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January 6th Commission

M. M. Sands

Voice of One
Don't EVER claim to back the blue again. You don't deserve to be protected by the Capitol Hill Police. I will certainly vote against you next time you're up for election, and will do everything in my power to get others in Tennessee to do the same. You took an oath. Obviously, that means nothing to you.
 
Senator,

You took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States! Verbably you support the law enforcement segment of our society!
But when it comes time for you to stand up for both, you failed. At a time when you as our elected representative, should be working to restore our economy and help heal our Nation in the spirit of brotherhood, you failed to the Nth degree.

On January 6, 2021 our nation's Capitol suffered the worst physically destructive attack since 1812! Both attacks had the same intention, destroy/disrupt our civilized governance. Thank goodness in 1812 we had Patriots that defended our Country! Your non-vote on 5/28 demonstrates your cowardly leadership. It is sad as we approach this Memorial Day weekend to honor those brave service men and women who paid the ultimant price for our freedom, that you chose to not show up to simply vote to uncover the core leadership of the 1/6 insurrection. Any farmer knows that you have to destroy the root system of Johnsongrass to rid it from your cropland. By your inaction, no doubt remains in our minds that you want to protect the leadership of the 1/6 insurrection.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.



Richard Ledford
Cleveland, TN
Honorable Discharge - US Army
 

plumber

Voice of a Town
Senator,

You took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States! Verbably you support the law enforcement segment of our society!
But when it comes time for you to stand up for both, you failed. At a time when you as our elected representative, should be working to restore our economy and help heal our Nation in the spirit of brotherhood, you failed to the Nth degree.

On January 6, 2021 our nation's Capitol suffered the worst physically destructive attack since 1812! Both attacks had the same intention, destroy/disrupt our civilized governance. Thank goodness in 1812 we had Patriots that defended our Country! Your non-vote on 5/28 demonstrates your cowardly leadership. It is sad as we approach this Memorial Day weekend to honor those brave service men and women who paid the ultimant price for our freedom, that you chose to not show up to simply vote to uncover the core leadership of the 1/6 insurrection. Any farmer knows that you have to destroy the root system of Johnsongrass to rid it from your cropland. By your inaction, no doubt remains in our minds that you want to protect the leadership of the 1/6 insurrection.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.



Richard Ledford
Cleveland, TN
Honorable Discharge - US Army
Many in the political and media establishment have cast the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol as one of the darkest episodes in American history, comparing an episode in which one person was slain (a protester shot by police) to 9/11, Pearl Harbor, the Civil War, and the British sacking of the capital city in 1814. Seizing on the gravity of a mob trying to interfere with the process of recording Electoral College votes after a presidential election, Democrats impeached Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 breach and put him on trial in the Senate. Democrats have also spearheaded a congressional investigation – one focused on the former president – that will likely stretch into next election season.


Republicans, Trump supporters, and others see a double standard at play in Democrats’ emphasis on Jan. 6. They note that many Democrats cheered nationwide protests and some even put up bail after the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer -- prolonged unrest that generated far more death and destruction. They argue that groups associated with the summer’s violence, such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, themselves aim to subvert democracy, and acted accordingly in targeting cops, public offices, and private businesses.

The electorate itself is divided, but doesn’t necessarily view this issue as an either/or choice. Polling shows that a large majority of Americans support the idea of examining the causes of both the 2020 summer riots in America’s cities and the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

It is clear, then, that many Americans see two sides to this story. In keeping with its mission to fill gaps in press coverage, RealClearInvestigations is launching a running compendium of data, with hyperlinked sourcing, comparing the damage done on Jan. 6, and the subsequent treatment of those accused of perpetrating it, with two other recent events: the summer 2020 riots and – in some ways a closer analogy – the all-but-forgotten riot in Washington on Inauguration Day 2017, as protesters challenged Donald Trump’s election and legitimacy much as Jan. 6 rioters challenged Joe Biden's.


