Today, people being labeled protesters stormed the Capitol building and stopped certification of the Electoral College results. I lived next to Capitol Hill and worked for Congressional staff for more than a decade. Here are my thoughts.
My thoughts are with my friends, neighbors, former clients, and former co-workers on Capitol Hill who just try to do their jobs and live their lives. My thoughts are with the staff and Congressional members whom I have known who were shot in a grocery store parking lot, shot at in a practice baseball field, and threatened countless times. My thoughts are with the Capitol Hill police who try to protect all of the above and still allow citizens unfettered access to their representatives. My thoughts are with AOC who has been threatened credibly countless times. My thoughts are with the 6 police officers who regularly had coffee at the table across from me after their shift protecting AOC ended – and they were willing to lay down their lives for her even though 5 of the 6 disagreed with her views.
My thoughts are with the Republic, for which it stands.