Regardless of party affiliation, and yes, even regardless of how we voted in November, we must acknowledge the need to condemn the horrific events of Wednesday, January 6 at the U. S. Capitol. Insurrectionists, spurred on by hatred, misinformation, and the urging of a defeated executive leader, engaged in an act of domestic terrorism. Last evening, five residents, including four members of the Bernards Township Democratic Committee, came to the Bernards Township Committee meeting to ask the Committee to make an official statement condemning the events of Wednesday, January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.
The response from our Township Committee was concerning and disappointing. Four out of five Committee members did not reassure their constituents that they accept the results of a fair and free election, an election that also put two people on the dais in front of us last night, nor did they assert their belief in the rule of law and peaceful transition of power.
Instead, two members likened the attack on our Capitol, the very cornerstone of our democracy, to protests from last summer. We appreciate the leadership and direction from Committeewoman Joan Bannan and support the proclamation she made last night in its entirety. Anything less is inadequate.
To hear the resident statements and the Township Committee’s response, you can watch the entire meeting on YouTube.