A Pearl of Hope For An Unhappy Birthday
Some birthdays are better or worse than others. America's 246th was a lot like 1863.
In a dark gloom, a civil war without cannons is now on, full blast.
On one side, we have a relentless truth-seeking missile, the Jan. 6 committee. I was in the stately room when Cassidy Hutchinson testified that former President Donald Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent because he wanted to direct his coup, literally, every step of the way to the Capitol.
The hearing was jaw-dropping, even for the press. Through Hutchinson's crystal calm words, it became clear beyond doubt the armed mob assembled to seize the election for Trump with force and blood. They came at his beck and call. Its sound and fury was astounding, about 30,000 strong.
I was in the Capitol when the House chamber was under siege. Even now, I can scarcely stand viewing the gruesome attack on democracy's citadel.
On the other side, the Supreme Court just declared war on the American people. Five men and one woman, to be exact, showed no restraint in lashes on common sense, law and custom in the public square.
It's not enough to take 50 years of human rights away from women and young girls. All six Republicans also lifted gun restrictions and environmental regulation of carbon emissions. Then they skipped town.
This comes as July 4 marks another mass shooting, in Highland Park, Illinois, as the parade was about to begin.
The Trump trifecta on the court is cold enough: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, who took the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's place on the bench days before the election, no tears.
But it's the petulant senior Republicans, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who bear the blame for this hard right turn against the will of the American people.