I’m listening to the sweet sound of Rob Lowes voice recalling with fondness his time on the hit tv show The West Wing. (Gotta love Audible) As he talks about the spectacular writing and the talented people involved, I feel the tears welling…it was an amazing show. I miss it, but more importantly, I miss what it represented.
For the first time on network television, we got to see up close the inner workings of a democratic presidential administration in the white house. I fell in love with how our democracy is supposed to work and all the people who labor tirelessly (staffers and politicians alike, often without due credit, to make that a reality.
Through the years democratic norms have been respected by both parties holding the highest office in the land.
Who knew…how far we would fall and how dramatically this would all change…?
Fast forward…it is June 9, 2022. A year and half ago on January 6, 2021, a radicalized portion of the republican party attempted to overthrow our democracy and stop the peaceful transfer of power by halting the certification of a newly elected democratic president. People died, as the angry blood thirsty mob of the former president’s supporters stormed the capitol! The January 6th committee was comprised of members of Congress, including 2 republicans, to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the organization of the attempted coup. Shockingly, this includes members of our legislature (still serving), and worse…a former sitting president. The first of the televised hearings airs tonight and will lay bare the findings for all the world to see.
This is not the America I grew up in. It is not the America I want to live in, and yet here we are.
If we’re lucky those on the fence will watch and be swayed and it will be reflected in their votes. The cult followers of the former president won’t watch because they don’t want to be confronted with anything that challenges what they already believe. The propaganda machine that is (Fox Media) incites them with lies and misinformation. They’re filled with hatred, frothing with ire and coming for the rest of us. This is evidenced by the rise in incidents of domestic terror.
Would that the guilty be charged, convicted, removed and barred from ever holding public office again. That is what I am hoping for. We’re counting on the rule of law at this point because far too many people have lost their damn minds.
Whether or not we can save our democracy remains to be seen… and the world is watching…