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G&J President Jane Leonard on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

Date Published: 01/27/2021

Author: Jane Leonard

Dear Readers: I was going to write a reflection this week on 2020 and all we had accomplished but was so horrified by the scene at the U.S. Capitol yesterday that I am stopped in my tracks. Trumpist thugs, domestic terrorists, however you define them, defiled the symbol of our democracy at the behest of their supreme leader. They delayed the certification of Electoral College results. They climbed the scaffolding & balconies set for the Biden-Harris inauguration where four years ago Trump announced at his inauguration that “This American carnage stops right here.”  

The carnage instead began that day, four years ago, and came to a retching violent crescendo yesterday. 2016 was a wake-up call for our democracy; 2020 began a reckoning for health, economic and racial justice. January 6, 2021, in the Christian tradition, was the Epiphany, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pointed out in reassembling Congress to continue their work into the wee hours today. Pray that enough citizens and elected and appointed officials who have supported Trump these many years experienced an epiphany of their own yesterday: a sudden and striking realization with 13 days left in our national nightmare that they had enabled a monster and monstrous behavior and now must help our nation recover.  

Pray that we never forget how precious and fragile our democracy is. May we all be resolute in the weeks and months and years ahead to rebuild our democracy, our government, our communities, and our economy so that it is inclusive of all of us, and equitable for all of us. Let us come together as a diverse vibrant American community that belongs to all of us, not to mob rule. 

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