I don’t even know (yet) what to say about the surreal domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol today. Years ago (including the early years of this blog), I worked there, and one of the positions I had involved reminding visitors of the rules: no food allowed inside. No flash photography in certain areas. You must stay with your tour guide when in the Capitol proper. Please don’t block the stairs or elevator. The rules were a little stricter than a typical museum’s rules, but then the Capitol Visitor Center, United States Capitol, and adjoining office buildings aren’t a typical museum.
How have we arrived at this moment?
Some photos from my days working in the Capitol Visitor Center: