Re: Associated Press reporter Jake Coyle’s article (“Jan. 6, 2021: A national day of infamy, half remembered,” Jan. 6): The storming of the Capitol a year ago by Trump’s Republican minions reflects the vulnerability of whatever democratic traits and institutions we have. Those minions were hardly outliers of the Republican Party. A Quinnipiac poll found that, while 93 percent of Democrats correctly saw the attack as an attack on government, only 29 percent of Republicans agreed.

The Republican Party has become democracy’s most dangerous enemy. Nothing is more crucial for democracy than universal suffrage. Republicans have done whatever they could to cripple universal suffrage. They have proposed over 250 new laws in 43 states to limit mail, early in-person and Election Day voting. It would be too honest, and too politically costly for them, to publicly announce “We despise, fear and hate democracy.” Nevertheless, while their public words refrain from publicly proclaiming that, their actions loudly trumpet precisely that.

Roger Carasso

professor emeritus

California State University, Northridge

Santa Fe

Paws praise

Every Thursday, the first page I turn to in this newspaper is the Paws page. I applaud the always inspiring column by Sandra Jaramillo for jump-starting my day with her love for animals and her marvelous storytelling talent. A small city such as ours should be proud of such attention devoted to our fellow animals that live by our sides. Thank you for making the lives of our pets, our livestock and the wild creatures that abound such a vital part of Santa Fe and its vision of the life well-lived. This is sign of true civilization.

Georgia Jones-Davis

Santa Fe

Remove the impediment

President Joe Biden laid it at our feet when he spoke Thursday, the anniversary of the terrifying event unleashed by the former president. If Germany can admit the Holocaust and South Africa can admit Apartheid, why can’t we as Americans expel the lie that our election was stolen? We must counter with truth at every opportunity. Time does not stand still; it is running out. Our democracy is in danger of becoming a failed experiment. We must reclaim our voting rights and let the majority rule. One party is an impediment to the full exercise of one citizen, one vote. It must be turned out of office next November.

John Velasquez

Santa Fe

What’s under the hair?

Polls indicate 70 percent of Republicans believe President Joe Biden is not the 46th president. Republican members of Congress who criticized the then-president (45) a year ago have now turned 180 degrees and prostrate their opinions and egos to his whims. How did we get to this state? Is it a magical spell that shows brains an impossible physical structure and makes the susceptible brains more receptive to bigger lies and manipulations? The lies start with 45’s hair — former President Donald Trump has been inculcating susceptible American brains with his combover for 50 years or more! From the 1970s, images show an evolving combover that continues to more extravagantly defy nature and even physics. The influence of the hairstyle is greatest the nearer one is to it, given the number of high officials who forget the law when they are working with him. Does it cover an alien mind control grid?

Leonard Scott Sheldon

Santa Fe

Against LANL expansion

Regarding the editorial (“Powering up LANL: Project needs explaining,” Our View, Jan. 2), I disagree with what seemed to be your initial premise that “increased production of plutonium pits … is a matter of national security.” Increasing nuclear weapons production actually runs counter to our national security — it will only ratchet up the arms race, putting the whole world at greater risk and making us all less safe.

We already have thousands of nuclear warheads. One can annihilate a whole city and kill millions. We have enough nukes to destroy many Earth-sized planets. Yet Los Alamos National Laboratory will be producing 30 new nuclear bomb cores per year by 2026, and 80 to 100 per year by 2030. How many worlds do we plan to destroy for our “national security”? I would like to see our local newspaper take a detailed look at the serious harms that plutonium processing could do to our environment and health — and then take a stand opposing LANL’s expansion.

Marcy Matasick

Santa Fe

(32) comments

Khal Spencer

I would call it the Marx Brothers/Duck Soup version of an insurrection if you pinned me down. With honorable mention to Howard, Fine, and Howard for organizing principles. These clowns were never going to overthrow the government. Its only, as the Chair of the Joint Chiefs said, when the guys with all the guns are behind an impostor that we need to worry. Or, when the whole electoral system is jury-rigged to provide a predetermined outcome. Kinda like those old USSR elections when Alexi Kosygin got 99% of the vote.

