This week was a disaster for the Republican Party. Thank God it’s finally the weekend!
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, was a low point for the modern Republican Party. It was a trifecta of events from hell.
The day began with the news that the Democrats had won both Senate runoff elections in Georgia. The Republicans have lost their majority in the United States Senate, giving Democrats control of both houses of Congress to complement their control of the White House.
Then, following a “Save America” rally, a group of hooligan quasi-terrorist Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, sparking a riot that ultimately caused the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Hill Police Officer.
Following the carnage of the afternoon, Joe Biden was officially certified as the 46th president of the United States.
I applaud the passion of most of the marchers who peacefully protested in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, but I have to wonder why that passion wasn’t exhibited in Georgia. Republicans really needed to win at least one of the Senate seats in the Peach State but ended up losing both races. Voter turnout was lower in traditionally Republican counties, despite it being higher in the suburbs.
I understand why Republican voters might have been discouraged given what happened in the November election, but banging on their highchairs and handing the Senate to the Democrats was a foolhardy decision, and now the rest of us will suffer the consequences as a result. The GOP should have won both races, but instead lost both. That is a self-inflicted wound that didn’t need to happen.
Then, there was the carnage on Capitol Hill. For the first time since the British burned the Capitol to the ground during the War of 1812, a large group attacked the Capitol. It was sad watching the Capitol be attacked by those on our own side of the political divide. Like President Trump himself said, it was wrong and those who committed crimes should be arrested and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
It boggles my mind that there are people who voted for Trump—although a small minority—who thought what those rioters did was justified and agree that violence was their only option.
That is simply not true. It was nothing short of a crime against our country, no matter how it’s justified.
The Declaration of Independence was invoked by certain parties to justify their actions, but that is an absurd comparison.
The British had inflicted absolute tyranny on the colonies and the only option left was to take up arms. That was most definitely not the case on Wednesday.
The Left presents a threat to what we as conservatives believe, of that there is no doubt. However, Republicans still control 31 state legislatures, the majority of governorships, and are poised to take back the House in 2022 if they don’t screw it up.
We have avenues, especially at the state level, to defeat the Left. It won’t be easy, but nothing that is important ever is. Violence at this stage of the culture war is the easy way out. It will be a years-long battle of ideas, and it is going to at times be brutal, but we can never forget that our ideas are better than theirs and they work. The Left’s do not. We have history on our side, and they do not.
The final act of the day saw Joe Biden officially being elected the 46th president of the United States. It was not a good day for those of us who are conservatives. Biden and the Democrats now control the legislative and executive branch, and if the Dems eliminate the filibuster, they’ll be able to push through their radical agenda.
However, if they keep the filibuster, then the next four years might not be as bad as it could be given that the Dems won’t be able to rubber-stamp their legislative priorities. Instead, they will have to work with the 50 Republican senators to get anything done (although I wouldn’t hold my breath that they will work with the Republicans).
Although it was a week of losses for conservatives, we aren’t going to give up. We can still defeat the Left and restore Constitutional principles to the nation. If President Trump has taught conservatives anything, it is that we must fight and never apologize for our beliefs.
The road to a great American reawakening won’t be a smooth one, but it is the fight of our lives. Each generation has its purpose, and this is ours.
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”- Thomas Paine