January 6th Anniversary — Demand Accountability!

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.

58 thoughts on “January 6th Anniversary — Demand Accountability!

  1. Jill, I just typed this on Jeff’s post, so I will just repeat it here.

    When we hear push back from the Trump base and sycophants, we need to point out this is not a witch hunt. We can never let this happen again. Full stop. But, what is lost on too many, the failures of the former president occurred long before the insurrection. It began with his staged election fraud spiel that he set in motion by hiring over 1,000 attorneys and belittling the mail in process for months. What is also lost is how can a person with 1,000 attorneys and all the financial resources be so unsuccessful in proving his election fraud claims – winning only one court case out of over 65 and still losing every recount, review and audit of results. His failure was so profound, funders asked for their money back as they felt misled. Truly, it would be hard for him to lose any more than he has. Mr. Trump, you lost – be a man and get over it. I encourage people to look up these stories and not take my word for it.

    Keith

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    • You’re so right … he began preparing to fight the election results long before election day. As you said, he had over 1,000 lawyers and nearly unlimited financial resources, and yet he failed ‘bigly’ to prove any incidence of orchestrated or significant error, and proved NO fraud whatsoever. Even the minor win he found in PA was error, not intentional fraud. He is the very thing he despises … a Loser. But the bigger problem is the people who are so blinded that they believe what he tells them. How do we reach them? How do we wake them from their stupour and convince them that they are following him down a path of destruction? I wish I had an answer to that question.

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  2. I don’t think there’s any doubt that the Democrats in Congress fully support the Select Committee, and I have faith in the Committee’s ability to present the facts of both insurrection and coup (the planning that began with the inner circle, abetted by the Sedition Caucus in House and Senate) to anyone who’s open to listening. I can’t wait for their public hearings.
    And I’m heartened by Merrick Garland’s speech stressing that he will follow the facts regardless of where they lead.
    But as I understand the hurdles, because of the unprecedented nature of potentially charging a former President and/or members of Congress, Garland’s case must be so airtight that it can withstand all appeals, up to and including the Supreme Court. And that ain’t easy, even though it seems so to many of us. It will take time—far longer than we would like.
    In the meantime, we must be badgering our Senators to pass the two voting rights bills, which must include protecting those who count the ballots from partisan interference. I heard Adam Kinzinger say today that he might consider supporting voting rights legislation. I hope anyone living in a state with a retiring Republican Senator will urge him to do the same. Some of them must be ashamed of what their party has become, and we just need two who will listen to their “better angels.”

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    • I fully agree, Annie. Step #1 must be to restore the Voting Rights Act and ensure, at the federal level, that the right to vote is protected for EVERYONE, not just wealthy white people. They say the wheels of justice turn slowly, and this seems to have been proven true over the years, particularly this past year, but I do believe that Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice will come through. As you said, the case must be airtight, for there are many ready to fight. It is up to us, We the People, to ensure that our elected officials remember their fealty is to us, not to the former guy and not to the radical right-wingers. However, I might argue against any of the Republican senators feeling ashamed … they have seemingly been mesmerized by the former guy and are incapable of feeling remorse or shame any longer. I think they sold their ‘better angels’ for a drink of Kool Aid!

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      • I’m not so sure all the retiring Senators have been mesmerized, Jill. We’ve heard plenty of stories from Dems re: colleagues expressing disgust for trump in private. I agree that getting any of them to vote for voting rights is a long shot. But preserving our democracy sure seems worth the effort of trying to reach them through constituents’ pressure. Kinzinger’s comment gave me hope.

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  3. Excellent ending and additional note. I agree that if the powerful (even if, most of them, clownish) people connected aren’t punished, there will be a takeover in the future… if not 2024 (and it could be 2024), yet it won’t be long.

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    • Thank you, Marleen! Yes, these are indeed nervous times when we come to realize that around 40% of the people in this nation, and nearly half of our elected officials have no conscience, no values, no morality.

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  4. Reblogged this on Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth and commented:
    As did Fandango, I’m reblogging this excellent post. I don’t think the fifth amendment, like the second, was intended to be used as it currently is. You can’t necessarily assume that anyone who pleads the fifth is guilty — but they are as likely as not protecting SOME guilt person or have other (unrelated?) acts of badness they want to protect. These are not nice people in any sense of the word.

