After the insurrection last week at our Capitol, we clearly need to reunite our country. Some in Washington are saying that we should not impeach the president for his role in inciting the riot, because it will divide our nation. I respectfully disagree.

Everyone should be able to unite around the principle of defending our nation’s democratic process. I have many Republican friends. None of them support using violence to overthrow our government, nor destroying public buildings, nor beating a policeman to death. As a Democrat, I disagree with many of Mike Pence’s positions, but I would never support a mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” We can all unite to say that these actions were unacceptable and that anyone who participated in these actions, or gave comfort and encouragement to those who committed those acts, should be held accountable under our legal system.

President Trump directed these events. He tweeted that this would “be wild.” He instructed the mob to march on the Capitol and “fight like hell.” His lawyer spoke to the mob and called for “combat justice.” He incited this riot. He conspired to set this insurrection in motion, in violation of the law (18 U.S.C. 2383 & 2384). He needs to be held accountable for his actions.

The events of last week were not political activity. Political parties work hard to win support for their side and get people to vote for them. But once the election is over, the political process is done. The votes had been counted, and recounted, and there is a clear winner. Any attempt to overturn the outcome after the votes have been counted is no longer a political activity, it is an attack on our democratic process.

We need to heal the divisions in our nation. To heal, we address the problems we are facing. Anyone who advocated, planned, supported, or committed the insurrection needs to be accountable for their actions. If we fail to address these criminal acts now, by enforcing the law, this insurrection will grow to an insurgency. All Americans, of any political party, should unite to hold the insurrectionists and their leaders accountable.

(33) comments

phydeaux994

The only way we can heal this Nation is for the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) to realize the injustices that their discrimination toward minorities has had over the past 400 years. Until nearly 1/2 of American Citizens allow EVERY other American Citizen, regardless of Race, Nationality, Religion, or Political belief, to have Equal Rights and Opportunity to achieve the same goals and successes they have, we will remain a deeply divided Nation and the turmoil will continue. Donald John Trump didn’t believe that every human being was equal in the eyes of GOD. Forget about him and his agenda. He is a corrupt, criminal, businessman and a corrupt, criminal, Racist POTUS, the WORST in History by LANDSLIDE.

MRS M

Nancy Pelosi began her statement to America today by reminding listeners that it's the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. today. She reminded us that it was Pope Paul VI, as well as MLK, who stated that "If you want peace, you must work for justice". I was wondering as I listened if the 100 members of the US Senate were listening too.

So once again all of America now waits to see whether Republican Party leaders, and their membership and supporters, truly are committed to working towards peace in America, OR whether their only goal is to "keep the lies" alive by any means possible, now reported to include threatening and taking the lives of the lawmakers assembled and VP Pence, by the insurrection leaders.

We'll find out next week. Existential choice here and now, if there ever was one, to the preservation of our democracy. Republicans have a choice of admittin to and then excising the criminal malignancy in the Republican Party of Donald Trump and his followers, through Trump's conviction and the ongoing arrests and prosecutions of those who committted criminal acts on the Capitol grounds.

OR once again they can look the other way in unfathomable, repeated cowardice, continue to defend the indefensible, and clearly enable the violent and murderous junkyard fire of ignorance and hatred incited by Trump, and carried out by his followers on Jan. 6th.....to continue.

Acknowledge the truth, stop lying, making excuses, and hold those responsible accountable. Then we can have a ‘Kumbaya’ moment.

threecents

AW[thumbup] That is the only hope for healing the country's divide.

sevenstones1000

When Republicans are ready to apologize for supporting Trump’s lies, we can talk about being friends. Accept responsibility, apologize, seek to make amends.

Greg F

When the republicans who gave inside information to the insurgents are arrested, we will see just how corrupted the GOP is. Three have been implicated thusfar, and I'd bet dollars to donuts Lindsay (flipflop) Graham is in deep on this. He's a shyster through and through.

NewMarketParent

@sevenstones1000

It is the way. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

petersamuel

Good letter. Liz Chaney made the best case for impeachment. Trump betrayed his office and undermined the constitution by inciting the mob to go to the Capitol and then delayed and impeded efforts to restore order. It's a clear case demanding immediate impeachment and removal. Nancy Pelosi was too slow to act.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Peter

Nancy was too slow to act? How do you figure that? You know Nancy did her part, in a week which was a record breaking impeachment, and she can't actually remove Trump, you realize that right?

public-redux

Andrew, You naive waif. It is easy to see why you never won an election. You think Americans can unite in opposing insurrection? You need only look at the earliest comment today to see that you have greatly over estimated some Americans commitment to democracy.

Jim Hartley

Well said Mr. Duck. I especially appreciate your distinction between political activity and the crimes of last week. Thank you.

pdl603

Mr. Duck, you have partook in the kool-aid drinking. Trump’s speech in no way incited violence. Second, John Sullivan, a left wing activist, has been arrested for his part in the break in. So, by extension all Wheezy supporters are traitors. So, stop this ridiculous witch hunt and let us get on with the democrats ruining the country.

