A collection of thoughts and comments on various topics.
|For this blog post, I chose (elected) Option 3 TABOO (POLITICS) January 6, 2021 was the date of The Insurrection. What were your views then and now? Did it affect you? When did you find out? Was it justified or criminal or just a picnic?
Getting right to it: the rioters were wrong. I can see no justification for clearly criminal behavior. Up to the point the crowd breached the barriers they could, perhaps, have made the case they were merely exercising their First Amendment right to peaceful assembly. That argument went out the window as soon as their conduct became unlawful. The crowd's actions quickly escalated from criminal trespass to physical assault, in many cases using makeshift and actual weapons.
Everyone who participated in the riot should be held accountable for their actions. I think the organizers and leaders, as well as those who committed assault should face jail time, those who destroyed Capitol property should at least be fined, and those who "merely" trespassed should be required to perform Community Service (they helped make a huge mess, so having to do some cleaning seems appropriate).