    As a nation, we have lost not only accountability in the U.S, but any sense of honor we had. We are an embarrassment to our own memory. I don’t know what will happen, but whatever it may be, I’ve got my oar in the water saying: MAKE THEM TELL THE TRUTH! OUT LOUD, TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND WORLD! DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS.

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    • Thank you so much for the reblog!!! You’re right, and I stand corrected, that it is not necessarily the case that anyone pleading the 5th is guilty. However, they are hiding something, for otherwise, honesty is always the best policy. As my friend Keith is fond of saying, if you always tell the truth, you don’t have to keep track of so many lies! And saying “I refuse to answer …” throws up a red flag and sets off alarm bells immediately. Thank you again!

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  5. You know, of course, that the primary reason the “other guy” cancelled his press conference is he knew he would get FAR more coverage (and loud support) for his “complaints” during a RALLY than he ever would from a simple news meeting.

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    • Actually, I think it’s more likely that there was a significant lack of interest on the part of the press to attend his ‘event’, and I hope that only about 50 people show up for his Arizona rally later this month!

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  8. For me personally, as I watched in utter dismay the events unfolding at the Capitol Bldg Jan. 6, 2021, I thought to myself Jebus H. Christmas and everything sacred and cherished, as well as remembering almost two-and-a-half centuries of so much American death and blood shed to create, then protect this democratic nation… why was it allowed to fester and escalate for so many hours!?

    I couldn’t stop asking WHY DOESN’T THE MAN and MEN WHO INCITED THIS TRAGIC DEBACLE, a MOB, just make ONE phone call to shut it all down IMMEDIATELY!? Only one man, that’s all it took to call the new (tRump’s new) acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller*… and he could’ve activated & deployed ALL military regiments and local and nearby law-enforcement to descend quickly upon the Capitol to PROTECT & DEFEND our (supposed) symbol of Democracy to the world, protect our Congressional members lives, and those poor, grossly outnumbered Capitol Police Officers—this was a vow the Orange Orangutan solemnly took and swore to uphold back on Jan. 20th, 2017 in front of millions and billions of people INCLUDING thousands of Republicans!!! 😡

    I remember also being deeply ashamed to be called an American that day. I wondered just how much Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and all nations ISIS operates within… were all laughing their asses off at us, pointing fingers at us, mocking us and our supposed freedoms, free-elections, and now fictitious democracy. They must of been celebrating Jan. 6th in the streets and town squares burning their U.S. effigies and dancing. We had to look like utter fools, morons that day, pretending we live in the Land of Oz, living in grandiose delusions of freedom. 😔

    Just one phone call to Christopher Miller,* Instead it was allowed to go on for at least 3.5 to 4-hours Jill! Most of these 2-4 men who could’ve stopped it immediately, before 3-4 lives were lost, sat/stood and watched everything on TV… derelict of their sworn duties and solemn promise to the American people!

    I ask a final question, HOW IN THE HELL is a solemn promise and sworn duty to uphold these Constitutional values made on Jan. 20th, 2017 suddenly forgotten, like the Republican Party members across our nation suddenly contracted lobotomizing amnesia!? How is that even possible? And WHY wasn’t that one phone call, by ONE MAN made well before 3.5–4 hours earlier?

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    * – More info: https://professortaboo.com/2021/01/14/where-was-the-protection/

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      • Well, if it were a compliment for some other reason besides the events of Jan. 6, I’d be grateful for your acknowledgement. However, given the subject matter… it honestly HURTS, it is deeply embarrassing to remember that day, and makes me feel like a audacious hypocrite—like one of the Trumpanzees screaming “U-S-A” (not having any clue how anti-USA that chanting was!), getting verbally and physically abusive (to the Capitol Police Officers!?), and bringing in ZIP-TIES for specific Congressional members & leaders! I literally get sick to my stomach imagining myself as one of those brainless minions while chanting U-S-A and defacing the very bastion, the very symbol of what they were destroying and arrogantly portraying to the entire world!

        That day and those idiotic tRump minions set us back damn near to the Dark Ages, certainly worse than most any day in all of American history—way worse than 9/11. And THEY were nearly those same terrorists, just about 2,973 body-bags short, but in every other aspect IDENTICAL!

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        • I feel your statement is why I responded the way I did. I like factual information, and you expressed it as all Americans should be. I should have said “Great information in your comment”. I apologize for any misunderstanding of my intent to acknowledge my concurring feelings. Have a better day, Prof. Taboo.

