On January 6th, 2021, the world watched in disbelief as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol  as the results of the Electoral College were being formally presented—and challenged—in Congress. The riots left at least 4 dead, and many others wounded. Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, and Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, discuss the significance of this attack on the Capitol, the state of the Nation, and what Republicans and Democrats alike can do to fix this.

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  1. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher
    @HankRhody

    I think you’re jumping to conclusions that this is tit for tat. Tit for Tat applies if the proximate cause is more of the same. These people weren’t unhappy about the looting this summer, they’re angry about the stolen election. This is people resorting to violence because they’ve been taught that less dangerous options have been systemically shut down. Free speech? Lose your job. Voting? Stolen election. The courts? The courts refused to help. 

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security. 

    When exactly are you justified in reaching for the cartridge box?

    (Oh, and tit for tat is preferable when the alternative is knuckling under.)

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  2. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher
    @HankRhody

    I’m having some difficulty understanding the how the “violence is never the answer” attitude squares with the lecturing about first principles. The Declaration of Independence was a declaration of revolution, remember. 

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