Letter to the editor: Grassley proudly stands with democracy’s foes

The "destruction and violence that occurred in nearly every major city over the last year" is related to the destruction and violence that occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June 1921.

To the editor:

The alarm that we felt watching the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection demands a thorough investigation. The attempt to stop the transfer of power that day with violence is unconscionable. The peaceful transition of power is an essential element of a functioning democratic government.

In voting against the creation of an independent commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, Sen. Chuck Grassley objected that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not agree to form a “bipartisan committee” to “look at the many other attacks on government buildings and officials that occurred in the months leading up to Jan. 6.”

Grassley said, “If we truly want to get to the bottom of antigovernment violence, intellectual honesty demands that we take a broader look at the destruction and violence that occurred in nearly every major city over the last year.”

The violent attack on the Capitol Police and the trashing of the Capitol are not comparable to the many peaceful protests that in a few cases turned into riots. We already know what protesters were marching for across the nation last summer: racial justice. We do not know the insurrectionists’ intent in tearing down our democracy.

Julie Stewart Ziesman


  1. Oh my God! you are a clueless sheep. A few peaceful protests turned into riots? And there is now proof that some of the people at the capitol on Jan. 6th were actually Antifa and BLM plants. And of course there are the lies like a policeman was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher, and that dizzy moron AOC claiming she feared for her life when she wasn’t actually anywhere near the demonstration. You liberals are a piece of work. Nothing but sheep. lmao.

  2. Wow! There was so much wrong here. It would take too long to explain what insurrection means. Or the Capitol police letting people in, the involvement of Antifa/BLM, the actual people that died as a result of Capitol was one person, and you don’t know her name. The fact that Pelosi said no National Guard and waited for hours till she did okay them. Videos of Antifa changing into Trump supporters hats and clothing. This rant is what you get when you don’t ask questions of known liars. Follow blindly and turn your head when common sense arrives. This is sad.

  3. Many believe that those who broke windows in the U.S. Capitol and injured over 100 Capitol Police were actually Antifascists and Black Lives Matter followers. Hopefully, you all are writing Sen. Grassley and Sen. Ernst to vote for a commission comparable to a 9-11 style investigation to find out the facts.

  4. Fact check: We are not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic. If you don’t know the difference, turn the TV off and quit listening to career politicians who ignorantly and often purposely mislead the population by using the phrase “our democracy” to describe our system of government. Research the topic. Know the supreme law of the land- our Constitution. Don’t think the Constitution is the supreme law of the land? Think again. Article 6. Nowhere in the entire Constitution does the Constitution use the word “democracy” to describe the United States of America. Nowhere. However, it does use the word “republic.” Article 4- Section 4. Read it!

    • Actually, I have read it, and I took a semester of political science in college along with all my years of American history and social studies from the eighth grade and into high school. Those politicians aren’t nearly as ignorant as you think, neither are the vast majority of Americans who are high school graduates, and I’m darn well not ignorant either. The mistake you’re making is just because we have a republican form of government doesn’t mean it isn’t democratic in nature. They are not necessarily contradictory terms. We have what is rightly defined as a democratic republic. Besides, American citizens have been misled by politicians since the very beginning. The only difference now is which party tells the biggest and baddest lies and how often. Returning to the original subject of the letter: white supremacy, patriarchy, religious bigotry, the marginalization and exploitation of blacks, natives, homosexuals and any minority group whose very existence threatens white male hegemony have been part and parcel of our culture since we were still colonies of England. It is so pervasive and insidious as to be totally invisible to at least half of white Americans. It is a diseased society that refuses to admit it’s sicker than a dog. I will at least give some credit to the fascists and the Klan. At least they admit to being bigots.

  5. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of democracy is “government by the people; esp: rule of the majority.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of a republic is “a government in which supreme power is held by citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives governing according to law.” They can be interchanged when expressed in general terms.


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