This insurrection has been in the making for years, perhaps decades.
Just to address one piece of this process, every Republican who has been advocating for legislation to make it harder to vote is directly and personally responsible for this because they have been perpetuating the myth that large numbers of ineligible voters are voting, based on zero evidence.
And that includes all the Repiblicans on this board who have ever suggested that the fear of illegitimate voting justified strictures. When it was no one but they themselves falsely stoking those fears.
I can’t remember everyone who did this, but prominent in my mind is one (apparently former) member of this community, Bricker, an educated person, learned in the law, who offered this vile justification repeatedly, cackling in glee over any successful attempt to restrict voting, gerrymandering, and other methods of effecting minority rule.
I don’t know why he chose to leave but I can only hope that it was in part over the shameful realization of his part in bringing about the Trump era.
These views and arguments amount to declaring a desire for some citizenship to be raised above others. Whatever reason given, it is a contemptible position to take.
All these small steps over the years, they were among the rhetoric that slowly paved the way for a violent assault on democracy.
Yes, it was an assault of unprepared and unorganized fools, a children’s crusade. But it marks a turning point. America is permanently changed because of what they have done, and what you have said and done to pave their way.
Shame on you. You have defiled the country. You are traitors to your people. You are traitors to those of us you have tried to disenfranchise. I despise all of you. I shall not forgive you.