The ignominious events in the nation’s capital on Wednesday will not soon be forgotten.
Images of an enraged mob overpowering police and breaching the walls of the U.S. Capitol, the West’s pre-eminent citadel of republican self-governance, will hinder Americans’ already cratering faith in their government’s institutional integrity and tarnish their belief in American exceptionalism.
These are the sort of sordid deeds, and the sort of searing images, that one normally associates with malefactors in a developing nation or a banana republic — not what Abraham Lincoln once called the “last best hope of earth.”
Hypocrisy, of course, abounds. It is more than a little rich for partisan Democrats and their sycophantic media mouthpieces to only now condemn anarchic mayhem and the wanton destruction of private and public property, following their systemic refusal to do so amid last summer’s harrowing, monthslong antifa/Black Lives Matter riotous rampage across the nation’s urban corridors.