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The Congressional Hearings on the American Insurrection

I woke up a little late to see the beginning of the House Committee hearing on the insurrection of January 6. I am watching it now, and it is like listening to accounts by soldiers who fought for America in a war. People who usually are given medals and are hailed as true American heroes.

These officers did not fight in a war against a foreign foe. They fought against fellow Americans who are not really Americans, even though they literally were born or raised here. These were people who were driven, and who drove themselves, to a state of hatred, violence, anger, and hysterical desire for destruction. They were out to kill anyone in their way. They would have killed Capitol officers, and they surely would have killed members of the Congress. There are no words, really, to encompass this.

It is nice to see a hearing where there are no Republicans trying to undermine it, and deflect to conspiracy theories, ranting and raving, and then sending out tweets to ask for donations.

I don’t know how many people will watch this, with the Olympics on. But the hearings have to be held, and hopefully millions will view some of it. Of course, whatever is learned, will have somewhat limited effect, as Republicans in power, and the media control they hold, will siphon much of it away. And this is scarcely the only outrage that they are perpetrating, as they sweep forward trying to remove the right to vote by those who would choose not to vote for them, and to overturn any election which they lose. It is just one part of what is happening to the country, under the all-out assault by Republicans to turn this into a fascist state where they control every aspect of people’s lives.

But it is so important to focus on this, at least; and to hear the heartrending stories by the brave police officers; and to hear firsthand how insanely violent the insurrectionists were and still are. How did our country develop such people full of hate and violence? Do they believe that they must kill everyone who does not agree with them? Have they been taught that they must destroy every person and entity which represents something that they don’t like? Apparently so.

Did Trump teach them this? He certainly stoked it, for his own mentally deranged purposes. But it has been there for decades, the hidden underbelly of America, the radical groups, and the part of the internet filled with prejudice and hate. It is not a “both sides” thing, no matter how much some of the media might want to make it so. It is many millions of people who are actually traitors to the ideals of America, and who will not stop until they are stopped.

You certainly don’t need me to explain any of this, but sometimes it helps to voice one’s feelings. I will watch all I can of these hearings, for which there has been no parallel in American history.

Postscript: The officers’ testimony was the sum of the hearings today, as it should be, given its significance, emotion, and power. Decent, dedicated and very brave men who did everything they could to repel a hostile force. “The world… can never forget what they did here.” They saw it as their duty, just like the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg

It is believed that the testimony given at these hearings may take as much as a couple of months, and will not begin again until at least well into the August House recess, according to Chairman Thompson. It will be worth it, particularly if they can get to the truth, which has been in very short supply for the previous four years. I do hope that the Senate Democrats who seem to value the filibuster over the right to vote, saw the testimony today, because the insurrection was the violent prong, and the vote suppression is the political prong, of the attempted takeover of the government by the fascists, as Congressman Raskin accurately termed them today.

7 Responses

  1. Hey, William, do you want to stick this post on the top of the page today? It’s important enough to get top billing.

    • I appreciate it, RD, and, yes, I would like to see it up there for today. i am not sure how to do it, though. 🙂

      • i think I figured it out! i am proud of myself! 🙂

        • No, i guess I didn’t. I thought that switch to draft, and then publish, would work, but it ended up back in the same spot.

          • 1. Go to your post
            2. Click on the ellipsis at the top right corner of the page.
            3. In the options modal, select “Post Settings”
            4. In the settings screen, scroll down until you see the heading “Mark as sticky”. Push the slider to the right until it turns blue.
            5. Hit the back button and refresh the home page.

            Expected result: the sticky post should appear at the top of the posts section with a blue banner.

            Jeez, I’m in documentation mode. 🙄

    • I tried to find the settings part, but somehow could not, even though I clicked the eliipses. i’ll keep working on it. Thank you for the attempted help!

  2. The policemen were amazingly articulate and tragic at the same time. I just can’t help but feel this hearing, although righteously held and necessary, will fail to turn the tide with the amount of delusionary thinking out there. I can’t stand shirtsleeve Gym or McCarthy, et.al., but I think it mat have been beneficial to have had them there just long enough to have these witnesses tear up their criminal selves. Those absolute jerks.

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