The insurrection remains in effect

What To Watch As Jan. 6 Panel Returns To Prime Time
John Minchillo - staff, AP

FILE - Supporters of President Donald Trump supporters attend a rally near the White House in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. The House Jan. 6 committee is headed back to prime time for its eighth hearing. It might be the final time this summer that lawmakers lay out evidence about the U.S. Capitol insurrection and President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat. Thursday's night's hearing is expected to focus on what Trump was doing in the White House as the violence unfolded.

We keep talking about the 2020 election “insurrection” as if it were a thing of the past, an event isolated to January 6, 2021.

It’s not. It is an ongoing event and it continues to pose a threat to American democracy.

The latest example is Wednesday’s admission by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos that former President Trump called him a week ago to demand that the state “decertify” its Electoral College vote certifying that President Biden won the 2020 election.

When Vos demurred – noting that the state’s constitution would not allow such an action – Trump called him a Republican in Name Only and suggested that true Trumpists vote for his opponent in the upcoming primary election.

Vos, it seems, is now a moderate in Republican circles.

But it’s more than that.

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels has refused to say whether he supports decertifying the election. In fact, none of the GOP candidates have been willing to state flatly that Biden won the election.

And then there’s Ron Johnson. It seems Johnson’s staff was planning to sneak an alternative slate of electors to Vice President Pence on the morning of the election. Johnson first said he knew nothing about it, then said it was an innocent favor. Do you believe that? I don’t believe that.

If we re-elect that guy in November, then we, too, are part of the insurrection.

All over the country, men and women once considered to be staunch, conservative Republicans, are being read out of their party.

The latest was Rep. Rusty Bowers, speaker of the Arizona Assembly, was censured by his party over the weekend and informed he is “no longer a Republican in good standing” because he refused Trump’s entreaties to overturn the election results.

Wyoming Republicans have turned on Rep. Liz Cheney with such a vengeance that her career in that state may well be over.

The insurrection didn’t begin on January 6 and it didn’t end that day, either.

It began, as most insurrections do, with a sustained attack on the credibility of the nation’s institutions.

The traditional news media, newspapers, television networks, and reporters became “fake news” because that’s what Trump said they were. Our schools were slurred as being centers of Critical Race Theory and homosexual recruitment.

Rep. Ronnie Jackson, Trump’s White House physician turned Texas congressman, just issued a statement professing his “outrage” that the Marine Corps is recognizing the contributions of gay and lesbian Marines.

And, now, election results are no longer considered secularly sacred because the losing candidates don’t want to abide by them.

This has got to change.