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Who I think about today

One year ago, we were being bombarded with lies by our president, and Fox News, and members of Congress who didn't have the spine to stand up to him.

Right wing radicals and thugs were working each other up with ridiculous stories about the election and Venezuela and cannibals.

And Madison Cawthorn was hyping himself up to give the speech that would unleash an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

One year ago, the Capitol Police officers we lost because of that attack were hoping to enjoy the new year with their families.

I think about those officers every day – about how they knew that January 6 was going to be bad. About the briefings they must have had, laying out the worst case scenarios. About how they woke up early that morning, and kissed their families goodbye and thought today really could be the day. I remember that feeling, in the final days of a 12-month deployment, when I'd pray every morning: "Please let me survive; I just want to get home and see my family again."

I think about how they stood shoulder to shoulder, duty bound, and didn't flinch as Cawthorn and Trump's QAnon mob attacked.

I think of them, and I'm filled with gratitude, admiration, and respect.

But that's not all.

Because I also think about how the radical right has demonized those officers.

I think about how members of the Insurrectionist Caucus has watched the videos of officers threatened, dragged, maimed, beaten and still questioned those officers' integrity and commitment to our country.

I think about how Madison Cawthorn called the criminals who attacked them "political prisoners" and fantasized about breaking them out of jail.

Cawthorn has learned nothing in one year. He's never apologized. In fact, he's only talked louder and more often about spilling American blood. Just this morning, he jumped online to defend Donald Trump's actions that day.

Here's the good news: despite Cawthorn and his pals' efforts, our democracy is still standing – thanks to folks like my brothers and sisters in uniform and those officers at the Capitol that day. Democracy means that we, the people, can come together, build movements, and elect representatives who'll defend our nation's founding principles.

Today, please join me in taking a moment of silence to appreciate our democracy and those who've sacrificed to defend it.

Let's go,

Josh

Posted on January 6, 2022.