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Jan. 7th: The Day After the Year After

Jeff Hall

Posted on January 7, 2022 15:23

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Yesterday, media outlets spent a lot of time talking about "Here we are, one year after the Capitol riot." What have we learned in the last year, really?

We live in a world in which everyone accuses the other side of faking things, exaggerating things, ignoring the truth, pursuing a wrong-headed agenda.

I don't think it's controversial to say the following (as there is plenty of proof to validate these statements):

1) There really was a riot and it really was brutal, nasty -- and lethal, even;

2) The 2020 election was fair, conclusive, audited, litigated -- and nobody has ever proven fraud;

3) Donald Trump egged on his supporters that day and then enjoyed the show -- for three hours on television -- while the fight raged;

4) Many Republicans that day actually sided with the idea of overturning a fair election;

5) After the riot, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Kevin McCarthy really did say Donald Trump was responsible for the riot;

6) Now many Republicans and their media cheerleaders are acting like the whole thing never happened.

If all these statements are true, then what are we to make of them?  Where do we go from here?  Here's what I make of it:

1) There is something deeply psychological going on -- a collective hysteria or amnesia of some sort.  Many are willing to deny the truth in an effort to grab and hold onto power.

2) Is holding onto power really that important? More important than principles or democracy? Why? 

3) Clearly, many Americans hate each other because of their politics.  We need some form of marriage counseling to get America talking again.  Either we patch up the marriage or we get divorced, but I think most would agree, our union is worth saving.  Hell, that's why we fought a civil war. 

4) Every state has Republicans and Democrats.  I don't see how a divorce can work unless Democrats all move to one set of states and Republicans to another. That seems wildly impractical;

5) But why is there so much hate? What is it that is making us so angry? Do people really think America is that bad?  Is there another country our unhappy citizens would rather move to?  If not, why not focus on fixing what we have right here?.  If logic no longer holds any sway, we need some kind of psychological help.

We came very close to losing our democracy and we're not out of the woods yet. Before the memory of January 6th fades -- for some, anyway -- let's never forget the following:

1) Our Capitol Hill and D.C. Metropolitan police did one hell of a job that day and suffered mightily. They are true heroes;

2) Republicans like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger and state Republican election officials who stood their ground and certified Biden wins in red states -- and some conservative media representatives -- deserve "Profile in Courage Awards" for speaking up and telling the truth, despite the heat they took (and continue to take) from fellow Republicans; 

3) Our right to vote is sacred. Let's protect it, strengthen it and preserve it.

God bless America!









Jeff Hall

Posted on January 7, 2022 15:23


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