Today is January 12th, 2021. On January 6th, 2021 there was a “homegrown” terrorist attack on the Senate as electoral votes were being counted prior to verifying Joe Biden as our next president. The attack was provoked by false information from many different sources and was encouraged by the sitting president, who held a rally just before the attack and urged his supporters to go down to the Senate and cause problems.
Due to a deliberate lack of backup, Capitol police were unable to hold the crowd back. Approval for the deployment of the National Guard, which had been requested by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was problematic (https://vosizneias.com/2021/01/12/explainer-why-national-guards-role-was-limited-during-riot/). Virginia Governer Ralph Northam send Virginia National Guard members, as well as 200 members of the Virginia State Police (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/northam-sending-virginia-national-guard-to-dc-in-response-to-capitol-raid/ar-BB1cwQUc?ocid=uxbndlbing).
This was a vicious, ugly terrorist attack. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to be removed to another location, her office was trashed, and her computer allegedly stolen (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13688984/pelosi-laptop-stolen-trump-supporters-national-secrets-capitol/). Doors and windows were broken, trash was everywhere, feces smeared on walls and floors – the list goes on (https://nypost.com/2021/01/06/rioters-leave-trail-of-damage-in-us-capitol-building/).
Five people died because of this terrorist attack. This is not over. Partially in response to the attack, several social media sites are blocking/deleting accounts that were promoting misinformation and worse https://apnews.com/article/can-social-media-ban-trump-explained-a4a02aca8341a844c011d4e165d8d61b).
What can we do to protect ourselves, and to usher in a safe inaugural day? Increased safety measures are being set up for the inaugural (https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2021/01/12/955907043/how-inauguration-day-is-shaping-up-beefed-up-security-limited-public-access), https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/10/us/inauguration-security-police.html). What we can personally do is pray – pray every single day until the inauguration. Pray for the safety of all of us, pray for the safety of our government leaders, pray that the new administration will walk their talk. Pray that those who are behind these atrocities are held to account.
January, 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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