We’ve tried intellectualizing it and making sense of it but it is no use. We are still so angry! No, check that, furious, livid, irate, incensed and outraged about what happened on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.

While getting mad is the only healthy thing to do for the blood pressure and psychological well-being, screaming into a bed pillow only goes so far.

Dealing with the seditious scoundrels in the courts and sentencing them to penalties that equal their crimes is the end game. That’s the way we do it in the U.S.A. We are a nation of laws.

But still we dream of getting even in ways that are meaningful, ingenious and legal.

We’d start by adding a few new requirements for those among us who were taken in by the 45th president (henceforth known as the No. 45 experience) and remained loyal long past it became clear he was unstable and a danger to the country.

Those who planted Trump 2020 signs in their front yards and refused to take them down after the election – as if his election were still a possibility – must remove them now.

It is over and the only healthy thing to do is admit we have a new president and put away the notion that somehow in some way the former president “won by a landslide.”

Or you can succeed where others have failed and show proof of 8 million fraudulent votes.

Here are a few other things that could be done get our country back on track:

According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, anyone wishing to run for president must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years old and lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.

These are the minimum standards but that doesn’t mean it should be that simple to become president of the United States. Lord knows.

In light of the No. 45 experience, the requirements could use some addition guardrails. Like proof each presidential hopeful can pass a high school level government exam with emphasis on the U.S. Constitution.

To weed out the bad actors, candidates for the highest position in the land must submit to an ethics exam along with psychological assessment and a lie detector test. All of these would be reviewed by professionals and the results published.

Rigorous, yes, but it would cut down on the number of unqualified and false players, shorten the presidential primary season and aid in the cause of campaign finance reform.

Republicans and Democrats of good will must start over and pledge to work together and, most important of all, give in and give up on some tightly held beliefs as a show of good will.

The GOP should ask itself “what would Ronald Reagan do?”

We think he would disavow and set adrift every crackpot far right fringe group that latched on to the party since he left office from the neo-cons to the QAnons.Then he would return the party to its roots.

That the lunatic fringe, white supremacist, militia, conspiracy theorists had part in the Jan.6 Capitol insurrection and that they wormed their way into the GOP because they brought numbers to the party’s dwindling voter rolls, should appall every self-respecting Republican.

Democrats are not without fault. New York Times’Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Tom Friedman read our mind in his Jan. 12 piece when he talked about our favorite subject – political correctness and the Dems knack for irritating everyone (including other dems) with their guilt trip posing as kindness assault on the English language. He writes:

“Democrats will have a say in this, too. This is their best opportunity in years to get some support from center-right Republicans. Be smart: Ban the phrase ‘defund the police.’ Talk instead about “better policing,” which everyone can get behind. Instead of ‘democratic socialism,’ talk about ‘more just and inclusive capitalism.’ And tone down the politically correct cancel culture on college campuses and in newsrooms. While it’s not remotely in the league of those trying to cancel a whole election, it’s still corrosive.”

The final irony is former President Donald J. Trump was successful in building his wall. It circles the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., paid for by the American people to keep out the “criminals” he created then twisted to his will through relentless lies told in the coded language of hate they had waited years to hear. It almost worked. Thank God it didn’t.

A veteran reporter and columnist, Barbara Christian has been covering Chagrin Falls since 1967 and is currently responsible for Chagrin Falls village events, government and school board news along with her weekly column "Window on Main Street."

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