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No Number of Wrongs Ever Justify a Right

I cannot believe what I have witnessed in the United States of America in the last year. I am going to try to stay positive and touch on the issues of the past week that are most important.

Before I get to the national disgrace that occurred in Washington, D.C., I need to spend a few words on House Leader Mitch McConnell. He is an example of why we need term limits, and I am talking across-the-board, whether it be an elected or appointed position.

As I always state, it is amazing the job our forefathers did in thinking ahead of the problems that would face freedom in the future of our Nation. The Constitution of the United States of America and the rights of “We the People” are cut-and-dry. It was written this way for primarily one reason, to protect the freedom of the individual citizen within the framework of our One Republic under God.

This is to work hand-in-hand with preventing government from becoming oppressive and outgrowing their intentions.

In our forefathers’ minds, it was never the intention for anyone, no matter of party, to build unmeasurable wealth while supposedly serving the people for their lifetime. Nor was it intended for one party to control all three branches of government. But here we are.

Senator Majority Leader McConnell cemented the latter would happen by rejecting the thought of giving the American people a $2,000 stimulus check as opposed to $600. Remember, this decision of ignorance was made prior to the Senate elections in Georgia. At that time, the races were too close to call, and every vote counted towards making sure everything that is Washington wasn’t controlled by one party. Whether it’s to poverty-stricken Kentucky, McConnell’s home state, or those most hurting in Georgia, $600 doesn’t go a long way.

This decision influenced and made by McConnell and his cronies is an example of how out of touch they are with the people. It was a lost opportunity to help the people and move toward a better future for the post-Trump Republican Party.

Before the paint was even dry on what happened in Georgia, all hell broke loose in the Nation’s Capitol. What should have been a matter-of-fact day to hear from each state, officially count the electoral votes, and recognize the 46th president, Joe Biden, became a day of national disgrace.

Before I get started on this topic, let me make it clear how very blessed we are by our freedom and rights in the United States of America. This all begins with respect of one’s freedom and obeying the laws provided. Without this, you don’t have freedom; you have lawlessness. You should lose your right to assemble and peacefully protest when you break any law which gives you the freedom to do so. This begins simply with disorderly conduct.

As we have seen across our Country this past year, peaceful protest quickly turns to rioting and a mob mentality if you allow it. There is absolutely no way to justify what occurred in Washington that was billed as “stop the steal,” pro-President Trump event and rally.

I understand that most that attended were peaceful and ended up being victims of the day. However, that is how the day will be remembered — by the bad actions of a mob. No matter what their intentions were, no matter if they were ever associated with what the rally was to be about — a group of those in attendance stormed and attacked the Capitol. Some broke windows and tore apart congressional offices, some placed pipe bombs in our Nation’s Capitol. This all with the intention to disrupt the process of moving forward with a new president taking the helm. This is pure and simple domestic terrorism. They attacked the hallowed grounds of the Capitol Building with Congress in session for God’s sake.

What makes matters worse is we had a sitting President encouraging it. Yes, he denounced it and told everybody to go home, but it was in the way he did so, up to when he realized things were completely out of control. His continued mixed messages about the election results and what those in attendance should do could be interpreted as a ‘wink, wink’ to those using the day for violence. What did any of them think would be accomplished? That they were going to overturn the results of a Presidential Election? They made sure any grievances and the opportunity for discussion by Congress went an entirely different direction.

Nothing good ever comes out of violence or mob mentality. When that line is crossed, whatever the message was to be, is lost. There is no way anyone working for the good can justify attacking Congress, the looting of stores, arson, or taking city blocks hostage for any cause. Your belief of a rigged election, racism, social injustice, police brutality, or whatever the issue is never changed or vindicated by violence, this approach must end.

We must recognize and come together in support of the United States of America and President Joe Biden for everyone’s best interest. We must work in the name of good and within the framework of our Constitution to change whatever needs changing in our Nation. We must stop this senseless violence, no matter what flag is being waved, or we will destroy the greatest opportunity of freedom ever exhibited. There is only one Flag that should be waving over our Nation.

There is always a reason to justify violence in the name of an injustice. Evil makes sure of this. Once you have crossed that line, you have become the injustice.

God Bless America.

Jim Webb

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  • Muriel Hykes
    January 14, 2021, 12:43 am

    Two things- Laws have been passed which make any form of assembly/protest a "crime." This started back in the Bush I administration with them putting anti-war protesters in cages. (Remember Cindy Sheehan?) Secondly, there probably would have been a whole lot less "rioting" in MI, WA and OR this summer if the Boogaloo crowd hadn’t shown up. (About 1/3 of the people there.)

    I’ve concluded that counter protests are just looking for a fight. Ignoring the Qanons is almost as good as mocking them.

  • John Frey
    January 15, 2021, 12:13 pm

    I am so happy to see that you are putting being an American before being a republican. It is relief to know that all republicans are not against what the United States stands for. I hope you continue to agree to disagree. We are all in this together and there is no place for violence as a means to political success.