January 20, 2021
You’d never know from watching the events of Wednesday, January 20th’s Inauguration that only two weeks prior, a mob attempting to locate and physically harm Vice President Mike Pence and numerous other members of the U.S. Congress — at the direction of then-President Donald Trump — attacked our U.S. Capitol building. Or that five people would lose their lives in the process. Or that within six hours of Trump’s mob’s insurrection, hundreds of Republicans would still refuse to vote to accept the results of the 2020 Election.
At the Inaugural everyone said all the right things and few commentators even mentioned the fact that 25,000 National Guard troops and miles of razor wire were protecting this “peaceful” transfer of power.
The bottom line – short and sweet – is that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That means no one gets very much time off from the tension and trauma of the past 4 months or 4 years. We have a Supreme Court that is actually in step with the 1920s, paper-thin margins for our issues in the House and Senate, and a mountain of work to do. And the 2022 election cycle is taking shape – both across the country and here in Maryland.
Maryland NOW plans to be a part of it all and we hope you’ll be an active part of Maryland NOW, If you’re not a member please sign up to subscribe to our mailing list (click on “subscribe” on our homepage), and if you are a member please make sure we have your email address. Get in touch with a chapter near where you live (there’s a link to a list of our chapters on the homepage). If you’d like to work with the state on a committee or project, please let us know.