Letter to the editor: Capitol riot was un-American

Posted 1/12/21

Capitol riot was un-American As a Littleton councilmember I swore to follow the Constitution and the law. At council meetings I pledge allegiance to our Republic. I take these commitments absolutely …

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Letter to the editor: Capitol riot was un-American

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As a Littleton councilmember I swore to follow the Constitution and the law. At council meetings I pledge allegiance to our Republic. I take these commitments absolutely seriously, and I believe that means condemning as reprehensible the raid on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Like so many people in our city, our nation, and all around the world, I watched it all unfold on live TV. I was stunned. I still can’t express how furious and sad I feel.

Some rioters carried “We the People” flags. Ironically, they disregarded that one of the fundamental purposes written into the Constitution is to “insure domestic Tranquility.” Five people are dead, including Capitol Policeman Brian Sicknick, tragically killed, his department said, after “physically engaging” the mob. My sincere sympathies go out to his loved ones.

Rioters also violently halted public congressional debate, again throwing aside the Constitution and bedrock democratic procedure. Article I gives legislative authority to the Senate and House, and very obviously not to mobs. The First Amendment, likewise, protects peaceful assembly, not chaos. The Constitution makes mayhem deeply un-American.

The Capitol raid tried to harm our shared Republic and undermine the rule of law. That is beyond unacceptable, and there should be no partisanship in totally denouncing it in the strongest possible terms. I hope we can take our shared anguish and in time channel it into something positive through a renewed insistence that we are American, and that America is a nation of laws. The mob is anti-American.

Scott Melin

Littleton

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