I am still doing my best to try to understand the meaning of the events January 6, 2021.

I think January 6 . . . .
was a day of martyrs, of heroes, of victims, of villains, and of clowns…and in votes taken soon after, many of the victims turned into clowns
was yet another reminder that the things we take for granted are not promised to us, they are earned
was a day planned by the top officials in our government
is where top former officials and their sychophanf pillow making cronies taunt our department of justice, refuse their subpoenas & dodge justice.

So far it is being allowed.
was an attempted overthrow carried out by a president who outsourced the job to a mob, stoked them and then watched in hope & fascination amidst desperate pleas to stop the bloodshed
if carried out by professionals would have resulted in a dead speaker of the house, an assassinated Vice President, and a completely ransacked US Capitol.

We were saved mostly by their ignorance & incompetence… so far
was not an end but a warm up act, the beginning of the road to take the democracy by more sophisticated means
is a call to defense that most politicians from both parties are failing, one by collusion, the other by following business as usual
has a correct response. It’s to jail, to prosecute everyone, to fight not for today’s polls but so future generations can have the country we were promised
and the events that followed should cause us to understand that fighting to defend our democracy would be a piece of cake compared to trying to win it back if we don’t
was a warning.

This is a country we inherited from people who fought for it, defended it, lost it, broke free from chains on it, fought for equality on it. Our charge is to make it better & pass it on to the next.

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