Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 01/11/2021
Here are some reflections on the horror show at the Capitol. I’m sure I’ll manage to tick off everyone by the time I’m done:
• This was not an insurrection, it was a rioting mob.
• This wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement and support of Donald Trump, who in my mind has committed a criminal and despicable act in so doing.
• The police were not sufficiently prepared and they should have been. Having said that, the decision to wait, let the energy subside, and then clear the place and pursue prosecutions later probably prevented more injuries and fatalities.
• The people running through the Capitol are supposedly in favor of “law and order.”
• I was proud of the Congress returning to complete their Constitutional duty.
• The claim that, if the people storming the Capitol were largely people of color there would have been a more violent police response, I believe is true.
• There needs to be a tighter control of white supremacy groups and movements.
• There needs to be a stronger police presence and action when protests turn into riots and stores are robbed, businesses ruined, and arson committed. Groups taking over swaths of downtown in cities like Portland without police ending it quickly is absurd.
• “Defund the police” is an empty slogan which trivializes the real intent to end police brutality and underestimates everyone’s need for uniform protection.
The gyroscope of democracy will right the ship. We’ll be stronger for this, and wiser. One hopes we’ll see the leadership that’s required in Washington and elsewhere to end demagoguery and foster a new compassionate and intelligent government.
I don’t know about you, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m headed to church, just to make sure I cover all the bases. Thanks for listening to my “sermon.”
What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.—Robert F. Kennedy
In 1968, America was a wounded nation. The wounds were moral ones; the Vietnam War and three summers of inner-city riots had inflicted them on the national soul, challenging Americans’ belief that they were a uniquely noble and honorable people.—Thurston Clarke
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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