Thirteen days is far too long, not to mention dangerous.

Today must be a day of reckoning in the United States of America.

The euphoria on the morning of the 6th of January over the election of Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock to the U.S. Senate and the soon-to-be majority for Democrats in that chamber quickly dissipated as radical MAGA extremists assaulted the U.S. Capitol Building.

As the images of mayhem, insurrection and, yes, domestic terrorism flowed from televisions across the nation, disgust turned to disbelief turned to anger. Today it is outrage.

The New York Times Editorial Board said it best:

“President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress incited a violent attack Wednesday against the government they lead and the nation they profess to love. This cannot be allowed to stand.”

Photo of Trumpist terrorists storming the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 2021
Trumpist terrorists stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 2021. Photo from Business Standard.

It cannot be allowed to stand.

The attack on the U.S. Capitol Building by Trumpists, and the incitement to violence by Donald Trump himself, are crimes against the United States of America. They must be punished accordingly.

GOP members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives who have been nurturing conspiracy theories and spreading falsehoods about the 2020 election, and who objected to certification of states’ Electoral College votes, granted false credence to the terrorists’ actions. They are a collective insult to our Constitution and our nation. They are despicable.

This cannot be allowed to stand.

Think about it. 

If instead of Trump pushing lies, enflaming hate and inciting violence in the Capital yesterday it had been any one of us, today we’d be looking through bars.

Yet today Donald J. Trump remains the president* of the United States.

Remember, the primary title of any president is, first and foremost, citizen. And like any citizen, presidents must answer for their seditious acts.

As for Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Kevin McCarthey, Mo Brooks and the rest of the rabble who objected to Electoral College certification, my hope is they are dealt with, harshly, in their next elections. Political positioning and calculations for future electability should never, ever, disrupt their duty to We The People and our Constitution.

When the outrage of today has subsided somewhat, our new Congress and president need to change our laws so we never again have a lame-duck president in power for two-and-a-half months. While there are legitimate concerns about the preparedness of an incoming administration, one of the many things we should have learned yesterday is that 10 weeks carry too much potential for catastrophe.

Only 13 days remain in this presidency, but for Trump that is far too long. Removing this spiteful narcissistic, delusional citizen from office immediately by any legal means possible is the minimum necessity. We The People can deliberate on his punishment once that is done.

None of this can be allowed to stand.

Today must be a day of reckoning in the United States of America.

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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger ( nonprofit founder ( and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


bz · January 7, 2021 at 7:18 pm

This needs to grow from a quiet voice to a grounds welling roar!
No one claiming to be a “patriot” can oppose this and should be, not only fully on board, but in the forefront of the swell!
At the very least, any Republican who said things in favor of the insurrection must be censured in the harshest terms.
No, it’s not ‘ok’.
No, it’s not going to be the “new normal.”

Brad Bray · January 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm

preach it brother. i have lived too long and have seen too many public officials get a slap on the hand for egregious acts of lawlessness and violence. time to take a stand for gods sake. this shit has got to be stopped or it will just continue to bleed us dry….

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · January 7, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Right on, Brad. Fifty-two years of this shit is enough for me.

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