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          • I mean absolutely NO ill-will or pain by you E.M. Sorry for not making that more clear—that’s my fault. Sincere apologies.

            I meant only for this date, which will now, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt put it… “a date which will live in infamy” for the rest of our days and any American who lived it. It hurts deeply because I love what my country, my Constitution, three Branches of government exist & operate as, stand for… all designed brilliantly by our SIX Core Founding Fathers. This day last year is the FURTHEREST thing from that nation and what Lady Liberty USED to symbolize.

            I begged my mother and sister to PLEASE not watch any news coverage rehashing what happened a year ago, but they didn’t listen and they began going off on the “progressive’s & liberal’s coverage and interpretations” of what and why the Capitol was attacked. It now has been a horribly contentious day & evening because of the news coverage rehashing it all. BTW, I currently live in the Texas Hill Country (central part) and everything & everyone here is HARDCORE tRump orangutan b.s. politics. I was DREADING this day for those reasons—and I couldn’t and can’t escape this very sad brainwashing down here, plain and simple, even within my immediate and extended family. 😢

            So it had nothing to do with you E.M. Please know that Ma’am. ❤️

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            • I have avoided the news today because I cannot watch it all over again. I’m sorry you have to live around all of the ReTrumplicans. I lived in Arkansas for 12 years, and it was so against everything I loved and believe in. I was very happy to move, especially watching the headlines coming out of that terrible state.

              I didn’t figure you were mad at me 🙂 It’s an emotional day for true Americans. Thank you for reminding me about Roosevelt’s statement. 🙂

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    • So much well said, Professor.

      “… pretending we live in the Land of Oz…”

      Brilliant.

      But *yes and amplify* to your querry: “HOW IN THE HELL is a solemn promise and sworn duty to uphold these Constitutional values made on Jan. 20th, 2017 suddenly forgotten, like the Republican Party members across our nation suddenly contracted lobotomizing amnesia!?”

      And how is that not itself a crime? On the part of the Orange dud.

      I will add that I, years (and tears) before this mess, was using the word labotamized in relation to what I observed and experienced from people pushing the Republican agenda (or, at least, falling for it). Even in “real life” (or outside of politics) there is something abusive and wrong with their thinking or choices of how to proceed day to day that involves gaslighting and backing up their intended goals with insistent denial of facts and potential punishment for not complying or coming down their path in word and deed.

      I will sign off with this
      (as it reminds me
      of something
      a dear son
      of mine
      would say)…

      Jebus H. Christmas

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    • I had the same reaction you did on that day. I was glued to the live coverage on my computer screen and wondering how the Sam Hell this could be happening … where were the police, the military, the National Guard? It was the next day, or perhaps days later (old age … my memory blurs) that I saw pictures of Trump watching on a large screen television while Junior’s girlfriend did some sort of happy dance in the same room. These people … the entire family … are monsters who should NEVER have been given entry to the U.S. government, let alone the White House. And now … rumour has it that he will run again in 2024 and that Republican lawmakers and governors are more than willing to help him back into the White House, even without winning the election. Other nations around the globe have stopped laughing long ago, as they are now envisioning a world with a lunatic dictator in charge of a quadrillion dollar armament including enough nukes to kill every man, woman and child on the planet several times over. Methinks we need to send this ‘man’ to prison sooner than later.

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      • I am really REALLY hoping that the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack/Coup find sufficient or overwhelming evidence that tRumpelestiltskin was obviously not only grossly derelict in his oath and duties to PROTECT Americans and our Constitution—with free, no-fraud elections as clearly spelled out by his OWN Attorney General William Barr!—but that he also intentionally incited treasonous insurrection and violence upon Capitol Police Officers as well as Congressional members, INCLUDING his own Vice-President!!!

        If that isn’t the epitome of a psychotic, narcissistic madman, then I and all other sane, reasonable Americans don’t live on planet Earth or in this Solar System! Certainly NOT in tRumpelestiltskin’s fairy-tale world! 🤦‍♂️

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  9. Excellent and eloquent! In Franklin D. Roosevelt’s January 6, 1941 State of the Union address, better known as the Four Freedoms Speech, are these words : “The future and safety of our country and of our democracy are overwhelmingly involved in events far beyond our borders.” He was, as you know, referring to Adolf Hitler’s quest to dominate the world but if one substitutes “far beyond” with ‘well within’ the same may be said of January 6, 2021. The January 6th Committee must present incontrovertible proof of the direct involvement of the former guy and his assistants lest our democracy becomes but crumbled pages of history. WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • I’m so glad you shared this. (I will now remember this specific date for more than one dire reason) So true! Hitler was, at heart (can be seen in his writing), an anarchist. He only got into government after his initially smaller violent effort outside it wasn’t successful enough for him. We, of course, have (and have had for decades) examples inside and outside of office trying to take down our democracy (to whatever degree we are a democracy). We need to be alert and act!

