Editorial: January 6 finger-pointing

Video Still: Rioters break into the Capitol.

Column By Mike Bibb

After a year of accusations, finger-pointing, and political mischief, the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol “insurrection” hasn’t produced a single individual accused of insurrection or armed assault.

Actually, the only armed assault occurred when a police officer shot and killed an unarmed woman.  The officer was later determined not responsible or prosecuted for the woman’s death.

The media promoted “insurrection” never happened.  There were civil protests, disobedience, and trespassing, assisted by several police officers removing barricades and permitting people to willfully enter the Capitol.

As a result, numerous individuals were arrested and have remained in jail for a year, awaiting legal charges, prosecution, or dismissal of their cases.

In an era when it’s not uncommon for civil and criminal conduct to be ignored, the intentional detainment of a citizen(s) without being released on bail or own recognizance for an alleged “non-violent” crime, seems in stark contrast to what is presently going on in many of our larger communities.

Property is destroyed and stolen, people killed or injured, and offenders are back on the streets within a few hours.

On the one-year anniversary of the Capitol incident, both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris publicly spoke of the protests.  As anticipated, former President Donald Trump received the brunt of their criticisms and chastisement.

That part of the broadcast was simply politics — Democrats bashing Republicans with all the predictable fervor and scripted speeches expected in such a setting.

Nothing new about this; happens all the time.  Particularly since Trump Derangement Syndrome has infected large swaths of Democratic Party members.  Guess there’s no vaccine available to ease the pain and suffering of TDS victims.

What was unusual was the inordinate amount of outright false statements, deceptions, and lies proclaimed by Joe and Kamala.  By their standards, I believe they exceeded their expectations.

In an attempt to memorialize the Capitol disturbance of Jan. 6, 2021, with other world tragedies, VP Kamala said the date will stand equally beside Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001.

Really?  Has Kamala completely lapsed into the Twilight Zone, or is she spewing gibberish again, making herself look even more ridiculous? 

For those who may have forgotten or never learned, Dec. 7, 1941, was the date of the United States entry into World War Two following the Japanese aerial attack on our Naval base in Hawaii.  Thousands of lives were lost that day.

Sept. 11, 2001, was the date two hijacked commercial airliners, piloted by Arab terrorists, smashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  Additional planes crashed into the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania.  Thousands of lives were lost that day.

Jan. 6, 2021, was the date that Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Air Force veteran, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer.  One life was lost that day.  Her death remains the only fatality of the Washington, D.C. riots.  (A police officer died the next day from a possible stroke or heart failure).

Unlike Dec. 7 and Sept. 11, no buildings were burned or destroyed, there weren’t mass casualties and we didn’t become entangled in subsequent wars.  Actually, the disturbance was over by that afternoon and most people left the area.  Congress resumed its session.

If this was an insurrection, it was the most poorly executed insurrection in history.

However, President Joe fabricated the biggest whopper of the day when he told the viewing audience the Jan. 6 protest was an “armed insurrection,” as if a foreign army was storming the walls of a well-defended fortress.

Not hardly; there were no National Guard troops present and an insufficient amount of police, although reinforcements had been asked for several times prior to the riots.  Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the D.C. mayor declined the requests. 

The only “armed” participants in the upheaval were the police, unless protesters’ various flags, placards, and banners attached to wooden dowels and small PVC pipe are now classified as lethal weapons.

The Capitol disturbance was not a pleasant thing to watch, nor more than the dozens of destructive riots recently rocking our country.  Our Democracy was never in peril.  President Trump was not waiting in the wings to deliver a victory speech, backed by columns of armored tanks, circling helicopter gunships, and legions of infantry soldiers.

Only in Joe’s head was this imaginary scenario taking place.  Obviously, still is.

Maybe, it’s time someone told Biden he’s been president for a year and to start acting like it.  He wanted the job and now it’s his.  Stop blaming Trump for everything that goes wrong, has gone wrong, will go wrong, or could possibly go wrong.

If the White House toilet backs up don’t curse #45.  Call a plumber or Maxine Waters.  

Trump is gone and Joe sits in the big chair.  After 50 years in Washington, he should at least pretend to know what he’s doing.

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author. 

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