History, like a human life, is benchmarked by watershed-seminal events that either reset the compass of men or nations towards loftier plateaus or into deeper trouble. The election campaign of 1864 was viewed in its time as one of those watersheds in America’s young life…

The United States was split int two, gripped in a monstrous civil war, a war of brothers, the most devasting and murderous in the nation’s history to that point. The election held in the middle of it became the first democratic canvass ever successfully carried out during a civil war anywhere at any time. It was an election in which the issue was what kind of nation this was going to be-unified, however painfully, without slavery: or permanently divided with or without it…and that made it the most critical election in our history.

Re-electing Lincoln, The Battle for the 1861 Presidency. John C. Waugh 2001

There are some days that events occur that send shockwaves throughout the world. January 6, 2021 was that day. It was not exactly a day where history repeated itself, but history did rhyme.

Wednesday, January 6 was the statutorily stipulated day chosen to certify the results of November 20 Biden-Harris victory. The election would later be characterized as the most secure national election in American history. The big lie had been gestating for months and now the water broke, and the lie began breathing on its own. January 6 also became a day of infamy. Not since the British invaded the American capitol in 1814 had a sacrilege took place at 1600 Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.

Some events are watershed events that are inscribed into our brain’s memory networks.  I can distinctly remember watching Emmet Till’s funeral on TV in my grandmother’s living room. Most baby boomers can remember where they were when President Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy, Rev. Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers were cut down.

Mama and I were watching the news about 1 p.m. I was channel surfing between MSNBC, post truth-FOX and CNN. As Trump was beginning his insurrectionary tirade about a mile from the Capitol. I decided to call my patriotic friend, Rep. Al Green- 9th Congressional District Houston and determine if he was aware of the threatening crowds and impending invasion.  Rep. Green had been a North Star for the emerging movement to Keep the Republic in the face of executive authoritarianism and idiocy. Regrettably, he did not pick up and I left him a discrete, but things look like they are going wrong fast voice mail.

We settled in on CNN and MSNBC as Trump was parroting the line about if you don’t act, you are going to lose your country.

Finally, Rep. Green calls back and says, Omowale we are hunkering down in a secure area of the capitol. I said, Judge, the capitol has been breached, the mob is inside the chambers, destroying the chamber.  Do not leave your secure position.  Judge Green (Congressman) told me that communications did not allow them to see what is going on the floor.  Instantly, our cell phone link is severed.

According to MSNBC the national guard has been called but there is no word of when they will arrive. (I didn’t know that the approval had not been given). I then saw a frame of Rep. Dianne Feinstein faint from nervous anxiety being sheltered and cared for by her colleagues. Fortunately, brave capitol police staff detoured the insurrectionists away from the sheltered Congressional representatives. There were casualties, at least four people were dead.

Sadly, Mike Pence was too dumb to react to the news that gallows were constructed to hang him on January 6, 2021.

Congressman Green found enough grace, luck and favor to escape with his life on January 6, 2021.

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick suffered a stroke and died amidst the stress of the fake patriots crashing the gates of democracy,

It is my view that our understanding of these events will determine what type of nation we will live in for the foreseeable future. If we whitewash the events of January 6, truth decay will rot the organism.

LONG LIVE THE JANUARY 6 COMMISSION…..

 

 

 

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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