Deepening the Divide

Nothing illustrates our nation’s division better than the recent primetime January 6th hearing. The mainstream media uniformly promoted the show and then gave it lavish praise. The “never Trump” old Republican establishment joined in approval. How you view the presentation tells what side of the country’s divide you reside.

Like many Americans, I was horrified as people broke into the Capitol. The first thing that crossed my mind was where is the president, and why isn’t he addressing the situation? There is no question Trump’s failure to act immediately was abominable. We all saw his dereliction. The house looking at his actions or lack thereof impeached him.

Not satisfied by the impeachment’s failure, the house set up a select committee to look into the happenings of January 6th. With all the unanswered questions, this is reasonable. If the FBI knew the possibility of violence, why weren’t measures taken? Shouldn’t there have been a significant police presence with a vast crowd? What was everybody doing from the president on down? 

Most significant events involve a broader context. We knew who was responsible for Pearl Harbor, but did all our battleships need to be huddled in the harbor every weekend? What was the intelligence? We have historians and archaeologists to explore the bigger picture. 

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