January 7, 2021
The images of hundreds of angry Trump supporters climbing over barricades… smashing windows of the U.S. Capitol building… storming the building… wandering around the evacuated halls of Congress turned our stomachs. It was the darkest day in American politics that any of us can remember.
Today is not a day for what-about-ism. Today is a day to speak clearly, and we will not mince words: It is past time for people on all sides of the partisan divide to reject violence. People who love America and respect our constitution do not behave this way. This is not how we resolve disputes in the world’s oldest, continuous democracy. Anyone acting out in violence… inciting violence… or excusing it must be rejected. The actions of yesterday’s rioters were not patriotism. They were belligerence and anarchy.
We agree with former President George W. Bush who called yesterday’s display “a sickening and heartbreaking sight… This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic.”
At American Consequences, we believe in conservative, libertarian ideals. We also believe in truth. The truth is the election is over. The votes have been counted and recounted. Disputes over the results have been aired in scores of state and federal courtrooms across the country and found to be without merit. Whether or not we think Joe Biden’s policies will move the country in a positive direction… he has won legitimately. He will be inaugurated January 20.
For generations, Americans have prided themselves on our country’s long tradition of peaceful transfers of power. It is heartbreaking to think that legacy ended in our lifetimes.
But we hope that years from now we can look back and see the siege of the Capitol as a different kind of breaking point – a break from extremism and violence. Maybe today we will stop villainizing our political rivals as mortal enemies hellbent on destruction… and view them again as our neighbors. Even when their ideas seem wrong or misguided, they are people who want a better future for this country, just like we do. Our constitution was designed to give everyone a right to express their ideas… debate them… and try to convince our neighbors to support them. It’s worked for 244 years… we should trust it to keep working.
“Our country is more important than the politics of the moment,” Bush wrote yesterday. “Let the officials elected by the people fulfill their duties and represent our voices in peace and safety.” We agree.
– P.J. O’Rourke and the American Consequences team
A Divided America Must Heal
It’s with such sadness that I watched yesterday’s madness unfold… As we witnessed the smashing of windows and the storming of Capitol Hill, we saw a country lacking leadership.
This was so wrong… This is America, a country we all love. And, a peaceful transition of power is critical to everyone’s future.
We are a nation that respects the law. We do not storm buildings.
What happened yesterday afternoon is a tragedy that will reshape the Republican Party in many ways for years to come. It will make it harder for conservative Americans to defend their values because these memories will be forever etched into the minds of their opponents.
The solution to our divisions in society right now… the way to truly make us heal… is to focus inward on policies that will create better opportunities for every American. America needs to get back to her roots. Our roots come from our amazing, gifted, kind, hard-working entrepreneurial people.
Recommended Reading: A Massive Wave of Bankruptcies is Coming
A major shock is coming to the U.S. financial system. The election results won’t matter (but a long court battle or a wave of riots could make things MUCH worse). Months of stock gains could go up in smoke. But there’s an easy way to make sure your money and prospective gains are LEGALLY-PROTECTED. The last time something similar happened you could have seen 772% gains. A real reader explains how he does it, in plain English, right here.
Episode 17: A Divided America
- Trish references Ronald Reagan’s 1987 UN speech about how unity can come from unexpected places … like outer space.
- Harvard Science Professor Avi Loeb delves into how space objects could point towards interstellar alien life.
- Salon writer Matthew Rozza breaks down how the U.S. Election of 1876 was politically dirtier than what we’re experiencing today.
- Matthew and Trish outline their fears if President Trump does not accept his loss come inauguration day.
- Fun Fact: If aliens are listening, they would have just found out the results of the 2016 election.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With Editorial Staff
January 7, 2021