On Jan. 6, we all witnessed something that hasn’t happened since 1814. The Capitol was ransacked and defaced by enemies to the United States. The flag of traitors to our nation and a modern symbol of the darkest depths of hatred was displayed in the seat of our republic’s governance.

Our lawmakers were besieged by an angry mob that sought to murder the vice president and other members of Congress. These terrorists murdered a Capitol police officer, caused the death of two others, and injured over 140 officers.

When it was all over, five Americans were dead, a president was impeached for inciting the mob, and 199 representatives sided with domestic terrorism.

There’s a saying that history repeats itself. Although, logically that’s impossible, there’s evidence currently playing out in real time, that if left unchecked, will make that statement true. Today, we’re one year into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of Americans have been infected and over 460,000 are sadly no longer with us.

A little over 100 years ago, we were in the middle of a world flu pandemic known as the Spanish flu that infected tens of millions and killed millions. Without a coordinated nationwide effort, COVID-19 could very well be a repeat of what we’ve seen.

That pandemic wasn’t the only major event at that time. The rise of Adolf Hitler and right-wing nationalism occurred then as well. As a matter of fact, 1922 was the year of Hitler’s failed coup, with supporters including veterans and lawmakers.

As I stated, we all witnessed the coup attempt by supporters and at the direction of Donald Trump. The supporters of this coup revealed themselves with their continued objection of the election certification after the Capitol was retaken from the terrorists.

This entire violent attempt to stop the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t end with their inauguration. Last week, the House took action to eject a freshman member from her committee appointments for her continued spouting of blatant lies, violent rhetoric and suggesting the murder of opposition party leaders.

The Republican Party could’ve made a stand against hate; only 11 did. You may ask, was my representative one that had the courage to hold their colleague to a higher standard? Did my representative stand up for our republic and Constitution?

Sadly, the answer is no. This is the time we must ask ourselves if we will learn from history and take the necessary steps to avoid repeating it.

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber must resign for his support of the insurrectionists and their ideals, but we know he will not. So, I choose to take a stand.

My name is Mikal D. Williams. I’m officially announcing my candidacy to be your Texas Congressional District 14 representative. Go to electmikalwilliams.com and read about my vision for our district. You deserve a representative that honors the Constitution and works for every constituent, and not one that sides with sedition.

Mikal D. Williams is a mediator, attorney, co-founder of a health careers college, and lives in Kemah.

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Craig Mason

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Bailey Jones

[thumbup] As a 5th generation Texan, I can't resist a Great Lost Cause - I'm in!

Michael Jozwiak

Democrat or Republican??? And why isn't it stated obviously in your comments?

Brian Tamney

obviously a democrat, they never admit it till they have to. I'll tick with Weber

Craig Mason

Your gonna “tick” with Weber?

Brian Tamney

stick, kind of like the s on my keyboard last night.

Craig Mason

Doesn’t matter which party I would vote for ANYONE instead of Weber.

Carlos Ponce

"Mikal Williams (Democratic Party) ran for election to the U.S. House to represent Texas' 14th Congressional District. He lost in the Democratic primary on March 3, 2020."

In Galveston County Mikal (1417 votes) lost to Adrienne Bell (12,837 votes) in the Democrat Texas March Primary. That was a weak showing coming in 4th behind Bell, Sanjanetta Barnes and Eddie Fisher.

And remember, Bell (55,672 votes) lost badly to Randy (97,136 votes) in November.

Have Democrats lost interest in Adrienne Bell?

Gary Scoggin

"Have Democrats lost interest in Adrienne Bell?" Golly, I hope so.

Carlos Ponce

Well, Mikal lost to Bell by over 11,000 votes, Weber beat Bell by over 40,000 votes. Contrary to Liberal thinking, Texas Congressional District 14 Republicans are pleased with Randy Weber's performance. Of course Democrats will vote for anything with a D beside their name. Don't expect much in 2022 in this area to change.

Diane Turski

I will support anyone who is willing to take a stand against the seditionists! And, for you partisan party thinkers, that group of true patriots includes Republican Liz Cheney.

Charles Douglas

What about that Black Reparations thing? How do yall stand or sit on that?

Let's pull all the cover off, or raise the plywood out of the grass here, want to?

Charles Douglas

Let's see what kind of Liberals we are talking about here!

Charles Douglas

I hope ALL the African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities who call themselves LIBERALS are monitoring this thread. We are going to see how much LOVE the "LEFT" ..who are in control now because you helped them, ....really think of YOU! [beam][beam]

Gary Scoggin

I’m not bought in here, yet, as I don’t think a Democrat can win this district right now but if you look at Mr. Williams’ web page, he is a pretty centrist - definitely an upgrade from Adrienne Bell. I’m still hoping to see a primary challenge against Rep. Weber but if that fails, Mr. Williams may be an option.

Bailey Jones

Well, Gary, if Weber is a shoo in, then why not vote for the other guy? It literally costs nothing.

Gary Scoggin

The best shot at getting rid of Weber is with a primary challenge by a reasonsable, intelligent Republican. If that is successful, I'll then compare that candidate with Mr. Williams or whomever the Democratic candidate is. If Weber is still the Republican candidate then I'd compare him to Mr. Williams - which would be pretty easy.

Gary Scoggin

Here are two questions that all candidates, especially Rep Weber should be asked until they give a one word answer.

1. Who one the 2020 Presidential election? (Acceptable answers: Trump/Biden).

2. Was this the legitimate outcome of a free and fair election? (Acceptable answers: yes/no.)

Bailey Jones

Neither "Trump" nor "no" are acceptable answers. Facts matter.