Mike Johnson

Yes Khal, I think a couple dozen Navy Seals or Army Rangers could have made short work of these unarmed wannabe "insurrectionists".

Khal Spencer

Close friend of mine is a retired Navy SEAL. I'll have to discuss this with him when he next wanders by this way. He is quite conservative, but no friend of this sort of bad behavior that we saw a year ago.

Russell Scanlon

Mr. Johnson—check your eyes your ears and your memory. It was an insurrection. No amount of magical thinking and obfuscation on your part will change anything except your intellectual integrity.

William Walker

Thank you. It's important to point out the sophistry in which some take refuge concerning an issue as important as a direct attack on Constitutional order and, hence, our democratic republic.

Mike Johnson

If it is where are the charges? Insurrection is a criminal offense, it can be charged, where are the charges? Until there are charges, this was just a riot. Face facts, the DOJ has no evidence of insurrection, and neither do you.

Richard Irell

Just a riot. I’ll remember that line the next time you comment on a BLM event.

Mike Johnson

I never said those were anything but riots, except they included things like looting and arson, which didn't happen Jan.6. The BLM riots also didn't include insurrection......

Khal Spencer

From what I see, if you are on the left you might call it an insurrection. If you are on the right, you might call it a riot. I'll leave it to David Yamane because to me, it is in the grey area but as Mike has said, no one has been charged with an insurrection so everyone can call it what they want for political reasons. Its the courtroom that counts.

https://gunculture2point0.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/blacks-law-dictionary-entry-on-insurrection/

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]And indictment is just the first step, there has to be a jury conviction to really count as "insurrection", or whatever other things the left wing wants to call this.

William Walker

I would ask Mr. Johnson if it is possible to have an attempted coup without an insurrection. What occurred on 6 January 2012 was an attempted coup, no matter that it looked as though it was a kind of theater of the absurd. Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and QAnon went to D.C. with one goal at the behest of Trump and his closest advisers: to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by compelling Pence to go beyond his Consitutional capacity to certify the election. Under his Constitutional remit, Pence had no choice but to certify. Of the 725 arrests so far, at least 155 of those arrested were members of these pro-Trumo groups. What the DOJ has or has not done in bringing charges is not relavant to the linkage between an attempted coup and the insurrection behind it.

Mike Johnson

Mr. Walker, if we look at the definition of "coup" we see this: A coup d'état ; French for "blow of state"), often shortened to coup in English,[1] (also known as an overthrow) is a seizure and removal of a government and its powers. Typically, it is an illegal, unconstitutional seizure of power by a political faction, military, or a dictator.[2] Many scholars consider a coup successful when the usurpers seize and hold power for at least seven days.[2]". So was the attempt to get Pence to exceed his clear constitutional powers, so that the election result was nullified, a "coup"? I am not sure it fits that definition in the sensu stricto fashion. But, since no one has been charged with sedition or, 18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government, I suspect it does not, at least not enough for the DOJ to charge it of anyone involved in the riot. In fact, no charges of any kind along those lines have been levied or even rumored, that I know of, and the DOJ has also not even asked for enhanced sentencing on the few felony charges for "domestic terrorism", as is allowed under the law. And regardless, the press and left wing politicians hav all settled on the term "insurrection", and. repeatedly have labeled the rioters as "insurrectionists", so I think that ship has sailed. But words do matter, so brush up on what these things mean:.....https://www.chicagotribune.com/featured/sns-liststory-what-is-treason-sedition-coup-20210107-gegwe2fqqndqfedsff3vdo32va-list.html

William Walker

This learned (and condescending) obfuscation misses the salient point. Trump and his minions of various stripes wanted Pence to refuse to do his Constitutional duty: to certify the election of Joseph R. Biden. That is all that need be said; it is quite simple. The result of their multi-layered efforts would be that Trump would remain as president. Under our system of government that is an attempted coup.

Mike Johnson

Well then, you have decided, so now we must await the DOJ, as they are the only ones who really count.

