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Last Week’s Insurrection Attempt in Washington, DC, Continues to Trouble Me

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I’m still trying to comprehend the events of the last week-plus in Washington, DC. I never thought I’d see anything like that in the United States. 

I just do not understand how so many people could go inside the Capitol building, riot, deface and vandalize things, in addition to building nooses outside and apparently wanting to kill the VP, the Speaker of the House, and perhaps anyone else they could get their hands on.

How can otherwise reasonable people do such terrible things?

Because while there were many in that mob that were not reasonable, and had intended from the get-go to do awful things (thus the zip ties, the makeshift battering ram, the rappelling equipment, etc.), there were still quite a few people caught up in the mob that probably had never intended to do anything like that in their lives.

And I just don’t get it.

To those who honestly believe the 2020 election was stolen, I urge you to get the facts. Look at what the judges — many Republican appointees, including a good number of Trump appointees — have said about the various challenges. Look at the actual briefs of the lawsuits that were thrown out. And then ask yourselves, how could so many Republicans down-ticket get elected if there was supposedly so much fraud?

And by “down-ticket,” I mean state legislatures as well as the US Senate and House of Representatives.

In Wisconsin, it was a close, tough vote, but Joe Biden prevailed. How do I know it wasn’t rigged? Because every single one of the Republican legislators in my area — which is purple, meaning it can be D some years and R some years — were re-elected. Every single last one.

I don’t know about you, but if I were going to rig an election, I’d want to throw all of the opposing party out. Not just one guy. But every single last one of them.

And if you’re saying something like this: “Barb, they were smart about their theft! They wouldn’t try to take everyone out! You’re being foolish!”

Well, my reply is this. I believe that many of the US Senators running for re-election had tough races, and obviously the Democrats wanted to take some seats. It looked like there would be quite a few Republican US Senators getting turfed out, but instead, most of the Republicans running for re-election (even in those tough races like Maine or Kansas or Iowa, to name three places where the Democrats thought they had an excellent shot to pick up a Senate seat) won their seats back.

I can’t believe that at least a few of those seats wouldn’t have had different results if there truly was a theft of the election.

Nor can I believe that in Wisconsin, a place that elected a liberal judge to the state Supreme Court in 2019, would return all but two Republicans to the Assembly (lower house), and have more Republican state Senators than Democratic state Senators, if there truly was fraud and theft going on.

So, either the fraud and theft here was so deftly done that I — someone who worked on a state judicial recount years ago — can’t detect it, or there was no fraud and theft.

Which means this: You, the angry Trump-supporting Republicans, are in the same place I was in 2016. I was frustrated, hurt, upset, angry, and didn’t know how Donald Trump could win an election. And right now, you are frustrated, hurt, upset, angry, and don’t know how Joe Biden could win.

I can’t tell you what to do about this, but I will tell you what I did. I made sure to vote. And I worked on campaigns — at least a few, now and again — for candidates I believed in. I called my Senators and Representatives to let them know what I thought, and was polite throughout. And I did my best to educate myself, so I could make informed choices as best I could.

In addition, over time, I have peacefully protested. I have worked on a state recall for the sitting Wisconsin governor. And as previously stated, I have participated in a statewide judicial recount.

I did these things because I felt they were important.

And after things didn’t go my way, what did I do? I continued to educate myself, vote, work for candidates I believed in, etc.

I certainly didn’t commit acts of violence. That thought never entered my mind, because it’s utterly wrong.

But you get the point by now, so I’ll leave you with this: The best way to overcome any obstacle is to work hard, keep your eye on the prize, and accept setbacks graciously.

Anything else is useless, pointless, and unnecessary.

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 14, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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  1. I feel for all my American friends (my wife was nearly in tears when we saw the news first).
    Unfortunately Barb this has been building since the late 1970s and the USA was recovering from Vietnam and looking for folk to blame. With fall of the USSR and its clients there was a brief respite, then came 9/11, the unhappy experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and for these folk who follow Trump and it has to be said, the final tipping point an African American president for two terms.
    It was inevitable from 2016 this was simmering to explode.
    We are thinking of you, the ordinary folk. Take care.
    Roger & Sheila


    January 14, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    • Thanks, Roger. Yes, I agree with you that a lot of these things have built for a long time. But it’s very sad, and I don’t get it. Most people in this country do not believe in violence unless it’s an absolute last resort. And we aren’t there…we shouldn’t be there!

      I just pray that the folks who generally are good and law-abiding who somehow got caught up in that mob repent and realize what the Hell they just did. Because otherwise, we’re going to continue to have these same sets of issues…and it makes everyone in our country look bad. 😦

      Barb Caffrey

      January 14, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      • If they do not realise just what they have done to their country they are not patriots and History will judge them severely


        January 14, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      • I agree. It’s sad, shocking, and wrong.

        Barb Caffrey

        January 14, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      • Take care Barb.
        May God watch our you and your and protect you in these troubled times.


        January 14, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      • Thank you, Roger. May you and Sheila find many good things to enjoy during these awful times, too.

        Barb Caffrey

        January 14, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      • And you too Barb.


        January 15, 2021 at 3:49 am

  2. Barb if you actually think what happened in DC was actually an insurrection you haven’t studied history much!. Only 1 Policeman was killed in the Riot. There wasn’t any organized attempt at all to take over the Government! Out of a Million?? a couple hundred went for the Capital building. One of the members was A left-wing activist who told Fox News last week that he’d followed a pro-Trump mob into the Capitol in order to “document” the siege is now the subject of a criminal complaint in connection with his alleged participation, according to the U.S. Justice Department. So if it was an insurrection it was one of the most disorganized in history!


    January 14, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    • I agree that it wasn’t exactly organized, Tom. The thing is, I didn’t know what to call it — I don’t think it was a coup, and I don’t think it was any number of other things. Because some of those folks wanted to hang Mike Pence (for whatever reason) and said so, that’s why I called it an insurrection attempt. I don’t know what else it could be, considering they wanted to get at him (but am willing to use other nomenclature if you can find any that works).

      And in any action like we saw last week, there are agitators who don’t believe in anything but anarchy and chaos. That’s a given.

      Barb Caffrey

      January 15, 2021 at 1:42 pm

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