Today is January 6th 2022, exactly one year after the insurrection, riots, attempted coup, or whatever terminology you choose to use, at the U.S. Capitol in an attempt by Trump and his mindless followers to overturn the election that was won, fair and honestly, by President Joseph Biden.
Much has been discovered about who, how, and why the horrific, nightmare-inducing events of that day occurred, but as yet, far too much remains shrouded in mystery as damn near every person subpoenaed to give evidence in front of the committee investigating the day has refused or ignored the subpoena, and as conflicting tales come from the likes of Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, Mike Pence, and countless others. Others who have been subpoenaed to testify have appeared before the committee and then pleaded the Fifth Amendment, the right not to incriminate oneself by one’s testimony. I break here for my thoughts on that …
If you have to plead the Fifth Amendment, the right to ‘remain silent’ rather than to tell the truth and incriminate oneself, then you obviously have something to hide. It’s not rocket science, folks! If I say I refuse to answer your question on the grounds that my answer will incriminate me, then I am obviously guilty! This has got to be just about the dumbest amendment to the U.S. Constitution that exists!
“Did you kill your husband?”
“I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me.”
Duh … it really doesn’t take a high-paid lawyer, a judge or jury to know that this person did, indeed, kill her husband!
And so, when the likes of Alex Jones, Mark Meadows and Roger Stone “plead the fifth”, it becomes obvious they have something … more likely many somethings … to hide! And just in case pleading the fifth isn’t enough to cover their vulnerabilities, several are suing the committee. Alex Jones, Mike Flynn and eight other major right-wing figures and Trump advisers have sued over the committee’s investigation, including the former guy, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, outside lawyers John Eastman and Cleta Mitchell. Obstruction, distraction, or both … take your pick.
The goal of those who are doing their level best to slow the investigation is to drag it out beyond the 2022 midterm elections, when Republicans hope they will control both chambers of Congress and will call off the investigative committee. That CANNOT BE ALLOWED to happen!!! There MUST be accountability for any and all involvement in the events of and leading up to that day, no matter how minor.
There is plenty of guilt, and the guiltiest are the ones crying the loudest, doing their damndest to delay and obstruct. But make no mistake, my friends … if there is not harsh punishment for every person even remotely involved, it will open the door to a far more violent, far more successful coup in 2024. Note, please, that I did not say it “might”, but that it WILL. The groundwork is already being laid, plans made, and lessons learned from the failure in 2020.
Instead of thoughts and prayers on this one-year anniversary, let’s renew our determination to NOT allow the perpetrators to go unpunished and to consistently demand that Congress support the January 6th Committee in its effort to get to the bottom of the attempted coup and to punish the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law. DO NOT let this fade into the background amidst all the other distractions … it will be either the continuation or the death of the United States as we have known it. The Republican Party has redefined itself … don’t let them redefine the nation.
Additional Note: The former guy has cancelled his intended “press conference” that was initially scheduled for today. It is reported that his ‘advisors’ warned against it, said it could turn on him and on those Republicans running for congressional seats in the mid-terms. Surprisingly, the former guy heeded their advice. I’m pleased to know we won’t be seeing his ugly mug or hearing his lies and false accusations, but … it ain’t over yet, folks.