States of America.
“But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans. The Bible tells us that to everything; there is a season—a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.” — President. Joseph R. Biden, 46th President of the United States.
We must become all things well and good. We must become a nation of truth, ethics, standards, innovation, creativity, diversity, inclusivity, and the fear of God. Yes, “the fear of God.” The official motto of our great country is, In Deo Fidemus, “In God, we trust,” adopted by the United States Congress in 1956. We must heal as a nation. To do so, we must renew our trust in God. To recover as a nation and get past the bitter gall of insurrection that we have experienced, we must come together as one nation, under God. We must become a nation of standards. We must heal by dialogue. We must recover by reason. We must heal in season and out of season. We must truly become the United States of America or fall hard as the Divided State of America. Nam Verbum sapienti sat est A—A word is enough for the wise.