This theory explains, not just Democrat vindictiveness and secretiveness, but also Republican silence.
The January 6 committee has locked away for 50 years all videos and documents that it collected. The obvious reason, of course, is to hide the fact that ordinary Americans were innocent of insurrection but that an unholy cabal of government agents and BLM and Antifa activists were responsible for sparking a riot. As I said, that’s the obvious reason.
But I think there’s something else, too. And what makes me think this is how quiet the Republicans have been about investigating what really happened on that day. It also explains why they aren’t loudly demanding that the House make public the 14,000 hours of video and the 1,000 depositions the J6 committee took.
My theory is that those documents and videos will show something that became apparent when COVID hit: Our government is composed of cowards. And I mean cowards in the old-fashioned, physical sense.
I’ve harked back before to Richard II of England, who was 14 years old in 1381 when the peasants revolted. The revolt was a righteous one but centuries before its time, and it was put down in the bloodiest fashion. Richard II most certainly was not sympathetic to it.
However, I come back to the fact that, when Wat Tyler and the other rebels made their bloody way to London, Richard II went to meet them. The meeting ended badly with a knight slaughtering Tyler, who had been guaranteed safe passage, but that wasn’t Richard’s fault. People in those times, perhaps because they lived on small beer and wine, were remarkably intemperate (kind of like so many people one sees in videos today, throwing tantrums in airports and restaurants).
The core point is that a 14-year-old boy went into an open field to meet a band of rebels who had just slaughtered several people close to him. Like Richard II or not (and I don’t because he was ultimately an inadequate monarch), he showed physical courage as the price of leadership.
When COVID came along, our political class fell apart. They ran away, locked the doors, and forced everyone else to do the same. Only a handful of Republicans said no. Everyone else…Democrat or Republican…immediately and with great relief greeted these edicts. Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell had the excuse of advanced age, meaning they were at greater risk, but the others simply showed no courage in front of the American people. I quickly refused to wear a mask, even though I’m not a very courageous person; few of them did the same.
In the same vein, I suspect that much of the January 6 footage shows politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, cowering in terror when their own people sought redress. Not one of them had the courage to come out and speak to the crowd. AOC made a virtue of her fear. Things might have gone very differently had someone grabbed a bullhorn and spoken up.
Those videos, I suspect, reveal their shame. Not just an unwillingness to act or hostility to the crowd (although I bet that Republicans, along with their Democrat colleagues, viewed the crowd with loathing), but a craven unwillingness to stand up for their country. None had the courage to speak out for “the People’s House.”
Democrats realized immediately that the riot would benefit them politically (so immediately it was almost as if they knew it would happen) but Republicans have no excuse.
In the old days, cowardice was seen as something shameful, especially among men. Now, AOC, proudly cowering in a locked room, is a role model.
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