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So, President Trump has been impeached yet again by the U.S. House of Representatives on a largely party line vote. He was impeached for inciting violence and insurrection by his supporters. Victor Fisher, a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, called it Trump’s “invitation to the mob to take over the nation’s Capitol.” (ADN 1/12/21)

A group of Anchorage pastors said that Trump’s “provocation of the acts of the rioters is a disgrace to the moral fabric of our nation.”

Trump spoke to his supporters at a rally before the march on the Capitol. Most of his remarks were complaining about the election and praising his record as president. Here is what he specifically said about marching to the Capitol: “Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

The riots of last summer and the refusal to condemn them have come from the progressive half of America.

Reread the last sentence of the statement again: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Note that, far from a call to violence and force, the words are “peaceful” and “patriotic.” With the goal to “make your voices heard.” Also note that the First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

In the poisonous atmosphere in which we live, accusations are enough to establish guilt. Facts are irrelevant. In this case, the facts are up front and plain. Trump did not incite violence or insurrection. Moreover, there was no reason to expect the reaction of some of his supporters. Trump has held countless large rallies over the country in the last four years without any disturbances or vandalism, much less insurrection.

The riots of last summer and the refusal to condemn them have come from the progressive half of America. The immediate response to all acts of violence is to identify the perpetrators and charge, try and sentence them regardless of whether they are far right, far left, or anywhere in between. That goes for the rioters at the Capitol and those besieging Portland and other American cities for months in 2020.

Mr. Fisher did not stop at allegations of inciting the riots. He then threw the ultimate bomb: “Trump is a Hitler at heart.” Obviously, then, any Trump followers or voters must be latter day Nazis. So much for the unity Biden has promised to bring to the country.

One hundred and sixty years ago Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address, pleaded with the South. “We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies.” He failed. We were enemies. He preserved the union with a new burst of freedom but at the terrible cost of over 600,000 lives, most of them young men in their twenties.

Today we are enemies again, but with no Lincoln to lead us and no apparent way out of the mutual animosity that is tearing the country apart.

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‘We must not be enemies’

Bob Flint
Bob Flint is a retired attorney who practiced family and adoption law in Anchorage, Alaska for more than 46 years before retiring in 2010. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics before then attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. Flint is one of the founding board members of Covenant House Alaska which serves homeless youth in Anchorage. He is also a founding board member of the Alaska Family Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes life, traditional marriage, parental rights and religious liberty all across Alaska. He continues to live in Anchorage with his wife Letha.


  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Again America SPEAKS out This attached definition explains what has just started by Beijing Biden’s FBI !
    [Communist propaganda is the scientific, artistic, and social promotion of the ideology of communism, communist worldview and interests of the communist movement. While it tends to carry a negative connotation in the Western world, the term “propaganda” broadly refers to any publication or campaign aimed at promoting a cause and is/was used for official purposes by most communist-oriented governments. Rooted in Marxist thought, the propaganda of communism is viewed by its proponents as the vehicle for spreading their idea of enlightenment of working class people and pulling them away from the propaganda of who they view to be their oppressors, that they claim reinforces exploitation, such as religion or consumerism. Communist propaganda therefore stands in oppression of free societies. ]
    God Save OUR REPUBLIC!

  • NAV says:

    It is the far left like Fisher, a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention who are the domestic enemies and a cancer.
    God himself puts those into power whom he will and removes them also, no one gets into power without GOD’s hand.
    He herd the prayers of a nation in 2016 and answered them when he put Trump into power to reveal the evil and satanic that had besieged this nations government. And the evil hated him for it and the church remained silent and didn’t stand with him and Americans went back to being lazy and not holding the media and politicians accountable!
    President Trump gave America a glimpse of what America could be once again as One Nation Under GOD as GOD himself stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    And now because we didn’t repent and turn to GOD and hold the corrupt politicians accountable for the satanic evil that has infested them and the judicial system at the highest level we are about to reap JUDGMENT. (Lin Woods exposed Justice Roberts sins to the nation and the newly appointed cowards that sit on the bench betrayed the nation and violated their Oath and America was blind to the truth.) Fisher is a small part of the cancer (sin) that infests the nation but none the less a cancer!!! As for your title to late!

  • Herman Nelson says:

    “We must not be enemies”.. Hmmm.. No. It’s been painfully obvious that democrats took the exit to communism. People have chosen what camps they gravitate to and embrace. There are two groups occupying the U.S.- Americans and communists. The former wants to be left alone, work and have their little piece of the American dream. The latter wants everyone to be on their side, embrace their ideology, raise taxes to pay for “social programs” (wealth redistribution) . They riot when they don’t get their way. They have no issues with burning down businesses and ripping old men out of their cars and beating them senseless. These people are more in tuned to their “fweelings” and expect you to respect them even though that respect was never earned. Like anything else with communists, they don’t earn anything; they expect someone (the former group) to do the dirty work for them.
    “Till one day, that lion gets up and tears the sh!t out everyone. ‘Cause every once in a awhile, the lion has to show the jackals who he is.”..

