If there could ever be a more authentic or appropriate House January 6th Committee Chair, US House Representative Bennie Thompson would be hard to beat.
As the June 9th hearings began, Thompson made its opening statement identifying himself as follows:
I’m Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the January 6, 2021, Committee. I was born, raised, and still live Bolton, Mississippi, a town with a population of 521, which is midway between Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the Mississippi River.
I’m from a part of the country where people justify the actions of slavery, Ku Klux Klan, and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try and justify the actions of the insurrectionists of January 6, 2021.
Over the next few weeks, hopefully you will get to know the other Members, my colleagues up here, and me. We represent a diversity of communities from all over the United States. Rural areas and cities. East Coast, West Coast, and the heartland.
All of us have one thing in common: we swore the same oath. That same oath that all Members of Congress take upon taking office, and afterwards every two years that they are re-elected. We swore an oath to defend the Constitution. Against all enemies. Foreign. And domestic.
The words of the current oath taken by all of us—that nearly every United States Government employee takes—have their roots in the Civil War.
Thus, a person whose forebearers were slaves headed the most important committee of inquiry into Presidential behavior since Watergate in 1974.
I am sure Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr who hosts the PBS program, Finding Your Roots, will want to get the specifics of Representative Thompson’s slave ancestors.
Hearing the initial testimony outlining the proposed 7 aspects of Trump’s fraud will engross the media from now until the Fall, but surely the second hearing session bears heavily on the outcome of Trump’s and his GOP’s political futures.
Vice Chair, Republican Liz Chaney’s opening statement was also precise and definitive in forecasting the future testimony. You can read both opening statements here.
“All of us have one thing in common: we swore the same oath…We swore an oath to defend the Constitution. Against all enemies. Foreign. And domestic."https://t.co/uGg5N7mg2X
— TheSciFiDemocrat (@BubbaLiberal) June 11, 2022
Media coverage, except for continuing false rantings from Tucker Carlson and others on FOX or Alex Jones on InfoWars or other extremist web sites, will be so extensive and enlightening to showing all but those living in the fantasy world Trump and minions have created, that I will not provide extensive information about what has already been conclusively proven out the mouths of Republican insiders.
The main proven points:
1. Trump lied about November 4, 2020 election fraud.
2. He knew his was lying from the outset of his rejection.
3. His inner circle all told him he had lost, but he replaced many and got those who would lie for him.
4. His inner circle, knowing he was lying, continued to help him raise $250 million allegedly to correct the fraud, but didn’t spend that money for that purpose.
5. Question to be answered: Did these advisors by not coming clean on the big funding raising cheat as well as the big lie commit crimes? Read here their failure.
6. Everyone on the CNN panel who commented on June 13th hearing wondered if the evidence given by former Attorney Bill Barr and a profusion of key Republicans about Trump’s continuing even now the big lie will result in a Justice Department indictment.
After watching a CNN replay of the Nixon Watergate crisis one can hope that the diminished morality of the GOP has not completely vanished, as a functioning two party system is crucial for balanced governance.
My June 1, 2022 Op Ed, “Will Trump Play His “Hole” card soon” said, “As the evidence of Trump’s iniquities tumble out, perhaps he will play his ego saving “hole card” that at 75 his medical situation keeps him from running in 2024! You recall in poker, a card face down in 5 card draw game for example could be a key to winning if your hole card matched with one or more other cards s turned up. Also, a key to losing even if you are good, as Trump is, at bluffing. Is he a “card” already in a hole? I have been predicting his demise for months.”
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) June 13, 2022
Not being a lawyer, I don’t know if he does that, would get out unscathed if what he did gets him prosecuted.
To repeat, all the witnesses on the 6/13 hearing were Republicans and all said “No Fraud”. The Big Lie is dead for any sane person.
Regardless Bennie Thompson has fit the battle of Trumpian fraud and Donald’s walls have come tumbling down for all to see. Will this be enough to save the country’s democracy. Only if enough of us get out and vote.
The history of the African American spiritual is interesting and can be read here.
Surely Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr, who hosts that wonderful series on PBS, “Finding Your Roots” will want to have Chairman Thompson as a guest soon!
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— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
House Jan. 6 committee Chair Bennie Thompson delivers opening remarks
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