The thinker Plato recounted a narrative that purports to inform of how writing grew to become a human endeavor. He described a chicken god named Theuth who visited Thamus, King of Egypt. Theuth supplied to offer the king’s folks the reward of the written phrase. “It will make them wiser,” he insisted. Thamus although, thought otherwise and responded, “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written …” So, one yr after occasions that rocked the U.S. Capitol, Americans face a alternative: Will they bear in mind the fact of Jan. 6, 2021, or a fastidiously crafted narrative of it?
Democrats within the House have been working at a fever pitch all yr to assemble a story of the occasions that occurred that fateful day to guarantee their place in historical past as defenders of the Republic. They’ve assembled a partisan committee to that very finish, used emotion from tearful House members, and even gone as far as to carry a few VIPs in contempt for not dancing to its tune.
Added to this will likely be a sequence of occasions to commemorate the anniversary of what occurred precisely 12 months in the past on Capitol Hill. Announcing the schedule for the day, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi mentioned that in addition to testimonies and statements, historians could be readily available to “establish and preserve the narrative of January 6th.”
Pelosi Under Fire
It will surely swimsuit Pelosi’s celebration if the American inhabitants would solely parrot the official narrative she is assiduously working to contrive. But it seems there’s a massive, ugly, black fly within the ointment, i.e., her personal actions that day, which have to date been held again. The Federalist factors out: “Pelosi is not interested in a genuine examination of the events on Jan. 6. An honest review of the day’s timeline might reveal why.” Author Tristan Justice continues:
“As the U.S. Capitol building came under siege, House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving sought approval from Pelosi to dispatch the National Guard in an episode confirmed by the speaker’s office to The New York Times. Four days later, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned his post in the riot’s aftermath, told the Washington Post it was far from the first time National Guard reinforcements were requested. In fact, Sund told the paper the request was made six times.”
The Federalist and others report Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) believes hidden data will reveal “that there was a lot of communication and coordination between the speaker’s office and law enforcement officials up to and on January 6.” For the final 12 months, hardly ever a narrative of President Trump within the press has slipped by with no point out of that day. Politicians have used invective and accusation to maintain the story on the prime of social media development lists. But if now could be the time to determine a story, aren’t the American folks entitled to the entire fact, not only a portion of it?
It appears the congressional Democratic Party machine is set to switch the fact of what occurred with a model that adheres solidly to complaints supplied by the January Committee. It is an effort to put off particular person reminiscence and substitute it with soundbites and rhetoric.
The findings of the committee should not but finalized, which means that the orchestration of Pelosi’s gala occasion is about to be a preview of the final word condemnation that can certainly be the ultimate evaluation. It will likely be bolstered by fastidiously edited clips, testimonies, tears, and evocations of horrible “threats to our democracy.” But above all else, it is going to ask the American public to neglect what it would imagine, and to switch it with this new, fastidiously crafted narrative.
Perhaps the actual purpose for this upcoming circus of the absurd isn’t just to determine an official narrative, however to create a sword that may slay the attainable resurgence of Donald Trump. Joe Biden is struggling mightily in his function as president, and his vice chairman is as absent as she is seemingly incapable. The celebration of Pelosi is desperately trying to find new prospects to mount a severe problem in opposition to the dreaded former president – or another Republican contender, for that matter.
All this serves to carry us again to Plato’s poignant story. Will Americans refuse the reward of the written phrase – on this case, the official account of Jan. 6 as sanctioned by Pelosi and her satraps – or “will [they] cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks”?
Moving ahead from this one-year anniversary of Jan. 6 to the various that also lie forward, we should ask ourselves: Will this written story lead us to knowledge or ignorance?
~ Read extra from Mark Angelides.