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I am a 1978 Fremont Ross High graduate. My dad graduated from Greens Springs School in 1949 and ran a small business for decades in Fremont. My mom graduated from Hopewell-Loudon School in Seneca County in 1949 and Heidelberg College in 1953 and taught elementary students at Atkinson School for many year. I have deep roots in this town.
Yet, I am dismayed that Jim Jordan, who claims he has nothing to hide, has decided to hide as much as he can from those seeking to understand the truth about the assault on our Capitol on Jan. 6. At best, this is a “big sigh” moment. At worst, it is a teeth-clenching moment. If this was just a bunch of tourists, then Jordan should share what he knows about the planning that occurred between him and the president’s political and campaign advocates on that fateful day.
Unfortunately, Jim Jordan is the poster child of the “Sore Loser League”. If you lost, you should go back and find better arguments to convince more voters the next time. That was what I was taught in Fremont Junior High (now an empty lot in the middle of Fremont). I wonder if civics and civic pride have become an empty lot in our society, a cancer metastasizing on the flesh of democracy. And nature abhors a vacuum. Jim Jordan is certainly filling that vacuum with his personal style of talking much and saying little.
The craven political ambition of Jim Jordan and his ilk are eating away at this experiment of ours. We have long beat our chest about how “exceptional” we are. I lament that we are indeed exceptional, in the very worst of ways. We ignore what is plainly before our eyes and sleepwalk into authoritarianism. I fear for our republic.
I urge those in this congressional district to wake up and examine who you have chosen to represent you in Washington. While his style of throwing rocks through others’ windows may be entertaining and possibly gratifying, pause for a moment and think what good that does. Flipping the bird may be common on the highway or the bleachers.
Yet as a way for self governance — the opportunity or curse our ancestors bestowed upon us — that attitude will fail us every time. Jordan has a long history of just looking the other way, of ignoring problems that he helped create or tolerates. The electorate should not do the same. It's time for you to get a true adherent to American democracy.
This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Letter to the editor: Reader dismayed at Jim Jordan's silence on Jan. 6 events