It is Finger Pointing Time!


It is the day after a group of thugs stormed the Capitol.  So, in typical fashion before anyone is identified, before any investigation has been completed, the finger pointing begins.  Most notable among the finger pointers are Chuck Schumer and Mitt Romney.  And, as ludicrous as it may sound, they are laying the blame squarely in the lap of President Donald Trump.  President Trump who has always called for law and order, President Trump who had tweeted out calling for peaceful assembly.  Not once did he say to storm the Capitol.  He spoke out against it, not for it.  Let me say that again, he spoke out against it, not for it.   But yet, somehow, he is to blame?

I abhor violence.  I do not believe in the destruction of private or public property, EVER!  I do not feel that violence is justified regardless of whether the property is insured or has no value to begin with.  I understand what may motivate one to become violent and destructive.  Frustration is a great motivator.  But regardless of the motivation, the urge towards violence must be controlled. I do not know who the individuals were that stormed the capitol.  The finger pointers will be quick to tell me they were Trump supporters.  Perhaps they were.  However, it is just as possible they were just the opposite and performed this violation knowing full well that the finger pointers would immediately jump to unfounded conclusions because an investigation has yet to be implemented.  I would rather wait for the investigation to be completed and then decide how I feel.  That, of course, causes yet another concern.

I have lost confidence in the credibility of many of our Federal Agencies.  Top on that list is the Justice Department, including the FBI.  I am no longer confident they can conduct a fair, impartial, and non-political investigation.  I believe the Capitol Police should conduct the investigation.  After all, it was their turf that was invaded.  But it will probably be investigated by several agencies, as well as House and Senate Committees.  Those committees will, of course, be useless as it is merely an opportunity for the politicians to engage in their favorite past time, finger pointing.

Yesterday I wrote “if someone in the past had said that lawless groups would be free to occupy portions of our cities and nothing would be or could be done to prevent it, it would have been said they are being paranoid.”  Today I will have to add that one would not believe that it would be possible that the Capitol Building could be stormed and taken over by hoodlums and thugs.  And yet it happened.  I am ashamed of what I saw happen yesterday.  I am embarrassed that this happened in the United States of America, the land of the Free and the home of the Brave.  Apparently also the home of the weak and the spineless.   I Will still stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  I will still salute during the playing of the National Anthem.  I am still proud to be an American.  But, at this moment, I am not proud of America.


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