RealClearInvestigations has found that:

  • The summer 2020 riots resulted in some 15 times more injured police officers, 30 times as many arrests, and estimated damages in dollar terms up to 1,300 times more costly than those of the Capitol riot. George Floyd rioters were found to have used more sophisticated and dangerous tactics than did the Capitol rioters, and in some cases weapons of greater lethality.
  • Authorities have pursued the largely Trump-supporting Capitol rioters with substantially more vigor than suspected wrongdoers in the earlier two cases. Many accused Capitol rioters, unlike accused participants in the other riots, have been held in pretrial detention for months – with one defendant serving more time than the maximum sentence for the charge to which he pleaded guilty. Some allegedly endured solitary confinement and other mistreatment.
  • With authorities applying lenient prosecutorial standards in many major cities torn by the summer riots, the vast majority of charges last year were dismissed, as were charges in the Inauguration 2017 unrest. Charges have to date been dropped in only a single Capitol riot case.
  • https://www.realclearinvestigations...ons_jan_6-blm_comparison_database_791370.html
 
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plumber

Voice of a Town
Senator,

You took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States! Verbably you support the law enforcement segment of our society!
But when it comes time for you to stand up for both, you failed. At a time when you as our elected representative, should be working to restore our economy and help heal our Nation in the spirit of brotherhood, you failed to the Nth degree.

On January 6, 2021 our nation's Capitol suffered the worst physically destructive attack since 1812! Both attacks had the same intention, destroy/disrupt our civilized governance. Thank goodness in 1812 we had Patriots that defended our Country! Your non-vote on 5/28 demonstrates your cowardly leadership. It is sad as we approach this Memorial Day weekend to honor those brave service men and women who paid the ultimant price for our freedom, that you chose to not show up to simply vote to uncover the core leadership of the 1/6 insurrection. Any farmer knows that you have to destroy the root system of Johnsongrass to rid it from your cropland. By your inaction, no doubt remains in our minds that you want to protect the leadership of the 1/6 insurrection.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.



Richard Ledford
Cleveland, TN
Honorable Discharge - US Army


Democrats immediately, and without evidence, painted the one-hour occupation of the Senate side of the building as a full-fledged insurrection, a well-planned and highly organized attempted coup d’état intended to keep President Donald Trump in office and Joe Biden out. The sole casualty from violence was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Trump supporter and veteran, shot to death by an as-yet unidentified member of the Capitol Police. Three other pro-Trump protestors died outside of medical emergencies, two of them heart attacks. The death of a police officer at the scene was for weeks blamed on a blow to the head by a protestor, but that also turned out to be due to a medical condition. Still, almost every news article on the subject describes the event as a “deadly insurrection,” falsely insinuating that Trump supporters were on a killing spree.​

 

plumber

Voice of a Town
Senator,

You took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States! Verbably you support the law enforcement segment of our society!
But when it comes time for you to stand up for both, you failed. At a time when you as our elected representative, should be working to restore our economy and help heal our Nation in the spirit of brotherhood, you failed to the Nth degree.

On January 6, 2021 our nation's Capitol suffered the worst physically destructive attack since 1812! Both attacks had the same intention, destroy/disrupt our civilized governance. Thank goodness in 1812 we had Patriots that defended our Country! Your non-vote on 5/28 demonstrates your cowardly leadership. It is sad as we approach this Memorial Day weekend to honor those brave service men and women who paid the ultimant price for our freedom, that you chose to not show up to simply vote to uncover the core leadership of the 1/6 insurrection. Any farmer knows that you have to destroy the root system of Johnsongrass to rid it from your cropland. By your inaction, no doubt remains in our minds that you want to protect the leadership of the 1/6 insurrection.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.



Richard Ledford
Cleveland, TN
Honorable Discharge - US Army
Despite the single violent death that day, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put Jan. 6 on a par with Pearl Harbor, where close to 3,000 Americans died and the US Pacific fleet was crushed, ushering in the biggest war the world has ever endured. Schumer and others also likened the event to 9-11, where 3,000 ordinary American men, women and children perished in a terrorist plot.

