The flags hanging at half-mast on Albany flagpoles Monday were meant to honor two members of the U.S. Capitol Police who lost their lives last week. They also express the sadness many of us feel for the blow America has suffered in the eyes of the world as well as our own.
A violent mob attacking Congress over an election — and apparently willing to murder government officials in the vain hope of changing the outcome — that was about as bad as it can get in our system of supposedly lawful self-government.
So on a ride Monday, when I saw those flags at half-staff limply hanging down for lack of a breeze, they seemed like fitting symbols of how deeply disheartened I and most other Americans are about what we saw on TV last week.
Two officers are dead. One died of injuries sustained in fighting the mob. The news says the other, who also was on duty when the attack took place, took his own life later. I don’t know if anyone knows the reason. But if it was despair over what he had witnessed, I can believe it.
The flags, lowered in line with a White House proclamation issued Sunday, will remain at half-mast for probably three days. Then they’ll again be raised to full height. Getting the country back in shape is harder and will take more time.
How can it be done? By no longer voting for the bozos on the right and the left that have dominated public discourse in recent years. Instead, by voting for people who believe in the Constitution and know what it says. (hh)