And more here:
Bill Goodykoontz / USA today:
“A Dagger in the Throat of American Democracy”: Why Joe Biden’s Intense January 6 Speech Was Stunning on Television
âHe moved the pitch,â Eddie Glaude said on MSNBC. âHe’s not on his heels anymore. He led the fight against those who threaten democracy.
This is what he did, unequivocally.
“His bruised ego means more to him than our democracy or our Constitution,” Biden said, speaking in the Statuary Hall outside the House chamber. “He can’t accept that he lost.”
And in what would no doubt infuriate Trump more than anything else, Biden said, âHe’s not just the former president. He is the defeated former president. “(In fact, Trump released a statement blowing up Biden shortly after Biden’s end.)
Robert P Jones / Sub-pile:
Looking Back: Facing the Role of White Christianity in the January 6 Uprising
White Christians have only begun the work of reckoning with white supremacy.
Shamefully, these 21st century insurgents managed to do something the Confederate Army was never able to accomplish during the Civil War: hoist the Confederate battle flag inside the Capitol. One widely shared image showed a rioter with the flag strolling past a portrait of William H. Seward, an anti-slavery advocate and Secretary of State to Abraham Lincoln, who was seriously injured in the plot. assassination that killed Lincoln in 1865.
Comfortably mingled with these tributes to white supremacy were Christian symbols and rhetoric. There were many Bibles, crosses, “Jesus Saves” signs and “Jesus 2020” flags that reflected the design of the Trump campaign flag.
Karl Rove / WSJ:
Responsibility of the Republicans of January 6
The GOP has a duty to condemn the riot and those who refuse to acknowledge it.
The leaders of this group intended to commit violence, some having planned to do so for weeks. Many wore tactical gear. Some came armed with chemicals, flag poles, batons and sticks. They broke through barricades and assaulted around 140 police officers, in some cases with their own shields or equipment. They smashed doors and windows, entered the Capitol illegally, ransacked offices and searched for congressional leaders, and made terrible threats about what would happen if they found them …
To go beyond January 6, 2021, we need to put the country ahead of the party. For Democrats, that means resisting their leaders’ petty habit of deepening partisan fault lines by indiscriminately condemning anyone who came to Washington that day. [Many stayed at the Mall, protected speech].
We Republicans have a greater burden. I’ve been a Republican all my life and believe in what the Republican Party, at its best, has stood for for decades. There can be no soft pedal on what happened and no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy. Love of the fatherland demands nothing less. This is real patriotism.
Amanda Carpenter / Palace:
What it means to be a Republican in 2022
Inside the GOP, it is a war of all against all.
Because here’s the catch: for the former president, being “Trump’s friend” means never saying no to him. Even when it comes to acting on lies that sparked an insurgency.
This is the friendship of the mafia boss: do as he tells you and there will be no problem. Which explains much of the grunting behind the scenes of Republican politics. Guys who pay money for protection never really Like the boss of the mafia.
Then there are the handful of Republicans who have decided to openly oppose Trump.
Ten Republicans in the House and seven Republicans in the Senate voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan.6 insurgency. Mitt Romney was among them. Generally known as a gentle-mannered Mormon, he is said to have shouted, âYou caused this! At the Electoral College, opposing Josh Hawley as the Trump mob violated the Capitol.
Another objector, Jim Jordan, attempted to escort Liz Cheney out of danger during this time. She slapped his hand, saying, “Get away from me.” Damn, you did that.
Today, it is the Romney and the Cheney who are being yelled at.
Too often underestimated the fact that what Republican politicians fear is that Trump will fracture the party by turning his base against them. They fear the effects on their own power far more than they care about democracy or the future of the United States. And it’s not even a close fight.
Stuart A Thompson / NY Times:
Election lies increased in podcasts ahead of Capitol Hill riots, researchers say
A new study has analyzed nearly 1,500 episodes, showing how podcasts have pushed disinformation about voter fraud.
Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck described his prediction about how Election Day would unfold: President Donald J. Trump would win that night, but his lead would erode as ballots questionable mail-in votes would arrive, giving Joseph R. Biden Jr. an unlikely advantage.
âNo one will believe the result because they changed the way we elect a president this time around,â he said.
None of the predictions of widespread electoral fraud came true. But podcasters have frequently advanced the false belief that the election was illegitimate, first as a net before the election, and then as a tsunami in the weeks leading up to the violent attack on Capitol Hill on Jan.6, 2021, according to news reports. research.
Researchers at the Brookings Institution reviewed the transcripts of nearly 1,500 episodes of 20 of the most popular political podcasts. Of the episodes aired between the election and the January 6 riots, about half contained election misinformation, according to analysis.
Tom Nichols / Atlantic:
All hands on the deck
A new coalition for 2022.
Democracy is in danger and we have about a year to save it. What are we doing?
We could, I guess, continue to bicker over policies and legislation. It would be reassuring and would make us feel normal, as if we had survived our bossy moment. It would also be unnecessary, because if Americans elect a Republican House – and perhaps even bring the Senate back to the GOP – the stage will be set for the accelerated collapse of American democracy. (I’ll write another time, soon, about what I think it would look like.)
Instead, I propose an active effort here for people of all political persuasions – Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians, New Age, Old Believers, etc. – to seek each other out and form a coalition.
And not just a political coalition. The past decade, and in particular the past five years, has shattered friendships and, in some cases, families. So maybe it’s time to make some new friends, as intolerable as we can find each other