Dress Rehearsal

The Munich Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 was a rehearsal for the Nazi takeover of 1933. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was a trial balloon for the 2001 attack.

This week’s terrorist attack on the Washington Capitol Complex by white supremacists is also a dress rehearsal, a stress test. The terrorists came with weapons, body armor, Confederate flags, neo-Nazi regalia, and zip ties to take prisoners. If decisive action is not taken, policy enacted, and lessons learned, in a few years we will see another far more effective decapitation attack on the U.S. Government and more importantly on the institution of democracy itself.

Right now, we progressive are laughing nervously because trump finally lost his social media access with less than two weeks to go in his presidency, and because an idiot tasered himself in the balls while looting the Capitol. And yes, it’s worth a giggle of relief, but we’d better get back to the business of securing democracy pronto.

This was a joint session of Congress, where every elected representative and the Vice President are in one place. The terrorists won’t miss twice.

Trump supporters wave American and Confederate flags at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.
Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters, used without permission.