A quick, personal FAQ on the capitol riots
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A quick, personal FAQ on the capitol riots

Ferns, Alaska, 2005.

Q: Do you support what's happening in DC?
A:
No.

Q: Do you think it's Donald Trump's fault?
A:
No. People are responsible for their own actions. But he could have made the situation better and didn't. In 2016, we elected an immoderate man as a response to what we thought were immoderate times. Today's protests, like so many around the country over the summer, are what immoderate politics metastasizes into down at the retail level.

Q: Do you think the election was stolen?
A:
I don't know. Both sides use many approaches to win; not all of them are clean. I'm confident that not every vote cast was legitimate, just as I'm confident that the GOP, generally speaking, wants to make voting more secure -- which also makes voting harder for many people. But I know this much: If there were election shenanigans, your state capital is the place to protest, not Congress.

Q: So do you want the election overturned?
A:
If the state legislatures in contested states wanted to act, they could have. Again, the solution would be in the state capitals, not in Congress.

Q: What happens next?
A:
Dunno. Seems like the protesters -- some of whom were openly carrying weapons in famously firearm-unfriendly DC -- are inviting executive orders or congressional action regarding weapons. Longer term, the GOP will have to utterly repudiate this or risk being in the wilderness for decades. We don't have the luxury of resorting to violence and property destruction without consequence.

Longer, longer-term: This is neither the dawn of a progressive-power golden age or the end of the Republican party. We've seen worse and been through worse. America will persevere.