If you were glued to CNN on January 6 watching the unimaginable storming of the nation's Capitol by a large group of domestic terrorists, it's not surprising that the FBI has warned of plans for armed protests at capitols throughout the country leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

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According to the Hartford Courant, a memo was issued by the National Crisis Coordination Center that stated,

As of 9 January, reports indicate there are armed protests planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January 20 January.

That same memo also stated that the group is calling for others to join them in storming state, local, and federal buildings should POTUS be removed as president before Inauguration Day.

Because of the FBI warnings, police at the state Capitol in Hartford have beefed up patrols and have placed barriers surrounding the building. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told the Courant that the planning and preparation by the state authorities "is absolutely critical."

According to usnews.com, the National Guard was given the go-ahead to send in 15,000 troops to Washington to protect the U.S Capitol. The Chief of the National Guard Bureau told USNews that 10,000 troops were expected in Washington by this Saturday, January 16, to help out with security and logistics.

How did we let the United States get to this point? That is a loaded question and way too complex even to begin to answer. To me, it feels like a never ending nightmare where sometimes you wake up screaming, drenched in sweat. There's a member of my family who has upped his anti-anxiety medication, and on occasion, I feel like I'm on the brink of an anxiety attack. In the meantime, Mindy and I plan to hunker down and not leave the house unless it's necessary. It's a damn good thing we still like each other after almost 44 years of marriage.

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