Our grandson works in Washington, D.C. The Military has become a permanent fixture there. What is really going on?
Why Is the National Guard Still In Washington?
There were roughly 25,000 National Guard members in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. It has been normal practice to have some National Guard in town for inaugurations, but 25,000 was far more than any number from the past. Of course, nerves were raw after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, but there is little doubt that mobilizing 25,000 troops was an overreaction.
Now, 5,000 are still in the nation’s capital. The inauguration was nearly two weeks ago. It went off without incident. There is no need for troops in the city. And yet, touring the federal area of Washington, one finds tall fencing and razor wire creating a huge militarized zone around the Capitol, with National Guard members guarding it from inside the fence. The barrier is not just on the perimeter of the Capitol. It extends for blocks beyond the building in every direction.
Now the head of the Capitol Police wants to make the fencing permanent, and the National Guard has not left. They are staying at least until mid-March, apparently because authorities fear another Jan. 6-style riot from Trump supporters.
“There are several upcoming events — we don’t know what they are — over the next several weeks, and they’re concerned that there could be situations where there are lawful protests, First Amendment-protected protests, that could either be used by malicious actors, or other problems that could emerge,” Secretary of the Army John Whitley told the press last week.
The proposal to make the fence permanent has met bipartisan opposition, not only from Capitol Hill but from the District of Columbia government.
“Permanent fencing would send the wrong message to the nation and the world, by transforming our democracy from one that is accessible and of the people to one that is exclusive and fearful of its citizens,” said Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s delegate to Congress.
It’s a different story with the troops. While some, like D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, have called for the troops to go home, others, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have remained silent, preferring to make vague and ominous statements like, “The enemy is within.” That is apparently Pelosi’s way of turning the security issue to her partisan advantage, hinting that Hill Republicans are the true enemy.
There are reports the troops are staying because those in charge — Pelosi? Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer? Others? — want them at the ready during the Trump impeachment trial, set to begin next week in the Senate. There are other reports that there might be a big protest on March 4, which was the Constitution’s original presidential inauguration day until it was changed to Jan. 20 in the 1930s. In any event, the troops are in town.
The Biden White House is staying out of it, publicly at least. At a recent briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to answer a question on the Guard, referring journalists to the Defense Department.
But there are some voices saying enough is enough. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, has called for the troops to go home. In a FoxNews.com op-ed, Cotton wrote that the Guard deserves gratitude for deploying on short notice after the violence at the Capitol began. They stayed for the two weeks until the inauguration. Now, it’s time for them to go. Source
It is obvious to the discerning that there has to be a reason to keep the National Guard in D.C. Personally, I think it may be a statement to the American people that there is nothing we can do about the the illegitimate occupants of the White House.
It’s an “In Your Face” to the majority of people who voted for Trump.
IT WAS AND IS A COUP.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2).
10 thoughts on “Why Is the National Guard Still In Washington DC?”
There are many pundits on the “Right,” like Mark Levin and others, that continue to encourage change through Constitutional means. There are also many “cheerleaders” on YouTube and other social media that encourage political activism in order to turn this ship about. Call me a pessimist if you will, but I don’t see that happening. This nation is lost. It is now, as you recently pointed out, the USSA, and nothing short of armed revolt (which I do not advocate) will change that. For us believers, we have only one hope, the soon coming Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I agree with your every word, Ernesto! I believe this is fierce and righteous judgment from our Holy God. And I do not believe that an armed revolt would be God’s will. It is time for God’s people to repent and turn away from their sins and from false teachings. It is time for God’s people to pray for the lost and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. God bless you brother.
It’s time for God’s people to do what God’s people are supposed to do – proclaim and stand for God’s Word without shame.
You’re a good writer, Ernesto 🙂
Thank you. I try. 🙂
I do remember a few times (in anger) when I suggested that armed militias should deal with this coup. I realized after I wrote that – that it was coming from the flesh and not from God.
There was a time when our founding father’s wrestled with the question of rebelling against the king of England. They argued on the basis of Romans 13. However, in the end, they concluded that rebellion against an unrighteous ruler who violated God’s principles for governing was the righteous and “Christian” thing to do. Many pastors preached that from their pulpits and themselves joined the ranks. If we were to rebel today based on those same principles, we would be in the right to do so. Our government is perverted and wholly godless. However, not all in the “Conservative” camp are righteous themselves and have no standing in a righteous cause. In the end, such a revolt would destroy the nation. Whether we rebel or submit, our nation is lost, which explains our absence in end-times prophecy. So, for believers, it’s time to loudly proclaim our allegiance to our Heavenly Kingdom!
Such wise words by all of you…I really think what Mr. Carrasco said sure makes sense!
Amen and amen….
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