Or we can take the angle that this proves the resiliency of our democracy, and our institutions.
A couple thousand lunatics - out of 330 million - kinda wandered around committing cheap vandalism in a government building, and then were expelled with little effort when the Vice President called for them to be removed. They had no plan. Nobody made a speech from the podium they briefly commandeered.
They are a bunch of useless twats with no plan, no ethos, no follow through, who have pledged their fealty to a monarch.
Uprisings like this have happened throughout history, and barely warrant a footnote.
The only thing remarkable or memorable about any of this was that it was basically the first time for America to experience such a thing.
And within two hours of their expulsion from the building, the process they sought to disrupt went on without a hitch, and even went faster than expected when many of the Republicans who claimed to believe there was fraud in the election recanted, and refused to sign their name to the false claims of impropriety.
The vote went off without any further issues, and Pence certified Biden's win.
Then Trump actually CONCEDED. (I have to admit, I was shocked by that. But then, the document reads like someone was writing "in Trump's style" rather than written by Trump, so maybe his staff conceded for him.)
Many of the mob have already been identified, and they will be ground to dust under the slow-moving wheels of justice eventually.
Biden and Harris will assume their roles, Schumer will bring hundreds of bills passed by the House to a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and a flood of progressive legislation that has been dammed up behind Mitch McConnell's poorly-considered obstinance will bring in a new era of prosperity and safety for the American people.
The economy will rebound (as, in fact, it already has, with the DOW doing better after Biden's election than at any time during the Trump presidency).
Our media's fascination with the fringe does not reflect America.
What we see on our computer and cellphone screens does not depict reality in any way, shape, or form. It is a sensationalized account of fringe thoughts and elements, purely designed to fire your dopamine receptors.
How many news segments contain a sensational claim of "people doing/believing X" and they show a screenshot of a tweet from some rando that has 9 likes and 4 retweets? Fuck... I got a thousand followers on Twitter with a meme I made up. Who gives a shit that Cleetus tweeted something dopey and his fellow moonshiners liked it while sitting around the still with him?
We have always had our lunatics. The Luddites. The Michigan Militia. The Moral Majority. The Proud Boys.
They make for great TV.
They suck at policy and governing.