Chaos in the Capitol
During these trying times, I am comforted that we can hold ourselves in community with each other. We can reach out to others for support and solace.
Here is the AEU Statement on yesterday’s events…
AEU Statement Regarding the Events of January 6th
Yesterday, we watched in shock and horror as a violent mob attacked the US Capitol, forcing their way inside and occupying areas of the building for hours in an attempt to disrupt the certification of electoral votes submitted by the states. By the end of the day, 4 people were dead, 52 members of the seditious mob were arrested, and 14 police officers were injured. It took the assistance of many additional federal law enforcement personnel and the National Guard to remove the attackers from the Capitol and clear the way for the Joint Congress to resume its work.
Fortunately, the Joint Congress was resolute and refused to let the interruption derail our democracy, working through the night to certify the electoral vote counts for all of the states. However, this episode was an attack on democracy itself, instigated by a sitting president whose actions have severely undermined respect for and trust in the very system that put him in office.
Mr. Trump has shown only contempt for the democratic process and is a danger to our country. People who are in a position to remove Mr. Trump from office ought to proceed in haste as this president has repeatedly shown readiness to incite violence and mayhem, and also continues to demonstrate an obsession with the electoral results to the seeming exclusion of other national concerns. Our democratic system of government must be protected from his influence.
As Ethical Humanists, we are called upon to repudiate the anti-democratic tendencies that have gained an unwelcome foothold in public life. Our country will need us to elicit the best from one another and ourselves in the months and years to come.
I am scheduling a community event to share our thoughts tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM. The invitation is below. If anyone needs to talk before then, please call or text me at 919-672-9076.
Randy Best is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Jan 8, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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