Category Archives: Special Online Issue: Capitol Insurrection 2021

Stepping Back from the Brink?

By Robert S. Taylor

The attack on the Capitol has revealed for the entire world to see that our democracy is fragile, and its survival is not ensured. Donald Trump is no longer President, but the poison he tirelessly pumped into the body politic is still coursing through our veins.

The violence on January 6 resulted in five deaths, but its threat to our country cannot be gauged by these numbers. With a little more coordination among the attackers, with less individual heroics by such Capitol Police as Officer Eugene Goodman, and with less good luck, members of the House and Senate, and even the Vice President, could have been “arrested” or killed, and the final step in the constitutional process for certification of the election of the president perverted …

Perception and Reality: The Urgency of Finding and Fixing Extremism and Racial Bias in the Armed Forces

By Rachel E. VanLandingham & Geoffrey S. Corn

Many Americans were undoubtedly dismayed by the news that as many as 20% of participants in the January 6th insurrection – a percentage about ten times greater than the percentage of Americans who volunteer to serve in the military – were current or former members of the armed forces. And for good reason. The active or even passive participation of those who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, is especially damning.

As disappointing as the deeply-flawed judgment of these men and women may have been, even more troubling would be a failure of the military institution to seize upon this moment as an opportunity to take a hard look at how and why the corrupted message that inspired this insurrection produced such appeal …