It feels like it’s been going soooo slooooowly, but maybe we’re going to see some movement. Chairman Bennie Thompson says the first public hearings on what the House January 6 committee has learned will be held in early June, and committee member Jamie Raskin is describing what they have learned this way: “This was a coup organized by the president (Donald Trump) against the vice-president (Mike Pence) and against the Congress in order to overturn the 2020 presidential election” and “We’re going to tell the whole story of everything that happened. There was a violent insurrection and an attempted coup and we were saved by Mike Pence’s refusal to go along with that plan.”
Wait, what? Saved by Mike Pence?
To be fair, I can remember feeling sort of satisfied at the time that Pence had finally stood up to his boss (I think there was some mention of overcoming obsequiousness in there) and refused to take part in such a blatantly illegal plan—a coup. But I hadn’t considered that maybe we all owe Pence more of a debt than we realized. Earlier this week MSNBC’s Chris Hayes laid out this interpretation.
I’m eager to see the evidence. I’m eager to get on with it! Not to rush to judgment, mind you, but it’s been almost 16 months: the legislative branch and the Justice Department and the court system have got to nail the people responsible for this illegal power grab, and do it soon…or we may find those traitors may be back in power in Washington and in a position to protect themselves forever. We’ve got to take action to punish those who deserve punishment, and stand up to the haters.
On that note, I was invigorated last week to stumble across a speech by Michigan state senator Mallory McMorrow. In retaliation for her support of LGBTQ issues, one of her “colleagues” embraced the popular new right-wing slur by accusing McMorrow of “grooming” children for sexual exploitation. In a fundraising message. No evidence provided, of course. But McMorrow didn’t just take it, or shrug it off; in less than five minutes she sent a positive message that hits the haters right between the eyes.
“Hate will only win if people like me stand by and let it happen.”
I want to take a lesson from Mallory McMorrow, and not to afraid to call them like I see them. We need to make it OK again to say the truth that we see. It’s how we can defeat the haters.