We're just under a week away from Congressional hearings of the January 6 committee, a process which already promised to be excruciating. Now there's word of a counterprogramming blitz from Mr. Trump's GOP, which is only going to add to the furor. (Not very many details, here.)
For readers who may have missed it, what happened on 6 January, along with a pretty ordinary political rally plus a protest-without-permit on Capital grounds, was a mob assault on the U. S. Capital, and on Senators, Congressthings, staff and the Vice-President, no different in kind to the violent riots in city centers and against government buildings of the preceding summer and fall, but very different in degree: burn a courthouse or wipe out downtown Seattle and we've got plenty more courthouses and big-city downtowns; knock out the Capitol and the Number Two guy in the Executive, and the fallback will be frantic Continuity-of-Government improvisation from Raven Rock and Mount Weather. If you thought the Great White Father in D.C. was high-handed and arbitrary, you're really gonna hate CoG. (And the system has serious flaws that could result in a POTUS vs. CoG situation, or similar messes. Yes, the Fed.gov is a big, ugly, awkward system. All of the alternatives are much worse.)
Yeah, yeah, the Official Line from a nearly-unrecognizable Republican Party is that it was just youthful high spirits, and/or fantasy-football nonsense about election meddling; on the latter, a majority (all, as nearly as I can tell) of Republican Secretaries of State and other election officials swear or affirm that their states ran clean, honest elections, and I believe them. And "just high spirits?" Over a billion dollars in damage, multiple injuries and several deaths demonstrate it was far worse.
Taking a long view, it's almost unfortunate the rioting, would-be insurrectionists didn't encounter and lay hold of the Vice-President or a member of Federal legislature, because then we'd all have no choice but to treat the events seriously. Almost unfortunate -- but I can't wish grievous harm on anyone, even in service of getting the rest of us to face reality. The United States of America went dancing along the edge of a volcano on 6 January 2021 and we almost fell in. Hardly anyone is taking it seriously. I'm not even entirely confident the January 6 committee is.
I guess we'll find out, if we can hear it over the noise, but I don't have much hope it will help.
P.S., ever wonder why some of the dumbest on both sides of the political divide do so well in politics? Here's some insight.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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