Evidence of any insurrection conspiracy was again notably lacking in testimony given during the first day of the House Jan. 6 hearing last week. The hearing included just two Republican participants, both noted anti-Trumpers. Evidence has also been lacking in the indictments against the alleged “insurrectionists.” Many of them have been languishing in solitary confinement for months in a DC jail, without any bail being set, held on misdemeanor trespass charges or low-grade felonies. By contrast, thousands of persons arrested in the summer riots were immediately released and thousands more had their charges dropped. Then-Sen. Kamala Harris, now vice president, helped promote a fund to bail out those who were held in jail.
 

plumber

Voice of a Town
Senator,

You took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States! Verbably you support the law enforcement segment of our society!
But when it comes time for you to stand up for both, you failed. At a time when you as our elected representative, should be working to restore our economy and help heal our Nation in the spirit of brotherhood, you failed to the Nth degree.

On January 6, 2021 our nation's Capitol suffered the worst physically destructive attack since 1812! Both attacks had the same intention, destroy/disrupt our civilized governance. Thank goodness in 1812 we had Patriots that defended our Country! Your non-vote on 5/28 demonstrates your cowardly leadership. It is sad as we approach this Memorial Day weekend to honor those brave service men and women who paid the ultimant price for our freedom, that you chose to not show up to simply vote to uncover the core leadership of the 1/6 insurrection. Any farmer knows that you have to destroy the root system of Johnsongrass to rid it from your cropland. By your inaction, no doubt remains in our minds that you want to protect the leadership of the 1/6 insurrection.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.



Richard Ledford
Cleveland, TN
Honorable Discharge - US Army
The emotional testimony given by police officers at the House hearing was authentic, especially as some of them were among the 100 or so injured in the violence. The compassion shown by the Democrat House members was well deserved, but one wonders why they had little to say about the 100 police and Secret Service personnel injured in the May 29 BLM/Antifa assault on the White House last year, or the estimated 2,000 cops injured in BLM/Antifa riots over the late spring and summer of 2020. Everyone is justifiably appalled at the alleged $1.5 million in damages done by Trump supporters to the Capitol, but Democrats seem oblivious to the estimated $2.5 billion in damages caused during the summer riots.

The left expresses outrage that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had to be whisked out of the House chamber by Capitol police, and that some of her staff cowered under their desks during the incursion. But they mocked Trump when he and his wife and child, under orders from the Secret Service, took refuge in a secure underground area during the White House attack. Comedian and leftist icon Stephen Colbert drew guffaws when he joked how “The big, strong ‘law and order’ president hid in an underground bunker.”

Here’s the problem: For months last year, the left normalized rioting as part of “peaceful protests.” Who can forget the CNN reporter, the cityscape in the background flaming, describing the “mostly peaceful protest” he was covering? The bear spray, fireworks, clubs, helmets, shields, frozen water bottles and strategic stockpiles of bricks and other weapons employed in the BLM/Antifa events, along with extreme aggression toward police, were a model for some of the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol. When rioters repeatedly tried to burn a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., why were they not hunted down and charged with both arson and attempting to interfere with government proceedings?

o call Jan. 6 an insurrection is to dilute the severity of the charge. This was a despicable riot in a building that has been partially burned once and bombed several times by true enemies of the country. There were no firearms seized from protestors outside or inside the Capitol, and the invaders didn’t seem to have a plan for what to do once they got in. There was no leader, no hostages taken, no formal demands made and no snipers taking up position. Fortunately, no invaluable art was destroyed and no fires were set. This was a constitutional protest that, like so many others last year, was hijacked by extremists who converted it into an ugly melee. No evidence has been produced of any effort to kidnap Pelosi, although certainly some of the rioters wanted to confront her.

The “siege” ended with the invaders taking selfies and heading back to their cars and homes, where some found FBI agents waiting for them. Congress was back in session within a few hours, the Electoral College votes were duly counted, and Joe Biden was declared president.

With that tumult behind us, we need to consider the current tendency toward unequal and politicized treatment of US citizens under color of law. That is a much bigger threat to democracy than an afternoon of DC rioting.
 
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