Alec Rooney, News Editor
It needs to be emphasized that, despite media misrepresentation, something relatively amazing happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Windows and doors were broken. Clashes resulted in the deaths of at least two people, an unarmed female protester and a police officer, as We The People tried to regain some control of our off-the-rails government.
The crowd that marched down the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue was boisterous and energized but surprisingly calm, considering that inside their destination, the Capitol building, the vital, simple value of being able to cast a meaningful vote was about to be shamelessly, brazenly denied.
That is why they marched, when and where they did.
The enormous crowd “looked like America,” that well-known leftist term. Men and women in equal share, black and white, huge numbers of immigrants bearing signs and flags showing their Chinese, Mexican, Latino, Vietnamese, Iranian, Taiwanese, Canadian, Caribbean descent. College students, teens, grannies and grandpas, families with small children, goths, nerds, wheelchair users, blue-collar workers, ex-military, wives, mothers, husbands, loners and chanting groups from every state.
On Jan. 6, the American right to elect one’s own government was set to be overthrown, as Congress rocketed ahead with electoral vote certification despite countless sworn statements of voter fraud. There were also unlawfully altered state election regulations, grave and unanswered concerns about the entire election being decided by a handful of “swing states” after mysterious late-night halts of vote-counting, impossible shifts in vote data metrics, and even video evidence of ballot counters violating rules, unloading fake ballots and expelling observers who were not Democrats.
And overthrow free and fair elections, Congress did. They voted to make our voting meaningless. All without launching a single meaningful audit or investigation, with many daring to claim that the mass outrage outside actually justified their charade.
Outside, the patriots arrived and pushed forward, wanting their chants to be heard inside the Capitol. Despite the obvious anger the crowd was incredibly polite, helping tired and overwhelmed people get away, watching out for each other, picking up litter, lots of laughing and good-natured carrying on. There were some rough guys with helmets and body armor, but we witnessed absolutely no blows or attacks on police officers at our location on the western side of the Capitol. It was more like a human wave, pushing like people trying to get into a concert.
By the time CAN arrived at the top of the steps the House side doors were wide open and many windows were spider-cracked. Capitol Police stood aside apparently allowing the crowd inside, with cameras, to see what was unfolding there.
This is the amazing part. There was no broken statuary, no spray-paint, no flung bags of excrement, Antifa-style. There was noise, and the singing of the National Anthem, but even the velvet ropes cordoning off the statues in the Capitol Crypt were still in place. People chatted with the police, who stood back. Where they were guarding passageways, there was no confrontation.
For the majority, it was enough just to have gotten in here, and possibly been heard.
Outside again, about thirty minutes later, the police began their charge. They swept around the veranda in a solid wall and the batons and pepper spray started to fly. There was a semi-stampede. Mobile phones were dropped and trampled. Flashbangs went off and we decided to depart.
From our experience, this was not a crowd out to burn, destroy, deface and certainly not kill. They were We The People, they were patriots, and what they wanted and felt they had been denied, time and time again, was one simple thing:
To be heard.