Gary Scoggin

I agree that those are the only "acceptable" answers to those of us who haven't bought into the Big Lie. What I intended to convey is that whomever is interviewing candidates - especially Rep. Weber - not allow dissembling or whatabouting. That the candidate answer these two questions with one-word answers.

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] There was a story on NPR this morning about R's embracing Trumpism as the future of the party, They were interviewing some politico from North Carolina. There was much dissembling and much whatabouting. Among the questions asked was "Is there anything Trump could do that would cause you to no longer support him?" The answer was, "I don't understand the question."

Gary Scoggin

I'm hoping that our friends at the GDN will reach out and ask all of our local elected officials these two questions and accept nothing by the straight one-word answers. After they answer, the officials can dissemble all they want. They can even go full McConnell if they feel the need to cleanse themselves of their votes. I suggest that they pose these two questions to Mssrs. Weber, Cruz, Cornyn, Taylor, Bonnen, and Middleton.

Brian Tamney

it is not black and white there is a lot of grey, my answers would be Biden and No.

Gary Scoggin

I don't understand why there would be gray. Either the election returns as counted were accurate or not. And one candidate or the other actually won the election.

Brian Tamney

the grey comes from whether or not all those returns should of been counted, audited the counts, but not the verification of sgnatures or eligibility. and after four years of russian collusion delusion, the collusion between the press and dems is completely ignored.

Paula Flinn

Good luck, Mr. Williams. I will vote for you.

Charles Douglas

I propose that we ask each candidate if they believe in recruiting Illegals to vote Liberal, & if they believe in allowing African-Americans & Hispanics to have better schools, with school vouchers, and school choice! I also would like for them to be asked about REPARATIONS going to African-Americans and Hispanics!

These are questions to be asked, not all that stuff about The RADICAL LEFT stealing the election because they did! They rolled in 18 wheelers with ballots filled to the brim, in the Middle of the night! They pulled out big suit cases filled with ballots from out of closets They changed them, destroyed some, and other things they had to do to get Beijing Joe in office!

So if the GDN news is going to ask questions,...lets ask some good ones, not those THE RADICAL LEFT wants to control other people's votes with!!!! Maybe they could ask the LEFT why they are opening up the border and importing individuals to compete for jobs African-Americans, and Hispanic citizens are going for while they are killing jobs they already had?

BEIJING JOE is unique in that he supports KILLING babies, and he supports KILLING jobs of the aborted babies parents! You want to ask questions, lets ask questions but NOT just your questions! Oh talk back to me if you can!!!!!! We should discuss this!

Gary Scoggin

I suppose there's all sorts of things we can ask. Charles, you're questions go to policy decisions. My two simple questions simply go to which set of facts a candidate believes. We have to have an agreed upon set of facts before we can ever get anywhere on policy.

Charles Douglas

Which "FACTS" or "WHOSE" facts are we trying to find out about "OG", your's ..mine or what? I'm not worried about what a man think about me, I'm worried about what a man is going to do FOR ME & MY FAMILY!

Gary Scoggin

There are two competing sets of “facts” implied in my questions, only one of which can be true. If a candidate tells me unambiguously which set of facts they believe is true, it will help inform my judgement as to their fitness for office. Despite what Ms. Conway once said, there is no such thing as “alternative facts.”

Charles Douglas

In that case we are back to what I stated from "Jump." If questions of facts can be asked of a prospective candidate by one constituent, then ..another constituent should be able to ask HIS/HER question(s) ..of facts too, unless you are insinuating to me that some constituents, or taxpayers, are better or more important than others. If not then we have what I call a "NIGERIAN" standoff here!

Gary Scoggin

Charles, you are free to ask whomever whatever you want. I just want to see where candidates stand on the issue that almost tore our democracy apart. Frankly, I want them to go on record as to whether or not they support the "big lie" that Donald Trump actually won and the election was stolen from him. If they won't publicly dismiss the lie, then there is no reason for me to further consider them as worthy of office. If they have the courage to admit that this is a lie, then I can further evaluate them.

Thomas Carpenter

Weber should resign. He has blood on his hands from participating in the failed coup and he's a liar about the "fraudulent" election. He tried to disenfranchise millions of voters because he didn't like the way they voted. Good luck to each candidate who runs against our milquetoast representative.

Gary Scoggin

The problem is that he's too afraid of Trump's shadow to admit that it was a failed coup. Instead he is forced to hide behind the myth that the only President ever impeached twice actually won. I don't know, Randy may actually believe it.

Bailey Jones

Again I say, this is what happens when a personality takes over a political party. It's not Trump that Weber's afraid of - it's the 75% of Republicans who believe every word Trump says. This is a systemic problem of the Republican Party - they need to quit drinking the Kool-Aid and embrace objective truth and principle once again.

Trump emerged from the damp swamp of right-wing media culture, which itself is based entirely on demagoguery. Limbaugh started it all, creating his grand theater of the absurd from whole cloth. The Hannity's and Carlson's of today rode in on his coattails, seeing a winning formula for personal stardom.

The appeal of the Limbaugh Carnival is its embrace of white American grievance and victimhood - the result, ironically, of "free market" capitalism which puts short-term profits ahead of the social contract that used to provide good-paying American jobs. Limbaugh & co. took the rage that rightfully should have been aimed at corporations and redirected it towards immigrants and women and brown and black people struggling to gain their equal place in our economy.

Unfortunately, 12 years of Tea Party politics has rid the Republican Party of genuine principled conservatives - there are only these empty shells left - like Weber. I don't know where the leadership will come from to right the ship. The old guard is really really old now, and the young Turks were raised on Limbaugh's swamp water tea.

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