When Hitler attempted to overthrow the German government in the Bierhall Putsch, he failed.

When he was tried for his crimes against the state, he was helped by a friendly judge, and his testimony was broadcast far and wide to the German people. It gave him a broader platform than he had ever had before.

He was given a light sentence, in a palace prison with his compatriots in insurrection. It is there that he wrote "Mein Kampf."

His attempted insurrection was largely unpunished. It only made him bolder. In the end, he was successful at the ballot box.

The events of January 6th must not go unpunished. Many lawmakers would like us to forget about it, to protect the man who willed it into being, and their own jobs, since he is still very popular.

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History shows us that this is a mistake. The people who would destroy our democracy will only grow bolder.

Adrienne Larsen lives in Fargo.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.