Three Wednesdays in January

Dr. Dion
Dr. Dion
Jan 20 · 4 min read
Josh Hawley — Twitter

January 2021 will live in American history because of three Wednesdays that will not soon be removed from the American consciousness. As swiftly as the modern-day news cycle moves, there are moments in a nation’s history that become etched in the stone of its figurative foundation; parents tell their children where they were, what they were thinking, and how they felt — how the nation felt — as the events of the day unfolded.

The First Wednesday

January 6, 2021 was the first Wednesday. The nation watched in grief — the wider world in horror — as traitors to the country and constitution staged a coup on national TV. The country will never forget the insurrectionists — among them US Presidents (Donald Trump), US Senators (Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz), US Representatives, (Mo Brooks, Richard Hudson, Dan Bishop, Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Boebert), State Attorneys General (Ken Paxton, Ashley Moody, Alan Wilson) and other individuals elected or appointed to the highest offices in the land who crafted a falsehood of election fraud and faked a constitutional crisis which culminated in thousands of used, abused, mistreated, and manipulated Americans storming the Capitol in a fabulously failed attempt to “take back” something that had not been stolen, but rather was performing precisely as the founders had planned.

Capitol Rioters — Axios

The shame of it all is that — at least for now — the only criminal charges that have been filed are against the victims of the most cynical and insidious disinformation campaign in modern US history. Not a single criminal charge has been filed against the true seditionists who fed the lie, fueled the lie, fertilized the lie and fundraised off the lie.

The Second Wednesday

While none of the movements “leaders” have been criminally charged, one of them has been charged by Congress. Trump was impeached on January 13, the second Wednesday. His impeachment in the House represents a Congressional indictment; it will be up to the Senate to determine if his actions warrant a Congressional conviction. This process is political, not judicial, but there were indications on the second Wednesday that some members of America’s highest legislative body are desperate to return America to its centuries’ long commitment to democratic values.

Ten Republicans in the House voted to impeach the president of their own political party. That makes it the most bipartisan impeachment in history. The third highest ranking Republican stated publicly, “There’s no question the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

Trump will surely go down in ignominy as the only president in history to be impeached twice — in a single 4-year term. Sad and disgraceful doesn’t even begin to describe his actions. However, for all the shame he brought to the nation on the first Wednesday, the Congress took significant steps to restore the soul of this nation on the second.

The Third Wednesday

America has a presidential inauguration every four years. In this regard, the third Wednesday is not particularly remarkable. In every other way, January 20, 2021 stands above many other Inauguration Days as a reminder of who America really is. America is a nation where 81,283,485 patriots cast a ballot to literally save their Republic. More than 81 million American heroes — of all races, religions, genders, countries of origin, income and education levels — voted against facism, against totalitarianism, against racism, against everything Donald John Trump stood for.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — Andrew Harnick/AP

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “I don’t think we could have sustained our democracy if he had two terms in office, for what he was doing to our institution or what he was doing to our Constitution. He dishonored it.”

It is no exaggeration to say that 81 million souls saved America as we know it — with all her faults and failings, her dysfunction and her difficulties. Despite it all, America is still the nation that rejected Trump in favor of a state college graduate and Black woman with an HBCU and AKA pedigree. America is still the nation that — just last week — sent a Black preacher and a Jewish man to the US Senate from the Deep South. America is still the nation that will have two women on the dais for the next Joint Address to Congress.

America is still worth fighting for. Three Wednesdays in January reminded us of that.

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