Despite the disingenuous calls to “move on” and “get over” the horrifying events of Jan. 6 at our the U.S. Capitol, we cannot — and must not — ever forget the deadly assault on our democratic process and those who helped cause it.

The voters must now complete the work that the U.S. Senate has so shamefully failed to do. Never again should Donald Trump nor any of his Senate or congressional allies who failed to vote for impeachment or bar him from holding future office be elected.

Without accountability, healing will be difficult or impossible. Voting is the way we ensure accountability for grievous crimes committed against the people of the United States. To tolerate representatives that deny, ignore or belittle the link between signals they send and anti-democratic actions taken by terroristic groups is to invite a slide toward authoritarianism.

We must be ever vigilant in scrutinizing the actions of our elected representatives. We must be hyper-aware of any indications that they are prone to trade service to the people for fealty to power-hungry tyrants.

When we see these flaws in our representatives, we must vote them out of office. Corporations must cease making campaign contributions to them. There is simply too much at stake.

Jon Montan

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(23) comments

JohnMcElroy

Trump was sort of the culmination of the way our country is digressing. He appealed to the sloppily dressed new generations the crowd that visited the capital on January 6 was what we have become. Some of us like to think we are capable of "class," "character," and "culture." How are we to regain and keep these identifying characteristics that show our uniqueness to the rest of the world our signature of "greatness." Let's begin with the pledge of allegiance in schools and the national anthem at baseball games, lets find ourselves again.

hermit thrush

good letter.

bobdog01

Good letter, Jon. On the money.

Hoosier

My neighbor showed us pictures of himself and friends in the building, I turned him in to the FBI. Patriot!

Eagle24

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Pitbull

I'm really glad you're not my friend. You're a narc, at best.

hermit thrush

ah, there it is, the right's conception of "law and order" in full.

KRobbins

Republicans want to remember the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor and 9/11, but for some reason never again speak of 1/6.

Eagle24

The GOP can survive this... it was costly to the party ... find a leader with character(emphasis) and conservative values ... Trump lost independent, some GOP, and many swing voters... not because of his policies, it was his character... no mystery there... if the right wing extremists control the party they'll struggle to win the top of the ticket... Same with the Dem's... if the left wing extremists gain control of the top...they'll lose.. Trump's problems are far from over..

KRobbins

Fortunately sane people still seem to be in the majority. Yay reality-based community!

minder

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JohnMcElroy

I believe I would keep the fence up and beef up the security around all government buildings in Washington D.C. Turn the coin over and take notice that this invasion was accomplished without firearms. This makes me believe both invaders and protectors were in "collusion." Stand by but stand back.

Pitbull

Hmm, so guns are not the enemy and walls are effective?

Eagle24

Maybe explain why a woman dressed in street clothes, not carrying anything was killed, yet others in combat gear, zip ties, mace and stun guns weren't?

Pitbull

I have no idea, eagle. I'm only pointing out a degree of inconsistency with the anti gun, anti wall crowd. Perhaps you missed my point.

KRobbins

Perhaps you missed my point.

Maybe you should make your points clearer and in a little more detail rather than snarky little throwaway lines.

Pitbull

Maybe I won't take your snarky advice, angry one (kr).

KRobbins

Maybe I won't take your snarky advice

Well, you can lead a horse to water... Don’t blame me when no one understands what you’re saying, tho.

KRobbins

You accuse me of being angry all the time. You’re wrong. I think you’re projecting.

Pitbull

Plenty of readers understand what I'm saying, Kr, or you wouldn't have any reason to keep commenting. And yes, you are projecting anger by alleging my point is not clear. I'll say it again: it is amazing how the left thinks a wall on the southern border of America is bad but a wall around a bunch of politicians is good. Rich democrats live in a world of hypocrisy. Its a simple observation. Try to bring hermit into the conversation.

KRobbins

I couldn’t care less if you think I’m angry. I’m sad that you don’t appreciate what projection is or that there’s no equivalence between the fencing around the Capitol and a wall on the border. As if the two are just naturally equated.

BTW, we learned today that some of your fellow Trumpers planned to blow up the Capitol around the state of the union address. Maybe you should worry about their anger.

KRobbins

US Capitol Police believe militia groups want to "blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible" during Joe Biden's State of the Union. The Independent

People that want to come here for a better life are not terrorists. Some Trump supporters who are whiny victims because they’ve been brainwashed into believing others, such as those immigrants, are to blame because their lives are not perfect.

Since you want to mention “rich Democrats.” Maybe talk about one of the richest extremist propagandists going. Swanson food heir Tucker Carlson.

Pitbull

Two things, if the militias wanted to make a bomb and have it go boom boom, it likely would have gone off so I think what you are telling me is propaganda, Big Brother. Second, Tucker may be rich but he's not a hypocrite. A hypocrite is Clinton or Obama who decry the rich elite while they play on the Vinyahd and see their kids off to private school in a limo.

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