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Leon Bibb on Capitol violence: 'We cannot lose what America stands for'

'You were violated and so was I.'

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — What happened Wednesday shook the pillars of democracy

To storm the very house of American democracy is a travesty, and to storm it at a time when lawmakers were working the most democratic of processes -- that of certifying the Electoral College votes of a new president was even worse.

What happened Wednesday was anti-democracy.

Democracy is fragile, requiring attention to its rule of law, justice and equality.

You were violated and so was I.

Some of us turn our heads away -- contending “it has not come to my house.” But it did come to my house and to your house and to our house. We cannot lose what America stands for: Rights, justice and the choice the voting people have made. If we lose that, we will have lost everything.

Question: Of those who stormed the seat of government, breaking in, what does that say? In the final two weeks of his presidency, do these scenes mark the end of the beginning? Or do these scenes mark beginning?

So much began with words, which incited violence.

Democracy is a fragile thing, which must be tended carefully, lawfully and with respect. The United States of America is a nation governed by the rule of law. Lose that and we really lose ourselves.


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