A year ago I sat in disbelief watching the events of the insurrection unfold in the Capitol Building.
I’d seen similar events in movies.
I’d seen newsreels of similar events in other countries.
I never thought I would see it here.
But it did.
It did. It happened. Rioters stormed our Nation’s Capitol Building attempting to stop our electoral process. Some attempting things much more nefarious carrying zip ties or having previously erected gallows outside the building. Some may have just been caught up in the moment and along for the ride. Whatever their motivations, it happened.
It happened and we can’t pretend it didn’t.
We can’t forget it happened for, as Winston Churchill once wrote, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Now, I try my best to be overtly political here or anywhere on social media to be honest. My opinions are my own and nothing a random user on Facebook news page is going to say to me is going to change that or vice versa. So, I save it.
I would be a fool to think that everyone thinks or believes the same as I. I firmly believe if we truly took time to listen to others, we may learn something— something about their beliefs, something about them, or something about ourselves. But, I know that isn’t how everyone thinks about such things.
So, I apologize if this piece isn’t your cup of tea.
The thing is after watching our president’s speech, I find all that happened a year ago today still feels so heavy.
The way our country works is that once every four years we vote for our president. Once every four years one candidate wins and one loses. One candidate’s supporters are happy and one candidate’s supporters aren’t. Then we all move on and do it again four years later. That’s how it works.
What we don’t do is stage attempt to stage a coup, storm the Capitol Building, and carry out an insurrection.
That is not how things work.
I’ll let you in on a little secret— I haven’t always voted for the winner.
Nope, sure haven’t.
But, I’ve never wanted to see duly elected president fail. And you shouldn’t either. If they succeed or fail, we all succeed or fail. We should root for each other and want to succeed. In a perfect world, we should want every four years to continually be better than the previous ones.
When George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton the outgoing president left a letter for his successor that said in part, “Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”
Bush got it right.
I hope we can all embrace his sentiment as we never forget the history behind us.
We all win together.
We all lose together.
Let us not forget.