For a democracy to exist there must be two viable political parties. On Jan. 6, 2021, some of the Republican Party went rogue in its attempt to overthrow our democracy with the intentions of installing the yolk of an autocratic government upon our nation.

The peaceful transfer of power was being thwarted, masterminded by Donald Trump and those Republicans who conspired with him. The Republican Party will forever be synonymous with attempting this coup for as long as the sun shall shine. It will grace our history books for infinity.

Just as Benedict Arnold was a traitor, so be it for those participating in this overthrow on Jan. 6. I ask those Republicans who took that sacred oath to defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic: Were those just mere words?

Those brave boys who waded ashore at Omaha Beach or trodded the rice paddies in Vietnam or any veteran taking that same oath and gave their all or left their body parts in some far-off land, were these just mere words for them? No, they believed in America and its values and their sacrifice and courage for this nation was preceded 200 years before by the courage of a 21-year-old who also believed in America as the British was tightening a noose around his neck last words, “I regret that I have only one life to give to my country.”

Was what happened on Jan. 6 a prelude of things to come? Is our democracy beginning its death spiral? Will we splinter into several smaller countries? History teaches us all civilizations rise and fall; we are no exception. Our destiny lies solely in the hands of the voters. May God bless our nation.

Earl Ferguson

Wurtland

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