Middle America Takes a Stand
By Bill Richbourg
Before I proceed, let me be clear that the thoughts and opinions herein are mine and mine alone, and do not represent the opinions of any member(s) of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.
First, the events at the U.S. Capitol were predictable. There is only so much that human beings can take before they reach a breaking point.
My guess is that a pandemic, the gut-wrenching endless lockdowns, economic catastrophes and openly rigged elections would challenge the most stable of individuals. Our leaders, who were insulated from all this, issued lockdown orders and then closed their eyes and ears to what was happening around them.
Of course, now they blame the president and act as if they are shocked that a few Americans did not have a limitless capacity to be lied to, laughed at, have their livelihoods taken from them, and finally, destroy their confidence that their votes meant anything when a “clean” voting system is literally at the heart and soul of a democratic republic.
Lets review. First, 2020 saw the COVID-19 outbreak that reached global pandemic proportions by March. Chinese officials misled the world about the origins of the disease without apologies. The only pushback came from President Trump. What did we hear from our political parties and the Congress …crickets!
U.S. authorities were contradictory. First, they assured us that lockdowns were temporary and merely in place to “slow the spread.” Then, they stood by, as weeks turned into months, that wearing masks was bad, then good, then optional and then, absolutely mandatory. They drove the economy into an abrupt recession that created economic wreckage among blue-collar workers and small business owners and employees.
Of course, members of Congress, federal and state employees, including public school teachers who by the way, have not spent a day in class in over 200 days, never lost a penny of salary throughout the pandemic lockdowns and were able to stay at home with their children.
Then we saw initially peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd turn violent with nightly rioting, looting and arson as Black Lives Matter and Antifa thugs hijacked the nation’s outrage over the Floyd death. And yet, the largely Democrat leadership of all the major cities refused to stop the riots, ask for federal assistance, or punish the rioters. In many cases we witnessed the insanity of leftist district attorneys, who immediately released rioters back into the community, which ensured that they could be back the very next night, smashing and burning and having a “good old time.”
Next, we have the 2020 presidential election that proved to be as revolutionary and contentious, if not more so, than the COVID lockdowns and restrictions. The radical transition to unprecedented levels of mail-in balloting tested the ability of state registrars to authenticate and count ballots. They failed! Democrats in a number of “battleground” states used the COVID restrictions as the perfect cover to execute unconstitutional and/or blatantly illegal maneuvers, allowing them to flood the polls with bogus mail-in ballots from voters, including non-residents, underage, dead, felons or illegals. If that wasn’t enough, they also flooded the systems with counterfeit ballots.
What is peculiar is that while every American is intricately familiar with the COVID pandemic and the effect it has had on our lives, this is not the case for voter fraud, despite the fact that the evidence was overwhelming. Making it worse is the fact that our politicians, the judiciary and the mainstream media refused to even acknowledge the existence of evidence, much less pledge to the American people to investigate.
This has to appear to average American citizens that the mountains of illegal activities to deny President Trump’s reelection are perfectly acceptable to our political leadership. A perfect example of this situation is the reaction to the recent disclosure that some 432,000 votes in Pennsylvania were removed from President Trump. Senator Mitch McConnell stated in front of the entire Congress that there were not enough “irregularities” to affect the outcome in any of the battleground states. Clearly, this had to further antagonize and frustrate American patriots, who are convinced that the election was stolen.
This explains, but certainly does not justify, the actions of a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands who came out to protest the stealing of the election. There is however, blame to go around. Speculation has it that if members of Congress or their representatives had simply come out onto the Capitol steps and spoken to the protesters, sympathized with the protesters, and indicated that they were investigating and carrying out their Constitutional duties, this would likely have calmed the crowds.
But it was not to be, and today the conservative heart of our country – the hard-working middle class men and women, are in a terrible position politically. Instead of Americans taking a stand against wantonly disregarded laws and fraudulent election results, the Trump administration will be forever stained by the misdeeds of a few violent insurgents.
I close with a couple of Thomas Paine quotes:
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
Bill Richbourg is a Member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee