“By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship,” warns/predicts Thomas Homer-Dixon, the former head of a center on peace and conflict studies at the University of Toronto.

That might seem hyperbolic if Jan. 6 were just a single, regrettable and damnable event. It’s not what happened on Jan. 6 that leads to such a startling warning, but what hasn’t happened in the 365 days (and counting) since.

Rod Haxton is publisher of The Scott County Record in Scott City, Kan. He can be reached at editor@screcord.com.