A Message from Mayor Grover Robinson
Yesterday, I watched the horrific events unfold in Washington, D.C. with great sadness and disappointment. What we witnessed at the U.S. Capitol was unacceptable and does not represent the country that we should all want to be a part of.
Make no mistake, these reckless and dangerous actions could have wreaked havoc on almost any other democratic republic on Earth. However, in the United States, this did not even delay the duty as prescribed by the Constitution by one day. For once, members of Congress, from both parties, put aside their personal preference and party affiliation and fulfilled their oath to the Constitution. That was impressive and uniquely American. Not even the events of yesterday could hinder our country’s adherence to the Rule of Law and the Constitution of the United States – and for that, I woke up this morning proud to be an American.
In particular, I would like to give my thoughts, prayers, appreciation and admiration to the Capitol Police, the DC Police, the National Guard and all units of law enforcement who stepped in to protect our government proceedings to ensure the Constitution was protected. For much of 2020, law enforcement has been maligned. However, when our country needed them most, it was law enforcement that stepped in to protect the most vital components of our democratic republic. I am incredibly proud of our law enforcement, and 2021 has started with allowing them to shine at their best.
Finally, everyone in public service comes to it with their own positions and opinions, but all of us take an oath to respect the Rule of Law and to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. For all the grief and cynicism we receive about public service, in the middle of a dark and terror-filled moment, we were able to witness people rise to protect and preserve that oath. For that, I am incredibly proud to be an American this morning. God bless America.