Various investigations are dominating Washington and the news media. But the rest of the country has a different idea of what’s important: a solution to health insurance; changes to regulations and tax policy to improve the economy for working folks; and commitments to speed up construction and maintenance of highways, bridges, and pipelines.
Did you watch the “Show” on Thursday? If so, you probably got a fair idea of the main issues. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, the comments gave you something to feel good about, and probably some serious concerns. Watching commentators discuss the testimony on multiple news channels after that hearing reminds me of the descriptions by two blind men who approached an elephant from opposite ends.
These two paragraphs sound like I wrote them today. But I copied them from Weekly Comments written June 12, 2017. Yes, five years ago when FBI Director James Comey testifyed to a Congressional committee. He revealed that President Trump was not being investigated, and that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch ought to be.
The “Show” in June 2022 is the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2020, invasion of the Capitol, led by the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. (Were there any other leaders?) They broke through the “bike rack barrier” while President Trump was still speaking at his rally and by about 3:00 p.m. they broke into the Senate and House.
Those riot leaders and about 2000 Trump followers were cleared out of the Capitol by 7:00 p.m., ending the purported threat to Democracy. Within a couple of hours both the Senate and House were back in session and certified the election of Joe Biden. Total damage was $1.5 million, as estimated by the Capitol Architect. None of the statues in the Rotunda was damaged, including the one of Will Rogers positioned at the main entrance to the House so he “could keep an eye on Congress.”
More than 20 million people watched Thursday night. Most of the other 300 million Americans are likely more concerned about paying $5 a gallon for gasoline and record prices at the grocery store. They may remember that the Senate had already investigated the January 6 riot and made several recommendations to upgrade security of the Capitol.
Meanwhile, a California man flew to Washington to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Let’s be glad the FBI was there to protect him. This may be news to several folks because most media are ignoring it. And a radical group that named themselves after former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg published addresses of the Justices and is protesting in front of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s house. By the way, protesting at the home of a Supreme Court Justice is against Federal law.
Do you remember Senator Chuck Schumer’s tirade? He said, “Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you.” Is that incitement?
Historic quotes by Will Rogers:
“All we got to do in this country to find out something is wrong is just to investigate it.” DT #1577, Aug. 12, 1931
“There is two places where what a person says should not be held against ‘em in a court of law. One is at a dinner, and the other is on the witness stand of a Washington investigation.” DT #2405, Apr. 18, 1934
“From the record of all our previous investigations it just looks like nobody can emerge with their nose entirely clean. I don’t care who you are, you just can’t reach middle life without having done and said a whole lot of foolish things.” DT #2620, Dec. 28, 1934