Michael Gerson, “What if the eventual Jan. 6 report is rigorous, compelling — and doesn’t really matter?” Washington Post, December 16, 2021 (3:17 p.m. EST).
Michael Gerson in his op-ed column today in the Washington Post gives voice to a thought that has been bouncing around in the Observer’s head for many weeks, if not months: What if the report of the House Select Committee on the January 6 insurrection falls on deaf ears, just as the Mueller Report did?
Just as the House impeachment fell on the deaf ears of Republican senators in the Senate trial on the Ukraine affair did?
Just as the House impeachment related to Trump’ attempt to overthrow the election and the Constitution fell on the deaf ears of most Republican senators in the second impeachment trial?
What if, in short, in a world characterized by a Republican Party and Republican supporters living in an alternate universe of lies and distortions, or a universe characterized by abject fear and cowardice before the dictatorial demands of fealty of a fascist leader, the faint voice of reason is not strong enough to carry the day?
We all need to face the fact that we may be living in such a world right now, today.
We can’t change reality if we don’t understand it.
We can’t act in time to change reality if we don’t understand the urgency of the need to change it.
We can’t change reality if we are not motivated to act, individually, to change it.
Michael Gerson has done us all a favor by calling our attention to the current reality. Let us begin to change it by putting aside all hopes and illusions that currently cloud our vision.
Let us describe that reality with utter and unforgiving realism. As all of us begin to understand the reality in which we are living, let each and every one of us look inward, and decide what we are going to do about it. Individually.
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