We are better than that

Let’s get beyond the craziness of the this week and understand this: Despite all manner of wacky claims from the usual suspects, the Antifa and assorted other boogeymen were not responsible for trashing the nation’s Capitol.

The culprits, despite outlandish claims to the contrary by those seeking political advantage, were ordinary Americans, some of them more stupid, some of them more criminal, than others, but all caught up in a political frenzy.

We never will understand exactly what happened if we persist in weaving tales about how it all came about. The facts are clear: A highly partisan crowd was fired up to a frenzy by months of conspiracy theories, internet misinformation, a close election and a volatile speech by President Donald Trump. With fire in its eye, the crowd-turned-mob set sail to the Capitol to undo the November election.

Once there, some of the mob embarrassed the nation and themselves by storming the complex, doing serious damage. Five people – one a police officer – were left dead after the incursion.

Was Antifa there? It is likely some were, drawn to the conflict like moths to a candle. Were there criminals? Oh, yeah. There likely was all manner of riffraff, but the vast majority of those who made fools of themselves invading the Capitol were simply ordinary citizens sold a bill of goods and acting stupidly because of it.

They simply forgot: We are better than that.

17 Responses to We are better than that

  1. Marlin Savage January 11, 2021 at 7:19 pm


    “Savage will come in with some tasteful propaganda that was written in crayon. ”

    Actually, no joke, I learned to write with a wooden dip pen with replaceable nibs as a child in Appalachia. Crayons weren’t in the budget. Most of us mastered it well enough to get “penmanship” awards. Try it sometime(not fountain pen), it is not a simple undertaking. As an aside, we used to get in trouble at school using them as “darts”……….

  2. Dave January 11, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I thought better of you pacarro

  3. john london January 10, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    DD’s type is why Trump was elected. Keep spewing China commie deranged filth DD, (p.s. I don’t believe LGBT is big in China) you just might get a real strong man in the white house eventually. History repeats – sometimes x 10.

  4. Donald Drumpf January 10, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Do tell Sammy, what evidence do you have that a judge has not seen and thrown out. Your opinion, however misguided and strong as it might be, isn’t evidence. It’s a delusional disorder at best. And that goes for your B.S. Antifa conspiracy theory that was debunked minutes after it was spewed over Parler. Which is another funny point, some of you take credit and warn of further attacks while others deny and shift responsibility. Get your stories straight before you start spewing lies and disinformation. Or, seek mental help, cause you are part of a cult and can’t even see it.

  5. whitebrow January 10, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Of course you would roll, you want to be one of the ‘woke’ businesses so you can continue to make a salary, I understand that. No guts, no glory, play it safe. I don’t condone the violence, but also don’t blame anyone for this but the media hype and the constant frustrations of having our rights (i.e. freedom of speech) taken away, one by one. After seeing riots after riots besiege our country and no one held accountable until now,
    hypocrisy and injustice, lockdowns, small businesses shut down, people dying from a horrible virus right and left, and daily divisive comments, I am no longer surprised that the bear had to turn around and fight after being poked too many times.

  6. Marlin Savage January 10, 2021 at 6:43 am


    Gun control would be as effective as the war on drugs. Banning guns would only affect those who are not the problem: law abiding citizens. Criminals ignore laws in general and especially drug and gun laws……..

  7. Marge January 10, 2021 at 6:39 am

    KIMBERLY, my question is this: Do you put food in the same mouth that you speak with such dirty words. Just asking.

  8. Jim Schradle January 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    What a load of crap

  9. natzi piglosi January 9, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Dd is a prophet
    Yup he’s also an idiot

  10. Sammy January 9, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Plenty of evidence of election fraud. When Biden stayed in his basement it was because he knew he did not need to campaign, it was all under control.
    I have been to a few rallies/protests and there are always some nut jobs running around. This is no different.
    Have you seen the videos of the capital police just letting people in? Have you seen the videos of fires burning, toppled statues, spray paint, vandalism, looting? Yes you have, but not by the Trump supporters in the capital and not even the ones who breeched did that kind of damage.

  11. Donald Drumpf January 9, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Anchorage Daily Planet, conservative newspaper, takes a stance for honesty and personal responsibility. How do “Conservatives” respond: M.J.D calls the writer an idiot, Kimberly Dee Wellborn tells a free newspaper “screw you, and your article is full of lies. You are a disgrace to this country, FU”. (Some of the writers are veterans Kim, so do shut that clap trap of yours and show some respect) Will Gay does Will Gay propaganda, always a funny read, though I’m pretty sure he’s a satire commentator. And James O’neil wants us to change an election based on peoples feelings, to ignore 60 court cases that all lost, and forget how to count. Shortly, I imagine, Piggy will come and say I’m an idiot and that Trump is greater than Jesus, then London and Savage will come in with some tasteful propaganda that was written in crayon.

    This is a conservative Newspaper. From what I can tell, it still resoundingly believes in honesty and integrity. It fact checks it’s articles before publishing. Those of you that do not agree, I’m not surprised, you are fascists that were/are riding the coat tails of the GOP and conservative voices like this paper, obviously with the end game of taking over the party. You played your cards too quickly and the world is now in a fight against disinformation that will either free you cultists or destroy you instigators. I for one, am excited to see that purge, so we can get back to having policy arguments on gun control, healthcare, college expenses, etc. Until then, if you seriously buy into Trumps lies, I pity you. I’m sure you have/had a good head on your shoulders at one point in your life, but that’s obviously blinded now. Hopefully you’ll be able to come back to some form of normality soon. And if you don’t, just don’t vote.

  12. Marlin Savage January 9, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    First Drudge, then Fox, now the Anchorage Daily Planet has gone to the dark side……….

  13. James ONeil January 9, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Let’s see….
    Many believe the election was fraudulent.
    The Courts refused to here cases regarding such.
    Congress refused to address such.
    Over half a million people attended a peacefully in Washington.
    Less than one thousand “stormed” the Capital.
    None lit fires, turned over dumpsters, etc.
    The Capital was not trashed, most stayed within the ropes marking public walkways.
    The President of the United States is banned from social media.
    He is barred from speaking to the people of America.
    Many feel we will never again have an honest election.
    Mr. Editor, I am quite sure you are honest in your beliefs and I respect that. I am also quite sure had you been in Boston in December of 1773, you would have soundly and roundly condemned those thugs and ruffians that tossed cases of tea into the Boston Harbor.

  14. Will Gay January 9, 2021 at 10:11 am

    We do not condone violence except in self defense. Most of the protesters were peaceful Patriots, good people who are tired of being treated like deplorables and chumps. People who tired of being told to stay home to save the planet while the elite fly around in their private jets and own multiple homes big enough for four families. To the appalled:
    Where were you when Seattle, Portland, St Louis ,Minneapolis and yes DC were on fire?
    Where were you when Madonna said she’d like to blow up the White House?
    Where were you when DeNiro said he’d like to punch the President in the face?
    Where were you when Joe Biden said he’d like to take the President out behind the gym and kick his a—?
    If you want to calm things down let the President complete his term without being harassed once again by impeachment , spying and subterfuge. Then stand by and watch these left wingers race bait and try to tear down our heritage. I’m tired of the faux outrage from Lisa and Mitt who still have their limos and fancy pensions.

    • David January 11, 2021 at 7:18 am

      Well said Will. The courts did not actually hear the evidence . I agree this impeachment craziness is not going to help cool the fires.

  15. Kimberly Dee Wellborn January 9, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Screw you, and your article full of lies. You are a disgrace to this Country! FU!

  16. M. J. D. January 9, 2021 at 9:00 am



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