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home : opinion : opinion January 28, 2021

1/10/2021 8:26:00 AM
Let's Not Rush To Judgment

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Don't misunderstand.  I am certainly not in favor of pardoning the criminal behavior of those who invaded the US Capitol on Wednesday January 6th.  Senator Chuck Schumer was correct in calling it a 'day which will live in infamy.' Those who violated the law need to be found, tried and punished.  

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rightfully angry that the chambers of Congress were violated including her own office.  She and multiple other Democrats have vowed to again impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the riot that occurred.  They have called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment, removing Trump from office.  Pence won't do that, so they have said they'll seek impeachment instead.

There is certainly the possibility, however remote, that in a fit of anger and frustration, President Trump might do something that would be harmful to or at least dangerous for our country.  Those in power--including Congress and the leaders of our armed forces--need to stand ready to act to avoid action that appears likely to do either.

I am a student of history, and I have warned multiple times that I believed President Trump was intent on extending his power beyond that intended by the founders of our country.  

In February 1933, a fire destroyed the Reichstag, home of the German parliament, in Berlin.  Hitler blamed it--and historical evidence indicates he was likely correct--on the Communists.  Some said Hiter's own supporters were to blame, using the burning of the Reichstag to help further his efforts to seize total power.  

We must, in my opinion, avoid the incidents of last Wednesday becoming a 'burning of the Reichstag' in reverse.

Already, some of the far right elements who were responsible for last Wednesday's violence have called for what they are calling a 'million militia march' on Washington on Inauguration Day January 20th.  

There was ample warning, mostly ignored, about what might happen last Wednesday.  Hopefully, that lesson has been learned, and if such groups try to initiate violence, they will be met with force that they will find insurmountable.  

President-elect Joe Biden has said America needs to heal.  He has vowed to try to soften the divide that has gripped the nation over much of the 21st Century.

If he is serious--and we believe he is--he can begin by asking Pelosi and the others in Congress to forego their plans for impeachment.  Donald Trump has only a little over a week left in office.  It is certainly possible--but not likely--that he might take some rash action.  

There is, in my opinion, much more danger in doing anything that will help to further divide us rather than taking a giant first step in the healing process.

Many have expressed the idea that Joe Biden will plunge America into socialism.  I would remind them that unlike some other Democratic candidates, during the Democratic debates, he said he was against the idea of scrapping private insurance for Medicare for All.  Instead he said he favored fixing some of the problems with the Affordable Care Act, what is commonly called Obamacare.  

Will he likely reinstate some of the safeguards to the environment that Trump ditched?  Certainly!  Some of them had been in effect for decades and had worked to help clean up our air and water.  I found it amusing that the National Association of Manufacturers called for Pence to exercise the 25th amendment.  They were quite happy to support Trump when he was giving them tax breaks and allowing them to ignore environmental regulations.  

More often than not, rushing to judgment is a bad idea.  Only after careful examination of all the facts and careful consideration of what decisions made now might cause in the future should major actions be taken.  

President-elect Biden has an opportunity to make the first move toward restoring a sense of unity in our nation.  We hope he will ask his supporters to behave responsibly, to avoid having their justifiable anger impair their reasoning.  Trump told the 'Proud Boys' to 'stand by.'  Biden should tell Pelosi and others to 'stand down'--for the good of his administration and more importantly, for America.

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