Is this the final gasp of something connected with the current administration or the emergence of something that is becoming a dominant strand in the national realm? DNA for decades?

To see how it comes off? to see the jumbled images live bounce off the endless screens of the world ???? As an American, it was a struggle to believe your eyes

But there it was in the capital of the United States in early January 2021, breaking and entering in real time like the republic has never seen before

The U.S. Capitol was overrun by violent supporters of Donald Trump, who exhorted them to march on the domed building while lawmakers did their constitutional duty by confirming his electoral defeat

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west face of the US. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana) AP

The trial was quickly abandoned when the mob broke windows, marched down hallways, and rummaged through lawmakers Desks

A fortnight before Joe Biden’s inauguration at this very location, elected officials sought protection in their own building. Agents barricaded themselves in chambers of congress with guns drawn

The Stars and Stripes â ???? hover over public property ???? was lowered and then replaced when a blue Trump flag rose

In one of the most indelible images of the day, a hooded intruder sat in a chair overlooking the Senate floor Minutes after it was cleared by Trump’s own Vice President, Mike Pence? He waved his fist in front of a thick, ornate curtain that was supposed to conjure up the insignia of democracy

This was not “the peaceful transfer of power” so loved by American tradition Not even from afar â ???? This â ???? Republican Sen Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said, “It’s an absolute shame”

The United States on Wednesday seemed in danger of becoming the very country it has so often insisted on: a fragile democracy

Part of the goal in building great structures like the Capitol was to create actual physical representations of an abstract system of government deliberate, solid buildings, as immutable and inviolable as their people hope that democracy will be itself

To see wooden furniture that acts as a barricade to keep American rioters out of an American Chamber of Congress, to see Americans break American windows through which who knows which American lights over the decades? that somehow spoke of something more, something deeper

Whichever side you are on, the events of the day underscored that the working monuments of a nation of laws â ???? and even the exact place where these laws arise? might get upset by a group of their own people if they were angry enough and determined enough

“Politics has become such a cultural divide in this country, and it reflects that,” said Will James, a 56-year-old Republican real estate developer in Georgia who did not vote for Trump but his state’s Republican candidates for Senate supported. He watched the day’s events and was shocked but I felt that it was long approaching that point

“We have lost all sense of common national goals” said James “The people are all mad at their country I don’t think we’ve ever been here before And I don’t know how a republic with these deep divisions can survive in the long termâ? ???

In a fleeting message from the White House less than two miles away, Trump further fueled those divisions as the chaos wore on Wednesday, he said a number of things, many of which were inaccurate, at least one was absolutely true and difficult challenge: There has never been a time like thisâ ????

But is this really a turning point or just another escalation? one in a series that has developed so gradually in recent years that the unimaginable of 2015 will only repeat itself in 2021?

Is this the last breath of something related to the current administration, or the emergence of something that will become a dominant strand in national DNA for decades?

“It seems to be a different country, in one of the places where coups are taking place”said Bev Jackson, chairman of the Cobb County African American Caucus of the Democratic Party in Georgia, where two Democrats won US Senate seats in runoff elections Tuesday

â ???? I think people feared that a moment like this might come, “said Jackson.” It’s really sad and it’s really tragic, but I think people have prepared for itâ ????

All over American television and social networks, there have been different permutations of the same statement: This is not what America is But what if it is? In fact, many Americans who saw it all had similar reactions to how this could happen, repeated by news anchors and respondents who used phrases like “banana republic” and the more unfortunate ones like a third world nationâ ????

The question arises: how on earth does it look abroad where the United States has long positioned itself as a fixator for such things?

“I feel like I’m watching an American movie,” said Laurie Pezeron, the founder of a black literary book club who lives in the suburbs of Paris, I just hope there won’t be a civil warâ ????

That brings us back to the Senate just before it was infiltrated by intruders. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, an early 2020 presidential candidate, had quoted Benjamin Franklin’s famous (and probably actually pronounced) words: “A republic if you keep it can”â ????

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