One of the great debates going on in progressive circles is whether the 1/6 Committee should make a criminal referral to the Justice Department with Donald Trump as its subject. As the title indicates I have some definite thoughts on that and justifications colored by the political reality in today’s America. I’d like to present some of them below and invite you to come along.
For all of my lifetime, and well before it, America has had a two-party political system. That ceased to exist last week. We have seen the warning signs for a few years now but last week it became official. In order for America to have two major political parties they both have to be basically American. One no longer is.
Today is Veterans’ Day in America and for me, in particular, it is time to do a “clean up” article. As I sat down to write this I though what an appropriate juxtaposition of circumstances. In too many cases we asked our veterans to clean up our messes and I want to clean up the backlog of notes I have on things I have neglected to cover.
On June 30th the House authorized a Select Committee to investigate the events and causes of January 6th. That was almost six months after the event which threatened the lives of the then Vice President, Mike Pence, along with every member of Congress. Oh, and by the way American democracy. The vote was 222-190-19. Today I want to initially focus on the 19.