From the League of Women Voters of La Plata County 1/11/2021
January 6, 2021 was another “Day of Infamy” for the United States. The assault on our Capitol was not from an enemy nation, but from our own political extremists.
This attack on our democracy does not come as a surprise. For months our sitting president has refused to acknowledge the free and fair election that he lost. He, instead, encouraged his supporters to overturn the election for him. His lies, his threats to election officials and demands that the vice president break the law were just the preview to his speech inciting insurrection from a mob of his supporters who then invaded and desecrated the U. S. Capitol.
The League of Women Voters of La Plata County, in solidarity with the LWV COLORADO and the LWV US, condemns this attack for what it was: an insurrection. We stand against the violent tyranny of this president and those who promote and carry out violence in his name.
Americans from across our country are trying to understand and process the terror and fear from the assaults of this day. Without question, this was a day that shook our democracy. But democracy did not die, it persevered, and we must continue to nurture it back to health.
The League of Women Voters, at all levels, will remain focused on our continuing mission since 1920: to educate and empower voters and to defend democracy. The horrors of January 6th only encourage us to work harder to support and proclaim the facts and the strength of our Constitution; and to stand in solidarity with any and all people or groups who will help us in this work.
We are better than this as a nation and we must show the world this is true. Our power is our vote. That is how we make democracy work.
In Solidarity, The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of the LWV of La Plata County