January 6, 2022
Exactly one year ago today, the Capitol of the United States of America was under siege by an unruly mob, bearing “Make America Great Again” hats, and Trump-Pence signs. A violent attack on the Capitol, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Civil War, rioters surged the building, and as the smoke cleared, onlookers were shocked to learn a woman had died in the process.
A year has come and gone since then, and for many it has only become a distant memory. But the attack on the Capitol was a small draw on the veil that covers American politics that put the malice and dangerous potential of an influential man in a position of power having access to the trust of the masses on full display.
Donald Trump, then the President, said in a since deleted tweet, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever!” Later, when accused of purposefully inciting a mob to disrupt the democratic process, he denied having connections to the hooligans who surged the Capitol, even when days earlier he tweeted that very message above, giving his praise and approval of their actions. But the true horror of this event lies beyond Donald Trump. He has left office, and while his influence is far from gone, his story has startling implications for the gullible and easily provoked nature of our citizens.
We have lost the treasured unity of years long passed, and it has culminated in a volatile society where a man with a penchant for lying can become the leader of the free world. And not only that, this same man can incite an attack on the sacred land that is our Capitol, for the first time in decades. What does this mean for our future? It may have been a year, but there is no reason to assume we are in any less of a precarious position than before. It is only a matter of time before someone else rises to assume Trump’s place and causes sufficient chaos and further divides us to the point where misguided citizens reflect this event with even more significant consequences.