Now is Time for Peaceful Transfer of Power

United States Capitol

We Don’t Condone Violence as Means of Protest

Yesterday’s attack in Washington, DC was deeply disturbing. Truly one of the darkest days in our history. Like many of you, I watched in utter disbelief the scenes of militants storming the Capitol to attack democracy.

This violence represents an assault on our liberty and the fundamental values of all we hold dear. We should all unequivocally condemn this attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on which our democracy depends. While we do not know details yet, and the facts may change, our consistent goal should be to investigate and punish those who took part in this unparalleled attack—whoever they are.

Democracy is a precious treasure no nation should ever take for granted. It is the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voices heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully. A mob should never invalidate the will of the people. Now, we must rely on the constitution, the law and the integrity of the system. Our recourse is to let our opinions be known and solidify those opinions at the ballot box in fair and transparent elections—never with violence.

Let’s join our elected leaders of both parties in denouncing yesterday’s violence—and any violence or destruction of property—as a means of protest. It’s time we call for the governance of our nation to proceed peacefully in full support of our democratic process.

In solidarity as Americans,

Brian Marcotte
President, Marymount California University