Letter: We must not forget how fragile our democracy is
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To the editor:
January 6, 2021: A moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.
The Washington Post front page read, “Trump Mob Storms Capitol,” The New York Times wrote, “Trump Incites Mob” and The Wall Street Journal said, “Mob Storms Capitol.”
These articles describe how, what was to be a peaceful transfer of power devolved into deadly chaos. A congressional exercise to confirm the election of the president of the United States was interrupted by throngs of MAGA-hatted rioters who tore down metal barricades at the Capitol and broke into the building. The Capitol sustained over $30 million in damage. Five people died as a result of the siege. Four officers who responded to the attack have died by suicide. Many people were seriously injured, including 138 police officers. Pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails were found near the Capitol.
Clearly, this act of domestic terrorism was a well-planned and orchestrated move to pressure Congress and Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election of Joe Biden. Gratefully, this attempted coup on our democracy failed.
After interviewing more than 300 people, issuing more than 50 subpoenas, and reviewing more than 35,000 pages of documents, the House Select Committee is circling closer to former president Trump and his allies. Over 700 people have been charged. It is imperative that all organizers and enablers, including members of Congress, their staff and any other U.S. government personnel involved in the insurrection, be held accountable for this brazen attack.
We must not forget how fragile our democracy is. We must remember January 6, 2021, for what it was, a failed act of tyranny. We must make sure this is recorded and retained in our history books, and faced, not erased.