Despite four months having passed since the events of January 6th, we continue to hear new and riveting accounts about that tragic day. The rally turned insurrection was fueled by false and unsubstantiated claims designed to undermine the electorate’s faith in our democracy and overturn the will of the people. If you have not read recent interviews with U.S. Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone, or Senator Joe Manchin, regarding their perspectives on the January 6th insurrection – you should.

Officer Fanone was dragged into the crowd where he was beaten, tased, and smashed with flag poles. As he lay prone on the ground, shouts emerged – “Kill him with his own gun!” A short time later, another officer was able to pull Fanone away from the mob, saving his life. The events of January 6th resulted in Fanone suffering a heart attack and being hospitalized. While reflecting on the insurrection at the Capitol, Officer Fanone stated, “It’s very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened.”

Senator Joe Manchin (WV), summarized his experience by saying, “January 6 changed me. I never thought in my life, I’d never read in history books to where our form of government had been attacked, at our seat of government, which is Washington, D.C., at our Capitol, by our own people.”

From the beginning of my campaign for the House of Delegates 33rd District seat, I have held that good judgment, reasoning skills, and an ability to discern fact from fiction are key attributes that every elected official should possess. Regrettably, my opponent, Dave LaRock, struggles with each of these qualities. From hosting a “Stop-The-Steal” rally, to actively attempting to set-aside Virginia’s 2020 election results, to promoting and participating in the rally turned insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, to publicly casting doubt on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, Mr. LaRock views the world through a lens distorted by fear and cynicism while simultaneously promoting his own virtue and patriotism. Why? Because he believes that the guise of patriotism will protect his political career.

The cold, hard reality is that nothing my opponent did on or in the days leading up to January 6th embodied even a modicum of patriotism. Just ask a real patriot like Officer Fanone. This year, we can send a definitive message that while “we the people” may disagree — sometimes passionately — we don’t like being lied to. Four months have passed since our Capitol was attacked because of people like Dave LaRock perpetuating a shameful lie aimed at dividing our communities.

Four months from now, Virginians will begin casting their votes to shape the future of our Commonwealth. Lest we forget, this election cycle provides us all with an opportunity to jettison those who attempted to undermine our democracy.

Paul Siker is a resident of Waterford. He is running as a Democrat for the 33rd District House of Delegates seat in the Nov. 2 election.

(15) comments

Spock Here

Sad day indeed when the US Capitol is called a "sacred temple" of only democrats. That goes beyond simple "foxitis."

Catherine Giovannoni

I have always loved our beautiful Capitol. It is, indeed, a sacred temple of democracy and it is fascinating to hear Republicans sneer at it.

Old Western Man

Jefferson Davis did indeed do a fine job with the Capitol's present structure.

Spock Here

And isn't it wonderful he was allocated the money he wanted to do the job right! He was such a nationalist.....then chose the confederacy. Too bad.

Old Western Man

Democrat Party shock troops can burn businesses down, terrorize neighborhoods, storm and destroy public property, assault and murder law enforcement and citizens in countless urban centers across the nation for an entire summer, and Party apparatchiks like Mr. Siker are quiet as church mice. Protest once at their sacred temple and pearls get clutched.

The current Democrat Party is the most dangerous enemy America has ever faced.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC – 43 BC

Old Western Man

"Protest once at their sacred temple and pearls get clutched." To paraphrase an excellent assessment by social media sensation, Eric July.

john brown

treason? you have some nerve to even mention this word after Jan 6th. Hillary was more than right, you people are the deplorables. We have always had these deplorables but many of us underestimated the number out there. The foulness of tRump brought them to the surface and we have gotten a clear view of them. Historically their mentality morphed into Jim Crow here and nazism in Europe and many good people died before they were brought to justice. But, they were brought to justice. Remember that!


Yes, Old Man, Cicero is right: a nation can’t survive treason from within and yet you people support Trump, his lying toadies, and purposely mislead millions. Remember, Trump sat sulking in his office after losing the election, badgering the Vice President to “steal back” the election for him, plotting with his traitorous friends on declaring Martial Law, confiscating voting machines, running the election again to make sure only he won. And you don’t call this treasonous? Please enlighten me: what exactly do you call it? The giving the voters an opportunity to change their minds in votings polls surrounded by armed soldiers? You all are wallowing in a third world toilet.


"shock troops"? Oh, like Ashli Babbit? What About John Caldwell from Clarke County?

I think the librul army myth lies heavy on your vacuous little soul.

Doc Samson

@OWM - [thumbup]


Actually, Trump is the most dangerous adversary the United States has ever faced. Our country has faced some bad actors but Trump just leaves them in the dust. 😢


Donald Trump: betrayed his oath of office, disregarded the rule of law, showed contempt for democracy and put the United States in grave danger. If that isn't treason by any definition, what is?

Catherine Giovannoni

Mr. Siker is absolutely right. America needs to cleanse itself of those who spread the Big Lie and would undermine the democratic principles upon which our republic stands. Replacing extremist DaveLaRock, who partook in the bloody, cop-killing insurrection of January 6th, with a sensible moderate like Paul Siker will be an excellent start.

Spock Here

GQP is the party of denial, lies, and eating its own true conservatives, now "rinos". Their platform is trump, white replacement fear, and if the Matt Gaetz story is credible, human trafficking. What would Reagan think?


If Trump stood before a camera of every newscast company and told the truth about the election, how he has continually lied, used these lies to grift his followers, and Joe Biden is the legitimate president, the millions of Republican voters who wallow in this fantasy world of lies and conspiracies wouldn’t believe him. According to specialists, bringing people out of cult influence is long and complicated. Besides, they’d just dig another insane rabbit hole in Alice’s Wonderland. I’m not sure this can ever be fixed.

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