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LETTER: Capitol attack was not a patriots' act
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LETTER: Capitol attack was not a patriots' act

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Map shows the White House Ellipse, site of a rally that sparked Trump loyalists to march to the U.S. Capitol and breach the building.

The definition of a patriot is “a person who vigorously defends his county.”

The definition of a terrorist is “person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

You be the judge: Was last Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol an act of patriots or domestic terrorists?

The attack left one police officer dead, a terrorist killed and four others dead from the stress and excitement.

In the United States, we all have the right to peacefully petition our government. That is guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

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But what I witnessed was a bunch of rioters incited to riot by our president, trespassing on our most sacred symbol of freedom, and bent on the violent overthrow of the government.

In my book, that is homeland terrorism. People were bent on treason, attempting to overthrow the government of our country.

Anyone, especially those in elected office, who feels that what went on at the U.S. Capitol was a patriot’s act should be removed from office and not allowed to seek office ever again.

Here is a guide for those who think rioters’ actions were patriotic:

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Fred McBride


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Abraham Lincoln took his first oath of office when the Union was breaking apart and his second during a bloody Civil War to hold it together. Franklin Roosevelt took his oath during the Great Depression and another during a world war. Eight other presidents took the oath under sudden circumstances when their predecessors died in office; Gerald Ford took his following our only presidential resignation.

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