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January 6 offers Republicans a chance to lead America back to its core values

Star Parker
Conservative Opinion

Star Parker

Founder & President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education
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As the House of Representatives’ select committee continues its partisan probe of the Jan. 6 incident at our nation’s Capitol, they seem to be ignoring a key element that helped spark the emotions of that day: The Left’s continued assault on our free rights society. And now with that unfortunate day more than a year in our rearview, it provides Republicans a clear chance to hit the reset button and put America back on a more righteous path.

It was the Democrats who sat on their hands during President Trump’s entire four-year term as liberal mobs shouted insults and other vulgarities against his administration’s policies; it was the Left that refused to condemn the violence of the Black Lives Matter protesters during the summer of 2020 that wrecked countless businesses.

But now, seeing a political opportunity, they have seized on Jan. 6 and the aggression from some conservatives as a way to further strengthen the government’s hold on the American people. But there is no mistaking Jan. 6 as some outlier day. It was a day built upon years of frustration from the right seeing how Democrats have sought to expand government power.

The storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021 regardless of if and how it was planned, regardless of the motivations of those involved, put on full display for the world to see, a disregard for the principles of law, and the protection of property; values that are core to our founding culture. 

And unlike the civil unrest we have come to expect every time the progressive left doesn’t get its way, J6 caught the country off-guard – as this aggression was from the right.

The real lesson we can learn from Jan. 6 is that conservatives should not follow the lead of the Left and turn to anarchy and violence. It’s a chance to show minority groups across the country that the Left has worked to keep them under the government’s thumb.

It’s an opportunity to bring the country back to what makes the United States the greatest country in the world.

As we await findings and conclusions of the House Select Committee on the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack, let’s take a moment and do our own soul-searching about the state of our culture.

One of the areas for soul-searching is equating the political process some call democracy – to a culture that embodies the principles of a free society.

I think we can all agree that the mob behavior and mentality on display on Jan. 6, 2021 was already getting rooted in our culture.

Over the last decade we have seen aggressive and unhindered mob behavior and mentality embedding into a type of status-quo.

One only needs to look back to video from here in DC the day after the presidential 2017 inauguration to see when the fire turned the already raging culture war towards mob rule.

Most of us working in Dc rarely got a full night sleep during the entire Trump administration as the left’s rage took the streets loudly and vulgarly day after day, week after week.

It is an insult even to the most simple – anyone with eyes and ears, to not know that the protection of life, liberty and property — the pillars of a free society — had all been under siege from the left for quite some time.

But now, what has intensified this siege with alarming frequency, is that the right is not sitting back taking it any longer.

The vast expansion of government power through debt, taxation, and regulation amounts to a direct assault on the private property of American citizens. 

And America’s heartland is not only angry but fighting back.

The storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021 regardless of if and how it was planned, regardless of the motivations of those involved, put on full display for the world to see, a disregard for the principles of law, and the protection of property; values that are core to our founding culture. 

And unlike the civil unrest we have come to expect every time the progressive left doesn’t get its way, J6 caught the country off-guard – as this aggression was from the right.

I can personally relate to the anger after having had to move from my personal home because of something I said on national TV after the 2017 Charlotteville riots that the radical progressive left didn’t like.

I understand – that even a golden retriever will lash out if cornered and sees no avenue to escape.

But the right is and should be held to a higher standard. 

The right is the armor bearer to protect life, and liberty, and property.

And unfortunately, the pathology producing this disregard for the fundamental institution of protecting property has become widespread. 

What January 6, 2021, showed us is that this pathology is nationwide and in all political streams. 

I am not the first to point out that rampant mob behavior was on full display in 2020 perpetuated by Black Lives Matter and other progressive groups then justified by the same leaders of the Democrat Party that are now driving the Jan. 6 witch hunt.

In July of 2020, a mob toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore and threw it into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

When asked about this, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is from Baltimore, responded, “People do what they will do.”

The reporters prodded Pelosi to condemn the mob action, but she refused.

It is an interesting irony that the date of January 6th has historically been a high Holy Day called Epiphany, according to Christian tradition. A celebration feast day to attest the manifestation of a divine being.

As the core values that were embedded in the founding of our country are undermined and purged; as eternal truths are displaced by moral relativism and politics; our culture is losing all sense of truth and meaning. 

All comprehension of right and wrong. All understanding of life, liberty, and property.

And the result is a dangerous tendency to anarchy.

The very fact that politics is so divisive today is evidence that our federal government has expanded into too many places of our individual lives: places where it does not belong.

Forcing our lives to touch in too many places against our desires and values: places where we should have freedom.

The left always wants to interject Race into these discussions about the culture war.

Well, one lesson America should have learned from both Slavery and Jim Crow is that force is not an American ideal.

While the House select committee does its work which will more politicize and stir up the culture war, I call on Republicans to pivot the incidents of January 6, to take on the moral obligation and responsibility for leading our nation back to its core principles and values.

And then to advance these truths in our minority communities, where for years the left has co-opted the message of freedom and personal responsibility with messages of blame and victimhood. 

The GOP has in J6 a grand opportunity to release these communities from the left – as this will also then release our entire nation from close elections.

Leading us to a great Epiphany.


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