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Heroes in the Darkness

“What has violence ever accomplished?  What has it ever created?  No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet.  No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders.  A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.”   – Robert Kennedy

Since the violent insurrection on January 6th the murderous mob who stormed the Capitol and its internal conspirators are still being investigated, arrested, and will be brought to justice for their seditious crimes.  But in the aftermath, Washington DC has been turned into a heavily fortified “green zone” protected by 25K National Guard ahead of the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris due to the overwhelming domestic terrorist threats to stop the peaceful transfer of power.

The threat of insurgency is so great and so widespread, all 50 state capitols have been put on high alert. State law enforcement and militaries are preparing to uphold their oath to protect and defend against enemies… domestic.

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

In these dark and fearful days, the kind once unimaginable, if we focus on the terror, we’ll steer into it; we must look for the light.  We need to see the heroes who defended democracy.

Officer, Eugene Goodman

(via Twitter)

Single handedly holding off the mostly white racist, insurrectionists, Goodman, an Air Force Veteran, used himself as a decoy and led the violent mob away from the Senate chamber and into the hands of other officers.

Officers Fanone, Hodges, and Laury

The harrowing videos of these three officers are overshadowed only by their personal accounts as they fought not just to protect the Capitol but for their very lives.

Rep. Mikie Sherrell (D – NJ)

An Air Force Vet, Sherrell’s training in reconnaissance came back to her the day before the attack when she noticed tours being given inside the Capitol; tours that had been forbidden since March 2020 due to Covid restrictions. She alerted the Sargent at Arms and the information she’s provided is being used to investigate Congressional conspiracy with the insurrection.

Rep Jim Crow (D -CO)

Crow is a former Army Ranger, who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the House chamber was attacked, he helped others put on their gas masks, lock and block the doors, and instructed lawmakers to remove lapel pins so they wouldn’t be identifiable in case the mob broke through.  He was the last one to leave the chamber.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D – AZ)

A Marine Iraq War vet, Gallego calmed lawmakers, explained how to use gas masks, then prepared to fight back the mob.

Rep. Peter Meijer (R -MI)

One of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump, Meijer is a freshman Congressman, ergo he hasn’t voted for and or enabled him as President.  While all the Republicans who crossed over should be applauded for doing so, to have the courage of one’s convictions to do so only three days after taking office is heroic.


It is hard to say what the state of our democracy will be a week from now, at the end of the day on January 20th, or even 24 hours from now.  But if it is to endure, it requires all of us.  Since 9/11, the mantra of New York City has been, “If you See something, Say something.”  Over the next week be safe, be alert, and if you see something, say something immediately.   We the People need to be heroes for our country and democracy.

We can be heroes!

So to all the heroes who saved our democracy two weeks ago, the 25K uniformed heroes in Washington DC protecting it now, and those who will be heroes and preserve it for the future, theOUTfront dedicates David Bowe’s, “Heroes.”



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