Americans of good will have to take on the burden of rebuilding what has been lost. As we now know too well, democracy is fragile; if it is to continue, let alone thrive, it will require a renewed commitment from all of us.
Initially, as the insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, some supporters all across America cheered them on. One local likened them to “storming the beaches at Normandy.”
After Wednesday's violence in D.C., 'there is no question that this will need to be taken much more seriously,' a Duke University expert says.
Character is fate, and given Trump’s character it was always fated to end this way.
Trump’s supporters in high places could have prevented Wednesday’s disaster. Unfortunately, for the last four years they laid the groundwork for it by willfully aiding and abetting his increasingly unhinged and malevolent megalomania.
The windows will be repaired, the debris collected, the blood wiped off the statues. But I fear something has changed or shifted permanently, when some Americans will attack and try to destroy the very home of democracy they profess to love.
You own this now, Republican Party, or at least those of you who’ve enabled Trump or sat silent for years as he corruptly sought to hollow out every meaningful institution of democracy for his own insatiable aggrandizement and advancement.
'Our vanguard has broken through the barricades,' former state Rep. Rick Saccone wrote on the day our democracy nearly burned to the ground.
"For the new year, I hope it’s going to be a little bit better than 2020, because 2020 was a disaster," one restaurant owner says.