There is no place for insurrection in American politics. The fuel that runs America is the Rule of Law.

Still, lots of people are willing to argue about the meaning of the word “Insurrection” and whether or not it should be applied to the riotous actions that took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Let’s start with a definition provided by our newest guiding light, AI:

AI said, “An insurrection is ‘a violent uprising against an authority or government’. It is a form or rebellion or revolt that involves the use of force to overthrow a government or other established authority. The term is often used to describe political uprisings, such as the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. The word ‘insurrection’ comes from the Latin word ‘insurrectio,’ which means ‘a rising up’.”

AI describes the riots as insurrection, and it certainly was a violent “rising up” of citizens angry, rightly or wrongly, about the election results.

People have gone to jail. Others will go to jail eventually.

For me, the sentences should be as light as possible for many, but not all. Many of the rioters were duped. The knuckle-headed protesters believed they were acting in the best interests of their country. They weren’t. The duped should be sent home with a stern warning to reconsider their violent actions. Violent protests should never be a part of the American political DNA.

Many people were duped, but they are not the ones who should be in jail. The ones who should be in jail are the ones who did the duping, and some of those are in Congress.