December 7th, 1941 is the day that shall live in infamy. Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. Over 2,400 Americans were killed. Soon after America entered World War II.
September 11, 2001, was the day America watched a terrorist attack unfold on television. Almost 3,000 Americans were murdered by 19 Al Qaeda hijackers. Soon after America began the War on Terror.
January 6, 2021, should not be downplayed. What happened that day was awful. The U.S. Capitol was overrun. The building was damaged. 'Democracy was under attack,' say the politicians. Fine. Arrest everyone involved. Put them on trial. Send them to jail if they are found guilty.
But, let's put January 6th and the attack on Democracy in perspective.
Over the past two years, we have seen governments shut down businesses, force millions out of work, and attempt to force you to make a health care choice or potentially not have a job.
Democracy is built around freedom. America is built around freedom. Taking freedom away risks Democracy. President Biden said today, China and Russia are 'betting in America is a place for the autocrat, the dictator, the strongman. I do not believe that. That is not who we are. That is not who we have ever been.'
Biden also said, 'for the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol.'
Says the president who is using his authority to, 'for the first time in history,' attempt to implement a federal vaccine mandate, threatening people's jobs and livelihoods if you don't comply. Democracy is not built upon that. The Supreme Court has allowed a state to allow municipalities to enact vaccine mandates, but they have never said that is a federal responsibility.
Thousands of people have lost their jobs because of these vaccine mandates.
To compare two organized attacks where thousands of Americans died to an unorganized ransacking which the government should and could have prevented is disingenuous. On Wednesday, a senior Biden administration official, quoted in the Washington Post admitted the government blew it.
“The bottom line, we concluded, was there was insufficient information-sharing and coordination that was raised up to higher levels, and that needed to change,” said one senior administration official. There was also “insufficient anticipation of the kinds of things that could happen,” the official added.
If there is something these three unrelated events have in common, it's missed signs by the government.
The January 6th anniversary is marked by politics with one party hoping to take advantage of an awful event. Everything in Washington, D.C. is political. Anniversaries. Speeches. Pomp and circumstance. Especially from a party who claimed the 2016 election was influenced by Russia and Trump was 'illegitimate.'
Hillary Clinton has claimed on several occasions the 2016 election was 'stolen' from her after she tried to rig the election with the fake Russian dossier.
It's time to realize it's the politicians themselves that are a threat to Democracy. Not you. Not us. Them.