January 6, 2021, a date that will live in ignominy!

Commentary

A day that promised to be euphoric turned into one of the worst days in the history of the United States of America.

(Note to readers: I know I told you that I was taking a break from Around the Block to spend more time with other writing projects. Yesterday’s events however, were so egregious I found I could not live with myself if I didn’t comment on them. Thanks for your indulgence.)

December 7th will forever be remembered as “a date that will live in infamy.”

September 11th will forever be remembered as the “9/11 attack.”

January 6 will forever be remembered as “a date that will live in ignominy.”

It is impossible to believe that on a day in which the election of President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala was to be certified by Congress; on a day in which the final results of the Georgia senatorial election put control of the Senate into Democratic hands, ended up as a day that could be considered the worst day in the history of our formerly great democratic republic.

The roller coaster events of January 6 have left me in a state of shock. I sit here deeply depressed, in disbelief and overcome with emotion. And, perhaps more than anything, I am angry. Angry at the man who occupies the White House. Angry at the GOP senators and House members who have enabled him and helped to foment yesterday’s events. Angry especially at the two highly educated but ultimately moronic publicity hounds, Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, who have put their unencumbered ambitions above the security and tranquility of their constituents and their nation.

I am appalled that the only people who were arrested yesterday in Washington DC were the ones who broke the 11pm curfew, while no one, absolutely no one who stormed the Capitol was taken into custody and charged with, at the least, illegal assembly or breaking and entry, but more appropriately with sedition and treason.

I am appalled that Rudy Giuliani and Representative Mo Brooks, who both appeared with the man who occupies the White House at the rally at The Ellipse and who both, along with that man, incited the crowd to march on the Capitol, have not been arrested for inciting a riot.

I am appalled, but not surprised, that the man who caused the January 6 insurrection, in his speech as the mob was breaking into the Capitol said,

“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election. And everyone knows it….so go home, (and in keeping with his “there are good people on both sides” theme), we love you, you’re very special…”

Think about this for a moment:

  • 1814, the U.S. Capitol was set on fire in by the British during the war of 1812. The British were a foreign enemy. On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Capitol was breached illegally by dissident American citizens in a coup attempt perpetrated by the sitting U.S. President
  • In 1861, another sitting president, Abraham Lincoln, took the country to war against the insurrectionist, rebellious South. During that war he succeeded in never allowing the Confederate flag to enter in, or fly over, the U.S. Capitol. On January 6, 2021, American insurrectionists brought Confederate flags into the U.S. Capitol.
  • In 1941, a foreign entity, the Empire of Japan, attacked U.S. Naval forces at Pearl Harbor. On January 6, 2021, citizens of the United States of America attacked and took over the U.S. Capitol building.
  • In 2001, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked by Al-Qaeda, a foreign terrorist organization. On January 6, 2021, American terrorists attacked and took over the U.S. Capitol and put a halt to the workings of the U.S. government.

As if all this wasn’t bad enough, what are the politicians and news media focussing on?

They’re focussing on the inadequacy of the response to the insurrection, not the insurrection itself. It is unconscionable that the powerful and the influential are not talking about the the wrong thing.

Except, for one – Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) who said this morning:

“This is the first time since the War of 1812 that the Capitol Building has been invaded and occupied. The most concerning thing is not necessarily the failure of planning or the failure of response, it’s that our current President incited this action. This is a fire that he first lit in Charlottesville, and is only been building in intensity over the last few years. It will only be solved by the removal of President Trump.”

There is only one way to remove him before he wrecks more havoc on the nation: invoke the 25th Amendment. After being thrown under the bus by his boss this week, doesn’t it seem about time for our brown-nosing Vice President to wipe the presidential excrement off his nose and do the right thing.

Because if he doesn’t, no one knows what’s next!

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

9 thoughts on “January 6, 2021, a date that will live in ignominy!

  1. Had a feeling this would bring you back. What a disgrace and we need to hold people accountable for this attack on democracy.

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    1. The 25th Amendment is a start. Hawley and Cruz should be censored at the least. Giuliani and Mo Brooks should be charged with incitement and Trump should be removed before he can pardon himself and his miscreant family. Although taken down, in the heat of the moment Princess Ivanka did tweet that the insurrectionists were “Patriots.”

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  2. I knew you would be back! Always a pleasure to read your blogs! Couldn’t agree with you more! This moron has disgraced us in front of the entire world!

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  3. “…appalled, but not surprised” is probably as damning a thing one can say, Tedster.

    Can just hear the reverberations from overseas, from our friends and allies: “What were they thinking?”

    Sheesh…what a country.

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  4. Completely agree, the spotlight needs to be on Trump and his complete responsibility for everything that has transpired. The huge problem is also going to be rooting out all of those individuals in our secrurity system whether police of N.Guard or whatever who are in sympathy with white supremacy. It is going to be a monumental task.

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  5. We were mesmerized and although tried to get something done, just watched aone of the most horrible incidents our country has withstood. And although Trump said he would be with them on Pennsylvania Ave and walk with them, who really thought he was going to do this. And it took Biden coming out and making a speech that brought Trump out and started his “calming” message with the election was stolen from us!!!

    I was glad to see that the Congress reconvened later to continue their work. Don’t understand Senator Hawley’s continuing his objections but really can’t believe Ted Cruz was so verbal. Despicable!!!!

    One bright spot – Merrick Garland will be nominated for AG:)

    Hope this finds you, Charon and your girls healthy. The best in 2021 to all.

    Love Sue – and Dave too

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    1. Yes and that bright spot was made even brighter by watching Biden nominating and introducing the new DOJ team and their remarkable diversity and their introductory speeches. Like yesterday, it’s bringing tears to my eyes…but unlike yesterday, today they’re happy tears! God Bless President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and at least half of the United States of America.

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  6. I am also heartbroken for our country!!! I can’t work through the feeling of depression over the way the pandemic is being handled by the Federal Government and the insurrection that Trump has been fueling for 4+ years. Yes, all his enablers need to be held accountable. They sold their souls to the devil and now need to pay the price. However, what about the voters who discounted their unease with Trump, but voted for him out of greed, religious beliefs, or in defense of the state of Israel. I want them to pay the price too. I am so angry. I don’t see how I can communicate with them ever. I read a great piece in the NYTimes DealBook by Sorkin about businesses who backed Trump and how there should be blowbacks on them. Thanks for being here again so I can vent.

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