Updated: Feb 19, 2021
I have been around a lot of years. Sixty Eight to be exact but I was nineteen years old when I got in my car and drove down from Long Island to Washington D.C. to join the May Day protest. The 1971 May Day Protests were a series of large-scale civil disobedience actions in Washington, D.C., in protest against the Vietnam War. These began on Monday morning, May 3rd, and ended on May 5th. More than 12,000 people were arrested, the largest mass arrest in U.S. history.
Members of the Nixon administration would come to view the events as damaging, because the government's response was perceived as violating citizens' civil rights.
Now, I am by no means condoning what took place on January 6th, 2021 at the Capital. In my view, and it should also be every American’s view, the protesters who breached the Capitol chamber should be arrested and prosecuted but you cannot hold thirty thousand people who were peaceably at that rally responsible for the actions of a couple a hundred irresponsible individuals let alone seventy five million voters.
All summer long, when Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Los Angles and New York were burned and looted, the so-called “unbiased” news outlets sounded a never-ending drum beat about how Black Lives Matter has a purpose and how people have been oppressed.
Yes, people have been oppressed, but why did the so called “unbiased” news outlets not explain the frustration and anger of the protesters who were out in front of the Capitol building on January 6 with the same level of sympathy and understanding that they gushed out over the BLM movement and its message?
Conservative views are under attack in this country and their voices are being suppressed. CNN and MSNBC are calling for Fox News, Newsmax and One America News to be shut down because they say they promote Domestic Terrorism. The real reason, they don't support their narrative. Twitter suspending President Trump's account because he insights violence yet the Iatola Kamani of Iran get's on Twitter and spews death to America and his account is still active. Parler, an open forum which promotes free speech has been shut down yet groups like Black Lives matter and Antifa get to organize violent protests on Twitter and Facebook. To quote Joe Biden, C'mon man.
Let me finish this article with this: The Reichstag fire was an arson attack on the Reichstag building, home of the German parliament in Berlin, on Monday the 27th of February 1933, precisely four weeks after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. Hitler's government stated that Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch council communist, was the culprit, and it attributed the fire to communist agitators. A German court decided later that year that Van der Lubbe had acted alone, as he had claimed. The day after the fire, the Reichstag Fire Decree was passed. The Nazi Party used the fire as a pretext to claim that communists were plotting against the German government, which made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany. The day after the fire, at Hitler's request, President Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree into law by using Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution. The Reichstag Fire Decree suspended most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, and the secrecy of the post and telephone. These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. The decree was used by the Nazis to ban publications not considered "friendly" to the Nazi cause.
Let me suggest to you that an American Reichstag Fire is on the horizon. We cannot let that happen. Not in the greatest nation on the planet.
Written by Walt Ryba January 23, 2021