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    • Thank you, dear Ellen!!! Indeed, Roosevelt’s words were wise and prescient, but you’re right … today, the threat comes from within (and perhaps from outside, also). If the January 6th committee is unable to present enough verifiable data to send some to prison, and at the very least render the politicos involved ineligible to run for office again, then I think we have a real problem. We’ve been headed downhill for a decade or more now, but … every time I think it can’t possibly get any worse, it does. WHAK!!!

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  10. Jill, some folks might say your statement that “it will be either the continuation or the death of the United States as we have known it” is overwrought, sensationalistic, over the top. But I absolutely agree with you. The rapidly approaching 2022 national elections will be a pivotal point in our nation’s history. Either the sane folks will prevail and the Democrats will remain in control of Congress, or the Dunning-Kreuger crowd will win the election, end the investigation, and set up the nation for Trumpism 2.0. If that happens, then you are correct in saying that the nation as we’ve known it will be finished. Democracy will be finished and an autocracy will begin. Then, the American autocrat will begin his reign of revenge.
    This is why I signed up for this Democratic community organizing event: https://events.democrats.org/event/404981/. I’d urge others to do the same, and anything else we can do to preserve our democratic form of government.

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    • Hi Jerry — good to see you! Yes, I knew my statement sounded sensationalist, but I think the pragmatists among us have seen enough to realize it is our new reality. If the Republicans manage to gain a majority in the House in November, I have no doubt that the committee will be dissolved. Are there still Republicans with consciences other than Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger? I have my doubts. I very much believe it will be the beginning of the end of this nation as we’ve long known it. Thanks for the link … I did sign up, though I’m not sure how much I can do given my current health problems, but I will do what I can.

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  11. IT’S TIME THE COMMITTEE CAME TO A CONCLUSION WHICH IT CAN SHARE AND OFFER UP ANY PROOF IT HAS TO SEE IF THE PUBLIC WILL THEN DEMAND PROPER JUSTICE, AS WELL AS FIND OUT WHO THEY CAN/CAN’T VOTE FOR IN THE MID TERMS.TRUMP SHOULD BE SENT TO JAIL WITHOUT COLLECTING $200 FOR PASSING GO.

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    • I think maybe that’s easier said than done, given that they are being obstructed in so many ways by the people they are asking for information, but I do think they have quite a bit of verifiable info that needs to be publicly shared. Then again, perhaps it’s best kept under wraps until the Department of Justice begins their proceedings. I just don’t know. Any member of Congress who is proven to have had ANY role must be rendered ineligible to run again … EVER! And that includes Trump! Yep, I’d love to see him sent to prison for the rest of his life. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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      • I accept that there is much obstruction there but the subpoenas MUST be enforced and I imagine there can be penalties for obstruction which they can use, which they must do even if the justice department have to imprison anyone who is reluctant to offer help and clarity as to what has gone on/is going on. THE LAW MUST BE FOLLOWED AND ENFOIRCED.

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        • Agreed. And it must be done before the November mid-terms, for the Republicans are planning/expecting to regain a majority in both chambers of Congress, and if they do, they have already said they would shut down all investigations into the events of that day. Sigh.
          Cwtch

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  13. I am shocked Trump is willing to give up his speechifying. He so loves to hear his voice out loud. The real reason he is not being allowed to speak? He has a tendency to incriminate himself inadvertently. He cannot stick to a script–he cannot read after all–and ad libbing he cannot help but brag about his actions. He is the smartest man alive, after all. But being smartest of only half the population on Earth doesn’t really say much for him, does it?

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    • My best guess is that there was a remarkable lack of interest on the part of at least half the press and that he figured it would be an embarrassment to him. Make no mistake … he is not intelligent, not in the least. His education, such as it was, was bought and paid for by his father. Left to his own devices, he would never have even gotten into community college, let alone earned a degree. He’s devious, yes, but intelligent? Not a chance.

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