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Sprinkle: A national disgrace with no clean hands in sight | COMMENTARY

We were “stunned,” and we were “shocked” by the unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Why? Nobody noticed the broadening chasm threatening for years to split the country into angry, opposing camps? Nobody noticed the simmering cauldron?

We can assign all of the blame to Donald Trump and his supporters for fueling last Wednesday’s debacle, but in doing so, we deceive ourselves. In truth, few emerge from this national scandal with clean hands.

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Everyone knew who and what Donald Trump was before he was elected — a coarse man who spoke his mind with an unfiltered mouth. And yet, that was what drew people to him; they were angered by the silver-tongued, bait-and-switch politicians who regarded the American voter as nothing more than a means to an end. He was the forgotten man’s president.

Moreover, Trump was a hard-core businessman with an exceptional ability to “get things done,” and he ran the country as a business, handling criticism with an epithet and a shrug. He basked in the devotion of his followers and the chants at his massive rallies: “We love you! We love you!” Losing a second term by what he and many believed to be questionable means was the impetus for him to look for a way to circumvent the election outcome — and for his followers to find their way to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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But in America, we believe in individual responsibility. We march, we chant, and we protest, but above all, we resist, we deplore, and we denounce violence. Few in America would disagree that those who participated in the Jan. 6 debacle are without excuse, and all of them should be prosecuted.

Yet at the same time we condemn Republican lawbreakers, we condemn Democrats who are equally in need of hand sanitation. Their incessant, four-year tirade against Trump brought about an ever-tightening coalition of his followers who watched as liberals and their media accomplices launched attack after attack, concocting farcical stories about Russian collusion while simultaneously refusing to acknowledge Trump’s historical accomplishments.

They watched cities across America held hostage, burning night after night, and citizens and police attacked, injured and killed, stores looted, federal, state and city buildings attacked, national monuments destroyed. They watched people like Maxine Waters and Cory Booker tell liberals to seek out Trump supporters and “get up in their face.” They watched Kamala Harris support groups raising money to bail rioters out of jail. They watched her say of protesters, “They’re not going to stop and everyone beware, because they’re not going to stop … nor should they.” And they watched Nancy Pelosi’s ho-hum approach to the whole thing: “People will do what they do.”

One would have thought that following the hours of terror Congress must have felt on Jan. 6, they would have had some empathy for those in cities like Portland who lived that same terror day after day, month after month. Apparently, that was too much to ask.

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Now, in what is likely go down in history as one of Congress’ dumbest misadventures, they will attempt to rid themselves permanently of the “enemy of the state”; they will brand Trump with the inability to hold public office again. That should work — except that Trump has five children, any one of whom may choose to run for office in the future, a daughter-in-law now poised to run for a seat in the North Carolina senate, a very capable son-in law, and well over 70 million extremely unhappy voters.

Additionally, this leap-before-you-look crowd has aided and abetted big tech companies in their massive censorship of conservatives, throwing yet another log under a cauldron already on the brink of boil-over. But far more importantly, their reckless behavior threatens to incite the very people they’ve labeled “domestic terrorists.”

If we’re to reunite this country, it’s going to take more than Joe Biden. All Americans need to remember that when you “sow the wind,” you can expect to “reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7), and unless cooler, saner heads in Congress prevail, Harris’ warning may well come to fruition: “... everyone beware, because they’re not going to stop.”

M.K. Sprinkle writes from Hampstead. Her column appears every other Saturday. Email her at sprinklemk@comcast.net.

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