Anthony W. Brooks
I’m done. There is no other way to put it. When Donald J. Trump ran for office I was dismayed by his rhetoric, but decided to put that aside to prevent the likes of Hillary Clinton becoming the President of these United States. I voted for him and, for the first three years, we got a lot of bad rhetoric and plenty of good policy. I tried to remain balanced and judge the man fairly. This is what I do in any situation where the media likes to draw biased opinions from obligatory statements.
But, for me, January 6, 2021 was different. We saw horror and disrespect from those who followed the man and set him on the pedestal next to Christ and the second amendment. In the morning Trump held a rally where he and his campaign delivered a series of statements that were less than democratic. “It’s time that we kick ass and take names.” “Wherever theft is involved we cannot stop fighting.” It was as if the plan was drawn up and carefully the words whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
Trump told the crowd to march on the Capitol Building and said he would be there with them. Of course, he wasn’t there. Around 2:15 PM the barricades were breached and the riot ensued. Now, I watched all known footage of the riot that was released in the media and even took special care to listen to what was said. Crowds chanting “Hang Mike Pence” and “Traitors get the Gallows”. Viking Man leading a prayer from the chair of the Vice President thanking God for sending his “white light” down upon the country and praying that God give them the strength to overthrow the communists, globalists, etc…
As the rioters entered the senate chamber they started rummaging through the desks and binders of the senators, including Senator Ted Cruz’s desk, taking pictures of the contents and leaking them onto social media. One rioter even suggested they form their own government now that they had taken the seat of American democracy. “Let’s vote on some shit..” A police officer killed and four rioters shot, Rioters searching for Pence and Nancy Pelosi to do them harm, protesters setting up gallows in the streets, attacking reporters and burning their equipment, rioters making lists of Congress People and demanding that they be turned over to them for “trial”. It was a horrible day.
I’m not saying all of this to make anyone angry; or to stir up division. The thing happened and it was at the behest of the President. He might have used the word peaceful, but the rioters thought they were doing his bidding. Senator Ben Sasse R-NE stated that the President seemed delighted when the riot began. So don’t call me a fool (I mean, you can if you want to) for suggesting that Donald Trump incited an insurrection attempt on the seat of our democracy. But, of course, there are still people who support him, defend him, and would happily see him return to office.
What does this have to do with the Republicans?
“Stop the Steal!” That is all I’ve heard since November 13th. The election was being stolen. I was fair the entire way through. I said that the court would give Trump ample chance to prove his case. All I heard was that bombshells would be dropped that would blow the whole thing open, but nothing dropped. The courts tossed out all of the challenges and it was over. Even then, there were still three things that had to happen: the electoral college had to vote, the states had to certify those votes, and the senate had to certify the election. But the entire time I heard that the election was being stolen.
I’m a realist in this regard. Yes, there has been election fraud in the U.S. before. Yes it happens. But not on the scale we are talking about. For the populace to be disenfranchised at the scale of five-million votes would take more time, energy, and money that the DNC has to spare. It would be the single greatest coup in the history of the world, and it would be an insurmountable task to be sure. I do not think it was flawless, or that there weren’t bad actors, but I do believe that the bad acts taking place and the flaws in the system were not nearly great enough to give Biden a five-million vote advantage in the popular vote and a seventy-four vote lead on the electoral map.
The Republicans pushed this anyways and the result was not a peaceful proceeding, but a riot that tore into the heart of our democracy. It was a sad day in our democracy and in the history of America itself. For that reason I am doing away with my affiliation with the Republican Party until the time when it can show itself to be above the foolish squabble that is the Trump wing. When that happens I will take a long look at what they have to offer.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Photo: LA Times