What are the people in a democracy supposed to do when they feel their interests and concerns are not being represented?
It is all very well to say they shouldn’t break the law, but the sentiment is impractical. A representative government “breaks the law” when it fails to represent the people. From that point forward the niceties of public behavior no longer apply.
Nor does it matter whether the opinions of the people are wise or foolish. Those opinions are what they are and the whole point of representative government is to take them into account.
I believe the media, the courts and now Congress failed in their basic representational duty, making something like the Capitol incursion inevitable.
I don’t wish it hadn’t happened. Ugly as it was, the incursion didn’t look particularly violent to me. It looked more like a big bungle.
It is hard to guess what the long-term consequences will be. That will depend to a large extent on details of the event we haven’t yet learned and won’t, probably, for months. I take it that the incursion scared the lawmakers at the Capitol. That strikes me as potentially positive, but not certainly so.