Democracy at Risk: Domestic Terrorism and Attack on the U.S. Capitol
85 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2021 Last revised: 14 Feb 2022
Date Written: March 19, 2021
The year 2022 begins with democracy hanging in the balance. On February 13, 2021 Donald John Trump becomes the only American president to be impeached and acquitted twice. His acquittal for the second time follows a violent mob, having been incited by the lame-duck president into marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to break into and vandalize the Capitol Building. It is now known that at least 138 law enforcement officers suffered from or received burns, concussions, rib fractures, heart attack--- and at least 5 deaths are attributed to this insurrection. More than 725 individuals are subsequently charged for their role in this violent crime. Here is our account of the events leading up to impeachment and the Constitutional duties and responsibilities that follow.
This article proceeds in ten parts. First, is a discussion about the tragic events of January 6, 2021 violent insurrection and storming of the U.S. Capitol Building. Second, is an inquiry into President Trump’s enablers. Third, I focus on impeachment and the relevant single article. Fourth, is a discussion of trial in the Senate. Fifth, for context and perspective, I briefly look at the first impeachment of President Trump and his four years as president. Sixth, is an inquiry into the growing threat and participation of militias and domestic terrorist organizations in the chronology of relevant events. Seventh, is a look at the role of social media in radicalization. Eighth, I discuss the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Ninth, is an inquiry into post-Capitol attack developments. And last, I conclude.
Keywords: anti-terrorism, Boogaloo Bois, Charlottesville, constitution, corruption, coup, domestic terrorism, Facebook, fake news, 14th Amendment, impeachment, incitement, insurrection, militias, misinformation, Parler, presidency, Proud Boys, QAnon, radicalization, removal, rule of law, white supremacy
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