A statement from Chris Koos in response to the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
Disagreements, whether based on perspective, ideology or circumstance, are baked into the American cake. As I reflect on the events of January 6 and the aftermath, I’m heartbroken and angry. But I’m also hopeful — because the mob that selfishly and violently attempted to undermine our democracy failed. Efforts like that always will as long as the rest of us are vigilant.
Further, I’m extremely disappointed in those who continue to advance the false equivalence between what happened on January 6, and the protests for justice and equity of last summer. Dr. King said, “the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.” I served in the Army — including a combat tour in Vietnam — and since have worked alongside others to better my community because that’s the America I believe in. The stark difference is self-evident: violent insurrectionists incited by an elected leader on one hand, and a grassroots effort to protest peacefully against injustice on the other.
As we enter into the final days of the current presidential administration and prepare for the inauguration — and what should be our latest peaceful transition of power — my hope is that our country and community, its citizens, and its ideals will continue to persevere.
However, I am concerned we might witness a repeat of January 6th in Washington D.C., Springfield and in capital cities throughout the country. This is dangerous and unacceptable. We must all denounce those who try to violently challenge the results of a free, fair, and now legally settled and enshrined, election.
We are far better than what we have witnessed. Presidential administrations — and mayoral ones, for that matter — come and go. But this is constant: regardless of our backgrounds or positions on the political spectrum, we are stronger together.
With this in mind, I call on my Normal Town Council colleagues, as well as all those who seek election in Normal this April, to stand with me in unity against the insurrectionists and denounce these heinous acts of terrorism — as well as those who continue to dispense outrageous and damaging lies about the election.
Let’s take action, use our voices, and show we are indeed stronger together.