The Capitol Insurrection

Just one example of widespread division in the United States.

By Kosta Magoulas

Editorials Editor

Liveblog: Trump Incites Violent Insurrection on Capitol Hill – Mother Jones
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/01/congressional-offices-evacuated-as-furious-trump-supporters-storm-capitol-hill/

On January 6, 2021, the Capital of Washington D.C. was filled with rioters, many of them donning Make America Great Again (MAGA) merchandise and Trump flags. National Public Radio (NPR) reported that President Donald Trump was seen telling his supporters prior that  “this election was stolen from you, from me, from the country.” Pandemonium floods the streets soon after. People carrying weapons, planting pipe bombs, and people not wearing masks were just a few things that took place during the riots. Rioters were even able to storm into the capitol building, breaking through fencing and barricades from the police. Not only did it affect the work of everyone in the capitol, it ultimately endangered their lives as well. All of this was simply a mess.

Now the hypocrisy from many of the rioting MAGA supporters is very visible. Many have said in the past that they loved supporting the police, even coining the phrase “Blue Lives Matter,” many spoke down on the BLM protests, and many were rather peaceful about their opinions. But with the insurrection on the Capitol, the entire MAGA movement’s reputation has fallen out the window. The contradicting opinions of some of them have now been seen across the country. 

To make matters even more hectic, President Trump has now become the first U.S. President to have ever been impeached twice in office. NPR reported “The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors — specifically, for inciting an insurrection against the federal government at the U.S. Capitol.” 

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who chairs the House Republican Conference reported saying “None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

The Capitol Insurrection is just one of many examples as to why the country must become more unified. The United States was built on the promise to have the power be held to the people. Yes the people still hold power, but there seems to be some sort of loss in meaning. 

With the likes of Cancel Culture and high social standards taking over in this generation, the power to the people has been much more divided. Additionally, extremist groups have grown more rapidly in numbers and have created more hatred in the U.S. 

The Country has now created too much hatred. Little disputes can now lead to dangerous confrontations that put other people’s lives in jeopardy as seen by one example, the insurrection of the capitol. There needs to be a way for the people of the nation to come together and agree to disagree with each other, but still at the end of the day respect one another. What people saw from the insurrection was just indisputably ignorance and disrespectfulness to the United States and to democracy. 

This article has not been written out of hate for Trump Supporters or even President Trump himself, but out of love for the people of the United States. The more people find reason to only see viewpoints that they agree with, the more this country will suffer and divide. And the more this country divides, the more events like the recent insurrection on the capitol become more likely. 

Finding a consensus and understanding between people is really what is important for us to become more united. One method that people could use to avoid angry disputes is to believe that you must simply attack the problem at hand and not the other person. Every little bit of better understanding others will come a long way to making the nation a more unified place.

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