I want to know everything that happened on Jan. 6, 2021, and everything that led up to that day and contributed to it.
We all watched the horror of lost lives, police being attacked, democracy being threatened, and America’s embarrassment. I anticipated the ridicule that would follow and the ongoing damage to our standing in the world community. It has been more than a year now and I want to know.
And I really want to know why others don't want to know.
OK, I realize that some will deflect and I admit that BLM riots last summer were repugnant. Inflation is hurting people, the Afghanistan withdrawal was poorly executed, and we should have more testing for COVID. Yes, many things are not going well.
And in today’s political world, when your side gets called out, the typical response is to deny, divert and find something to complain about from the other side. Programs like Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy, but we want the government to pay for babysitting – that just doesn’t seem right.
We’ll discuss some of those problems, but I only get a limited number of words, so today I want to know about Jan. 6.
Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn talked about that day and the racist invective from rioters. He told reporters that it was difficult for him to return to the Capitol, but “I’ve realized what my job is and why I’m here.”
Dunn observed, “You can’t take actions to prevent this from happening again unless you know what actually happened.”
So, what happened? Was it just “another day in January,” as Mike Pence now calls it? Was it simply patriots taking “a tour of the Capitol,” as some Republican lawmakers now characterize the event?
How was it planned? Could it have been stopped? I want to know.
My question to those who are going to great lengths not to know is, why? If you did nothing wrong, why don’t you shout your truths to the world? If your motives were pure, if democracy was your objective, if peace was your goal, why are you not eagerly proving your virtue and attempting to discover what really led to a Capitol attack? Why are you trying to block every piece of information that is associated with the day?
The pertinent question may be, is your political career worth the risk to democracy? The follow-on question might be, why is your political career seemingly tied to denial, deflection and delusion? Is that what your constituents want? I am a constituent and I want to know.
Democrats’ blatant partisanship is awful, but Republicans have taken this lunacy to the next embarrassing level.
Trump’s assessment of the riot? "Some of them went in, and they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know, they had great relationships, and a lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in, and they walked out."
Really? After they spread fecal matter on the walls and statues, and sprayed bear repellent and threw fire-extinguishers at cops?
Exactly one Republican Congressperson (the party of law and order) showed up at work last week to honor the Capitol police who protected them all in 2021. Dick Cheney, a conservative’s conservative, also attended.
After the event, Cheney noted, “The importance of January 6th as a historic event cannot be overstated. I was honored and proud to join my daughter on the House floor to recognize this anniversary, to commend the heroic actions of law enforcement that day, and to reaffirm our dedication to the Constitution. I am deeply disappointed at the failure of many members of my party to recognize the grave nature of the January 6 attacks and the ongoing threat to our nation.”
He added, "I'm deeply disappointed we don't have better leadership in the Republican Party."
Apparently the only bi-partisan issue in Washington is that partisanship, on the other side, is bad. Humorist Will Rogers famously said, “I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” In his time, that was funny.
I just want to know.
Curt MacRae, a resident of Coldwater, publishes columns on the first and third Saturdays each month. Comments may be sent to email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Reporter: Opinion