On only two occasions since I have been in the newspaper business have I left the office to go home and see what was going on in the news. The first time was on 9-11 when I watched in horror as planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Then planes were reportedly crashing everywhere and Americans were left not knowing what to expect next.
The second time was last Wednesday when people stormed the United States Capitol. This time I could not imagine what to say or think.
Personally, I was very angered by President Trump and the way he has done things since he was elected to office. I like the results of a lot of his efforts. I like the way the economy has strengthened, and I enjoyed the return on investments. But he has done things “his way,” and in my opinion “his way” is what caused the death of the woman who was shot during the protest. Three other health related deaths occurred--you would assume something in the nature of heart attacks.
What Trump called for--a protest march--resulted in at least one military style rifle being recovered from protestors. Handguns were also confiscated, according to new reports, along with pipe bombs and molotov cocktails, which are bottles filled with gasoline and a fuse, causing them to burst into flames when thrown.
Trump encouraged these people to rally at the U. S. Capitol Building. They were worked into a frenzy and stormed the building.
One newscast reported that V. P. Pence said he would attend Vice President Biden’s inauguration if he were invited. That is exactly how a political transition should be handled. It is imperative that we get back to a bi-partisan government where we can all survive.
Since many of the riots of the past year have supposedly arisen over racial issues, the question now is whether there are different standards for blacks and whites. I suppose there are, but we have an obligation to be fair and honest with everyone.
The marches that have been initiated by the Black Lives Matter organization have been an excuse for people to riot and destroy what belongs to other people. That is wrong. I agree that you should present your situation when you are being treated unjustly, but in some cases so-called injustice is being used as a cover for much more subversive activities.
You have to wonder why those violent situations were not stopped when they were occurring. I assure you, there are ways those situations could have been brought under control.
The people who stormed the Capitol should be hunted down and made to pay the piper for their actions. In the same manner, so should the folks that have been burning and looting all year long. But that wasn’t done.
What is right for one is right for the other.