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I don’t think anyone would disagree when I say that the events of January 6, 2021 at the nation’s Capitol were disconcerting. When people breach the halls of government and in a attitude of desecration invade spaces and disrupt the workings of government, it is frightening, it is distasteful, and uncouth, but it is also a signal of something far more sinister. It is a signal, it is a symptom of something much deeper and much more destructive. In Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 senate acceptance speech, what in fact, proved to be a foreboding harbinger of national crisis, he instructed us that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” that is the great challenge of our time.
Yes it is disturbing, yes it is unnerving to have a group of people force their way into the Senate and House chambers, even Nancy Pelosi‘s office—but this will pass, what will not pass is the division we face, if that divide is not healed, the events of today will appear as mere child’s play compared to what may be coming in the not too distant future.
In Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796, he gave us the recipe for political success and national happiness: Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Part of the concept of religious obligation must be the idea of the respect and honor we should hold for each other as human beings, even when we disagree. When we lower our standards to no longer maintaining “national morality, ” we open the door for widespread disregard and objectifying.
Lawlessness breeds lawlessness. A year of rioting in cities all over America, with few repercussions, can easily explain why this happened at the Capitol today, regardless whether it is justified or not. You can’t have a double standard. As a Republic, the same rules must apply to all. We abandoned law and order last year, for months Americans watched riot after riot destroy personal property, injure and take lives, and damage faith in the belief in “law and order” while local mayors and governors stood by, and in fact, ordered the local police to do nothing.
I don’t want to downplay what happened on Jan. 6th, but I see the bigger problem as a lack of leadership. I plead with the leaders of both parties to stand up and lead in the protection of human rights, lead in securing private property, reputation, and the life of every citizen. If there is no excuse for the actions at the Capitol today, then there is absolutely no justification for allowing the months of riots across the nation during 2020. Actions and ideas have consequences. And if we are not extremely careful, those consequences just might be our undoing.