Never, in My Most Chilling Nightmare . . .
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, stands amongst the most tragic days of my life. Never, while I floated aboard the U.S.S. America off the coast of Iraq, nor when I stared at the dark and menacing, windowless buildings in Somalia where terrorist snipers lurked, nor when I proudly showed my kids the faded words of the United States Constitution at the National Archives, nor when I saluted the flag flying at half staff at the Washington Monument, nor as I admired the words etched upon the walls of the Lincoln Memorial or the quotes from Thomas Jefferson memorialized in his monument did I fathom the gross violation of our most sacred institutions and the shedding of blood that would take place in Washington, D.C. on the first Wednesday in December. I felt as utterly helpless and as violently defiled as I did when I saw those two airplanes pulverize the sides of the World Trade Buildings a little over 19 years ago.
But unlike 911, when I watched the broadcasts from the mainstream media, there was no solace, no sense of union, and certainly no consolation. Back then there was some degree of objectivity, some sense of commonality, and some semblance of decency when the press reported on the day's events. On Wednesday, there was no such respect; only an agenda of hatred, anti-American propaganda, and blame.
But make no mistake, the shaming delivered by the mainstream media, inclusive of Fox News, made me not react any more negatively to the objects of their fury, but rather to their own reckless disregard for objectivity, truth, and journalistic integrity.
Today, I will not point any accusatory fingers at anyone assembled in D.C. From a video appearing to show Capitol Police ushering people past the Capitol barricades and into the Capitol, to one of a Capitol Police Officer leading a group of non-personnel to the Capitol's second floor, to the shooting of a young woman in a crowded space surrounded by Capitol policemen seemingly oblivious to her presence until she was shot, to the storming of portions of the Capitol by individuals looking like no Trump followers I've even seen, there is too little information and too many unanswered questions to perform a post-event analysis. But even now, there are observations to be made and insights to be gained, and some of those I will share with you.
I start by saying that all laying the responsibility for these events squarely at Trump's feet are themselves hypocrites. I heard the President's speech twice, and at no time did he encourage anyone to storm the Capitol or bring violence against other Americans. In fact, as the Capitol was being stormed, President Trump was still at the podium with the overwhelming majority of his followers attentively listening and cheering him on. Nor can it be said that the President set the stage for a few disgruntled individuals, intoxicated with vitriol, to lay siege upon the Capitol. That too is utterly false.
The reason the events took place in the Capitol Wednesday, the details of which are still to be hashed out, is that our country has dreadfully failed a large portion of its citizens.
First, the press has horrifically failed us. Its merciless, four-year assault on a duly elected President serves as an insult to those who ever believed in his agenda and in the man behind it. Their failure to report his accomplishments coupled with their zeal in attempting to bury him time and time again is unfathomable. Candidly, every time the media wrote "unsubstantiated claims" or "without any evidence" referring to President Trump's campaign against the grossest election theft in the history of earth, it stung me like a dagger through the heart, and I am sure, it pierced the chests of Trump supporters just as deeply, especially when each of them could see the evidence of voter fraud and election theft even in the dark of night.
Second, our leaders failed us, as they have made it their agenda to dismantle, denigrate, and impeach our President rather than staying focused on charting a course that's best for the American people as opposed to one that's worse for Trump.
Third, every agency or person that was supposed to serve as a stopgap against fraud and election interference failed us as well. From the local elections offices to the Supreme Court of the United States they recurrently refused to review the allegations of voter fraud in real time. As it did when I first raised it before Thanksgiving, my question still stands. If the election is so secure and those suspecting its disruption so off, then what do we have to fear from auditing and scrutinizing each and every vote cast for the President and for Biden?
All that needed to be done to quiet the President's supporters as well as the President himself is for each of the contested states to admit that there were inconsistencies in the electoral and canvassing processes and conduct an open review of the votes within these jurisdictions. If the President was right, then thank God we found them. If the President was wrong, then Joe Biden will not have to struggle with the illegitimacy nightmare that is about to befall him.
However, this obvious solution was repeatedly ignored, and those who professed it were harassed, belittled, and called conspiracy theorists. Thus, we failed to perform our required review, and here we are, in a mess much greater than the one we encountered on November 4th.
Make no mistake; I am not condoning the events of January 6th nor am I giving a pass to those who perpetrated them. On the contrary, I am wholeheartedly, unreservedly, and emphatically condemning them with all my might. The heartache of watching our nation's most hallowed Chambers, areas where the most upstanding of our nation's citizens are prohibited from trotting because those halls are so incredibly hallowed is orders greater than the one I experienced when I realized that our nation's presidential election was being brazenly stolen.
What I am saying is our nation is in the midst of a downward spiral that left unaddressed will end with the needless shedding of more blood and the disruption of some of the greatest institutions humanity has ever known or strived to create. The only chance we have at preventing our obliteration is to be honest with ourselves and identify the true problems for our demise, and they have little to do with Trump.
The events we witnessed yesterday are the direct result of our culture, of our abandonment of God, of our dismissal of our values, and of the disruption of our families. These are the reasons why what happened yesterday transpired, and the sooner we correct it, the better. The undeniable truth about why the events we witnessed on Wednesday took place is the same one that afflicts every Banana Republic. It is simply because some people, misguided or not, felt they needed to take matters into their own hands when their government failed them. On Wednesday, we saw the latest and growing manifestation of the reaction to the systemic and ongoing failure of our great Republic and her institutions, and it is high time we all took a deep breath and worked to fix them rather than to destroy each other.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org