Where is the outrage over insurrection?
A national newspaper recently published a comprehensive investigative report on the Jan. 6 insurrection against the U.S. Capitol.
Where’s the coverage? Imagine if network news or print media covered just the fact that the report exists, no verification necessary.
The report concludes that the then-president watched the riot on TV, taking no action for over three hours, while his terrorist supporters brandished weapons, forcibly broke into the Capitol, attacked police, hunted for congressional representatives and threatened to hang the vice president.
Imagine if we had had a patriot for a president.
When it was suggested that this threat to overthrow a lawful election required an investigation by a bi-partisan commission similar to what investigated the 9/11 terrorist attack 20 years ago, Congress killed it.
Imagine if our elected reps included more patriots than cowards afraid of offending their party president of the United States. Imagine if they cared more for their country than getting re-elected.
The report found that online media had been ‘red-hot’ for weeks prior to the attack, detailing specifics about how to smuggle weapons, where and when to rendezvous for travel and exactly where and when the attack would happen.
The intelligence was there. Where was law enforcement? Imagine the law enforcement response if the media postings had been from a Muslim or other minority group.
Imagine if our law enforcement agencies had been truly committed to protect our government and its citizens from all attacks, both foreign and domestic. Where’s the outrage? As John Lennon once sang: Imagine.
Thomas P. Herrmann
Heed warnings from those who see reality
I watched Sen. Chuck Schumer on TV jumping with joy as the house passed a trillion-plus-dollar boondoggle. Sen. Schumer’s joy reminded me of a Polish saying: It was as if the devil was rejoicing in a soul consigned to hell.
My Polish people have sayings for every occasion. We are living in a time of ‘sayings.’
Listening to the BBC on Sirius Radio recently, the topic was Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky books read like America 2021. It was pre-Russian Revolution in Dostoevsky’s era. The fresh air of a czarist gulag cleared his head. The only book he was allowed was a Bible. In a Soviet gulag, no Bibles, just frostbite and unmarked graves.
If Polish sayings and Dostoevsky do not do it for you, try Solzhenitsyn. Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, Poles, knew the face of evil when they witnessed it.
Trump, rapper show importance of words
Words matter — there are lessons to be learned from the actions of both former President Donald Trump and rapper Travis Scott.
Travis was known for “raging” his audience, which resulted last Friday in unruly behavior to the point eight people died and many were injured.
Trump has been inciting his MAGA mobs for the past six years and it resulted in five people dead and many injured at the Jan. 6 insurrection.
But there is a big difference in actions. Trump knows what is going on in his audience and has even told them to “beat the crap out” of a protester. Travis, amidst all the fireworks, may not have known the havoc he was causing.
Most important, Travis has apologized and paid the funeral expenses for the families.
On the other hand Trump continues to incite his fans with lies and conspiracy theories that he won the election.
Travis also does benefit performances. Trump only benefits himself.
Just ask those cowards who pay to play at Mar-a Lago.
Would it be cheaper to just lower the road?
With so many tractor-trailers hitting the Glenridge Road bridge and the cost of repair, truck removal and extra police for traffic control, would it be less costly in the long run if the road was lowered?
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