The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was horrifying and should serve as a wake-up call. No elected officials, staff members or government workers should be threatened with execution for going about their duties. This is undemocratic and lawless. However, unity, healing and reconciliation are not possible without accountability.
Those who participated in the insurrection need to be identified, arrested and face charges. All those who incited and funded the actions of these individuals also need to be brought to justice.
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar has neither ignored his constituency nor pursued a single-minded focus on impeachment. For example, he voted for the House’s 2019 “For the People Act” (H.R.1) and the 2020 second relief bill, which were stopped entirely or delayed (and truncated) by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his party.
The Department of Homeland Security in 2020 designated white supremacist groups as the largest domestic extremist threat facing the nation and conflating that threat with Black Lives Matter (the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network has just been awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme 2020 Prize for human rights) or even antifa (a designation simply denoting being anti-fascist and not a formal organization of terrorists) is a misrepresentation of reality.
Asking, “Where was Aguilar’s outrage when his district has been terrorized by violence?” leaves me puzzled — to what was Ms. Wozniak referring? Over the last two years, there have been no violent protests in Redlands unless she is referring to peaceful protests for social justice. Blanket statements like this are inflammatory (at the least) and do not support the unity she is calling for.
I join with her in the hope that we can move forward, through thoughtful dialogue and mutual respect, to building a better Redlands. But, to do so, we need to start with the facts.
Tracy Wise, Redlands