Historians have long gauged America’s darkest dates and most newsworthy events in terms of the number of casualties.
Sept. 11, 2001, certainly jumps to the forefront, especially for anyone under 60.
Then there’s Dec. 7, 1941, “a day which will live in infamy,” as then-President Roosevelt declared. It shocked the world and was newsworthy for three reasons: (1) the U.S. was at peacetime, (2) more than 2,000 servicemen and innocent civilians died and (3) it catapulted the country head-first into World War II.
There are outliers to that pattern, however, such as when a popular U.S. president was shot and killed while riding in an open limousine in Dallas: President John F. Kennedy’s assassination makes Nov. 22, 1963, a date etched in history. However, I am sure 99% of Americans could not identify the dates that President Abraham Lincoln was killed at Ford Theatre or President Ronald Reagan was shot on a street in Washington.
Now the left has added another date to these great calamities of American history: Jan. 6, 2021.
What does that date mean to you?
Well, to Vice President Kamala Harris it deserves to be mentioned … well, I will let her say it:
“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them, where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault,” Harris said at the Capitol.
“These dates occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. Dec. 7th, 1941. Sept. 11th, 2001. And Jan. 6th, 2021.”
There you have it.
At Pearl Harbor, 2,403 died and 1,178 more were injured. The casualties included 2,008 sailors, 218 soldiers and pilots, 109 marines and 68 civilians.
On Sept. 11, 2001, counting the three sites of terrorism, 2,977 innocent people died. The event changed so much about our world, how we travel and our sense of freedom and security.
Now let’s get to the facts, not the propaganda, of Jan. 6, 2021. The day’s events began as a protest of the November 3 presidential election, labeled “Stop the Steal.”
According to an April 2021 press release from the Washington, D.C. medical examiner’s office, protesters Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, both died of cardiovascular disease. Greeson had a heart attack on January 6, and he died the following day.
According to D.C. police, on January 7, Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennisaw, Ga., suffered a “medical emergency.” The New York Times stated on January 15 that Boyland died “in a crush of fellow rioters during their attempt to fight through a police line, according to videos reviewed by The Times.” That narrative was extended by prosecutors pressing criminal cases against some of the rioters who said that as rioters clashed with police, Boyland “was dying after being trampled by the mob.” So far, more than 750 have either been tried, convicted or reached plea deals for their roles in the protest-turned-riot that day.
A Capitol Police press release the day after the riots stated that Officer Brian Sicknick “passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty.” The report stated that Sicknick “was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed.” It was reported he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. A coroner’s report later stated Sicknick died from a series of strokes.
Also, four other Capitol police officers committed suicide during the following six months after January 6. Many of their family members attribute their deaths to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting from what happened that day.
And then there is Ashli Babbitt.
Babbitt, 35, was an Air Force veteran and Trump supporter who was shot point blank by Capitol Officer Michael Byrd as she tried to climb through a window to the House chamber. She died within minutes.
So, there you have it.
Now, let me be clear: No death is to be devalued or taken lightly.
But there was one person who did not die of natural causes or suicide, but rather as a direct result of the violence that day. And that person was a so-called perpetrator, a Trump supporter.
Casualties aside, the left continues to push January 6 as one of the darkest days in U.S. history, because it was “an attack on our democracy.” It was an attempt to overturn the results of our president election. It was a violent mob that wanted to prevent the certification of the election results.
President Biden, who ran as the “great uniter” of the country, couldn’t help himself during the one-year ceremony that marked that day. He went scorched earth on his predecessor and his predecessor’s supporters. Anyone who still supports Trump also supports what happened on Jan. 6, 2021.
Again, for the umpteenth time, what comes out of Joe Biden’s mouth rivals reality.
The mainstream media has spent the past 53 weeks closely examining every angle of Jan. 6, 2021 and will continue to do so. Last Thursday, most networks spent hours commemorating the event and its aftermath, just as if it was the first anniversary of 9/11. One CBS segment even honored “the heroes of January 6” and included people who swept up the broken glass or cleaned the statues or turned up the overturned chairs inside the Capitol.
Yes, they should be honored right up there with the first responders who gave their lives rushing into the World Trade Center on 9/11 or those brave passengers who forced that jetliner down in Shanksville. Or the sailors, who battled furiously before dying of their injuries or saved others, on Dec. 7, 1941.
That’s sarcasm, folks.
Honoring those who worked security on January 6 in the same breath as these heroes who gave their lives is a flat-out disgrace.
Now, I wasn’t there that day in Washington, D.C., but I have seen the video clips and pictures and read the testimony.
I also have studied our country’s wars and battles, from World Wars I and II to Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. Limbs were lost and bodies blown to bits. Soldiers and sailors drowned, were shot multiple times, were decapitated and bled out or died instantly—by the thousands. So, naturally, the veteran survivors witnessing such events came home with PTSD. And I know something about the attack on Pearl Harbor, having read several books, watched all the documentaries, visited the memorial several times and spoken with survivors over the years.
Having bottles thrown at you, or a window busted in your face, or an angry mob storming your way and living to tell about it is a tad different from experiencing the events that occurred on Dec. 7, 1941.
Believe me, all this media coverage—hours and hours and hours—of Jan. 6, 2021, what led to it, what happened that day and the investigation and charges afterward, may cease to exist if one thing would happen.
If Donald Trump would announce at any point that he will not run for president again in 2024, these stories may fade into our memory.
Otherwise, the hours of coverage of this day will only increase right up to the 2024 presidential election.
The media and the left would have it no other way.
And they are re-writing our history in the process.