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spect and regard for what is not yours, has become widespread. What we learned on Jan. 6 is that this pathology is nationwide, in all political streams, and not limited to the left.

The incident on Jan. 6 was just the latest in many such incidents.

I am not the first to point out that exactly the same behavior was rampant across the country in years prior to Jan. 6, 2021, perpetuated by Black Lives Matter and other progressive groups and justified by the same leaders of the Democratic Party that are now driving the Jan. 6 witch hunt.

In July of 2020, a mob toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore and threw it into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

When asked about this, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is from Baltimore, responded, “People do what they will do.”

The reporters prodded Pelosi to condemn the mob action, but she refused.

The mob behavior and mentality on display on Jan. 6 was already getting rooted in our country and justified and encouraged by political leaders in the Democratic Party.

Suspicions about improprieties in the electoral process in 2020, which led up to the Jan. 6 incident, were and are quite justified given the closeness of the election coupled with the track record of dishonest behavior in the Democratic Party.

Behind the first impeachment of President Donald Trump was grossly improper and illegal behavior in which the socalled Steele dossier, fabricating evidence of the Trump campaign conspiring with Russia, amounted to the FBI working with the Democratic Party to undermine a Republican president. Where is the investigation of this grotesque incident? All is quiet.

As the core values that were the basis of the founding of the USA are undermined and purged, as eternal truths are displaced by politics, all sense of truth and meaning is being lost. The result is a dangerous tendency to anarchy.

I call on Republicans to take on responsibility for leading the nation back to its core values. And to advance these truths in our minority communities, where for years the left has co-opted the message of freedom and personal responsibility with a message of blame and victimhood. Releasing these communities from the left will also release us from such close elections.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www. COPYRIGHT 2022 CREATORS. COM

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