Three days ago, Trump supporters stormed the Capital building in Washington, destroyed public property, and caused the deaths of five people. They were a mob, they fit every definition of domestic terrorists. A few were arrested, and dozens more have since been identified and arrested, including the jerk who so proudly posed for a photo with his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk. Many have lost their jobs, as their employers saw their pictures or were informed of their unconscionable acts. However, Wednesday was not the end, the movement has not been stopped or even slowed by the public condemnation or the relatively few arrests.
Yesterday’s headline …
According to the article …
Parler, Telegram chat rooms and the platform TheDonald.win were all used to plan and coordinate the Jan. 6 rally that turned into a riot. Posters explicitly stated their intentions to “occupy” the Capitol. QAnon conspiracy theorists and people associated with militia groups had a visible presence in Wednesday’s crowd.
“Round 2 on January 20th. This time no mercy. I don’t even care about keeping Trump in power. I care about war,” an anonymous person posted on the platform TheDonald.win, which is filled with comments posted by people who lauded those who rioted Wednesday as “heroes.”
Law enforcement is scrambling to identify those who broke into the Capitol building, and are worried about the inauguration as another target.
“There is growing concern that violent extremists are emboldened by the breach of the Capitol, which means the clock is ticking on taking down the most influential incites of violence before they act again,” said Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director and NBC News national security analyst.
The Secret Service, which is supervising security for the inauguration, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service, referred NBC News to the Secret Service.
According the National Park Service, which handles permits for rallies in D.C., there are seven First Amendment permit applications in process that overlap with the inauguration date, one of which is clearly for Trump supporters.
Over the years, I have often argued that the time has come to put some limitations on the First Amendment right to free speech. Every ‘right’ comes with an associated responsibility, in this case the responsibility to act peacefully. Those who would come to Washington to do harm, to kill and destroy, are taking their ‘right’ to free speech several steps too far and must be stopped within the next 11 days, else the eagerly anticipated inauguration day will become a bloodbath and the start of an internal war in this nation.
My first question is, if the organizers of Wednesdays riots were communicating their plans on the aforementioned websites, then the FBI and Department of Homeland Security surely knew of their plans, so why wasn’t there a heavy law enforcement presence surrounding the Capitol, rather than only a handful of Capitol Police, some of whom were actually seen helping the terrorist enter the building? This is a question that MUST be answered … immediately! Did Donald Trump somehow interfere or stop law enforcement from interrupting the plans of the terrorists? Is the leadership in our security forces as corrupt as that at the head of our government? We need to know, and somehow the plans for Joe Biden’s inauguration must be changed, must be made as secure and as private as possible.
If our own security forces have been compromised, as I believe may be the case, then who can we turn to for help? I’ve lived on this earth for 69, almost 70 years now, and I’ve learned that fear is immobilizing, better to be angry than afraid. And I am angry, but today I am also afraid. I am afraid that in less than two weeks, this nation may be shattered like the windows of the Capitol were on Wednesday. I’m afraid that our government is no longer functional, can no longer maintain a nation of law and order. In fact, it would seem that many within our government are a part of the movement that seeks to overthrow it.
There are many who must share the blame for what happened Wednesday and what may yet happen in the coming two weeks, but the time for blame and punishment will come later. Right now, it is time to work to ensure the safety of the incoming administration, of our lawmakers, and of the people of this nation.
For some time now, I have hoped that this nation could be reconciled, that the Great Divide between right and left could somehow begin to heal, but today I see no common ground to work with. In my book, those who would destroy this nation with their racist, bigoted views are not of the same species as the rest of us and I think this nation may well be beyond repair.