I honestly thought a January 6th Commission to investigate the attack of our Capitol would be a bipartisan venture because that’s what Congress does. Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy agreed to an equal number of Democrats to Republicans with an equal amount of subpoena power. Leader McCarthy found out that he would be subpoenaed to say what he knew about what Trump was doing at the time of the siege. McCarthy quickly pulled the plug. It doesn’t matter there are other witnesses, he’ll still get suborned and there’s a video of him saying Trump had a role in the insurrection. Yes, McConnell said the same thing on the Senate floor.
You can’t embarrass the likes of McCarthy and McConnell, so I’m not that concerned about their reluctance to a commission. It’s a crying shame how hard it is to get ten Republicans to do the right thing and vote for a commission. They won’t even speak to the mother of Brian Sicknick. I hope some will. As General Honoree said “Ten Capitol policemen will protect McConnell and McCarthy today, yet they don’t think there should be an investigation."
I agree with the GOP, we know what happened but we can’t move on without accountability and correcting what went wrong. Was it a coordinated effort? I don’t think it was a large-scale coordinated planned attack but I think once the barricades were breached, the militants had practiced enough to know how to take full advantage. Once the FBI catches the person who planted the pipe bombs we should know more. The punishment is for the courts, the investigation should focus and the who, why, and how, and then recommend fixes.
My conservative friends have been silent and when I mentioned a commission, they conveniently change the subject. I’m glad they didn’t go the route of a few commentators who posted on a Crossroads Today article. One poster mentioned a BLM member John Sullivan as the leader of the siege but made no mention of people the FBI actually arrested like the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers. I didn’t get a response when I posted a fact check debunking his post. Mostly the anti-commission posts were about Anderson Cooper, CNN, Dems instigated the riots, and YouTube evidence of Maxine Waters instigating. I had to quit that thread when one poster said “you can’t compare Benghazi where four Americans were killed to a siege where windows were broken.” I can’t have a discussion with a person who doesn’t know five people died and 140 Capitol police were injured, Congress was interrupted and the speaker of the house and the vice president were threatened with bodily harm.
Sure, there will be the usual dog and pony show once the red light on the TV camera comes on but I’m sure Congress will come to many bipartisan conclusions as they did in the 9/11 Commission. I’ve heard of a “strike force” made up of rotating national guardsmen stationed in Maryland who could be summoned at a moment's notice. It is very difficult to shut down domestic terrorists but it shouldn’t be. There are no earthly reasons citizens should be allowed to storm our state or nation’s Capital fully armed. We should adopt the TSA regulations. It is the people’s house but we respect other people’s houses.
I think a few years ago, a bipartisan commission would have been formed without any fanfare. Allow me to be critical of my own party for refusing to join the GOP-controlled Katrina Commission thinking it was going to be a whitewash. It was anything but. The GOP Commission gave the Bush Administration an “F” for their response. Today, we just disagree because the other party agrees.
Democrats think doing something about mass shootings is a priority but Republicans say our emphasis should be on the southern border. Have you seen any mass shooting town hall meetings? Republicans think there is massive voter fraud and are purging their own elected officials who disagree. Democrats are siding with Republican election officials who certified the results in their GOP-controlled state. Democrats are citing voter suppression and Republicans think they are implementing “election integrity” by making it harder to vote absentee at fewer locations.
I admit I was against the two-year Benghazi investigation, which consisted of 33 congressional hearings, four public hearings, at a cost of $7 million and ended up exonerating Hillary Clinton and President Obama. Trey Gowdy is on the record saying nothing could have been done to save those four Americans. The committee did implement newer better policies to prevent another Benghazi. Republicans have a short memory.
The GOP Senate just blocked a vote to convene a commission even though the House passed it on a bipartisan basis.
I get it! Trump is pulling the strings of today’s GOP, even those about to retire. The GOP legislators don’t think the New York officials can lay a glove on Donald J. Trump because he’ll throw someone under the bus, family member or not. They don’t want to be on that lonely island. Most of the 535 members of Congress were threatened that day, some helped barricade the doors or were ushered to safety, yet today they vote NO to investigate the incident to avoid making the same mistakes. No, one GOP Senator said they were loyal patriots when President Trump said he loved them and another senator said it was an ordinary White House tour. The rank and file are enablers because this would be the perfect chance to repudiate the actions of those who stormed the Capitol and make it known that they are not welcome in your party.