Where are we one year later?
January 6th was an assault on democracy. An open discussion on what it's done to the nation and our future.
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Where do you believe we are today, the one-year anniversary of the brutal January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol by Donald Trump loyalists, incited by him to stop the certification a Joe Biden’s as president?
I’ll tell you where I thought we’d be: Finally, Trump would be purged from the GOP and the media; the GOP would have a reckoning; there would be a very small band of nutbags still supporting the insurrectionists, laughed at and mocked; A new Democratic president would swiftly be bringing to justice all those among the leadership in the GOP who made this happen; A new Democratic Congress would immediately be investigating it, passing laws to stop this from ever happening again, and passing laws that bring us us back from the previous four years of authoritarianism, like voting rights legislation.
Yes, as I watched the events unfold on TV, as I was live on my SiriusXM program, I really believed that and more, even as we’ve seen Republicans time and again go back to Trump in the past. I thought that would be it. Call me naive, again, or hoping against all hope. By that night, however, as many Republicans still voted not to certify the election, I was jarred back to reality.
Even worse, I truly believed for a while that Democrats would move swiftly. Why should I have believed that as well, knowing the history of Democratic Party and how it’s too often rolled by the GOP?
So no, now here we are, and there will be many speeches and commemorations today of that the dark day. And yes, the January 6th Committee has been getting aggressive, even if it took too long to get underway. And Merrick Garland gave a speech yesterday, which, for him was encouraging. And maybe voting rights will happen. Maybe Democrats are finally seeing it’s do or die.
So I want to once again hope we’re going to do really something now — because it’s all we’ve got left — and that maybe this anniversary is the best thing, reminding everyone of the stakes. The more focus on it, the better.
What are you thinking about, reflecting on that day, and what are you thinking about where we are today? An open discussion for everyone as we look to a new year, and one in which we’ll see democracy either be saved or slide into authoritarianism by year’s end.