William Walker

How does the GOP's limiting the number of ballot drop-off boxes--one, e.g., for millions of voters in Harris Countyr, TX--amount to anything other than an attempt to suppress voting? Odd, isn't it, that most of the reported cases of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election was committed by Trump voters?

Mike Johnson

Interesting, having lived in Harris County for several decades, when there were no drop boxes or even mail-in ballots, and in fact it was near impossible to do anything except vote in person, I never knew our votes were being "suppressed".......snowflakes must run it all today.

Mike Johnson

Dr, Carasso, let me correct your assertion: "The GOP stands against voter comfort and convenience and for vote integrity". There, fixed it for 'ya........[lol]

Russell Scanlon

Except for the fact there is no widespread voter fraud and there never has been. And why would anyone want to make voting more difficult? Because they know they will owe without cheating.

Mike Johnson

What will they owe?

Russell Scanlon

Oh sure Richard—nothing to see here—except an attempt to overthrow the US government by a gang of white supremacists.

Richard Reinders

Hard to overthrow an armed government empty handed. Not sure they were all white supremacist.

Stefanie Beninato

Sorry, Lupe, but if most Republicans did agree then why hasn't there been an overwhelming outcry to charge the former guy and his minions with treason and an attempted overthrow of the government a year later?

Mike Johnson

If treason were committed, or sedition, or any other criminal offense, what the GOP agree on is irrelevant. Maybe you should be talking to the DOJ, as there has been no charges anywhere close to that for anyone charged yet in the riots. You think they are just waiting for something to charge Trump? Like what?

Richard Reinders

Trump is gone and the only people keeping him relevant are the extreme lefts constant conversation of him. Most Republicans did not agree with the nonsense that happened Jan 6th, The extreme left are using this as a smoke screen for all the issues created by this administration.

David Ford

Wrong again Richard, IMO. Perspective is an interesting thing as Karl Rove points out in his Op-ed about the reactions of retrumplicans if this was an insurrection by the left?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/06/karl-rove-says-republicans-must-condemn-capitol-attack/9114561002/

Not hard to imagine now would it from the likes of Jordan, MTG, Boebert, Johnson, Brooks, Cruz and all the other off the rails nut jobs allegedly "serving" the public and upholding the constitution.

Benghazi! Two and a half years, $8MM, and a complete waste of time by the right desperately trying to nail Secretary Clinton with something pre-election. Results? No "smoking gun" and no deliberate wrongdoing. Tragedy? Yes, but that is all.

Marine barracks bombing in 1983, tragedy? Yes, but primarily blamed on "lax" security by the Marines themselves. But I bet that if the president had been a Democrat instead of Reagan then the faux outrage by the right would be palpable.

rodney carswell

[thumbup]

Khal Spencer

Karl Rove hasn't always impressed me with his putting country before party, but he is spot on in that article.

And dang, David, the problem with 2017 was we could pass out plenty of pink hats to people, but no one wanted to grab stun guns, pepper spray, flagpoles, Monty Python hats, zip ties, a gallows, and a few ARs and march on the National Capitol. Sheesh, we Dems are soooo timid (insert sarcasm icon here for those who don't get it).

David Ford

[beam][thumbup]

Mike Johnson

Yes, Karl has many good points in his Op/Ed, including that "The GOP has a duty to condemn the riot and those who refuse to acknowledge it." I would fully agree, but you will notice nowhere did he say what the left wing Ds and the media have been saying, that this was an "insurrection". In another Op/Ed, a former AG for DC said people should stop calling this an insurrection. Words should have meaning, insurrection is a clear legal term with specific elements and is a chargeable crime. Of the 725 people charged so far in this, none have been charged with insurrection under U.S.C. 2383. So why is that term being used here by so many on the left wing and the press? All politics, not the law.

Richard Reinders

David, be honest do you compare this assault to WWII or 9-11, I think these guys crossed a major line and should be prosecuted to max for what they did but saying this is a coup is like saying a kiss is rape. Let’s keep everything in perspective.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]It is ludicrous and ridiculous to compare this riot to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, and intelligent people know better.

Lupe Molina

If most Republicans didn't agree, he'd be in jail right now.

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