We must never, ever forget the horror of January 6, 2021 — the day when Americans turned against Americans in an effort to subvert Democracy itself, to overturn the results of a legitimate national presidential election and seat instead a usurper, a thief, a delusional would-be dictator. It was a coup attempt, an insurrection — things that until that day had only happened in other countries less peaceful, less civilized, less democratic.
An ongoing pandemic, a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan — nothing compares to what we witnessed in Washington that day. We watched in disbelief as thousands of Americans, enabled and incited by a disgraced, demented former US President, broke into our Capitol in order to steal the election and seat their own leader.
Perhaps the mass media are trying to protect themselves from charges of defamation or bias when they refer to the event as a “riot” instead of stating the obvious; it was by definition an insurrection, a coup attempt. “Riot” downplays the gravity of events that day and, in turn, the seriousness of the crimes attempted and committed.
Never in our wildest dreams, nor even in our nightmares, had such a thing occurred. Yet there it was, live on our tv screens. We can’t “unsee” it. And perhaps that’s a good thing. We must never unsee and never forget. It can and did happen here. And it must never happen again.