Politically Speaking: January 12, 2021
Editor’s note: The cartoonist could have picked China or Iran also.
I wish last week Wednesday, January 6 hadn’t happened. I found myself, like most of you, watching in complete horror as everything unfolded with what happened at the U.S. Capitol in real time. What started as a peaceful protest by approximately 200,000 plus turned into anything but peaceful by a few. By what group, I’m not certain with the critical gaps at the Capitol on the 6th, but let me say — and make no mistake — two wrongs never make a right.
The last time an attack of this kind happened was in August of 1814 when the British burned the Capitol. That was 206 years ago. Sadly, by 3:00 p.m. last Wednesday, the entire D.C. National Guard was called in on the eve of a lockdown like nothing seen before in Washington D.C.
How sad that the division — yes division — has reached this point, and I pray it’s a wake-up call.
Yet the call to remove or impeach Trump, in my opinion, is not the answer. All this will do is create a greater divide. And trust, there are 74 million plus supporters that will not desert Donald J. Trump. So if the Democrats really want unity, this rhetoric must stop. And to have President-elect Joe Biden and others calling for impeachment will serve no purpose other than create, as I said earlier, a greater divide. After all, isn’t it part of the Commander-in-Chief’s responsibility to unite the citizens of the United States? Yet what I’ve heard from Biden has been inflammatory and disrespectful to the President, while Donald Trump is now calling for healing and unity.
So with all that said, it should be apparent I find what has happened disgusting. But moving forward, let me say violence is wrong any time and the Democrats rightfully are correct in condemning what happened on January 6. The violence was unacceptable. However, I can’t help but wonder where they were when businesses were burned and looted in major cities across this land of ours this summer. Buildings and police cars were burned, people were dragged out of their business and some beaten to death. Violence continues in Portland today.
And all this hatred and animosity to our citizens didn’t just start in 2020. Remember in 2018 Maxine Waters encouraged supporters to harass Trump administration officials, saying, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
And other democrats threatened, coerced and showed disrespectful behavior that I found treasonous, from Nancy Pelosi to Kamala Harris.
Would one say double standards have existed? I would!
Moving forward there has been censorship of Donald J. Trump from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. On this I will say this is unacceptable. Everyone should be outraged.
Whether or not you are a Trump supporter isn’t the issue. There is a bigger issue here. It’s called censorship. This is one thing Hitler did, among other things, to control and brainwash. Just something you might consider. One thing that made Americans great was we were free to express our opinions. I’m sad to see those days no longer exist. We are headed down a very dark road if our politicians think this is a good thing.
So with all this said, in the words of the dearest of friends, with everything that has happened, “At least we should be a little smarter as we go forward from here.”
Our country has been through a lot. And in closing, I pray every day for healing and that we can come together and become whole as a nation again.
Amen and Amen. NOT, I repeat NOT, Amen and Awomen.
And so it begins, one road or the other.
I wish Joe Biden and Kamala Harris all the best for a bright future because to do other than that is to wish America bad things.