What caused the Capital riot?
Politicians, political commentators, and analysts have been discussing this for weeks, scratching their heads and trying to assign blame. Donald Trump has been accused of inciting an insurrection. Supporters of Q-Anon have been ridiculed as radicalized kooks. Trump voters and other conservatives and libertarians have been labeled as potential domestic terrorists. Fingers are pointing in every direction except where they should: at Congress itself.
Has there ever been a more blind, deaf, and dumb group of people in the world than the current U.S. Congress? It is an assembly of arrogant corrupt narcissists more interested in preening in front of television cameras than working for their constituents. Rather than doing anything useful, they spend their days locked in their offices writing useless legislation and finding ways to leverage their power to create more wealth for themselves. They spend our money with reckless abandon, most of it benefiting overseas political regimes or local special interests. Meanwhile, millions of people right here at home are living in poverty. Have you seen how people live in the Appalachia region of West Virginia and Tennessee? It’s a human tragedy, but you never hear anyone talking about it. But we do see Nancy Pelosi eating gourmet ice cream in the kitchen of her California mansion. We do see other elected officials, technically our employees, strutting around like celebrities wearing clothes most Americans can’t even afford for themselves. And when we write to our representatives, if we’re lucky we’ll get a form letter as a reply. The letter will not directly address our concerns. It will just be something churned out by a Congressional staffer to make us feel like we’re being listened to.
But we’re not being listened to. And that makes us angry.
Taxation without representation now applies to the entire nation. We’re ruled by a corrupt system that rewards not only America’s wealthy elite, but also the entire world’s wealthy elite. We’re fed crumbs and propaganda to keep us quiet and sedated. But the crumbs aren’t enough anymore. The propaganda isn’t being accepted anymore.
When the 2020 election results came in and people could see with their own eyes, without anyone manipulating us, that something wasn’t right, we demanded answers. But the Washington elite and their tools in the news media and social media ridiculed us and called millions of Americans “conspiracy theorists”. They told us to accept the election results and shut up about it. That created more anger.
So when President Trump invited people to a legal and peaceful protest at the Capital, naturally people came. Honest, hardworking, but marginalized citizens saw an opportunity to finally be heard. Unfortunately, a small percentage of the protesters came with bad intentions. A few were Leftists who helped to work up emotions and incite the storming of the Capital building. But most were regular everyday people who let their emotions take over, and they will suffer the consequences for their actions in the weeks and months to come.
All of the damage, injuries, and deaths could have been avoided, not by Trump, but by the U.S. Congress itself. Every member of Congress needs to look in a mirror and assign the blame to themselves. Senators and Representatives are not royalty. They aren’t elected so that they can become media darlings. They’re elected to listen to the people who voted for them and to do what those people want them to do. But they’re failing at that simple job and they’re too delusional to even realize it.
But we realize it. And we’re angry. We’re not violent. But we won’t sit quiet anymore, eating the elite’s crumbs. Those days are over.
January 6 should have been a wake up call for our government. But instead what did our leaders do? They sent tens of thousands of National Guard troops into DC to protect themselves. They labeled protesters as “domestic terrorists”. And they began impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Not one of them has taken any responsibility for the riot.
They’re still not listening. They’re simply doing even more to lock down and secure their power and prestige.
Congress can and should examine itself, heal itself, and then reach out with humility to we, the people. This would calm the anger and move the nation toward unity.
But I see no indications that anyone in DC is willing to do it.
I can’t see where this is going to end well for any of us.