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What Was Congress So Afraid Of On Jan. 6?

As we pointed out in our column Why Was The Capitol Locked Down On Jan. 6?, the Capitol

and the House and Senate office buildings have often been the locus of large demonstrations or the endpoint of large marches. Most recently, there were mass demonstrations during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings – indeed the Hart Senate Office Building atrium was “occupied” by anti-Kavanaugh “demonstrators,” but the Capitol, and the rest of the Capitol complex, including the hearing room, remained open.


Yet, on what was arguably one of the most consequential joint sessions of Congress in the modern era, the House visitors gallery was closed and the Capitol was supposedly locked down – all without warning to the hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who came to Washington to show their support for President Trump and to witness the final act of the constitutional process of choosing the next President.


So, it is fair to ask, what were congressional leaders so afraid of?


After all, through the First Amendment the government specifically acknowledges that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Indeed, most of the people who have gone on record about why they went to Washington for the January 6 Trump rally and why they marched to the Capitol expressed exactly the kind of “grievances” the Framers of the Constitution intended to protect when they added the Bill of Rights to the Constitution.


Several who traveled to Washington to support the “Stop the Steal” rally told The Washington Post they were driven by two primary grievances: their opposition to the election results and the restrictions in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus.


Lindsey Graham, a 39-year-old entrepreneur from Salem, Ore., told the Washington Post her eventual path to the Capitol began last spring, when the six small businesses she and her husband own, including tanning salons, a gym and hair salon, were suddenly shuttered because of coronavirus restrictions. Graham said she voted for Trump in 2016 but did not become politically active until her family was financially struggling last year.


She defied state orders and reopened her salon in May, racking up thousands of dollars in fines for violations. Since then, the mother of three has posted online under the moniker “Patriot Barbie,” frequently railing against mask mandates and selling trucker hats, red lip glitter and American flag earrings on her personal website.


Glynnda White, a 58-year-old retired local government worker and Army veteran from Winter Haven, Fla., said she had no regrets about making the trip to the January 6 rally.


“We were invited by the president” to Washington, said White, who says she stood outside the Capitol but did not enter the building. “And we went.”


Joe Keim, a former Amish man from Ashland, Ohio joined tens of thousands of others in Washington D.C. for President Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally.” As he watched from the crowd, he didn’t immediately realize the full extent of what was happening at the Capitol.


Keim said he hadn’t visited Washington D.C. with intentions to storm the Capitol building. He hadn’t even come in protest of the election results. He came to attend the rally and demonstrate his loyalty to Trump, who he believes would have been the best fit to serve as president for the next four years.

When he and his son learned of the curfew imposed by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser they left.


“We are on our way home, safe and thanking God for His protection. I am truly humbled by everyone’s support and prayer for us,” Keim said in a Facebook post.


Mr. Keim told the Richland Source, “Honestly, I’m not sure what I’m feeling right now. My goal in life is to stay focused on the positives, which was easy most of the day. The people were fun and in good spirit. The speeches were encouraging. We hoped and prayed that God would allow us to experience a last-hour miracle.”


It seems to us that when those who govern fear those whom they govern to such an extent that they lock themselves behind barriers and phalanxes of armed police, and refuse to allow the governed access to their deliberations or to meet with them to accept their petitions for the redress of their grievances, that we have then entered territory last charted here in 1776 and the lead-up to the American Revolution. That was not a good place to be for a monarchy in 1776 and it is an even worse place for a republic to be in 2021.


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Most of this morning I was emailing most of the Senators I could. I asked that they please STOP THE MADNESS. I asked Mitch to NOT in any manner whatsoever move Forward towards a trial to impeach Donald J. Trump our President. I told him there are a lot of fish out there in lake so do NOT take the Bait that the Dem's are throwing at you. If you do you'll find yourself in a "Political Frying Pan" soon to be eaten by the Dem's. With Donald's MAGA TROOPS behind YOU - much can and will be accomplished over the next two to four years. Will he and the other senators listen? They're elected but with regret …


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Norm Shafer
Norm Shafer
Jan 14, 2021

Is it so hard to believe what the American people want and is it so hard to see the lengths the democrats will go just to stay in power and to take power. People of both side Republican and Democrats need to stop these few people that want nothing to do but stay in power. Since when is this a dictatorship or even a monarchy. Our founding fathers throughout history gave so much so that we could enjoy these freedoms that frankly we have taken for granted and allowed these privileged few take control of our lives and run this country into the ground. We were once the country that the world looked to for help no matter the situation.…

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Well we all know that when you have the Votes - then you can impeach almost "anyone." However what 74 million Free Citizens believe can't in any manner whatsoever - be easily Impeached! The software within the Dominion Hardware made SURE that no matter how many million votes Donald J. Trump received the other candidate would then receive MORE votes. We all know NOW how the illegal activity was put into Real Action by the Demo-Cratz. God Bless America as we ride down the very bumpy = Road of Socialism.

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As a VET I stand with every US citizen that legally attended / demonstrated last WED - 06 Jan 2021. All those that broke the law must be and should be held accountable for their to be determined illegal actions. Many elected do fear the US citizens. Those elected violate their Oath of Office as they state they are socialists and/or progressive socialists. Many in both parties fall into this category with regret. We see them openly as they attempt to illegally impeach President Donald Trump. Their HATE for this country has no bounds.

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Come on out Patriots on the 19th. Will be a hoot to see your asses get handed to you!

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