COMMENTS FIRST, ABOUT THE PAST WEEK
While I sat gaping at the spectacle on the tube, some of the valued regulars on this site were already inserting their comments on the disturbance, but after an earlier post. I have a great idea: like having ice cream and pie before dinner, how about readers giving their thoughts (reasonably compact, when possible)? Dissent, disagreements, welcome. Here are the first four comments:. GV
1/8/2021 09:01:04 am
Having had the privilege of being acquainted with some of the Bush kin, I tend to agree about HW. I believe there was a sense of duty to the country that went along with the privilege of material comfort that the family has.
Now having had the benefit of a few more days of history since George's perceptive piece about Thornburgh, I admit to a sense of visceral relief when Pence and McConnell came around on Wednesday. Something like, "See, even they are resisting the Sociopath in Chief . . . ." I can't help that my visceral reactions were not in line with more thoughtful reactions. We cannot allow Republicans' more sensible reactions over the past couple of days to dilute their record of abdication of responsibility to such ideals as truth, democracy and the constitution for more than the past four years.
Our country faces enormous challenges as the Internet has empowered and deceived ignorant white trash - I'm sorry - into believing they matter more than others, based on misinformation. I remember that my 4th grade history book was essentially a compilation of chapter-length biographies of important Americans, including Robert E. Lee. I think curricula need to include strong education from K-12 about discernment of truth over the internet. Scary.
1/8/2021 09:10:44 am
i think pence and mcconnell are officially listed in the better late than never category.
1/8/2021 09:41:01 am
Nope, Bruce. That's what I'm afraid of. "Too little, too late."
1/8/2021 09:56:19 am
Their actions are too late to merit much praise. It was nice to see them publicly chastise Trump, but for me it does not make up for their four years of support.
Cabinet members DeVos and Chao may have resigned in protest, but avoiding a vote on invoking the 25th amendment might have played a part in their decision.
1/10/2021 11:45:47 am
While I believe that the vast majority of the rioters were not blessed with critical thinking skills, the fact that a retired Air Force Academy grad and combat veteran (Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock, Jr.) was photographed "...decked out in a combat helmet and other tactical gear and gripping a ream of zip-tie handcuffs on the floor of the Senate chamber..." indicates that this subversive action had broader support beyond that of the ignorant masses. That is scary.
1/10/2021 02:19:55 pm
In the end it was the dancing that got me. The entire Trump clan (including the execrable Kimberly Guilfoyle) jiggling backstage in anticipation of what they were about to unleash on the country.
1/10/2021 04:28:06 pm
This morning as I read the Times about the quandry facing Congress over another impeachment, and a trial disturbing the first days of the Biden administration, interfering with confirming Cabinet members and other appointees, desparately needed to operate the government honestly, I think it may not be the correct course. Not because he doesnt deserved it, Constitutional scholars agree he does.
1/10/2021 05:33:44 pm
See what I mean? Nobody needs me when people can write this well.
1/10/2021 06:30:22 pm
Ed-it is refreshing to see that Muhlenberg students graduate with excellent political skills. It seems that the house is considering doing exactly what you have suggested.
1/10/2021 09:34:45 pm
It's all a fitting culmination.
1/11/2021 11:24:11 am
1/11/2021 01:41:51 pm
As for events of 1/6/21, I tend to be all over the place.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.