Dwasserba

"We need to heal the divisions in our nation." I wake up at night in disbelief that so many took him seriously as a leader. I was annoyed for years that people considered him, and by association, government, as entertainment. That's how rallies look. But thousands thought he was directing them to pillage and plunder, so obviously more was going on than entertainment in their minds. That has consequences. The FBI will pursue anyone, left, right or center, involved in insurrection.It's what they do.

threecents

DW[thumbup]

PurplePickles aka L&M

@pdl603

So??? Why are you surprised about this? Like this is news to anyone??? I mean there were Proud Boys in the BLM protests .......let us know how many other left wing activists you hear about that were involved in the insurrection...and I will let you know about the Proud boys, the cops, the firemen, the teachers etc....that were involved in the insurrection okay?

Proud Boy pal brags about role in Capitol attack

https://www.rawstory.com/capitol-mob-2649949026/

The night after the siege on the U.S. Capitol, alt-right personality Nick DeCarlo (aka Dick Necarlo) recounted in great detail in a live-streamed interview posted to Facebook that he had raided the home of American democracy alongside Nick Ochs, leader of the Hawaii branch of the Proud Boys, who would be arrested by Department of Homeland Security agents in Honolulu the next day. At the time of his interview, DeCarlo said that Ochs was doing "great" and "riding this high just like me," and offered a number of anecdotes from the raid that appeared to involve vandalism of federal property, promising forthcoming "hilarious" footage and a video "tour" of their raid on the Capitol.

So, by extension all Orange man supporters are traitors, so nice when you agree with me.

NewMarketParent

The very first act of unity that Republicans should do is to have each member of Congress state unequivocally that our new President was elected in a fair process and that they loss the presidency not because of a steal, but because they were rejected by the American people by over 7 million votes.

Calls for unity without that act are hollow at best.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Yes Republicans

Speak a little truth and people would not have lost their minds. It's the lies that caused the insurrection to happen...when they can wrap their heads around that we may see some unity?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Just a thought I’m not sure I can unify with racists, white supremacists etc?

Until the Republicans can admit their party has aided and abetted racism, a call for unity is nothing more than hypocrisy.

micky

Sorry Andrew, unity is a myth. Real unity should have started last summer in shutting down the "mostly peaceful" rioters, burners and looters.

Thewheelone

micky, are you getting ready to demonstrate downtown in the next few days? If you are, be careful, out there; the events perpetrated by your disgraced leader have ensured that your wishes sadly may come to fruition.

Dwasserba

Protest and unlawful entry for the purpose of interference with goverment are two different things.

threecents

Micky, I hope you read this column from todays paper.

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/impeachment-was-the-only-way-to-prove-that-an-insurrection-and-civil-unrest-are-not/article_8756c90d-7214-5223-9eff-eac1205c2f2b.html

phydeaux994

micky, the FBI has said that the people rioting, burning, looting and destroying after dark this past Summer were largely the same Right Wing groups that attacked the Capitol on January 6th. The Boogaloo Bois, Proud Boys, QAnon and dozens of Militias trying to start a Race War and Anarchy in our Country. Trying to equate what these groups are doing to the Peaceful BLM Protests for Racial Equality all over the Nation is just another RRR(RadicalRightRepublican) lie repeated over and over to make Trump’s “Base” believe that. And you do.

jsklinelga

Mr. Duck

It is easy to see why you never won an election. Mr. Trump was wrong in his opinion of what the VP's constitutional role could be. VP Pence made the right choice.

But what Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House did was just the opposite. Now all we need to do is win the House in 2022 and pick up one Senate seat and we can impeach Biden. As President Trump said in his remarks last week: fight. Fight them in the primaries, then the election.

Burgessdr

What a delusional person you are. Biden is not even President. What has he done as president that are high crimes. Tell your nurse to give you your Alzheimer meds. And change your diaper.

Thewheelone

Is that the only thing he was wrong about, JSK?

Dwasserba

This makes me sad. I'm Indie, I'm watching Rs and wanting to see COURAGE. Trump is disparaging Pence and refusing to pay Rudy and people in NY and NJ are saying, "Yep, yep, that's what he does." He's a bad man. His father taught him well.

public-redux

He is treating others as he would have them treat him.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@public-redux

That makes sense...

public-redux

It goes back to the fundamental shortcoming of the “golden rule”. The point of reference is oneself. A far better moral guideline is “treat others as they wish to be treated”.

Mr. JSK, Mr. Trump was more than just wrong, he broke the law and his provocation speech revokes him from holding further political office. Not only does he have a plethora of court indictments after Jan 20th, he’s a disability to the nation.

The 14th amendment, section 3 - “No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

phydeaux994

jsk, either you are the biggest Troll on the FNP Opinion Forum, laughing your assoff at yanking so many chains, OR, more likely I fear, the most mentally deranged and phoniest guy in Frederick County, Maryland. And that my friend, would be an achievement. Peace.✌️

PurplePickles aka L&M

@phy

I’m going with the later, I picture Mr. Burns when I read JSK’s comments. And we all know how deranged Mr. Burns is...hopefully everyone knows who Mr. Burns is?

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