Wannabe G.I. Joes

While reliving via TV the Jan. 6, 2021, Insurrection, I was reminded of the similarities between the Jan. 6 “patriots” and the harassers of the Black Lives Matter peaceful protesters in Durango. They both toted American flags, brandished items to be used as weapons, looked a lot like adults pretending to be grown-up G.I. Joes and espoused their cause as something to do with democracy and freedom. What was most interesting to me was the simple fact that both groups apparently wanted to be poster children for America’s low-scoring level in the Programme for International Student Assessment ratings provided by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Congratulations, to all of you.

– Martin Carlson, Bayfield