On June 9, the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurgency held a prime-time public hearing that was watched by 20 million people. The committee’s vice chairperson, Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney, was instrumental in setting out the facts.
Cheney relied solely on the comments of members of the Trump team and family, as well as individuals who personally experienced the insurgency, as evidence for her allegations, rather than presenting her own partisan views and guesses.
Her tone was professional rather than emotive, and she spoke as if she were a prosecutor, laying out the evidence against Trump that would be presented at subsequent hearings.
Unlike most of her Republican colleagues in the House and Senate, Cheney, in my opinion, did the right thing—that principle and morality, not political gamesmanship, drove her actions.
Cheney rhetorically chastised the vast majority of Republicans in Congress who had remained silent due to their devotion to and fear of the former president. Her indictment was scathing and incisive.
Make no mistake: Cheney was a strong woman who stood by her beliefs. She wasn’t scared to take the initiative and speak up. Cheney was unconcerned with the political fact that she is polling 30 points behind her Trump-supporting opponent in Wyoming.
Her devotion to our country’s democratic republic outweighed her political ambitions (no pun intended). Unfortunately, this cannot be true of the majority of Cheney’s colleagues.
To be clear, I disagree with Cheney on most matters, including Supreme Court nominations, gun control legislation, and plans to handle current economic difficulties; oddly, she voted with Trump 90% of the time. Nonetheless, I am Cheney’s supporter and cheerleader for the time being.
Regardless of what her critics claim, Cheney spoke as an American, not a politician. It would be difficult to argue with that.
Why is Cheney’s behaviour so noteworthy and significant? Because the preservation of our constitutional democracy and rule of law is far more vital than any other issue confronting the country.
Inflationary troubles are fleeting, ephemeral, and transitory; while terrible at the time, history shows that these issues always pass. On the other hand, once democracy is lost, it is lost forever, with implications that pain us all more than rising gas and food prices.
To be clear, I disagree with Cheney on most issues, including Supreme Court nominations, gun control legislation, and plans to deal with the current economic crisis; bizarrely, she voted 90% of the time with Trump.
Nonetheless, for the time being, I am Cheney’s backer and cheerleader. Cheney spoke as an American, not a politician, despite her critics’ claims. It’s difficult to disagree with that.
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What makes Cheney’s actions so notable and significant? Because the preservation of our constitutional democracy and rule of law is far more important than any other crisis that the country is facing.
Inflationary problems are transient, ephemeral, and fleeting; while they are frightening at the moment, history demonstrates that they always pass. However, once democracy is lost, it is lost for good, with consequences that hurt us all more than rising gas and food prices.