On one side of our polarized national equation is a comparatively small group of immensely rich, politically powerful men, such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who own and control much of our media. This is similar to the robber barons and captains of industry during the late 19th century, except that our current “captains” benefit from government-sponsored, outsourced production which decreases our nation’s independence, power and wealth, and increases chronic, irreconcilable national debt.
On the other side of the equation are disenfranchised citizens who waited over 30 years to have their supply-side complaints addressed. Their aspirations were further marginalized when President Trump lost the 2020 election under questionable circumstances.
Mr. Trump encouraged his disgruntled supporters to continue fighting for their rights, not to storm the Capitol. Unfortunately, on Jan. 6 many Americans expressed their frustration by invading congressional offices in protest of being ignored by Congress and demonized by the media.
Though we are a nation founded by revolutionaries and consecrated by a civil war, insurrection must never be condoned. Illegal foreign nationals are often rewarded with free education, chances to vote and more. Should retribution for the Jan. 6 uprising be more severe than punishment for participants of the more far more violent and destructive Los Angeles and Detroit riots? Should the effort at conciliation be less?
The Washington riot was a cry of discontent. The shell game of media-promoted push-button issues created strictly as political distractions (think hate, race, LGBTQ+, abortion, religious sexual abuse, white supremacy, etc.) should be over. Restoring and improving our nation’s prior trade and economic system to previous levels of integrity, stability and vitality to promote the common good must be our main event.
LOUIS L. BOEHM
Orchard Park, N.Y.