Reflecting on the Third Anniversary of Jan 6: Divergent Narratives and the Call for Voter Decisions


SAN ANGELO – As the nation marks the third anniversary of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, the divergent narratives surrounding the events of that day continue to shape public discourse. The media, Progressive Democrats, and liberals have employed strong language, condemning former President Trump and Republicans as insurrectionists seeking to undermine the democratic process and overthrow the government.

In fact, Friday, President Biden warned that Donald Trump’s efforts to retake the White House in 2024 pose a grave threat to the country, the day before the third anniversary of the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol by then-President Trump’s supporters aiming to keep him in power. "Three years ago tomorrow, we saw with our own eyes the violent mob storm the United States Capitol.  It was almost in disbelief as you first turned on the television. 

For the first time on our history, insurrectionists had come to stop the peaceful tranfer — transfer of power in America — first time — smashing windows, shattering doors, attacking the police. "

However, a different perspective emerges when considering the experiences of many Americans who participated in what was initially a peaceful rally in support of Trump. For them, the day devolved into chaos as a few individuals engaged in the violent breach of the Capitol building. The sole fatality during the incident was a protester who was shot by a Capitol Police officer.

Ashli Babbit was a pro-Trump supporter and Air Force veteran who entered the Capitol. A Capitol Police officer fatally shot her as she tried to climb through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby, an area that abuts the House floor, as members were evacuating.

Democrats have pointed to one phrase in particular as they argue that Trump incited those present to march down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. 

"We fight like hell. And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore," he said.

His defense lawyers, however, point to a different passage, in which Trump said, "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard." They argue that his words were not a call for actual violence and lawlessness.

Critics argue that the prevailing narrative, fueled by the liberal media and Progressive Democrats, portrays Trump and Republicans as instigators of insurrection while positioning themselves as the victims. This narrative has, in turn, influenced political actions, with Democrats in states like Colorado and Michigan attempting to keep Trump off the ballot, a move perceived by some as limiting voters' ability to decide the next president.

The aftermath of the Capitol riot has seen a wave of investigations and prosecutions targeting hundreds of Trump supporters who were present that day. The legal fallout from these proceedings has been characterized by some as more detrimental to individuals than the events of January 6 themselves.

In the face of these challenges, some voices argue for a return to the principles of democracy, emphasizing the importance of letting voters decide the historical significance of January 6. They contend that real democracy should allow voters to choose their party's nominee without undue interference, letting the democratic process unfold naturally.

As the nation reflects on this divisive anniversary, the question of how history will remember January 6, 2021, remains contentious. The call for a more democratic approach, where voters play a central role in shaping the narrative, underscores the ongoing debates surrounding the Capitol riot and its aftermath.

Three years later, it seems there are still two Americas and two types of Americans.  The Democrats trying to hold on to power by keeping Trump off the Ballot and not even giving voters their God given right to decide, or if you wish the Goverment Security Guard with the Gun; and those like Ashli Babbit, Americans facing down the barrel of the deep state gun just wanting the chance to vote for the candidate of their choice protecting democracy through the ballot box.  

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CGM5, Sat, 01/06/2024 - 08:57

A liberal's mindset: Do not think about the fact that three years ago we were energy independent and now we have to buy oil from people who hate us. Do not think about biden's Afghanistan screwup that has cost many lives and left billions of dollars in military grade weapons in the hands of some of our worst enemies. Do not think about the antifa riots that killed several people, parts of cities were burned and were fueled by the democrats Do not think about the terrible inflation and high interest rates we are enduring, Do not think about the joke our foreign policies have become, Do not think about the total refusal of biden to obey our country's laws to protect our border, in fact he encourages those laws to be broken. Do not think about the fact that biden has had and probably still does have financial ties to china which certainly inhibits his ability to protect the USA from them. Do not think about the fact that (the big guy) is probably involved in criminal activity. Do not think about the fact that because of the poor state of our union crime is skyrocketing. 

The only thing a liberal is allowed to think about is ORANGE MAN BAD.

Maybe if I had been born in the 19th century, I would have been able to become wealthy by taking advantage of the same quirks in mass psychology that make these things so easy for some to forget. Unfortunately, Goldman-Sachs beat us all to it...

CGM5, Sat, 01/06/2024 - 16:52

If you had been born in the 19th century you wouldn't be here now. I would miss your wit and abstract thought.

Bold of you to assume that I'm not a vampire who was simply too preoccupied with finding a new source of blood after the Emancipation Proclaimation to keep up with finances, but thanks nonetheless. 

Words from his Iowa rally:

"Think of it, magnets," Trump said. "Now all I know about magnets is this, give me a glass of water, let me drop it on the magnets, that's the end of the magnets. Why didn't they use John Deere? Why didn't they bring in the John Deere people? Do you like John Deere?"


Lordy, this is some deep manure. If you can’t justify your own argument after substituting the name ‘trump’ with either ‘biden/pelosi/hillary/kamala’ and still make sense, you’re a monkey with a keyboard and little else just like the rest of us. Keep on hysterically waving your flag, your miniature copy of the Constitution, and your bible at the heathens with your fellow FoxNews brethren; pat yourself on the back, and sleep well while the grownups tend to the actual problems of the world where facts exist. Everyone needs a paycheck and a reason to feel better about themselves. 

I certainly agree with you about the disingenuousness of people touting the totems you mentioned. A real insurrection would have resulted in the razing of the White House, the gruesome deaths of several high level politicians and led to protracted and intractable violence across the country the likes of which is (for now) usually only seen in the Latin American parts of the hemisphere. 

But we're getting there. This year will tell!

CGM5, Sun, 01/07/2024 - 14:57

I really enjoy it when someone with your (I was going to say train of thought but that would be pushing it) your attitude tries to express how you really feel inside. It would be easy to make fun of you but, there's not really a need for me to do that, is there?

John Glubb believed that the rise and fall of empires was due to the workings of divine providence and part of the Christian God's greater plan for humanity. After a time, the virtue of a given imperial nation begins to wane and the people devolve into decadence. Eventually, the hegemony of that nation is overthrown. 

Maybe the "Divine Providence" referred to in the Declaration of Independence is actually the same phenomenon as what Easterners call karma, but causally attributed to a different source. Maybe not. Either way, at this point in history I don't think our commenter can be blamed if all the dots regarding the motivations of her perceived adversaries don't seem to connect for her. She is far from being alone.

Diligence, empathy and perceptiveness are virtues often gained through hardship...

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