It is Tuesday morning September 28, 2021 as I tap the keys of a computer’s keyboard to write this op-ed (yes, I still call them that). I see America at a crossroads with simultaneously much promise and much peril. There is no way I can cover all that in a few paragraphs – it would easily take volumes – but I’ll give it a go. Please come along for the brief ride.
Since both Democratic Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Republican Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan hold degrees from Ivy League schools I am reticent to call them stupid. Therefore, I will call the stunt they pulled selfish.
My generation’s war was Viet Nam. Primarily due to a 333 in the lottery I didn’t go. That doesn’t prohibit me from empathy and understanding. I do not speak Vietnamese nor did I know the geography or customs. (I could have found it on the globe but that is about it – and more than a lot of other young men of my generation.) Had I been on the ground my life would have been in the hands of an interpreter and my organization’s success would have been in large part dependent on cooperative denizens. Fast forward two generations, change the location to Afghanistan and the story is basically the same. If I can realize this why couldn’t 16 House Republicans?
One of the many lessons you learn coaching basketball is not to declare victory prematurely. It is awful embarrassing to pull your starters only to have to reenter them to preserve a win or worse yet lose a game that you should have won. With that in mind I put a question mark at the end of today’s title because the jury is still very much out but a couple of things look good.
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.