  • Michael C Coons says:

    Sadly, I fully agree. This will be freedom over tyranny.

  • FreeInSD says:

    If you people aren’t smart enough to realize we are being cheated by dangerous enemies there is no reason to hope anymore. Might as well embrace the communism and rat out your neighbor.

    We must not be enemies? Get bent traitor.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Vic Fischer is sadly a clueless pawn foe a massive agenda to destroy our country. He is so blinded by Trump hatred he cannot even see how he is being used. Does he really think the leftist elitists care who he is or what he has to say? He is only important to them as a teensy part of their weaponry. When they have achieved their goals he will be just another serf like everyone else. It is a travesty and illustrate the destruction that mindless hatred elicits. So many, most, Democrats don’t even realize all of this will come back on them too as we lose our freedoms, our economy, productivity, virtue, opportunity, to mention just a few loses we will witness as this unfolds.

  • Michael C Coons says:

    Senator Tom Begich today was so proud of Hiden. He was particularly struck by the “ending the uncivil-civil war” I think that was what Hiden said. Begich didn’t call out ANTIFA/BLM, I was glad to didn’t name names, but I’m sure we all know that he was talking about Jan 6.
    I called his office and called upon him to call out ANTIFA/BLM. Not holding my breath. I further let him know that his side of the aisle, the Socialist Party, they call themselves Democrat, has caused this hate and division, the 100’s of deaths, the Billions of dollar in damage and destruction. I did thank him that our legislature does work a hell of a lot more peaceful than those in the Lower 48. I will refuse to allow the socialists to attack me with “racism” and “terrorists” all because we stand for the Constitution of the Unites States, that means ALL OF IT! We do not advocate violence, unlike ANTIFA/BLM, but if it comes to protecting ourselves, well, that is a totally different story because we will protect ourselves by all means necessary.

  • Carmen says:

    Mr. Flint: Your words are the truth. Veritas! Thank you.

  • Fred Lee says:

    The discussion in this article unfortunately ignores the weight of context. The context that President Trump told a militia to “Stand by”, and did nothing to tamper the inevitable reaction when “Proud Boys” and other armed thugs across the nation took this as a call to arms. It ignores the context that Mr. Trump has a long history of actively courting conspiracy theorists, including the Q cult members, despite their dangerous rhetoric. It ignores the months leading up to the election in which Trump actively subverted the election before it even happened. He acknowledged that his pick for USPS Postmaster General was made with the intention of slowing down the mail immediately prior to an election where mail was critical. It ignores the two months following the election in which Mr. Trump continued to pursue ever more desperate and criminal activities to try to overturn the election in states. It ignores that following the capitol siege, a siege in which Trump must have been aware of militia members chanting “Hang Mike Pence”, a siege in which militia members seized control of the capitol building with the goal of overthrowing the government, even then Mr. Trump refused to make a statement to put an end to the violence. It ignores the context that Mr. Trump and his enablers immediately planned to spread false narratives about who was responsible for the Capitol Siege. It ignores the context that the Trump administration, led by Mr. Trump, refused to allow a peaceful transition to a new administration. This enough is grounds for impeachment given that the nation faces a crisis, brought on in part by the former administration’s incompetence.

    Instead the article attacks the strawman argument that because of a single sentenced uttered by the former President *after* the hoards had breached the Capitol, he is innocent of inciting an insurrection. Let’s be clear: every constitutional attorney knows that the “freedom of speech” argument presented on these pages is not a defense against impeachment. Every attorney understands that the weight of evidence is to be used in trying a case. The weight of evidence is clear. Trump intended to remain in power through any means necessary. The RINOs who voted against impeachment have lost any semblance of integrity.

    Some of us are old enough to remember that Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich, impeached President Clinton for lying under oath about receiving oral sex. This was back when Republicans believed that morality was important, that character mattered. The character of President Trump is clear. He was and is unfit for office. Impeachment was the correct and just remedy.

    It is telling that the article above argues that Trump cannot be held accountable for the actions of his followers, despite months (years, really) of preparing for that moment, when his supporters stormed the capitol. Yet just a paragraph later the author suggests that because Victor Fisher commented about Trump’s many transgressions, that *Biden* is to blame and cannot be trusted to govern with unity.