It’s been six months since the attack on our nation’s Capitol and we still don’t have a full complement of House members seated for a select committee to investigate the event. Only two Republicans voted to proceed with a committee. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has yet to nominate the remaining five members. I suspect he will, if nothing else he’ll seat known disrupters like Jim Jordan.
The Senate has investigated the role of the Capitol police and the DOJ has rounded up about 500 suspects. The Senate reported their findings and recommended fixes to Capitol security. The courts will eventually punish the Trump supporters aka, “domestic terrorists” but the House Committee will need to get to the bottom of “who and why.” Once the FBI catches the person who planted the pipe bombs we should know more.
Republicans want to equate the summer riots with the insurrection but there is no equal. Republicans didn’t recommend hearings when the summer riots were taking place, which is being used as a deflection tactic. Another whataboutism.
Trump supporters look me in the face and tell me that we wouldn’t be in the middle of a televised committee hearing if Antifa, BLM, blacks, or Hispanics were involved. Republicans would be on all the TV shows shouting at the top of their lungs in true Jim Jordon/Allen West fashion. No, the Senators are using the back elevator to avoid reporters and House members shy away from the Sunday talk shows. Local media avoids the subject.
I had to quit a Crossroads Today 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.
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. One GOP Senator said they were loyal patriots, 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.
This we do know, it wasn’t Democrats who tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power in 2016 or 2020. We do know that white supremacists, Trump supporters and militia groups attacked our Capitol on January 6, 2021. Those facts are not in dispute.
I keep hearing GOP lawmakers saying that we need to move on and work on the problems they deem important. Is that the way you raised your children or treated the employees in your company?
I heard some good news the other day. I heard the right-wing bomb-thrower; Allen West was running for governor. You just thought Governor Abbott couldn’t go further right. Line up Don Huffines, Allen West, and Abbott and we might see a replay of the 2016 GOP presidential debates. It won’t be the “Eyes of Texas” it’ll be the “eyes on Texas.” They’ll bring back sayings like “drill baby drill” ……. “More good guys with guns” ……and the newest “ban CRT.” …It’ll be a right-wing funfest comparable to CPAC. In reality, Abbott is an incumbent, $37 million in the bank and has Trump’s endorsement.