Image: United States Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, The Golden Hammer
Yesterday’s demonstrations at the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C., embarrassed those of us committed to liberty on several levels. We need to be fair, however, because there were many good people at the demonstration who were there for the right reasons.
The people who bashed through the door of the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives, however, were childish and unrepresentative of conservatives or backers of President Donald Trump. They were angry thugs there to destroy.
Four disappointments arose from the conduct of the United States Senators, United States Congressmen, and demonstrators:
#1 The demonstrators had no purpose. Very few people knew specifically what they wanted other than for President Trump to win re-election. They had no suggested plan of action. They had no method by which to cast aside the members of the Electoral College, which each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia had chosen.
#2 Both Houses of Congress did a poor job so far addressing issues of electoral fraud. It remains unclear whether the number of illegal votes would have sufficiently changed the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election.
It’s important to note that, during the past 32 years, the Republican Party’s presidential candidate won a majority of the popular vote in a national election only one time, 2004, when incumbent President George W. Bush defeated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. Clearly, the Republican Party needs to do a much better job delivering its message and, perhaps, in determining what its message actually is.
#3 Democrats are loving the attempt by some Republicans to set aside the Electoral College vote. Republicans seem to want to overturn the decision by states to send certain electors to vote in the Electoral College.
They’re all threatening the basic federalist structure of the United States Government under the Constitution, which is precisely what the Democrats want to destroy. The Electoral College concept was a compromise between large states and small states during the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The Founding Fathers viewed state governments and state rights as an important check upon federal overreach.
The Democrats don’t like the Electoral College, because during the past 32 years, the Republican Party’s presidential candidate won a majority of the popular vote in a national election only one time, but the Republicans still won the White House three times.
Americans fought the Civil War, at least partly, over whether the United States Government had the right to overturn state decisions on fundamental issues such as elections. While the Union won that conflict, the Reconstruction amendments to the United States Constitution never overthrew the federalism concept. Now, Democrats and some Republicans want to bring an end to what the Civil War didn’t even destroy.
#4 Many Republicans have focused on “election integrity” as the key issue. It’s an important issue, but it’s not the critical one.
Conservatives, or those who fight for liberty, have failed to communicate their message well during the past three decades. Liberty instigated things such as gas-powered automobiles, computers, the American and European victory over Hitler and the Japanese during World War II, and even Mickey Mouse. Individuals, such as Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, George Patton, and Walt Disney grew up in a society where free ideas flowed copiously and children and young adults received a formal and practical education, which taught them to use their minds to apply ideas to the real world.
We’ve lost the benefits of liberty after we’ve spent seven decades since the post-War era raising taxes, looking for collective solutions to every problem, growing dependent on government largesse, indoctrinating children into collective mindsets in public schools, and even turning our churches into socialist camps.
If those who love liberty ever are to win the ideological war, they’ll need to fight a lot smarter. They’ll need to demonstrate the benefits of liberty in the form of great ideas applied to provide productive solutions to societal problems in free markets.
Breaking windows in the Chambers of the House and Senate don’t demonstrate anything other than thuggery and an aimless mind.