This past Sunday, my wife and I drove down to Washington, D.C., as it has been months since we were last down there. What we saw broke our hearts. The White House was completely fenced off from the public as was the Old and New Executive Office buildings, and you could no longer enter Lafayette Park. Traveling down toward the Capitol was even more terrible. High double fencing, topped with razor wire, surrounded the entire complex, including the Senate and House office buildings, the roads in front of the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
I served my country in uniform for more than 40 years in an effort to ensure its liberty and, yet, Washington, D.C., looked like an armed camp. Believe me, I hated the events that took place on Jan. 6 as much as the vast majority of the public on both sides of the political spectrum. But I feel that the word is out, loud and clear, that this should never have happened, and those that took part are presently being hunted. It is dubious in my mind that there are "insurrectionist" waiting around in the bushes to attack again. It is time to take down the fences, the double walls, the razor wire, the military truck barriers, the guards, the rifles, etc. and return to a normal living. It is time to return their Capitol to the people of the United States and return the National Guard to their homes. Let's stop being paranoid.
Col. Duke Stanton